Newtown, a precinct filled with a rich history, culture and a hub for the creatives in the arts. Situated within close proximity to Braamfontein and the Johannesburg CBD. This area is one that has grown to be the go to spot not only for creatives, but Joburgers at large.
When you are in Newtown, you have everything that you need at your disposal. Whether its a restaurant, entertainment, a good party or the simplest thing every South African is always looking for – safe parking. Well! Newtown is just the place.
Sax The Night Away
Niki’s Oasis Restaurant & Jazz Bar
Probably one of the oldest jazz lounges in the city, Niki’s Oasis is the epitome of nostalgia from the minute you enter to the moment you leave.
Picture this; the last time I was there, I was heading to a show next door and decided to have a cup of tea, I ordered and they brought me an old school tea pot, cup and saucer and I received the entertainment from a jazz band that covered an instrumental by Kem – Love Calls. I think you get the picture.
Niki’s oozes with a vibey and warm atmosphere, drawing you in from leaving. If you live in a vintage area of sorts, trust me – this is the treasure you have been looking for. Situated next to The Market Theatre Laboratory in front of the new cafe, Outie.
Outie Bakery + Cafe
Poetry is something that makes a lot of people get into their feels and Outie Bakery + Cafe is just the place where you can get a good plate of food as well as entertainment (FYI: Word n Sound brings open mic to Outie every Wednesday evening).
Outie boasts with fresh bakery goods that will have you in a world of your own – ooh! the brownies, please try these, they are everything that a brownie deserves to be. Situated right in front of the Market Theatre, the seating outside allows you to enjoy a good cuppa joe.
Where Art Thou…
Moving Into Dance
Fortunately enough for those who are not looking for a nightlife dance experience, there is a dance studio in Newtown where you can enrol for lessons. MID caters for dance genres in Contemporary, Afro Fusion, Hip Hop and more. Dance has been known to be the best form of exercise so maybe this is an opportunity to hit two birds with one stone.
The Market Theatre
The tMarket Theatre has hosted some of the best shows in the country, be it stage readings, drama, musicals – this place has been in Newtown for years keeping the arts alive, encouraging young artists and motivating the public to get involved in the performing arts.
Shop Till You Drop
The Newtown Junction Mall
If you’d rather be shopping, Newtown Junction boasts with a cute mall that has ample stores to get you all dressed with style. The mall also has restaurants, banking facilities and a couple of fast food joints – did i mention the amazing surrounding venues available for a good party? Check out one of the oldest nightlife spots around, Carfax.
Joburgers, let’s explore Newtown!
Featured Image by Outie Bakery
By Mary-Ann Nyandeni