Tammy Taylor Nails

Ensuring top class nails to all who visit the salon, Tammy Taylor Nails is just the place if you're looking to get sandal ready toes, just in time for Spring! You can find a Tammy Taylor Nails salon within various suburbs throughout the city, including Oakdene, Killarney, Meyersdal, Broadacres, Bedfordview, Rosebank, Parkhurst, Randburg, Sandton – quite literally anywhere in the city! As for toe treatments, they offer the following:

Details: www.tammytaylornails.co.za | [email protected] | Facebook

Sherbet Angel

Specialising in indulgent boutique beauty treatments that'll leave you feeling like a queen, Sherbet Angel in Linden is a must-visit for all your beauty needs. Their treatment menu consists of practically everything you can think of when it comes to visiting a salon — massages, facials, microblading, luscious lashes, waxing, pre- and post-natal pampers and much more. But we're here for the nails, so here are the deets:

Express Pedicure

Details: www.sherbetangel.co.za | 011 447 1741 | [email protected] | Shop 5, 50 4th Avenue, corner of 8th Street, Linden, Johannesburg

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Sorbet 

We know, a pedi article wouldn't be complete without giving Sorbet a mention! They offer a variety of manis and pedis to suit every budget. A Mini-Me Pedi is perfect for those of us who are always too busy to treat ourselves. It's a quick soak, file, buff and paint and you get to carry on with the rest of your day. But, if you're looking to indulge a little, there are more thorough and relaxing pedi treatments to choose from. Sorbet also offers a Power Mani, which is a full manicure treatment, including exfoliation and massage. This is the manicure a girl should get when she's really spoiling herself.

Details: www.sorbet.co.za | 011 202 7940 | [email protected]

Nail Studio and Beauty

From gel, acrylic, fibre and silk nails to waxing, facials, teeth whitening and false eyelash extensions and more, Nail Studio and Beauty is the place to go when you're looking for a little beautification and pampering. Their qualified nail technicians are passionate about making customers look and feel fabulous and will happily give you stunning toes to show off in your favourite pair of sandals.

Details: nailstudiosalon.co.za | 011 432 4958 | Comaro View Shopping Centre, corner Soetdoring and Comaro Street, Bassonia, Johannesburg

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Bedazzled Beauty Studio

Bedazzled Beauty Studio is a unisex spa that aims to please. You can expect to experience quality service and attention to detail for anything you request. A few of their beauty treatments include massages if you're feeling a little tense, aesthetics (think laser, skin peels and weight loss aids), body wraps, facials, waxes, tints and many others. And with regard to their nail treatments, you will be spoiled for choice:

Details: bedazzledbeautystudio.co.za | 081 833 2354 | [email protected] | 11 Boeing Road West, Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Head To Toe Beauty Spa

Make your way to Head To Toe's nail studio to get those tootsies primped and prepped for spring. There's a HUGE variety of colours for you to choose from and you can decide how you want to have them done — gel, just a simple paint, au naturel, French pedicure or nail art here and there. Another treatment worth mentioning is the lash extensions! Kim got hers done here and she absolutely loved them!

Details: www.headtotoebeautyspa.com | 011 792 5799 | [email protected] | 7 Phillip Le Roux Avenue, Malanshof, Randburg, Johannesburg

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Perfect 10 Nail & Body Studio

The name says it all. You'll step out of this salon with 'Perfect 10' nails that'll be the envy of your friends! All you need to do is buy some pretty flip flops to show them off. And no matter your budget, they'll have the perfect treatment for you. You can take your pick from the following:

Details: www.perfect10.co.za |  086 111 2222 | [email protected]

Plush Nails & Beauty

For the ultimate pedi experience, book an appointment at Plush Nails & Beauty in Roodepoort. You'll pay a smidgen more than our limit but trust us, it's worth it. You need to check out their Instagram and Facebook pages to see what amazing nail art they create.

Details: 072 863 5405 | [email protected] | 179 Ontdekkers Road, Horison Park, Roodepoort, Johannesburg

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Next on our journey through the City of Gold is Johannesburg South! Another big area, with many suburbs and plenty of interesting things to see, do and experience, Johannesburg South comprises of suburbs including Aspen Lakes, Ormonde, Mulbarton, Turffontein, Kibler Park and Glenvista, just to name a few. This area may be fast developing, but it still retains plenty of its natural beauty, complete with endless hills and many exclusive wildlife estates. There's plenty of cover in this guide to Johannesburg South, so click on the suburb your interested in exploring and let's go on an adventure!

What Are You Looking For?

Aspen Lakes
Bassonia
Ormonde
Turffontein
Glenvista
Oakdene
Kibler Park

Aspen Lakes

One of the affluent suburbs in the area, Aspen Lakes is quite a small, situated right between Mulbarton and Rietvlei. Although it's tiny, there are still a few must-visits in the area, including the 72 000 m² regional shopping centre, Mall of the South, which offers shoppers over 160 fabulous stores to browse and shop through, free Wi-Fi, and amazing restaurants to keep you energised and fueled during your shopping spree. Other points of interest in the area includes Fun Paintball if you're looking to have a blast with your family and friends, as well as the Golden City Shooting Club.

Mall of the South picture of the centre court, white features, windows, crowds

Image from Mall of the South.

