Braamfontein is one of Joburg's most eclectic and fast-paced suburbs. New fashion trends spring up daily thanks to the area's entrenched youth culture. If you're not one to follow the crowd when it comes to expressing yourself through fashion, then this is the shopping district for you. Let's check out Braam's best retail precincts and clothing stores to get you started on your journey.

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Shopping Centres

70 Juta Street

70 Juta is Braamfontein's original mini high street and has become one of the most recognizable landmark sat the intersection of Juta and De Beer streets. This contemporary retail precinct is all about community engagement and promotion of young, local entrepreneurship. Stores pop in and out of here on a monthly basis, so there is always something new to see. With its open air courtyard and adjoining art gallery, this is a shopping centre unlike any other in the city.

Visit 70 Juta Street.

44 Stanley 

44 Stanley is situated in Braamfontein Werf, near Milpark. This popular mixed-use precinct offers a boutique-style shopping experience coupled with great food and entertainment. Visit their awesome fashion stores and design studios to get your hands on handcrafted goodies and artisan products. 44 Stanley also hosts regular weekend markets, bringing you the very best in fashion, craft, design and food out in their lush courtyard. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to stay up to date with events.

Visit 44 Stanley.

Neighbourgoods Market 

Now, this isn't your typical shopping centre. However, the Neighbourgoods Market brings in hundreds of foodies, shoppers and fun seekers to Braamfontein over weekends. Situated at 73 Juta Street, which also houses a ground floor retail space, 1st floor office spaces and a rooftop venue, the market is the place to be on a Saturday afternoon in Braamfontein. Visit their diverse selection of stalls to get all your organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free food goodies. From pickles to jams, fresh produce, nuts and honey, the Neighbourgoods Market has all you need to live a healthy lifestyle. Oh, and the gourmet street food is pretty good, too. The market takes place every Saturday from 09:00 - 15:00, so don't miss out!

Visit the Neighbourgoods Market.

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Independent Stores 

Archive

Archive is sneaker head central in Braamfontein. They stock a range of premium fashion brands, including Nike, Adidas, Puma and and Vans. Situated on the ground floor of the 73 Juta Street precinct, Archive exudes an atmosphere of youth culture and urban fashion. But this is so much more than just a shoe store. Archive hosts regular exhibits of their latest collections, telling the story of street culture and shaping fashion trends in one fell swoop. You can also purchase top of range sneaker care products here to ensure that your kicks stay looking brand new for as long as possible.

Visit Archive.

Puma

Avid Puma brand fanatics should visit their store located on Corner De Korte and Melle streets in Braamfontein. Come and get your hands on limited edition apparel and shoes here. This is definitely the place to go for trend setting fashion and chic urban wear. Join the "cool kids" fashion wave and get your sports gear and leisure wear at Puma Braamfontein.

Visit Puma Braamfontein.

Studio 88 

Studio 88 is South Africa's largest independent fashion and footwear retail chain of stores. Their Braamfontein 'Varsity Vibe and Soccer Outlet' stocks a range of sports wear brand apparel and shoes. They also carry a wide variety of supporters gear for both soccer and rugby clubs, including FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City FC, Pirates, Chiefs, Sundowns and the Springboks. Students can get a 10% discount by joining the Studio 88 Varsity Vibe app. Download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Visit Studio 88 Braamfontein.

X-Trend

X-Trend is an exclusive sportswear, fashion and lifestyle brand. Their store in Braamfontein stocks limited edition men's and women's apparel and sneakers by some of the world's biggest brands, including New Balance, Adidas, Nike and Reebok. X-Trend is a must-visit for athleisure wear, branded t-shirts, latest edition sneakers, caps and funky socks. Stop by to find your next weekend fit or a new look to debut at the start of the semester.

Visit X-Trend.

Salvation Cafe

If you've been missing out on Saturday morning brunch at Salvation Cafe, you're in luck. You can now order a selection of breakfasts, coffees, sweet treats and ready-made meals for delivery or collection at their 44 Stanley restaurant. While Salvation Cafe is back up and running, they are working under strict health and safety regulations. This means that all their meals will be cooked in small batches and in advance. However, this does not detract from its freshness or taste value. Pre-order your weekly meals from them to see you through the chilly season with ease. Orders must be in by 16:00 on Wednesdays for delivery on Friday afternoons. Delivery within a 5km radius is free, while it will cost you R12 per km if you live further away.

Our top pick: Cape Malay Lamb Bobotie

Nothing tastes more like home than a hearty lamb bobotie. But it can take hours to prepare! Instead of slaving over the stove after a hard day's work, pre-order yourself a Cape Malay Lamb Bobotie from Salvation Cafe. This family-style meal should feed at least four hungry tummies and at only *R160, it's a steal!

Check out the rest of Salvation Cafe's ready-made meal offerings on their website. Order yours by contacting them on 011 482 7795 or via email at [email protected].

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Fournos 

If it's Mediterranean-inspired cuisine you're after this winter, look no further than your nearest Fournos Bakery. You can visit them in-store if you wish or order your pre-cooked meals for the week via their website. Fournos also offers cook and eat options, providing you with all the ingredients you need to whip up delicious winter dinners. No more pondering what to cook only to discover that you don't have the necessary ingredients to prepare it!

Our top pick: Chicken Lasagne served with a medium salad and a fresh loaf of bread

Lasagne really is the ultimate winter comfort meal, isn't it? But it takes an age to assemble all the layers just right. Rather order a pre-made chicken lasagne from Fournos. It comes with a fresh salad and a loaf of bread. Talk about a balanced meal without all the extra fuss! Fournos also makes quiches and full roast chickens to order. Click here to see their full ready-made menu.

To order a ready-made meal from Fournos, simply register on their website and buy online. Contact your nearest branch for delivery information.

