Melville is one of Johannesburg’s oldest suburbs, dating back to the mid 1890s, and was named for land surveyor, Edward Harker Vincent Melvill. Today, this area is known for its exciting bars, trendy restaurants and thriving student social scene due to its close proximity to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Melville is also well known for the picturesque Melville Koppies, an exciting archaeological and geological site with rolling hills overlooking the city of Johannesburg.
Shopping in this area will always have a fun and unconventional twist. If you love antiques, vintage jewellery and accessories, thrifting for clothing and secondhand book stores, this is going to be nirvana for you! And of course, no mention of shopping here would be complete without mentioning 27 Boxes - the groundbreaking multi-level and multicultural indoor market on 4th Street.
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As a small suburb, there are only a few schools scattered throughout Melville and its surrounding suburbs; while the large student presence in Melville makes the suburb essentially a student town, many families do live here. If you're looking to find a school for your child, this is a great place to start.
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So, we all know that Melville is a foodie's absolute dream, right? If you love restaurants, food, and everything deliciously edible, the incredible host of restaurants, bars and cafés in this lovely suburb won't disappoint. Whether it's trying out the newest flaming hot cocktails at Hell's Kitchen or sitting down for a fancy breakfast at Cafe De La Creme, you're sure to find something to tickle your fancy (and your palate).
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There are over 30 guest houses in the area, and Melville is a particularly popular stopover in Johannesburg for tourists. If you're passing through town and you're looking to get the real Joburg experience, a stay in Melville will give you that and more! Not in the mood for a guest house or hotel? A stay in an AirBnb could give you exactly the "lived in" experience you're after.
Trust us, entertainment is never in short supply in this area. Need to laugh until your sides ache? Make sure to check out the Melville Comedy Club! A visit to one of the many trendy bars, clubs and pubs will be sure to keep even the most dedicated pub-crawler entertained. Not into the club scene? If dancing the night away isn't your idea of fun, why not try popping into one of the many weekend markets near 27 Boxes, or take a stroll around the Melville Koppies? Whatever you enjoy, you're sure to find something fun to do here!
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As an eclectic little suburb, the jobs available in this area tend to reflect the more laid back attitudes of the residents. Think bars, restaurants, and creative pursuits! As the area is one of the oldest in Gauteng, maintenance and related jobs are also in high demand. If you have the technical skills and know-how, and don't mind the occasional rowdy student here and there, Melville might just be the perfect spot for you to settle down.
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The properties in the area tend to reflect the rich history and culture of the suburb. Perfectly suited for families, young couples and young professionals alike, if you're considering purchasing a property now or in future, this historic little suburb could be well worth looking into. Properties in such areas have a tendency to appreciate in value when maintained, and it's simply a lovely place to live too.
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27 Boxes is undoubtedly one of Joburg's most innovative retail and restaurant precincts. Fashioned from recycled shipping containers, this ultimate shopping destination houses fashion boutiques galore. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor children's park, an open air amphitheatre and the rooftop nursery. At just a short distance from the ever bustling 7th Street, 27 Boxes is usually a hive of activity over weekends.
Of course, over the past few months activity at the precinct has been halted due to COVID-19 restrictions. However since the implementation of level 4 lockdown, 27 Boxes has been up and running, welcoming in visitors with a number of health and safety regulations in place. Now the precinct will be hosting its first weekend market in months. The Green Market Melville will be held at the Boxes every Saturday for the month of July. Here's what you can expect to find and how to prepare for your visit to 27 Boxes:
Majority of stores at 27 Boxes have reopened in level 3 lockdown. Whether you're on the lookout for winter warmers, new fashion staples or a custom jewellery piece, you're sure to find what you are after here. Fashion boutiques Wishes Boutique, Ara Emporium, Krag Drag and Loulou Regal Style are also selling funky face masks to keep you looking stylish while staying safe. Stop by to get your hands on an assortment of cool print masks and other must-haves to keep you warm this winter. Alternatively, you can shop online with Lee Bex, Dainty Frocks and Loulou Regal Style.
27 Boxes is home to some of our favourite bakeries and foodie hangouts in Jozi. Stop by on a Sunday morning to indulge in decadent coffee and cronuts from X&O Patisserie. Or come and get your weekly fill of freshly baked bread from Baker Brothers. Flavourz of India and Infernoz Chilli are open to supply all your spice needs and kitchen essentials. All in all, 27 Boxes is the place to be for good eats this winter. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to stay up to date with restaurant openings during lockdown.
It's been quite a while since we've been to a local market. If you've been sincerely missing the market vibe and are just itching to get out of the house, check out the Green Market Melville at 27 Boxes. This market is dedicated to a fervent love of all things 'green', including CBD oil, hemp products and much more. As Joburg's first cannabis market, it sets the standard for responsible and quality trading of these types of products. The market will be hosted at 27 Boxes every Saturday in July. A limited number of traders will be set up around the precinct to allow for social distancing. So put on your face masks, pack up your hand sanitiser and let's head out to the best 'green' market in the city.
The first Green Market will be held on Saturday, 4 July 2020 from 10:00 - 15:00. Subsequent markets will be held on the 11th, 18th and 25th of July respectively.
27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.
Free entry and parking.
Visit www.27boxes.co.za for more information or follow 27 Boxes on social media:
Details: (Tel) 011 712 0000 | [email protected]
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.
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
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 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
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.
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!
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What Is It?
SIX Cocktail Bar in Melville host regular jazz and jam session nights for Joburg music lovers. The aim of these sessions is to give musicians in the city a space to let loose, without stress or fuss. Jazz and acoustic fans are also treated to some of the best live performances in the city for free!
The Wednesday night jazz and jam sessions at SIX are now back, with a range of exciting headline acts and guest performers billed to grace the stage. On Wednesday, 20 March the session will be led by trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, featuring Dave Cousins on piano, Viwe Mkizwana on bass and Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums.
When Is It?
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at 20:00. Click here to view event dates for the rest of 2019.
Where Is It?
SIX Cocktail Bar, 8 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Entrance is free.
For More Information
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