Bassonia

Bassonia is also known as one of the affluent suburbs in Johannesburg South. Not only is it a lovely residential area for families of all shapes and sizes, it's also within close proximity to all the bustling parts of the city. Bassonia Rock is a beautiful residential estate that offers stunning views of the area. Residents and visitors travelling through the suburb can make a stop at the Bassonia Shopping Centre (previously known as the Comaro View Shopping Centre) to pick up a few groceries, or even grab a delicious steak dinner at Turn 'n Tender or some Mediterranean delights at Doppio Zero. and if you're looking for an authentic Thai experience of ultimate relaxation and satisfaction, check out Aura Thai Spa.

Ormonde

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.

Gold Reef City

Image from Gold Reef City.

Turffontein

What the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Turffontein? For us, it definitely has to be the thrilling and exciting Turffontein Racecourse! This is one of the city's hidden gem, offering visitors plenty of adrenaline-filled entertainment that comes along with a day at the races. There's plenty of annual events that you cannot miss! For a little more information about this absolute must, here's a whole list of reasons why you need to visit the Turffontein Racecourse. You'll also find the Sporting Football Club Johannesburg that hosts various sports events, the Rotunda Park perfect for those looking to get a little fresh air, and plenty of retail hot spots and restaurants to explore.

Glenvista

Glenista is a picturesque and peaceful suburb that's surrounded by plenty of fauna, flora and wildlife. It's a lovely area to raise a family. Other than its lovely natural surrounds, it does host a could of must-visits in the area. If you enjoy spending days on the tee, seeking to finally hit a hole in one, then the Glenvista Country Club is the ideal place to play a round of golf. Need to do a little shopping? Not a problem, just stop by the Glenvista Shopping Centre situated off the N12 highway. Here, you can do some grocery shopping at Woolworths, grab a coffee with your bestie at Aroma di Caffe, grab some curry to-go at The Curry Muncher Indian Spices & Take-away, or tuck into a cheesy pizza at Pizza Perfect.

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Image from the Glenvista Country Club.

Oakdene

Squeezed between Bassonia and Turffontein is Oakdene, ideally located merely 7km from the Johannesburg city centre, 5km from the ever-popular Gold Reef City, and a 20-minute drive from the O.R. Tambo Airport. This suburb makes a lovely area for families to reside in and also features many apartment complexes if you're looking for a smaller space along the feel of community. There are two shopping centres in the area, namely The Glen Shopping Centre which attracts visitors from all over the city, as well as Comaro Crossing Shopping Centre, which is the ideal stop if you're looking to do a quick pickup for tonight's dinner.

Kibler Park

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without actually leaving Johannesburg, then Kibler Park is the perfect suburb for you. Here, you'll find the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, fondly referred to as Johannesburg’s Jewel of the South. This reserve offers nature lovers 640 hectares of veld and koppies that homes plenty of wildlife, including zebra, red hartebeest, and black wildebeest. The reserve offers hikers a wide choice of hiking trails perfect for all fitness and experience levels. And for a quick weekend getaway, the Thaba Eco Hotel & Spa is the perfect escape.

Thabo Eco Hotel

Image from Thabo Eco Hotel.

Parreirinha – La Rochelle

The area might leave you feeling a little unsettled, but this restaurant is definitely worth the visit if you are in La Rochelle! I just had to mention this spot as I found it rather interesting and different compared to other Portuguese restaurants around the city. Parreirinha occupies an old police station, which means you will be dining in what used to be the holding cells! And one section of the restaurant is adorned with hundreds of ties hanging from the rafters, which adds an interesting element to the décor. The food is amazing, service is friendly (but slow) and the atmosphere is just warm and homely! Also, the prawn cakes are said to be absolutely amazing!

A Churrasqueira – Brackenhurst

For the best Portuguese food in South Joburg, be sure to head to A Churrasqueira in Brackenhurst, Alberton! This spot offers quite a variety of dishes from their thrilling menu filled with traditional Portuguese dishes and also all the known favourites. It is the perfect place if you are looking to dine out as a family. There's a brand new kids' menu available and two jungle gyms that will keep the little ones entertained for hours! And, if you love your prawns, A Churrasqueira is known to have the best grilled prawns in Joburg.

Turn ‘n Tender – Bassonia

The first time I visited Turn ‘n Tender, I had no clue what to expect. Sure, I knew that the spot was well-known for its steaks, but that definition just barely scratches the surface! They have almost every type of meat imaginable, every cut of prime beef and an impressive wine list that will complement your meal perfectly. This steakhouse is the ideal spot if you are looking for the ultimate meat haven! Some of the dishes can be rather pricey, so pay them a visit if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion.

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Adega – Alberton

Adega has always been a favourite when it comes to my family. My father and sister love to tuck into their regular 1kg of king prawns smothered in garlic and lemon butter sauce. Sadly, with a shellfish allergy (curses!), I always have to find something that will be equally as tasty and indulgent as those ocean critters that I cannot lay my hands on! Luckily, the menu is filled with a number of Portuguese dishes that cater to every taste, whether you want something meaty, from the ocean, or combos because you want the best of both worlds. I’ve been to plenty of Adega branches, but Adega Alberton has definitely given me the best experience!

Casa Portuguesa @ Little Italy – Glenanda

Craving some Italian cuisine? Then be sure to make your way down to the quaint and homely Casa Portuguesa at Little Italy in Glenanda. This spot is perfect if you are looking to sit back and relax or need a kid-friendly spot to keep the little ones fed and entertained. They have a rather extensive menu, but they are known for their delicious pizzas and pasta. And, also be sure to leave some room for their chocolate cake filled with oozing melted chocolate. I have been told that it definitely the perfect dessert if you are a chocoholic looking for something rich and decadent!

If we haven't included your favourite spot in our list, please share below!