What began as a gold-mining settlement in the 19 century, has become one of the most well-known and visited cities in South Africa. Johannesburg. Joburg. Jozi. Egoli. The City of Gold. A city with many names, many cultures, many unique features, and experiences. Literally, the epitome of a melting pot of diversity. This is the country's biggest city and capital of the Gauteng province. And in this vibrant city that never sleeps, there's plenty of things to do, see, explore, experience, and enjoy, whether you're a local, just visiting for the weekend, or an international traveler looking to make the most of your stay.
Areas Of Johannesburg
Things To Do In Johannesburg
Getting Around Johannesburg
Outbound & Inbound Travel From Joburg
Hotels & Accommodation
Since Johannesburg is such a massive city, it has been split into many different areas, namely Joburg Central; Johannesburg North; Johannesburg East & Ekurhuleni; Johannesburg South; and Johannesburg West and the West Rand. To help you navigate your way through these areas in the city, we have compiled insightful guides to many of the various suburbs that make up each of the areas mentioned. Click on your preference Johannesburg area below and start exploring the city of Johannesburg:
The city of Johannesburg is a beehive of activity when it comes to entertainment and thrills. Visitors and locals can spend their days, evenings, and weekends exploring bustling markets offering stunning handcrafted arts and delicious street food to delight the taste buds. Head to one of the city's exciting casinos and see if Lady Luck is on your side. Explore the buzzing nightlife at many various rooftop bars and pumping nightclubs. Or take a stroll through one of the city's many art galleries and be enchanted by their breathtaking and intriguing artworks. And let's not forget to mention the many theatres scattered throughout Johannesburg hosting productions, shows, and comedy skits that are sure to delight.
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No visit to Johannesburg is complete without delighting your taste buds with incredible dishes from a wide range of amazing restaurants! Each suburb in the city offers something special and unique and you're bound to find something delectable, no matter what you're craving. Visit Joburg Central or Soweto for authentic African cuisine, head to Sandton for some top-notch dining ideal for any special occasion, sip on refreshing and vibrant cocktails in trendy Rosebank, or make your way to Bryanston for some delizioso Italian. The options are endless.
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Need to do your weekly grocery haul? Or are you looking to give your wardrobe a makeover with a selection of brand-new clothing, footwear and accessories? Not a problem! The city of Johannesburg is full of exciting retail hubs that's sure to have everything you need, from on-trend fashion, health and beauty products and cool tech gadgets to all things kids, home and décor, stationery and more. Each suburb in the city has something unique, catering to all budgets, tastes and styles. From Maponya Mall in Soweto and Sandton City in the heart of the richest square mile in Africa, to Bedford Centre in Bedfordview and Ferndale on Republic in Ferndale, Randburg, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to retail therapy in Johannesburg.
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Getting around the city is far easier than you think! If you don't have your own mode of transport, there's many many options available to get you out and about in Johannesburg. For starters, we have the obvious Uber drivers and the many taxi ranks scattered all over the city. There's also the 80-kilometre commuter rail system, Gautrain, which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and O.R. Tambo International Airport together with one fast, convenient and efficient service. All you need is a Gautrain card and you're ready to go! There's also the option of car rentals from many reputable rental companies. Getting on the move has never been easier!
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Johannesburg is the ideal location for families due to its wide choice of educational facilities and schools. Whether you're looking to further your studies at a university or tertiary institute, or are looking for a top-notch private or public primary or high school for your children, there's sure to be a school that'll offer the perfect starting blocks in build your or your children's knowledge and pursue their dreams of becoming a lawyer, a doctor, an architect, or even a trendy fashionista designing fashion perfect for the catwalk. A few Johannesburg education institutes worth mentioning includes the well-known St Stithians College in Sandton, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg, King David Schools, St Mary's School in Waverley and St Andrews School for Girls.
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There are two airports that serve Johannesburg: the privately owned Lanseria International Airport (HLA) just north of Randburg and Sandton; and Africa's biggest and busiest airport situated in Kempton Park, O.R.Tambo International Airport (JNB). Both airports offer domestic and regional flights throughout the country, while O.R. Tambo International Airport caters to international flights across the global. Not only do these airports offer flights to any dream destination in the world, but they also provide travelers with car hire, hotels, restaurants, stores and much more. You can also explore the country by taking a scenic train ride with the Shosholoza Meyl or catching a Greyhound bus.
