As the new year rolls into gear, most of us become swept up in the mania of declaring our New Year’s Resolutions. From the traditional goals to lose weight, quit smoking and hit the gym, to a new wave of self care priorities, there seem to be an endless stream of changes that need to be made to our lives as soon as the clock strikes midnight on 1 January. But, what if we could ditch the stress and simply be grateful for having made it through another manic year?
We, at Joburg.co.za, have decided to ditch the New Year’s Resolutions in 2020. Instead, we have resolved to dedicate our time and energy towards exploring all that our eclectic city has to offer. To join us on this journey, read on to find out the best places in the city to ditch those New Year’s Resolutions and discover a new lease on life!
It’s A Sweet Existence
Joburg is a sweet tooth’s paradise. With an array of world class patisseries, fine dining restaurants and unique bakeries, the city offers a wonderland well worth exploring. Whether you are in the mood for a decadent slice of chocolate ganache, delicate French pastries or the messiest ice cream dessert, there is a spot to have your cake and eat it in the city of gold. This Ditch Your Resolutions Day, why not let go the reigns and indulge in a pudding worthy of a few extra hours at the gym? Here are our top dessert picks from Joburg’s best sweet mongers:
1. Raffaelo Coconut And White Chocolate Cake – Walnut Grove
If there is only one dessert spot you visit this January, let it be Walnut Grove. The shining star of cakes and pastries at Sandton City, this spot should be on your foodie bucket list for 2020. Their cake display is too good to pass by, so you might as well let live and let cake! You could tuck into a slice of ‘pretend it’s healthy’ carrot cake, or a delightful wedge of rainbow cake. But, we have it on good authority that their Raffaelo Coconut and White Chocolate Cake is by far the best indulgence on offer. The subtle flavour of coconut and white chocolate make it the ideal cheat, just sweet enough to activate your brain’s happy centre without sending you into a sugar spin.
2. Chocolate Brownie – The Fat Zebra
In keeping with the theme of chocolate treasures, we direct your attention to the Fat Zebra in Linden. This quirky bistro offers one of the most moreish chocolate desserts in the city – a Cashew Caramel Lindt Chocolate Brownie, served with a perfectly percolated and frothy cappuccino. If there was ever a dessert worth kicking your resolutions to the curb for, this would be it.
3. Afternoon Tea – Level Four Restaurant
The 19th century tradition of afternoon tea has truly taken off in Joburg in recent years, with a number of restaurants offering finger sandwiches, mini cakes, French delicacies and an assortment of teas. However, there is one venue that stands above the rest – Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath in Rosebank. Not only is their high tea simply delicious, but the restaurant provides ample privacy for long chats and romantic whispers. Book a table before the Valentine’s Day frenzy begins!
4. Vegan Indulgences
Joburg is becoming increasingly vegan-friendly with dairy-free and gelatine-free ice creams, desserts and milkshakes. Go on, you deserve a sweet treat for all the eco-conscious eating you do all year round.
A Tipple Or Two
We know that clean living is all the rage at the moment, with many shunning off alcoholic drinks in favour of a sober lifestyle. However, we also know that there are those of you out there who truly enjoy your few vices. If you’ve already fallen off the bandwagon in the new year, despite making resolutions to change your ways, you may as well check out Joburg’s top wine, whisky and cigar bars. But, be responsible and don’t drink and drive!
Churchills Bar – Melrose Arch
Churchills is one of the best places to kick back, relax and sample some of the finest whiskies Joburg has to offer. A verified ‘cool kids’ hangout, this classic bar at Melrose Arch is the ideal spot to embrace the carefree attitude of Ditch Your Resolutions Day 2020.
Churchills also hosts regular wine tasting evenings with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Steenberg Vineyards and Deetlefs Wine Estate. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Katzy’s is the ultimate hot spot for sophisticated indulgences. With its leather finishes and oak accents, this bar is made for old souls. Come and enjoy a whisky (or two) in their lounge. Or, try something new and ask to sample one of Katzy’s curated cigars. If you must bend to your vices this new year, you may as well do it here.
One Potato, Couch Potato
Just because you’ve resolved to be more active in 2020 doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make time for your favourite TV series. Ditch your resolutions by catching up on these must-watch shows on Netflix and Showmax. You could also head out into the city for a movie night at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank or Jozi’s only independent cinema, The Bioscope in Maboneng. While you’re there, stop by at POPArt – Maboneng’s finest independent theatre space. They kick off the 2020 theatre season with one of their most popular features – Naked Girls Reading. This show is all about the sensuality of the female form and a deep passion for literature. We think it’s certainly worth skipping that spin class for.
In keeping with our goal to explore the city more in 2020, we encourage you to check out Joburg’s independent film and theatre scene. Not only will you be exposed to new corners of Joburg, but you are likely to meet new friends to make lasting memories with. Plus, it’s a much easier resolution to stick by than counting your daily steps!
Don’t let Janu-worry get you down. If you have somehow managed to spare a few pennies after the festive season, treat yourself to a spa treatment at one of Joburg’s top spas. In fact, scheduling a little ‘me time’ may be exactly the resolution you should keep for the year ahead. You need not blow the bank, but a new haircut or mani-pedi is an assured must before the start of the new work year. If you are looking for a budget-friendly and accessible beauty salon, look no further than your nearest Dischem Skin Strategy salon. Their list of beauty treatments is wide ranging and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Alternatively, book yourself into the Renaissance Day Spa at the Michelangelo in Sandton. With a heated spa pool, sauna and sensation shower, visiting this luxury day spa feels like a mini vacation. In this case, it’s less about ditching your resolutions and adding to your list instead. Either way, we hope you start the year with a clear mind and tons of self appreciation.
Happy Ditch Your Resolutions Day!