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Lexi's Healthy Eatery 

Vegan friends, we haven't forgotten about you and neither has Lexi's Healthy Eatery. This top vegan restaurant is back in the kitchen bringing their famous gourmet plant-based food to their loyal customers in lockdown. Recently, they debuted a new delivery menu feature - Lexi's In Your Freezer! These plant-based whole meals are made ready to go and packed with all the good stuff you need to get through winter. All you have to do is place your order on the Urban Foods website or via the Uber Eats app, sit back and get ready to enjoy a fantastic, wholesome meal. You can also call your nearest Lexi's branch directly and have them deliver your order to your car outside their restaurant. Either way, it's super convenient and super healthy.

Our top pick: Sweet Shepherd's Pie 

Shepherd's Pie is undoubtedly a winter dinner staple. But how does one turn it vegan and still keep its flavour integrity? Order a Sweet Shepherd's Pie from Lexi's! Made with a delicious lentil bolognese topped with Lexi's signature sweet potato and leek mash, this is the ultimate vegan comfort food. Plus, it's totally gluten-free, low carb and refined sugar-free, so you can kick guilt to the curb and enjoy your dinner with absolute satisfaction.

Click here to see Lexi's full lockdown delivery menu.

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Deli Via

Enjoy wholesome cooking delivered right to your door this winter, thanks to Café del Sol’s brand-new luxury delivery line, Deli Via. You can order everything from fresh homemade sauces and delicious artisanal pizza to hearty pasta dishes and signature whole cakes, all prepared with love and delivered with care. All you have to do is take a look at their selection of delicious options online, place your order, pay, get it delivered and enjoy. Take you pick from frozen meals you can stock in your freezer for those evenings when you just don't feel like cooking or indulge in some cooked pasta dishes and mains. Click here to find out more.

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From left to right: Asparagus and Brie Cheese Lasagne, Beef Lasagne and plain Tagliatelle. Images provided by Deli Via.

Looking for more ready-made convenience? Check out these retailers and caterers who supply ready-made meals to the public.

What Is 44 Stanley?

As far as mixed-use precincts go, 44 Stanley is one of the most well-developed in Joburg. The restaurants, boutiques and artist workshops here are renowned for their top quality products and superior service. If you've ever attended a market or event at 44 Stanley, you'll know that it hums with activity over weekends. This is where all the verified 'cool kids' hang out, so be sure to visit as soon as lockdown is over.

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COVID-19 Precautions

During lockdown, 44 Stanley has been allowed to open select stores and restaurants for trade. You can visit the precinct, guaranteed you are fully kitted out in lockdown gear (face mask on and hands sanitised to perfection). However, most stores and restaurants are offering online ordering and delivery to promote physical distancing and contactless trade. While this may be sad for some of us who thrive on human interaction (looking at you extroverts), it is necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in our city.

Restaurants Open During Level 4 Lockdown

The restaurants at 44 Stanley are well-known for their unique offerings and super tasty menus. Now, we know that after months of cooking for yourself, you must be dying for a little restaurant food. Help support the eateries and food stores at 44 Stanley by ordering in.

Vovo Telo

How many bad loaves of bread have you baked in lockdown? No more kneading, rolling or flouring necessary because Vovo Telo is open for bakery collections. Get your (clean) hands on freshly baked sourdough, rye and seed breads, or indulge in a decadent slice of Oreo Peanut Butter Cheesecake. Vovo Telo is open between 10:00 - 14:00, so don't miss out!

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Salvation Cafe  

Your favourite brunch spot in the city is open for delivery through UberEats! While their menu has been cut down to make the order and delivery process easier, you can still get your fix of healthy breakfasts, sweet treats and grocery staples from Salvation Cafe. If you would prefer to collect your order from the restaurant, simply stand under the olive tree and wait for one of their staff to bring out your order.

Chocoloza 

How about a box of handcrafted choccies to devour while binge-watching your favourite series in lockdown? Chocoloza is open for delivery of their crafty chocolate creations. Email them on [email protected] to make your order. You can also visit the store between 10:00 - 14:00.

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The Leopard

The Leopard Bistro has been hard at work throughout lockdown, bringing grocery orders and ready meals direct to their customers. Treat yourself to a taste of their wholesome, sustainably sourced food goodies by ordering for next day delivery.

Bean There Coffee

Hats off to you if you've managed to survive lockdown without a daily caffeine fix. However, if you're human like us, order yourself a bag of fresh coffee granules or beans from Bean There Coffee. Sadly, their restaurant at 44 Stanley isn't yet open for deliveries or takeaway coffees, but you can make your own at home just as easily.

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Check out the full list of 44 Stanley stores open for trade during level 4 lockdown here.

For More Information

Visit www.44stanley.co.za for more information about the precinct. You can also follow them on social media for updates on trade during lockdown:

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Details: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Dine

Joburg is a wonder world of culinary experiences. If you are anything at all like us, you have been missing out on restaurant hopping across town. As soon as we are able to get out and explore again, these will be our top two Joburg dining picks:

Modena Italian Eatery

If there was ever any doubt that 4th Avenue in Parkhurst is one of Joburg's culinary centres, Modena Italian Eatery has proven critics wrong. This Italian-inspired eatery opened in February 2020, just before chaos erupted. Their menu features a delightful selection of traditional Italian dishes, as well as a few with a modern twist. We will most certainly be stopping by once life returns to relative normality to sample their Napolitana di Modena – a traditional tomato ragu served with bocconcini mozzarella over homemade pasta with a nice tall glass of wine.

L'atelier Bakery

Just before the national lockdown began, we were fortunate enough to attend the grand opening of L'atelier Bakery at the Trumpet Building on Keyes Avenue. This French-Belgian inspired patisserie wowed us with their array of pastries and savoury delights. We will surely be back once the lockdown has ended to sample some more of their tasty treats.