Johannesburg is always bustling with international travelers, tourists and businessmen from all over the world. And let's not forget our local visitors who are looking for a quick escape from the rush of everyday living. With this in mind, the city offers a wide selection of hotels and accommodation options that'll suit every need, occasion, and pocket. If you're looking to go all out when visiting trendy and vibrant Sandton, why not book a stay at the stunning five-star Michelangelo Hotel on West Street? Want to explore Johannesburg Central and experience inner city living? Visit the funky hostel, Curiocity Joburg in Jeppestown, and stay in one of their hip dorms or private rooms. There's also the contemporary Once In Joburg 'poshtel' right in the middle of town, surrounded by an eclectic selection of restaurants, shops, entertainment and much more.
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Business makes the world go round, which is why Joburg is full of conferencing venues to ensure that you host productive meetings with your delegates, effortlessly and seamlessly. Looking for something in the middle of the richest square mile in Africa? The Sandton Convention Centre is just the place, not only offering the best in the business but also business breakfasts to treat your guests! And for a space that's not too close but not too far away from all the busy business hubs of the city, why not visit trendy Rosebank, bustling Bedfordview, or even central Randburg, all full of unique restaurants and hotels ideal for your next meeting.
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To ensure that the city keeps running like a well-oiled machine, visitors and locals will be able to find municipal services scattered throughout Joburg and beyond to ensure that they can get all of their administrative concerns taken care of, as well as their well being, safety and health. From SARS offices and SAPS, to Traffic Departments, Home Affairs, public clinics and fire departments, Johannesburg has everything covered. You can find many various branches located in all major suburbs in the city, ensuring convenience and ease of access.
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Planning on making your stay in the city a little more permanent? As in moving to the the bustling and beautiful city of Johannesburg? If you're ready to take the plunge, the city offers a wide variety of property options for you to view, explore and perhaps even buy or rent. There are many homes, flats in complexes, and apartments and bachelor pads available in Joburg, you'll certainly feel spoilt for choice. All you have to do is research which areas you'd consider living in (keeping in mind where you work in the city, what you're willing to spend on petrol while commuting, and entertainment hubs), your budget and what you're looking for in a space to call your own.
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Looking for a new job? You've come to the right city! Joburg is full of exciting opportunities for those who want to start their career or are simply looking on broadening their horizons with a brand-new venture. Part time work, full time 8 to 5 jobs, and everything else in between, you're bound to find the perfect fit in the city of Joburg. So, get that CV ready and apply for amazing work opportunities in one of the busiest and fast-paced cities in South Africa.
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Kaylee's Eatery opened its doors in early 2019, becoming one of the only fully plant-based restaurants situated in the quiet East Rand. Situated just next door to the epic Comic Warehouse in Bedfordview, Kaylee's provides vegans of the East with their fill of tasty breakfasts, burgers, salad bowls and scrumptious desserts (their decadent chocolate brownie served with dairy-free ice cream is legendary among vegan sweet tooths). Kaylee's food motto is all about feasting to your heart's desire, as all their ingredients are cruelty-free and kind to the earth. So the next time you feel a hankering for a tasty vegan burger, sandwich or waffle coming along, check out Kaylee's Eatery for a delicious, guilt-free feast.
As we entered level 3 at the start of June, we received the excellent news that our favourite vegan hangout would be open again! Kaylee's is now offering walk ins, collections and delivery through Uber Eats. The menu has been compressed somewhat to facilitate contactless delivery. However, if you prefer to visit them in person, you can rest assured that the restaurant is fully COVID-19 compliant, safe and ready to welcome you back. Pop in to get a taste of their special blend almond and oat milk coffees, smoothies, wine, whiskey, beers and wholesome vegan meals.
Kaylee's updated trading hours are as follows:
Kaylee's all day breakfasts offer the ultimate plant-based indulgence. Thankfully, their new menu features a great selection of these tasty and energising breakfasts. Our top pick is the Breakfast Burrito - tofu scramble, roast tomato, salsa, black beans, vegan cheese, spinach, red onion and avocado sandwiched in a tortilla wrap. This is the kind of meal you could wharf down for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Plus, it's loaded with healthy proteins and fibre, so you can feel good about what you are putting into your body.
