Keyes Art Mile is known to be the hippest, coolest and most vibrant art hub in Johannesburg. This amazing precinct situated in heart of Rosebank is home to a collection of artistic brands and creators, including décor stores, art galleries, interesting boutiques, interior design spaces, creative agencies and much more. Let's not forget to mention the lovely restaurant scene, offering some of the best cuisines on this side of town. A visit to Keyes Art Mile is an absolute must.
Before the days of Covid-19, many people would flock to the Keyes Art Mile for a particular art and cultural event, namely Joburg's favourite, First Thursdays, which will be relaunching in April 2021.
But other than that little bit of exciting news, surely you want to know why else you need to visit this trendy, up-and-coming, and beautiful part of the city and what you can expect to see, do, and enjoy? Well, there's plenty of reasons! Keep reading, we'll share a few highlights, hot spots and suggestions.
There's Plenty of Eateries You Need To Sample
The Keyes Art Mile boasts diversity when it comes to its selection of eateries, foodie spots and restaurants. There's bound to be something for all tastes, occasions and cuisines. Whether you're looking for some fine dining, some authentic Italian, something sweet and decadent, or simply need to get a caffeine fix, there's is a spot ready and waiting to take your order. We'll name a few must-visits!
If you're craving seriously glorious and authentic Italian cuisine, then you need to visit Sotto Sopra. Serving Roman-style pizza and handmade in-house pasta that's sure to delight the taste buds, this vibrant, open and relaxing eatery is the perfect spot for quick meetings, after-work drinks with colleagues or friends, or for a speedy yet scrumptious lunch on the go.
Craving some Asian Fusion cuisine? Momo Kuro is just the place! This restaurant is the sister brand to the famous Momo Baohaus, and they've brought flavourful bowls, buns and sushi rolls to Rosebank. Serving up fresh, different and oh-so-yummy dim sum, poké and tapas, you'll most definitely be coming back for more.
There is absolutely nothing better than a burger joint that can give you a great burger. That is what BGR is all about. Their quirky and minimalist look is without a doubt a standout, however, there's nothing minimalist about their meals. BGR is by far one of the most popular restaurants at Keyes Art Mile, and for very good reason.
Whether you're looking for some of the best coffee in the area or simply want to indulge in a selection of decadent baked delights, L'atelier Bakery is a must-visit! This lovely confectionery spot offers visitors with a magical and flavourful culinary journey that's sure to have you coming back for more. If you're looking for something a little more savoury, then be sure to take a look at their selection of breakfasts, tapas, sandwiches and quiches. There's sure to be something for all taste buds and preferences.
Mix Cocktail Bar is the perfect place for those after-work drinks and Friday nights out on the town. This is not your regular bar, they've re-imagined cocktails and sundowners. Mix offers a wide variety of concoctions, allowing you to explore flavours and combinations and experience cocktails like never before. The ambience at Mix Cocktail Bar is always lively and vibrant.
Afrikoa Café (currently closed due to Covid-19)
Afrikoa Café is a decadent chocolate concept store that has become the new go-to place for discerning trendsetters. If you love those rich indulgences, then you'll definitely find solace here with all things delicious in a luxurious setting. Enjoy a selection a chocolate-inspired by-products on offer. Think the three Cs: chocolate, coffee and champagne. It’s a match made in heaven, all served from AFRIKOA Café’s signature speciality menu.
When we think fine dining, Marble is the restaurant that pops straight into our minds. They embrace the authenticity of the South African food preparation process, bringing in the element of fire to ensure that your meal is filled with flavour. Offering fine dining at it's best, the restaurant is inviting, with urban contemporary and artistic touches that'll delight. This restaurant is a must-visit!
There's Art & Design EVERYWHERE
Considering Rosebank is the art and design district of the city, you're bound to find plenty of creative spaces along the Keyes Art Mile. Here are a few that you need to visit the next time you come to this artsy strip in the heart of the city.
Everard Read is one of Africa’s oldest commercial art galleries, having celebrated its centenary year in 2013. First built along a dusty street in the young mining town of Johannesburg and now still standing in the upcoming art and design district in the city, this gallery has been evolving within the continent's economic powerhouse. Everard Read has always been associated with pre-eminent artists working in Southern Africa.
For interesting art that's sure to awake all different feelings and sensations from within, be sure to pay a visit to the CIRCA Gallery. Having been developed in 2009 alongside the Everard Read Gallery, the CIRCA seek to intersperse contemporary art exhibitions with human technology and scientific installations.
The TMRW Gallery is an artistic space for creative exploration and hi-tech play. It operates, showcases and delights visitors at the intersection of art and technology. Here, you can expect to find an artistic blend of augmented, virtual and mixed reality, all used as tools for creating real-world experiences.
Enjoy Some Artistic Retail Therapy!
Art comes in many different forms along the Keyes Art Mile! Here are a few spaces where you can get your retail therapy fix and take something truly creative and beautiful home with you, whether you're looking to add a unique piece to your wardrobe or home.
From artisanal handbags and accessories all entirely handmade from locally sourced materials in South Africa, Okapi offers shoppers luxurious pieces, unlike anything they have seen or found before. Okapi follows a simple approach to creating honest and sustainable job opportunities and skills growth for local creators and designers. They do not believe in fast fashion. Every element of an OKAPI handbag is entirely traceable, sustainable and ethically sourced. Their products are crafted to last a lifetime.
If you're looking to spruce up your home with some designer pieces, then be sure to visit True Design. This décor and design store is committed to providing only the best of authentic design products in the world to South Africa. Their selection of brands reflects their success, each with their own rich history, interpretations of the latest trends in design, as well as product technologies.
For More Information
For more information about the Keyes Art Mile, be sure to visit their website at keyesartmile.co.za.
You can also contact them on [email protected].