Latelier Bakery

L'atelier Bakery

Drink

Speaking of wine, have you run out of your favourite tipple? With liquor sales banned for the last two months, we have become a city of teetotalers. But, for those of you who will be headed straight to the nearest drinking hole once we have bid COVID-19 farewell, here are two of Jozi's best cocktail spots to welcome you back to the scene:

Saigon Suzy 

Seeing the back side of COVID-19 is going to call for a massive celebration. So, why not go all out with a night of delicious dim sum, cocktails and karaoke? With two venues in Joburg, Saigon Suzy is likely to see her loyal patrons return in their hordes (at a distance, of course) for an epic night out on the town. Don't miss out on all the fun!

Social Parkwood

The creator of Saigon Suzy is also the brainchild behind Social Parkwood. If it's fancy cocktails you want, it's fancy cocktails you'll get here. They also cater to other drink preferences, so no matter your poison, you should be pleased. Social's restaurant element isn't to be snubbed either, as they elegantly combine the bar and restaurant to give their patrons a great overall experience. What more could you need to get back into the Joburg party vibe?

Social Parkwood

Social Parkwood

Dance 

How about an evening of uninhibited dancing? While there have been a number of awesome live streaming events to keep you jiving throughout lockdown, there is nothing quite like a night out on the town in your dancing shoes. Here's where you can strap them on and get moving again!

Canteen 

If you've ever visited the Maboneng Precinct, you'll know that Canteen is the place to be. Not only is their menu generous in variety and flavour, but their rooftop salsa events are unrivaled. Whether you are a seasoned professional or complete amateur, this vibrant rooftop party is sure to get your toes tapping. Combined with the fantastic view of the inner city below, Canteen's Sunday salsa event is a definite must-attend once lockdown is over and we can safely leave our homes.

Carfax & And

From the rooftops to the underground, the Joburg party scene is as diverse as the people who bring it to life. If you're after something grungier than usual, visit Carfax & And, Newtown's most exciting secret dance club venues. And specialises in techno and drum and bass parties, so expect a raving party. Carfax boasts a similar vibe, but hosts more exclusive events including art exhibitions and private artist parties, so you'll have to keep your ear to the ground to get yourself a ticket in the door. Nevertheless, these venues are unlike any other in the city and are well worth a visit on your first night out on the town after lockdown.

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Stay Over

Being cooped up at home for months can cause serious cabin fever. If you can no longer stand the sight of your own couch, bed or kitchen cupboards, take a few days to recuperate at one of these two awesome Jozi hotels. One is a budget-friendly bakcpacker's haven, the other a world-class, architectural marvel. Whichever you choose, we are sure you will have a ball being away from home for awhile.

Once In Joburg

Once In Joburg is unofficially known as Joburg's only 'poshtel' - a perfect mish-mash of classy hotel and hostel situated right in the heart of Braamfontein. During the national lockdown period, Once In Joburg will be functioning as a safe harbour for health care workers as part of the Ubuntu Beds campaign. However, once things return to normal, we are sure that they will be ready to welcome in adventurous travellers. If you have always wanted to explore your city by night, this is the place to stay over. So, go on and tick those adventures off your bucket list. If lockdown has taught us anything, it's that life is meant to be lived to the fullest.

The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch opened on Sunday, 1 March 2020. Boasting an impressive 306 rooms and modern facilities, this hotel is where consummate professionals and tourists alike can relax, rejuvenate and negotiate all at once. As global travel may be off the cards for a few months to come, book yourself into this luxury hotel for a weekend getaway, right in the heart of the city.

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Explore

Joburg is undoubtedly an urban jungle. Get out into the fresh air once lockdown is over by visiting Joburg's top parks and nature reserves. Our top picks include a protected nature reserve hidden right in the heart of Houghton and the best art and sculpture park in Gauteng. So, get on those hiking books and go on an adventure!

The Wilds

The Wilds has undergone massive reconstruction and revitalisation in recent years. Home to some of Joburg's most unique indigenous plant species, this is the perfect destination to reintroduce yourself to the wild outdoors. Set against the Melville koppies, the park offers adventurers an array of winding paths and hills to explore. This is also a great spot to take a few wildlife snaps and post-lockdown selfies set against the Joburg skyline.

NIROX Sculpture Park

Art imitates life, doesn't it? The NIROX Sculpture Park reflects the dichotomy between man-made art and the natural world with perfect balance. Stroll their expansive sculpture gardens, artist studios and the park's natural wonders on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The on-site restaurant is famed for its generous Sunday afternoon lunches, so bring the whole family along for a post-lockdown celebration feast.

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A Little Bit Of Culture 

Have you been enjoying tons of online theatre, music and visual art content while in lockdown? Unfortunately, there is nothing quite like the real thing. Treat yourself to a night out at the theatre or the cinema and help get the arts community back on its feet after lockdown.

The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre has stood as an icon of South African theatre since 1976. If you've never visited this historic theatre venue before, hop on over the M1 to Newtown as soon as lockdown ends. With its air of urban jazz culture and casual 'coolness', the Market Theatre bar is the ideal place to hang out before the show begins. Here you'll most likely bump into a few famous faces and possibly some new friends. So, put on your peddler's hat and earn yourself a good dose of theatre culture.

The Bioscope Independent Cinema 

Our final top Jozi destination to visit post-lockdown is The Bioscope Independent Cinema. Shortly before lockdown was implemented, The Bioscope made their big move out of the Maboneng Precinct. Their new home at 44 Stanley should be completed once we are all set free, so you can get back to enjoying independent cinema right away. Grab the popcorn and slushies because we are totally ready to go on a big screen adventure!

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Ready to get planning your post-lockdown adventures across the city? Check out these awesome experience packages you can buy now and enjoy later!