As the season grows colder, you will probably crave warming, hearty dishes. Luckily, Kaylee's Eatery is here to see us through the chilly winter with their hot and hearty vegan meals. We love their Red Pimento and Blush Tomato Pasta. Made with red pepper, garlic and blush tomatoes, served atop linguini, fresh basil and toasted pine nuts, this winter warmer is sure to satisfy your deepest cravings.
When last did you indulge in a good gourmet milkshake? Kaylee's shakes are all made from a coconut base so you can tuck in without any worry of triggering your allergies or stepping outside of your strict vegan lifestyle. Take your pick from an Oreo, Strawberry, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate Brownie or Coffee shake. Paired with one of Kaylee's Beyond Burgers, this is vegan 'junk' food at its very best.
Now that you've got a taste of what Kaylee's has on offer, you're probably wanting to order from them. You can call them on 011 524 7603 to place your order for collection. Alternatively, download the Uber Eats app and order your Kaylee's meal for delivery. You can also visit the restaurant in person, but please do remember to wear your cloth face mask and maintain a good physical distance from others at all times.
Visit kaylees.co.za for more information on their menu offerings during level 3 lockdown. You can also follow them on social media to stay up to date with their COVID-19 safety precautions:
Details: 147 N Reef Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
Pizza night, anyone? Buonissimo Deli Pizza in Modderfontein is back up and running, bringing Italian food lovers their favourite tummy-warming dishes for collection or delivery. Their handcrafted pizza bases are amazing - perfectly matured for a fluffy centre and crisp edges. In level 3 lockdown, their kitchen will be open until 8pm, so you have ample time to order your dinner and set the table for a night in. If you live within 5km, get ordering and show your support for their hardworking staff.
Details: Flamingo Shopping Centre, Cnr Queens St & Valley Rd, Modderfontein | (Tel) 011 608 3077 | [email protected]
How about a little Mediterranean feast from one of Joburg's top Greek restaurants? Mythos at Bedford Centre is open for collection and delivery in level 3 lockdown. You may place your order by contacting the restaurant directly or via the Uber Eats and Mr Delivery apps. Mythos has guaranteed their customers that their kitchens are operating under strict health and safety protocols. They encourage you to avoid visiting their restaurants, however, and to opt for contactless delivery instead to ensure your well-being. Mythos is also offering delivery specials on some of their most popular menu items, including yiros, platters and pizza! Keep an eye on their Instagram page for weekly specials.
Details: Bedford Square, Cnr Van Der Linde and Smith Street, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 615 2271 / 011 517 2349
While you may not be able to experience the flaming brilliance of Fireroom at home, you can still enjoy their one-of-a-kind dishes in lockdown. Their Bedfordview branch is offering the full Fireroom menu for delivery, including their signature sushi, poke bowls, dim sum, pizzas, pastas and an assortment of fine wines! Fireroom has opted to deliver using their own staff rather than employ a third party service. This not only keeps their staff in a job, but ensures the strictest hygiene standards are kept from their kitchen to your doorstep. Orders will be open between 11:30 - 17:00 daily, so make sure to place yours in good time.
Details: Village View Shopping Centre, Cnr Van Buuren Road and Kloof Rd, Bedfordview | (Tel) 011 465 0587
Need a little extra spice in your life? Masala Indian Restaurant in Boksburg is open for deliveries during level 3 lockdown. One of our resident foodie writers swears by their Paneer Palak and Butter Naan for cold winter nights in. Pair it with a bottle of Chardonnay from Masala's wine menu and you'll be set for the perfect night in. You can order directly from the restaurant or via the Mr Delivery app. Delivery within a 6km radius is free.
Details: El Ridge Corner Shopping Centre, Corner Ridge and Elizabeth Road, Bartlett, Boksburg | (Tel) 011 894 3546 | [email protected]
We all need a sweet treat every now and then. Thankfully, The Victorian Secret in Benoni is open for delivery of their scrumptious bakery delights and select menu items. If you've never tried their macarons before, now's the time to do so. Available in an assortment of flavours, these moreish morsels are simply divine. You can also order custom birthday cakes and high tea kits to celebrate special occasions at home. Bakery items must be ordered a day in advance, while prepared meals should be ordered before 12 noon for same day delivery. Delivery is free around the Benoni area on orders over R400. If you live outside of the area, delivery will cost you R50, but it'll be worth the extra spend, trust us.
