Welcome to Joburg Central! This up-and-coming, lively, diverse and vibrant part of Johannesburg is an absolute must-visit if you’re looking for the ultimate Jozi experience. From art and theatre to unique retail experiences, restaurants and tourist attractions, this is the place to start. Explore the many various suburbs in Joburg Central and the central business district, and enjoy your visit.
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For an inner city adventure like no other, visit the bustling suburb of Braamfontein! Spend an evening taking in the beautiful views of this area of town while sipping on sundowners and listening to amazing music at the rooftop urban venue, The Living Room. Or why not do a little shopping and nibbling at the Neighbourgoods Market Johannesburg every Saturday. Also, stop by 44 Stanley for a sophisticated downtown shopping, eating, working and living experience. There’s so much to explore in Braamfontein, keep reading to fins out what other hidden gems this suburb has to offer.
For a suburb where you can find all the tourists, cool cats and unique must-visits in the heart of Jozi, Maboneng is the place to be. This area is brimming with African sub cultures aplenty, exciting cuisine to delight your palate, unique retail experiences that’ll have you coming back for more, rooftop bars that’ll have you dancing the night away and so much more. Visit the ever-popular and trendy mixed-use arts hub, Arts On Main, and shop up a storm. After all that shopping, why not grab a bite to eat at The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar? And if you’re looking to do a tour or join some thrilling activities in the area, visit Curiocity Backpackers and see what they have lined up.
Located just over the Nelson Mandela Bridge is the hip and cultural district of Newtown! Here, visitors and locals can enjoy a lovely day out exploring the many interesting points of interest this area offers. Take a look at what shows are on circuit at the Market Theatre; stop by Newtown Junction to do a little retail therapy; browse through the historical Museum Africa; try your hand at a few science experiments at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre; and round off your day with a party at the And Club.
Right next to Newtown, Hillbrow and Berea is Parktown. This part of town is a great spot if you’re looking to enjoy a little bit of history, view some art and architecture and perhaps even dine out in between activities. A few musts worth mentioning includes the Adler Museum of Medicine housed at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Medical School Campus; a tour through Northwards Mansion which is one of the oldest buildings in the city; view beautiful artworks at Gallery MOMO and the Wits Art Museum; the visiting Workshop 55 for some delicious tapas, interesting cocktails and unique dining experience.
If there’s one thing Ormonde in the centre of Johannesburg is known for, it’s the family favourite, Gold Reef City! Just a stone’s throw from Newtown, this area is perfect if you’re looking to enjoy a day filled with thrills, excitement and a little bit of terror (think The Tower of Terror). Families, kids and thrill seekers alike flock to the Gold Reef City Theme Park over the weekends to get their dose of adrenaline and adventure. You can also get some insight into the history of Jozi by taking a heritage tour through the old gold mine situated in the heart of the theme park. For those who prefer the more relaxed side of life, there’s also the Gold Reef City Casino, where you can try your luck on the slot machines, enjoy a show at the Lyric Theatre, dine at one of the many restaurants the entertainment hub has to offer and much more.