Indie Cinema In The Heart Of The City 

For a decade, The Bioscope Independent Cinema has advertised itself as Joburg's only truly independent cinema. Situated within the heart of the Maboneng Precinct, The Bioscope has offered Jozi film fundis the very best in local and international independent cinema. Not to mention their quirky repurposed car seats and legendary combo boxes, all of which have made a trip to The Bioscope a must on city explorers' bucket lists. The Bioscope has also been the host of many a film festival, promoting student work and independent artists throughout their 10 years in Maboneng.

Now, in celebration of their 10th anniversary, The Bioscope looks to a new future. They recently announced that the cinema will be moving out of Maboneng to a new home - 44 Stanley in Milpark!

Why The Move?

If you have ever visited The Bioscope in Maboneng, you will know that their space is superbly limited. The move to 44 Stanley marks an evolution of the cinema, which will soon be offering bigger and better events, such as private screenings, parties and conferences. The Bioscope will also be able to offer an extended gift shop, where you buy all assortments of trinkets and mementos at their new venue. Their sister company, Little Edish will be setting up shop right next door, too.

Nevertheless, Maboneng remains a special place in the hearts of The Bioscope's founders and fans. That's why their flagship pizza cafe, Chalkboard, will remain at the original venue. So, whenever you find yourself in Mabs with a hankering for good pizza or craft beer, pop by Chalkboard to reminiscence about the good old days of The Bioscope and enjoy a hearty meal.

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Lend A Hand

As a result of the national lockdown to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The Bioscope was unable to host their final screenings at their Maboneng home. The cinema has always relied on their faithful and passionate patrons to see them through tough times, which is why they have introduced the Benefit Ticket system. While you may not be able to purchase tickets to upcoming shows, The Bioscope ask that you buy a Benefit Ticket to help get them through renovations at 44 Stanley in anticipation of your impending arrival. They will also be pioneering their own cinema club, The Cine Society - a platform for organising film meet ups and a way to meet people in your city that enjoy watching films as much as you do! All Benefit Ticket options will include membership to the Cine Society.

Here are the four Benefit Ticket options:

  1. Popcorn Benefit (R500 per person) – Complimentary and bottomless popcorn every time you visit The Bioscope in 2020, your name on the Friends Of The Bioscope plaque, and automatic sign-up to The Cine Society.
  2. Ticket Benefit (R1500 per person) – Complimentary access into ANY public screening in 2020 (subject to booking ahead via email). Complimentary and bottomless popcorn every time you visit The Bioscope in 2020, your name on the Friends Of The Bioscope plaque, and automatic sign-up to The Cine Society.
  3. Company Benefit (R2000) – For organisations and companies. Complimentary access for one member of your company or organisation into ANY public screening in 2020 (subject to booking ahead via email). Complimentary and bottomless popcorn for that one member’s visit, every time they visit The Bioscope in 2020. Your company name on the Friends Of The Bioscope plaque, and the automatic sign up of any willing company members to The Cine Society.
  4. Private Party Benefit (R3000) – For individuals and companies. This ticket gets you exclusive use of the cinema room for your own screening event! This will be for a date and time agreed upon in writing over email and gets you two hours in the cinema room. During this event, The Bioscope will offer all your guests complimentary, bottomless popcorn!

The Bioscope will be selling Benefit Tickets through their online ticketing system. Alternatively, you can contact them via email at [email protected]

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For More Information

Visit The Bioscope Independent Cinema website for more information. You can also follow them on Facebook for further updates on their big move and upcoming screenings.

We look forward to seeing you at the new Bioscope Independent Cinema! 

What Is It?

The SPIN Music Fair is back! Join 14 of the country's top vinyl record, CD and audio dealers for a day out in the summer sunshine. Browse through thousands of pre-owned and new vinyl records, CD's and cassette tapes. You are bound to find albums by your favourite artists, many at bargain prices. The Green Room, will be offering a selection of mouth watering meals. Chat with knowledgeable dealers, collectors and other music lovers at the SPIN Music Fair. Or, simply soak up the sun while enjoying the melodic sounds of this month's featured guest band. Featured vinyl and CD dealers include:

When Is It?

Sunday, 23 February 2020 at 10:00 - 14:00.

Where Is It?

Pirates Bowls Club, 4 Cruden Bay Road, Greenside, Randburg, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Free entry.

For More Information

For more information about this event, check out their Facebook page. 

Contact them on 082 490 2743 or via email at [email protected]

Hyde Park Corner Welcomes Artisanal Collaboration With 44 Stanley & Victoria Yards

Perfectly timed to bring a a wide selection of artisanal Christmas gifting ideas, Hyde Park Corner welcomes VYx44, a collaborative store bringing the artisans, makers and designers from artsy 44 Stanley and Victoria Yards to the north.

44 Stanley, and more recently Victoria Yards, have re-invented urban spaces in Joburg and brought local makers and artisans together. Although distinctly different, both properties focus on sustainable practices and a return to artisanal craft and making with an increased emphasis on social development. This November, Hyde Park Corner brings these artisans, makers and designers to you.

Opening on Friday 01 November 2019 in the month of Hyde Park Corner’s 50th birthday celebrations, VYx44 will be a place to discover fashion and accessories, furniture and décor, craft and design and coffee from Africa’s first Certified Fairtrade, organic coffee roaster.

Housed in a trendy warehouse-like space at Hyde Park Corner, VYx44 is a perfect addition to the Hyde Park Corner’s mix of elegant and upmarket stores, restaurants, medical practitioners, aesthetics, movies and experiences. The participants in VYx44 are:

From 44 Stanley:

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From Victoria Yards:

When Is It?

Every Wednesday from Wednesday, 06 November 2019 to Wednesday, 11 December 2019 until 20:00.

