2015 Johannesburg Highlights

It’s nearly the end of the year, can you believe it, and so it’s time for us to reflect on the Jozi highlights of 2015. Difficult, as there have been so many, but here goes. Feel free to add to the list under ‘Comments’.

First Thursdays – We love this event, when galleries in Braamfontein stay open late. The art is great, vibe is fab, so nice to see everyone out at night on the streets. And the wine and snacks are delicious.


First Thursdays Braamfontein

Johannesburg in your Pocket – beyond fabulous! They’re the pocket book that keep us informed to exactly what is going on in Jozi, they update every week, somehow know every teeny event and every huge one too, are spot on with restaurant recommendations, drinking spots, gallery openings, and anything and everything to do in Johannesburg.

We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants – definitely the best theatre production or us in 2015, at Pop Art in Maboneng. Too much fun. And Maboneng makes the list too, for funky, arty, creative and most stylish inner city neighbourhood.

The Wits Art Museum – they have had so many fantastic events this year. We love how inclusive they are, not only hosting fancy schmancy art openings but they do brilliant workshops, free art sessions once a month, welcome neighbourhood kids and community art projects, and – well, great art and a marvellous coffee shop! It’s a top favourite for Jozi guests.

The delicious strawberry meringues at Moema’s in Parktown North.
The espresso at Croft in Parkview.
The crazy insane milkshakes at Craft in Parkhurst.

The giant scrabble board in Newtown and the new Newtown Workshop.

Soweto Bicycle Tours. We love exploring Soweto and more than anything now, love that you can do Soweto by bike. The best thing is that the tours are flexible and you can do an hour, two or the whole day. And you can easily stop and walk if that is more your thing.

The newly renovated Rosebank Mall – it’s just a lovely, shiny, large, filled to capacity with beautiful stores and restaurants, movies, coffee and – shoes!

Travel Chat South Africa – we love this! It’s a Wed night Travel Chat hosted by Travel Opulent, talking about various topics on South Africa, we all join in and learn so much about SA. And we laugh!

27 Boxes in Melville, made up of shipping crates. It’s innovative, the free yoga on Saturday mornings is wonderful, they have the best cronuts (yes, really), and a piano in the amphitheatre for anyone to play!

Long walks at Emmarentia Dam where the dogs are called Olive and Arthur, kids ride bikes, lovers have picnics and we all get super fit.

Spare ribs at Turn ’n Tender!

High tea at the new Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel. It is to die for.
And high tea at The Saxon. You will get fat. But be very happy!

And of course – every single one of our super special Johannesburg Guesthouses. Who always go the extra mile, have cosy couches, yum breakfasts, superb service, beautiful gardens, great coffee, friendly everything, excellent rates and continually have returning guests. Thank you!