What Is Best Of Joburg?
Simply, the Best Of Joburg competition is a barometer of the best of the best in the city, all decided and voted for by Leisure Options readers. They are provided with the ballots that are published near the end of each year, and give their answers to around 100 categories, covering everything from the Best Cupcakes and the Best Italian Restaurant, to the Best Cocktail Bar and the Best Place to See and Be Seen.
There are also categories for top Joburg people – think Best Local DJ and Best Local TV Personality – and for the best places to visit in and around the city. Entries from readers pour in, hitting more than 100 000 votes across the 100 categories.
As for the best businesses and people in Joburg that win in their designated categories during The Best Of Joburg competition, they are provided with certificates of merit, which are proudly displayed in their stores and businesses. Winners are announced in October or November each year and the Leisure Options Readers’ Choice Awards Essential Booklet is published, listing them all. This is definitely the perfect pocket-sized booklet to have on you when exploring the city.
2021 Best Of Joburg Winners
Here are some of the winners from last year’s BOJ competition:
Best Craft Market: Rosebank Sunday Market
The legendary Rosebank Sunday Market is offers an amazing variety of craft, flea and food stalls. Kick your feet up with a craft beer or two and end the weekend under the African sun, while listening to some local tunes. Bring your buddies and the family and support local craft and culture. Situated at Rosebank Mall, The Market celebrates its diversity through variety. It offers something for everyone with a large selection of craft stalls, live music, kids' entertainment, and gourmet food traders.
Best Special Event Venue: Shepstone Gardens
Known as the magnificent secret garden in the heart of the city, Shepstone Gardens offers a stunning backdrop and venue space perfect for breathtaking weddings, special occasions and celebrations, and even corporate events. With its spectacular stone architecture, renowned glass marquee and stunning gardens that can only be described as a setting straight from a fairytale, this venue is an absolute must when considering your event venue options.
Best Garden Centre: Lifestyle Home Garden
Lifestyle Home Garden Centre offers absolutely everything you need to turn your garden into a blossoming haven! There are plants, absolutely everywhere, from trees and flowers to garden decor, accessories and tools. And if you head into the DIY section indoors, you can get your hands on hardware gadgets from Mica, garden furniture, fertilizer and bone meal, plant pots, pet goodies and much more. It's also a great spot to get some inspiration if you're thinking or redoing your garden.
Best Gift Store: Typo
If you love stationery, unique stationery and nifty décor products, Typo is the place to go. Not only do they stock quirky stationery products, they also stock novelty gift cards and mugs among many other exciting and fun products. Typo has a lot of amazing products for gift giving, and you collect different colour coordinated items for the perfect gift. You can choose from a vast variety, such as hand lotions, lunch cases, motivational accessories and more.
Best Greek Restaurant: Mythos
Mythos has been a long-standing favourite at Bedford Centre. This eclectic, European-style restaurant piazza is the heart of the Bedford Centre Shopping Mall. Mythos' simple ethos of authenticity and tradition helps it stand out among the many vibrant eateries at Bedford Centre. Catering both to Bedfordview's large Greek community and to those of us who just love Greek food, Mythos is a home away from home. So, it was with sadness that we looked upon the bolted doors of our favourite Greek restaurant in the east a couple of months ago.
Best Portuguese Restaurant: Calisto's
Calisto's Portuguese Restaurant is loved by many Portuguese food lovers. Launched in 1992 by a passionate duo, this hearty family brand has grown significantly with 9 restaurants across the country. So if you're in the mood for freshly prepared traditional Portuguese way made how it's suppose to, then Calisto's ought to be your first option. Coupled with an authentic character, vibrant and electric atmosphere - you're assured a delicious experience.
Best Biltong Shop: Sloane's Butchery and Deli
For some of the best biltong in town, your favourite cuts of lamb and beef, poultry and spit braai catering, visit Sloane Meat Market and see what they have on offer! There is a huge selection of prime cut and quality meats to choose from, no matter what you are planning on preparing for dinner. And be sure to check out their bulk specials!
Best Caterer: By Word of Mouth
Established in 1994 – By Word of Mouth has built a reputation for producing the most polished events and parties in South Africa.The staff are hand-picked for their dedication and expertise relating to the Catering and Event Management environment. Trained in-house to their exacting standards, they are always attentive, charming and quietly efficient. They never forget that they are there to serve and cook for you and your guests in a professional, courteous and friendly manner.
... and be merry
Best Cockail Bar: Sin + Tax
Sin+Tax in Rosebank is the perfect spot for a nightcap. They offer visitors some of the best cocktails you could find in the city and take the mixology to a whole new level! It’s cool, classy, trendy and exudes a speakeasy vibe. With such an awesome setting comes the incredible and ever-changing menu of artisanal cocktails – TOTALLY worth the experience.
Best Neighbourhood Pub: Jolly Roger
The vibe is quite loud and that's often to do with the sheer volumes of people it attracts. Jolly Roger is really the only proper pub in quiet Parkhurst making it extremely popular in a neighbourhood that doesn't take too well to rowdiness.Tip: Jolly Roger is known for amazing pizza and has a huge sun deck which is hugely popular for the younger crowd during the summer months.
Glam It Up
Lovisa launched their first store in 2010. Since then, they have grown to become one of the most successful global jewellery brands, boasting stores in over 15 countries. With stores all around Johannesburg, Lovisa is a firm favourite among fashion-forward ladies looking for bang on trend accessories at reasonable retail prices
Life Day Spa Fourways is a fully-equipped health and beauty spa. It is a calm sanctuary in the midst of shop, restaurants and offices within the Design Quarter, in the busy are of north Johannesburg.
Built around the concept of ‘touching the earth lightly', Life Day Spa was created using materials that depict the elements of nature. The themes are designed to evoke one's senses and also create a sense of calm and serenity.
Best Kids''Party Spot and Best Kids' Restuarant: Papachinos
Papachinos is widely known in Joburg and has branches in Clearwater, Fourways, Silverlakes, Boksburg and Broadacres. The idea is to be a restaurant for the whole family. The “roll , make and bake” pizza experience ensured that the restaurant was an instant success with both adults and children, as it created a place for “astute young chefs” whilst the parents get some time to relax as well. The menu caters for everyone and there are more than just pizzas on offer. Papachinos has breakfast, starters, salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, chicken, seafood, pizza, pasta, a bambino's menu, desserts and cocktails on offer.
Best Back-To-School Goodies Store: Bidvest Waltons
Supplying the tools that empower students, Bidvest Waltons has been at the cornerstone of this with heritage since 1949. Bidvest Waltons with close to 70 years is a one-stop shop for all education and work requirements. Offering the highest quality products to schools and higher education facilities. Delivering from pre-school to office supplies, Bidvest Waltons have the right quality and quantity, all at the right price. From scholastic materials, stationery, specialized filing, technological and IT supplies too
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