Where Is It?

Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It? 

Entry is FREE, just take cash for parking and shopping.

For More Information

For more information on what’s happening at Hyde Park Corner, visit www.hydeparkcorner.co.za or on Facebook @HydeParkC or Twitter @HPCHydePark.

You can also contact them on 011 325 4340.

For The Bohemian

The Maboneng Precinct
Most people go to The Maboneng Precinct on Sundays because of Arts On Main. However, this precinct is perfect for any and every free-spirit in Joburg on any day of the week. Quirky food places, coffee shops, art galleries and fashion boutiques - it's a bohemian's dream. It's real downtown Jozi, so go experience it for yourself.

1Fox Precinct
Popularly know for the Market Shed and The Good Luck Bar, 1Fox Precinct is another bohemian favourite. Nestled in Ferreirasdorp, everyone (boho or not) must visit it at least once. The precinct is also home to the rad Fox Junction event venue - so don't just throw any silly ol' event, throw a real unconventional and unforgettable shindig here.

For The Hipster

Braamfontein
All hipsters love Braam so if haven't been to Braam yet, you're losing your touch honey. Get with the program! From alternative fashion to trendy clothing stores, it's one of the top non-mainstream fashion hubs in the city. Don't even get us started on the quirky coffee shops and rad restaurants ...

Park Corner
Park Corner is the new kid on the block when it comes to trendy spots. Remember when the coolest thing about Rosebank was the Goodman Gallery and Circa Gallery? Well now, you can take your hipster yourself out at Bolton Road Collection, among other rad restaurants Then be off to your art exploration. This corner is definitely one of our favourite additions to the city!

For The Fashionista 

Melrose Arch
We know Joburgers don't play about their fashion. At the Arch, you're on it with the fashion shows, the clothing brand launches, fashion photoshoots and so on. If you are one that loves to look good, but if it's not quality then you don't want it, take a drive to Melrose Arch. Go on, get your wardrobe kitted out with the hottest fashion trends on the runway.

Hyde Park Corner
Want your haute couture right here and right now without the admin of ordering online and waiting 5 to 7 working days to get it? Then Hyde Park Corner is the place to go. So whether it's Valentino, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent or Versace - there's a store with just the thing you need. After all that shopping on your favourite fashion spoils, refuel at one of their fine restaurants.

For The Party Animal

Kong Club Rosebank
If you're a party animal,  love music and you don't mind breaking it down with some local and international celebs then Kong is the place for you. This nightclub is best known for playing the latest hip-hop and house music - perfect for those looking to let loose on the dance floor. But it's not just about the partying, you have to look the part too at this club - dress up.

7th Avenue Melville
Feeling nostalgic over your varsity years when club hopping was a must and you had it all on one street? Then, get out of the house and join the other party animals on 7th Avenue is Melville. This road is lined with a diverse range of clubs and restaurants. If you don't want to dress up, it's super chilled.

For The Lunching Lady & Gent

4th Avenue, Parkhurst
For the ladies and gents that love to lunch and indulge in some window shopping , 4th Avenue, Parkhurst is definitely the place to go. With a range of independant restaurants, it's one of those "let's spend the whole afternoon here" type of locations. Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner - one could totally live there.

44 Stanley
Another great spot is 44 Stanley. Home to a collection of specialty stores from antiques to fashion, you can grab a delicious lunch at one of their restaurants then do some shopping or browsing. Spend either some well-deserved 'me-time' or much-needed bonding with your friends.

Know other trendy spots in Joburg not mentioned? Let us know below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

What Is It?

Chocoloza invite you to their chocolate making workshop at 44 Stanley in Milpark this September. Join them for a Chocolate Adventure evening, featuring only the best cocoa products and Belgian chocolate truffles. Here's what to expect:

Afterwards, take a stroll around the 44 Stanley shopping complex and debate with your friends about all the chocolate myths, truths and tastes you have learnt about. Chocaholics, the Chocolate Adventure evening is one you definitely won't want to miss, so book your spot ASAP.

When Is It?

Friday, 13 September 2019 at 18:00 - 21:00.

Where Is It?

44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R450 per person. Booking in advance is essential to secure your spot. Contact them via email at [email protected] or on 010 900 4892 to book your place.

For more information

For more information, follow Chocoloza on Facebook.

When the craving hits, the craving hits! And because of that we took up the challenge to knock out a list of the best pancakes in Joburg. Yup, we ate it all so that you will know where to park your car the next time the craving klaps.

Salvation Cafe

For quite some time Salvation Cafe has been the go-to brunch spot for locals in and around Milpark. As one of 44 Stanley's most popular tenants, Salvation Cafe offers an authentic cafe experience one would find along the French Riviera during springtime. And what better way to soak up the sun at the edge of Africa than with a hearty dose of pancakes? Choose between classic pancakes glittered with cinnamon sugar, fresh lemon juice and syrup, or island it up with a Caribbean-inspired flatty topped with fresh fruit, a berry coulis, syrup and yogurt.

Details: https://www.salvationcafe.co.za/

Pancakes In Joburg

Arbour Cafe

A pancake by any other name is still a pancake... but if you want to be linguistically correct without stepping on any French toes, head to Arbour Cafe in Birdhaven to get your crepe on. Options range from the simple sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and syrup entry to the more complex brandy flambéed orange butter sauce crepe. Our favourite would be the Nutella and banana rendition for sure. Wash this down with one of the many teas Arbour Cafe has on offer.

Details: https://arbourcafe.co.za/

Pancakes In Joburg

The Perfect Cup

You know you're in for a treat when you sit down in a coffee shop that reminds you of your cultured aunt's kitchen. The perfect Cup in Parkview has become a home away from home for many Joburg residents... and with the homeliness comes pancakes, of course. With four sweet and three savoury options to choose from, there's something for every mood imaginable (as if we need an excuse to stuff our faces with the fluffiest and most delicate pancakes in Joburg). The menu sings songs of apples and cream, peppermint chocolate and ice cream, and mince, chicken and tuna fillings.

