Braamfontein’s Best Hidden Gems


Braamfontein is one of our favourite hangouts in the city. From premium coffee to rooftop gardens, this slick city suburb has something to offer people from all walks of life. We set out to find Braam’s best hidden gems, just for you. So, let’s dive right in and see all that this quirky neighborhood has to offer.

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Bean There Coffee Company

Braamfontein is a coffee lover’s idea of heaven. With a number of quaint corner coffee houses and some of the best breakfast spots in the city, this is the place to get your morning brew. However, there is one Braamfontein coffee cafe that stands out from all the rest – Bean There Coffee Company. South Africa’s first roasters of Certified Fairtrade coffee, Bean There is all about ensuring a sustainable future for Africa’s coffee farmers and bringing you the best coffee the continent has to offer. Visit them on weekdays between 08:00 – 16:00.

Details: 111 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | (Tel) 011 310 3100 | coffee@beanthere.co.za 

Olives & Plates 

Anyone who’s visited WITS University has most likely heard of the legendary Olives and Plates. Situated at the far end of WITS’ West Campus, this fine Greek restaurant is definitely a hidden gem. A glorious table of sweet temptations greet you in the foyer, filled with an assortment of cakes and pastries. If you can manage to skirt past without ordering a chocolate croissant or huge slice of carrot cake, take a seat in the restaurant’s elegant dining hall. Then take your pick from a wide variety of Greek and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Their “little plates” or tapas offerings are to die for. But don’t take our word for it, visit them yourself!

*Olives and Plates is open on Monday to Friday from 07:00 – 16:00, and on Saturdays between 08:00 – 15:00.

Details: (Tel) 011 717 9365/0 | WITS University West Campus, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The Kalashnikovv Gallery 

Situated along one of Braamfontein’s most vibrant streets is the Kalashnikovv Gallery. This contemporary art gallery breaks boundaries by supporting young and upcoming artists. A number of events and exhibitions are held here year round, but you may also visit between Tuesday to Saturday for a look around. When the hustle and bustle of Braam scene gets to be too much, pop in here to find a new perspective on life and art. You can keep up to date with the happenings at the Kalashnikkov Gallery on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

*Opening times: Tuesdays – Fridays: 10:00 – 15:30, Saturdays: 10:00 – 15:00.

Details: 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | (Tel) +27 (0) 61 241 2291 | info@kalashnikovv.co.za

JFF Rooftop Farm 

Once you’ve thoroughly explored the modern art world, head on up to the JFF Rooftop Farm. Located just behind the Kalashnikovv Gallery and up a winding staircase, this urban farm has all you need to grow your own veggie patch and lovely little herb garden. They’ve also got a wide selection of indoor plants to brighten up your living space. These are verified urban gardening experts, so come and learn from them. There is a rooftop tea garden here, so plop down and take a few notes while enjoying a hot cup of tea or coffee.

*The JFF Rooftop Farm is open on Tuesday to Saturday between 10:00 – 14:00.

Details: 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | (Tel) 081 768 4827 | jozifoodfarmer@gmail.com

Once In Joburg 

Have you ever explored Braam by night? This tiny slice of the city takes on a whole new look and feel after dark, welcoming in visitors from across town. Keep the party going by booking yourself into Once in Joburg – a hostel meets backpackers accommodation complete with 4-star facilities. The hotel also offers a range of activities around Braamfontein, including bike tours, graffiti walks and much more. You’ve never stayed in a hotel like this before, trust us.

Details:  90 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | (Tel) +27 10 599 0259 | book@onceinjoburg.co.za

Artivist/Untitled Basement

Artivist is where fashion, food, art and music meet in Braamfontein. This arts and culture hub hosts everything from fashion launches to underground jazz sessions, making it one of Braam’s most eclectic hidden gems. Put on your coolest pair of sneakers and vintage ripped jeans and head out here for a one-of-a-kind experience. P.S: Order the beer battered fish burger served on a charcoal bun and served with handcut chips for a marvelous taste adventure.

You can keep up to date with events and performances happening at Artivist/Untitled Basement on their Facebook page.

Details: 7 Reserve Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | (Tel) 011 339 1647 | bookings@artivist.co.za

Untitled Basement
Artivist/Untitled Basement

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