Details: 140 Woburn St, Cnr Russel St, Benoni | WhatsApp your order to 078 975 9929 | [email protected]
For those of you who don't live in the East but are dying for restaurant food, check out these eateries delivering across the city.
This vegan restaurant offers all day breakfasts, open sandwiches, Beyond Burgers, Belgian Waffles, Hot & Hearty dishes, Gourmet Shakes, Smoothies and tasty sweet treats. If you only try one thing here, let is be a waffle. Thick and fluffy golden waffles are topped with an assortment of ingredients, from grilled banana and chocolate to berry compote and toffee syrup. These are served with a luscious scoop of vegan ice cream. If that doesn't sound like the ultimate vegan indulgence, we don't know what does!
Contact details: 011 524 7603 | 147 N Reef Rd, Bedfordview | Facebook Page
Italian cuisine is a favourite classic for most of us, but is also rich in meat and cheese. Luckily, vegans can enjoy their favourite Mediterranean food at Lupa Osteria. This eatery has an entire menu dedicated to meat-free options. Start your dinner with Oven Baked Veggie Balls, served with tomato, basil and vegan mozzarella. For mains, indulge in your choice of pasta, pizza or a yummy burger. And for a sweet touch, enjoy a thick and creamy Vegan Oreo Milkshake with Hershley's Chocolate Sauce.
This popular Sandton Eatery has recently opened a new branch at Flamingo Shopping Centre in Modderfontein, bringing the east a wide variety of vegan options. Lexi's Healthy Eatery serves up cuisine for all dietary requirements, including vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Most of their menu offers plant-based choices. While their menu has a variety of fine dining options, we're suckers for the Beet Smashed Falafel Wrap. With beetroot falafels, carrot hummus, grated carrots, sliced tomato, red onion, cucumber, mixed greens and tahini dressing, this is a must-try.
Located at Green Thumb Nursery, The Vegan Chef is the new kid on the vegan food block. Their menu is dotted with delicious vegan options, which include Southern Fried Chickn, Vish and Beyond Burgers. The Sticky Wings served with slaw and chips has become a favourite for patrons looking for a tasty alternative to meaty dishes. We, however, are enamored with the Decadent Vegan Donuts, a fine treat for any occasion.
Doppio Zero is a favourite among vegans and health food fundis alike. Not only do they offer one of the best vegan bowls in the city, but they also offer a wide range of tasty and nutritious plant-based meals. Those new to veganism or missing the taste of meat should give the Beyond Bangers & Mash a try, made with Beyond Meat sausages, smoor, coconut crushed potatoes and pearl onions. Those who don't want imitation meat have a plethora of other meals to choose from. We recomend the Nomad Wrap, The Veg Spread and the Grain Slaw.
The Secret Garden is a hidden gem of the east. Surrounded by lush greenery and quirky decor, this eatery is the ultimate garden setting for an intimate brunch date. The menu caters to both vegans and meat eaters. Infact, almost every menu item is available in both vegan and non-vegan options. The Vegan Falafel Salad is a favourite for locals. Crispy falafel balls are served alongside roast pepper, butternut and brinjals. Finished off with a mini health loaf, this healthy salad will satisfy even the hungriest appetite.
The East Rand is home to two of the Food Lover's Market Eateries. Based in Edenvale and Sunward Park in Boksburg, these two branches are the only two of the Food Lover's Market Eateries to offer the famed Beyond Meat Burger in Joburg. Loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles onion and creamy mayonnaise, this burger tastes and looks exactly like the real thing. It is the perfect meal for those struggling to satisfy any meat cravings.
Contact details: Sunward Park: 011 913 3407 ; 266 Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg | Edenvale: 011 452 2835 ; Stoneridge Centre, 1 Modderfontein Rd, Edenvale | [email protected]fnv.co.za | https://foodloversmarket.co.za/
Hudsons is the go-to for anyone looking for good old 'dude food'. From pizzas and burgers to nachos and tacos, they have all the tasty grease you need. Vegan options include several burgers and pizzas, nachos, a taco, ice cream and a milkshake. While they may be a burger joint, their best vegan option, in our option, is the Panko Crumbed Wings appetiser. Wing style seitan is dipped in panko bread crumbs and fried to perfection. These are served with vacon bits, spring onion, sriracha and vegan garlic mayo. If you're still hungry, add in a side of Avo Fries for the ultimate gluttonous meal.
What is your favourite vegan restaurant in the East Rand? Let us know in the comments section below!