Details: http://www.perfectcup.co.za/

Pancakes In Joburg

De Molen

With by far the biggest variety of pancakes on this list of top pancakes in Joburg, De Molen is a Dutch bakery and restaurant hidden inside a windmill in Edenvale. Far from the beautiful and heritage-rich streets of Holland, De Molen offers items such as savoury bacon and cheese, chicken mayo stuffed pancakes or cherries and cream, and Dutch apple and cinnamon pancakes, to name a few. The coffee is also good, the vibe great, and the rest of the menu just as delicious. De Molen truly serves the best pancakes in Joburg even though these are a tad thicker than we're used to.

Details: https://www.debackery.co.za/

Pick-A-Pancake

Pick-a-Pancake is a family restaurant with an endearing cow theme, and they specialises in meal-size pancakes with savoury or sweet fillings. The menu is not limited to pancakes, however, as they also serve a variety of meals such as breakfasts, tramezzini, salads, chips, etc... but we're here to talk about pancakes! Patrons can expect an interesting combination of diner-style fillings such as an English breakfast pancake complete with egg, roasted tomato, caramelised onion and bacon.

Details: 076 153 0617, Old Rustenburg Road, Hartbeespoort, Brits, 0216

Honorable Mention: Checkers

For years - if not decades - we've been nibbling our way through Saturday morning grocery shopping on the most amazing, plain Jane pancakes under the African sun. On most days, especially over weekends, Checkers stores across Gauteng roll out the old gas stove and a big jar of pancake batter and get cracking. The price per pancake is quite low and toppings are strictly limited to the old-school cinnamon sugar and lemon juice – which is sometimes exactly what you're craving.

By Shawn Greyling

What Is It?

Calexico at 44 Stanley (famous for their tasty food, signature cocktails and craft beers) is teaming up with MANGERmanje for a new series of delicious events to delight every foodie. The Prosecco and MCC Festival will be one of these events. Who doesn't love a little bubbly? You can expect  to choose from tonnes of bubblies, as well as plates of appetising flavour served all day. End off 2018 the right way at Calexico.

When Is It?

Saturday, 8 December 2018 at 11:00

Where Is It?

Calexico, 44 Stanley Avenue, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Prices have not been announced yet.

For More Information?

For more information, visit the Calexico website.

What Is It?

Calexico at 44 Stanley (famous for their tasty food, signature cocktails and craft beers) is teaming up with MANGERmanje for a new series of delicious events to delight every foodie. Boozy Brunches will be a monthly event at Calexico. Brunch, in our humble opinion, is the best meal of the day! Whether you're recovering from an intense night out or just want to meet up with friends, this is definitely for you.

There will be two seatings a day, where guests will be served a special,Mexican-themed menu. What Mexican brunch is complete without Huervos Rancheros? Yum! To top it off, there will be bottomless cocktail jugs.

This will be the best start to your Sundays and the perfect end to your weekend.

When Is It?

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Where Is It?

Calexico, 44 Stanley Avenue, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Brunch costs R295 per person. Book your place by emailing [email protected]

For More Information?

For more information, visit the Calexico website.

What Is It?

Calexico at 44 Stanley (famous for their tasty food, signature cocktails and craft beers) is teaming up with MANGERmanje for a new series of delicious events to delight every foodie. Boozy Brunches will be a monthly event at Calexico. Brunch, in our humble opinion, is the best meal of the day! Whether you're recovering from an intense night out or just want to meet up with friends, this is definitely for you.

There will be two seatings a day, where guests will be served a special, Mexican-themed menu. What Mexican brunch is complete without Huervos Rancheros? Yum! To top it off, there will be bottomless cocktail jugs.

This will be the best start to your Sundays and the perfect end to your weekend.

When Is It?

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Where Is It?

Calexico, 44 Stanley Avenue, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Brunch costs R295 per person. Book your place by emailing [email protected]

For More Information?

For more information, visit the Calexico website.

What Is It?

Arno Carstens will be performing live at Calexico, 44 Stanley as part of their spring welcoming weekend. This intimate performance includes the hits from his career as front man of The Springbok Nude Girls, many of the beloved and most celebrated songs from his career as a platinum selling, solo artist and some popular cover tracks. Arno performs a bilingual set and includes tracks from his brand new Afrikaans album “Die Aandblom 13”. He'll be sharing the stage with Beukes & Delaney.

The first single from the album “Ontwaak” won Song of the Year at the Bok radio annual awards and the album “Die Aandblom 13” won Best Alternative Album 2017 at the Ghoema awards. It was also nominated for best Alternative album at the South African Music Awards and won for Best Engineered album. The album was also nominated for 2 Tempo Awards.

When Is It?

Friday, 7 September 2018 at 17:00

Where Is It?

Calexico Vinyl Lounge, 44 Stanley Avenue, Millpark, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R80 per person and can be booked via phone, email or purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information email [email protected] or visit Webtickets.

One of our favourite hangouts close to town is 44 Stanley in Milpark. Not only is it a great place to shop for hipster arts and crafts and other handmade goods, but it's also a great place to wine and dine and soak up the summer sun.  But without further ado, let's get to the point and explore the restaurants of 44 Stanley this compact precinct has to offer, shall we?

Calexico

Calexico really is one of the few places where you would want to drink great quality beers, wines, tequila and mescal. The ambiance is laid-back, making it the best place for drinks after work or a boozy get-together with friends over the weekend. Entertainment includes live music on Saturdays and regular vinyl-set evenings, so look out for updated events. Their menu sings like a chubby Bavarian boy boasting a wide variety of nibbles such as wings, nachos, and many other unique offerings.

Three Marys - Salvation Café

A local favourite, Three Marysspecialise in delicate flatbreads and sandwiches, burritos, crunchy salads and beautiful cakes. Whether you're grabbing takeout or sitting down, Three Marys is the place to get your grub on without feeling guilty. A great spot for a quick brekkie, a good coffee, or a lunch on the run, they offer street food so pretty you can't help but pop a pic on Instagram of it.

Salvation Cafe

Probably the most popular reason to visit the restaurants of 44 Stanley would be the legendary Salvation Cafe. Salvation Cafe is a down-to-earth eatery that preaches the soul of a good meal: food that is fresh and honest. Always included in lists of Jozi's favourite eating spots, it's open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Also, it's the perfect place for a chilled-out, after-work sundowner session.

 Restaurants of 44 Stanley

L8 Cafe

L8 Cafe has become a daily necessity for local coffee addicts and gourmet sandwich lovers - their paninis are to die for. Free WiFi and a selection of magazines and newspapers make this a wonderful, relaxing place to escape the daily grind.

Vovo Telo

This is the original Vovo Telo in Johannesburg – a bakery-cum-cafe producing wonderful bread, pastries, breakfast, lunch and coffee. In addition to their renowned bakery items, their extensive menu includes thin-based pizzas, pasta, burgers, and a variety of harvest boards.

The Leopard 

One of our favourite restaurants of 44 Stanley, The Leopard brings you the best food at home. Andrea Burgener and Nick Gordon, known for their Melville restaurant of the same name and other great spots like Deluxe and Superbonbon have changed their concept to a deli, small eat-in canteen and delivery concept. You'll find delicious daily meals - both hot and cold, house-made cured meats, quality dairy and eggs and all sorts of wonderful deli items.

 Restaurants of 44 Stanley

 

Eating

Il Giardino

This enchanting restaurant is among the many eateries at 44 Stanley. They offer an abundance of Italian style fare with a traditional South African twist. As good as the food is, what keeps visitors coming back is the ambiance. They are tucked away behind the shady trees in a rustic setting with harmonious music in the background. The food and mood at this restaurant could make anyone think they have stepped into a café in Italy rather than a tiny suburb in Joburg.

Chocoloza

Chocoloza is a chocolatier that is another gem of Milpark's prominent 44 Stanley. These chocolate specialists hand make their chocolates out of pure Belgian chocolate. They offer patrons the chance to choose their own chocolates and watch them being made. If that's not enough, their ingredients are also locally sourced to give you a delicious morsel that is free from artificial ingredients, palm oil and preservatives.

Chocolate

Drinking

Bean There

The best place to get your caffeine fix in Milpark is Bean There. This coffee bean retailer is South Africa's first certified fair trader. This means that the farmers of the beans are offered fair payment for their products which, in turn, empowers the community. All their coffee remains unblended to ensure that each type of bean can be roasted for their own unique flavour.

Coffee Beans

Shopping

44 Stanley

Mixed-use developments are something of a hot topic when it comes to Johannesburg these days and the most established such precinct on the edge of downtown Joburg is 44 Stanley. Fusing downtown urbanism with a subtle sophistication, it offers a combination of carefully curated, bespoke stores and independent restaurants. It is a hipster hangout of note with a variety of eateries, clothing stores, jewellers and book stores. On Sundays, 44 Stanley comes alive with a vinyl market, live music and local folk, as well as visitors from further afield.

Shopping

Sleep

Garden Court Hotel

With Melville and Westcliff nearby, Milpark is not quite kitted out for accommodation. But that's not stopping the Garden Court Hotel from owning its space in this neighbourhood. The hotel has well-appointed, en-suite rooms that offer modern, affordable accommodation and a host of amenities. The executive rooms have a self-catering option. Dining is available at the breakfast room and in-house restaurant.

Hotel

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Pichulik 

No outfit is complete without some bold or subtle accessories and Pichulik definitely doesn't disappoint with their range of bespoke pieces they have on offer. Inspired by African and Middle Eastern ornamentation, Pichulik creates statement and thoughtful items for spirited women. Each piece is handcrafted in Cape Town using locally manufactured ropes and interesting found materials. If jewellery is your game, then Pichulik is your go-to store!

Odrin

For premium men's wardrobe staples, look no further than Odrin. Odrin provides a curated selection of quality items made locally using luxury grade fabrics from the US, Japan and Europe. They also stock a few global brands that offer the best combination of heritage and fit. And, if you're in need of some styling assistance, they've got that too – no guess work involved.

Guillotine Design

With an emphasis on luxurious fabrics, structure and tailoring, Guillotine Design's range of clothing will flatter every shape. The store also stocks a few original ranges including the L'Mad Collection, a range of printed silk scarves featuring original artworks from well-known South African artists, and the Meraki botanical skin care range. Doesn't that just sound like fashion yumminess?

Five8ths

Does the sound of beautifully tailored shirts make you dance in your boots? If yes, then you'll be dancing all the way to Five8ths. The store stocks custom shirts made in store from high-quality fabrics for both men and women. You can also shop for accessories, such as neckties, bowties and pocket squares here too.

Black Coffee

From the runway to the fabulous store nestled in 44 Stanley, Black Coffee is known and loved by style gurus all over Jozi. This label is by Jacques van der Watt, who has a keen eye for a distinct blurring of fabrication and fashion. His sharp structural designs are characterised by complex, layered shapes that yield a fastidious fashion sensibility that is both restrained and bold.

Lunar

Established in the 1990s, Lunar is a purely and proudly South African fashion and lifestyle label that focuses on elegant, classic and sophisticated items for both bridal and ready to wear items. In addition to clothing, you'll also find arts, accessories, gifts, footwear, soaps and so much more.

Kuna Kids

Kids deserve to look great in fashionable clothing that still reflects their youth and vibrancy. Kuna Kids does an exceptional job combining bold and bright garments with an African twist. Talk about proudly South African taken to new heights, right? Catering to children, from newborns to 10 years old for both boys and girls, your shopping needs are sorted for a good portion of your little one's life.

Sirkel Jewellery Design

Looking to propose? Then make your way to Sirkel Jewellery Design for unique contemporary and traditional engagement rings. They also stock men's rings, bespoke handmade future classics and wearable sculpture for those keen to express their individualism. You can expect the highest of standards in aesthetics and craftsmanship, so what are you waiting for? Dazzle your fingers already!

Wizards Vintage

Pre-loved vintage clothes are always a great addition to anyone's wardrobe. It's even better when the clothes are an eclectic collection of high-end designer fashion brands from previous seasons, all in quality condition. Think Bottega Venetta, Dior, Etro, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester and many more – all waiting to add some glamour to your life. Wizards Vintage has all that, and more, for stylish women looking to treat themselves. To top if off, the store also has a beautiful vintage homeware section. Email them for enquiries.

House of Bespoke

Fashion designer and stylist Waseefa Hutton is the creator of the brand House of Bespoke. Her line offers clothing that exudes a woman's character of elegance and classic style. The location in 44 Stanley is the first concept store within the brand. Other than clothes, the store also offers jewellery, accessories, homeware and handmade goods from local and proudly South African designers.

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JB's Corner

JB's Corner situated in prominent Melrose Arch and Sandton City serves up some of the best gourmet sandwiches in Joburg. They have something for all tastes. Fish lovers can try their Gone Fishing - pieces of tuna, olives, cucumber and mayo of fresh ciabatta. Their Fillet on French is perfect for meat lovers with beef fillet in barbecue sauce. And for the vegetarians - the Halloumi Club on Ciabatta features grilled halloumi, roasted peppers, creamy avocado and eggplant on a huge ciabatta roll.

Super Sconto

This Italian deli and supermarket in Orange Grove has a diverse range of cold cut meat, cheeses and vegetables. At the counter you can create your own sandwich. Just choose your meat; like mortadella, turkey or parma, your cheese like mozzarella or gorgonzola and your veg like artichokes, sundried tomatoes and olives to go on a crusty ciabatta. A mozzarella with yummy pesto, chewy sundried tomatoes and salty olives is certainly what I would go for.

Rye

Vovo Telo

Vovo Telo has a great selection of sarmies for you to choose from whether you are in a rush or want to sit back and relax. Their bread is freshly baked daily, from ciabattas and sourdough to bagels and rye. Try out some of their gourmet options, like the Chicken and Bacon Onion Marmalade Baguette or the Smoked Salmon Trout Bagel. They also have a croissant sandwich with gypsy ham, boerenkaas, lettuce and tomato.

Jo’Anna Melt Bar

This bar is known for their amazing cocktail menu and toasties. After a long day at work, pop into one of their comfy booths. Sip on a martini, shaken not stirred, while waiting for the comfort of stretchy cheese. Their Popeye is a popular choice with a beef patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato and gooey cheddar.

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Velo Café

Known for the best sarmies in Braamies, Velo Café offers a great spot to relax, have a good cup of coffee and a yummy sarmie. Options include the Ambrosia with roasted peppers, aubergine, hummus, halloumi and coriander on a panini or the Rooster Booster which if stuffed with chicken, avocado, peri-mayo and rocket.

L8 Cafe

This spot at 44 Stanley is perfect for those looking for a great gourmet sarmie. They have unique and delicious selection of gourmet sarmies to choose from, and they're all named after movie and TV characters. Our favourites include Bill the Butcher; matured rump, wild rocket, red onion, cherry tomatoes, feta and a balsamic reduction and Hatchet Harry; rocket, beetroot, brie, sundried tomatoes, basil pesto and almonds.

Bread

Proof Café

If you are looking for a sandwich made from quality ingredients and freshly baked bread that comes in generous portions then you need to pay a visit to Proof Café in Sandton. Their menu consists mostly of sandwiches. These come in all types from traditional South African toasties to a Middle Eastern Wrap (it counts as a sandwich). We recommend the BLAT - because the only thing a regular BLT needs is some avo.

Melt Chocolate

Melt Chocolate is a fantasy among chocolate lovers because of their decadent chocolate shots, hot chocolates and cakes. But this spot also makes great sandwiches. They have a few classic options like roast beef and tuna mayo. Those of us who struggle to decide what to eat can choose the platter option, which gives you a quarter of any four sandwiches. You can also build your own toasted sandwiches using one of their five bread options loaded with your choice of toppings. We, however, go there for their signature sandwiches. The Ham and Berry Apple Tower is definitely worth trying, we are talking about a tower made out of ciabatta, pulled pork, lettuce, emmental, micro greens, baked apple and cranberry mustard sauce.

Toastie

Bread Basket

You'll never have to make your own lunch again thanks to Bread Basket. With a big selection of sarmies to choose from, you will feel spoiled for choice. You can choose from rye, bagels, baguettes and sourdough rolls and fill them up with a great selection of fillings. The Smoked Salmon Trout and Cream Cheese on a buttery croissant sounds good right about now.

Casa Marani Italian Deli

Casa Marani Italian Deli in Parkhurst offers only two options; the Ciabatta Panino Vegetarian and Ciabatta Panino Meat. However, you can add any of their 50 choices of cured meats, cheeses and marinated vegetables for a magnificent DIY sandwich of epic proportions. Think about olive ciabatta smothered with hummus and topped with crumbled goats feta, provolone, red onion, marinated peppers,mushrooms and paper thin slices of prosciutto and turkey - Yum!

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