Dlala Nje

Dlala Nje is a dedicated NGO, working to change hearts and minds. The organisation supports underprivileged youth at their community centre in Hillbrow, through changing perceptions about what it means to live and play in the inner city. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions, Dlala Nje have had to halt all of their walking tours, rooftop yoga and sundowner events. As a result, they are struggling to maintain operational costs and keep the community centre afloat.

Help support this local business by purchasing from a range of experience packages on offer to enjoy after lockdown. These packages include Dlala Nje's Urban Hike and Queer Hillbrow experiences. If you purchase one package now, you will get another free to enjoy once this dystopian nightmare has come to an end. Don't miss out!

Purchase your experience package here.

Soweto Backpackers

Have you always wanted to go on a bicycle tour of Orlando? Lebo's Soweto Backpackers welcome visitors from around the city (and the world), to their backpackers lodge and exhilarating tours around Soweto year round. Over the last five weeks under lockdown, this has been impossible and like most local businesses, Lebo's Soweto Backpackers will need your help to survive.

Help keep Lebo's Soweto Backpackers going through lockdown and beyond by purchasing an experience package, valid for a whole year! Many of their tours have been discounted by up to 20%, so you can save a few pennies while still helping a local business. We like the sound of their two-hour bike ride through Soweto followed by a wholesome lunch. Here are the other experiences on offer for post-lockdown:

Get booking now!

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The Bioscope Independent Cinema 

Shortly before lockdown was implemented, The Bioscope Independent Cinema announced big news - they will be moving out of Maboneng and into the 44 Stanley complex in Milpark! This move was intended to offer faithful Bioscope audiences a greater variety of events and more space to enjoy world-class independent cinema. While we may not be able to enjoy this space for some time, you can help keep The Bioscope running from behind the scenes by purchasing one of their new benefit packages:

  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 club.
  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 club.
  3. 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]

Once In Joburg 

Joburg's only official 'poshtel' is the place to go for urban adventures on a budget. And, we can't think of any better way to celebrate once lockdown has ended. However, for the time being, Once In Joburg will be functioning as a safe haven for health care workers under the Ubuntu Beds Initiative. They are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by offering doctors, nurses and stranded travellers a warm bed at night and a safe place to self-isolate.

You can show Once In Joburg just how much you appreciate their efforts by buying an experience package now, to enjoy later. Visit the Once Travel website to find out what experiences they have on offer. You can also donate to the Once Tribe Fund to help support the 57 of the hostel's most vulnerable staff during this time.

Once In Joburg

Underground Booksellers Tour 

Bridge Books is an independent seller of new and second-hand books with a focus on African literature. Their Underground Booksellers Tour is legendary for highlighting the rich literary culture of Johannesburg and showing people that there is more to the inner city than crime and degradation.

You can help support Bridge Books from under lockdown in various ways. The most simple of course, is to pre-order books for delivery after lockdown. However, you can also book your spot for the Underground Booksellers Tour (at half-price!) and their isiZulu classes, which will be taking place online until 29 April 2020.

Bridge Books will furthermore be running a crowdfunding campaign to support their non-profit project called the African Book Trust. Through this initiative, the store has sent thousands of books to rural and township schools and libraries all over the country. However, their focus for 2020 is on their own neighbourhood in the Joburg CBD. This community faces an uphill battle in light of the COVID-19 crisis, and as such Bridge Books are calling on their supporters for help. You can read more about this here.

Joburg Places

Another absolute must-visit Jozi tour is Joburg Places Migrant Cuisine Storytelling Dinner. Guests are treated to a delightful dinner at the Zwipi Underground Bar, before being whisked away on a night-time adventure through the inner city. Seeing as the only midnight expeditions we will be going on in the near future is to the fridge and back to bed, Joburg Places has reached out to their patrons for help.

You can help keep Joburg Places going for the rest of April by purchasing a ticket to a storytelling dinner or walking tour, to be enjoyed at the end of the lockdown period. When you purchase a spot at a future storytelling dinner, you get four seats for the price of three! Alternatively, you can simply buy a Forward Voucher to be redeemed at a later date. Your small contribution will go a long way towards assisting their staff and keeping them afloat until such time that they can resume normal activity. Buy your voucher here.

experience packages

Do you know of any other local businesses offering experience packages that can be used post-lockdown? Let us know about them! 

JoburgPlaces

JoburgPlaces is an inner city tour company, dedicated to changing perceptions about the Joburg CBD. Famous for their insightful inner-city walking tours, storytelling dinners and events, JoburgPlaces tours and dinners are based on exceptional stories of the history, architecture, people, spaces and places of the city.

JoburgPlaces is also the operator of the Thunder Walker venue on Gandhi Square, which comprises three event spaces: the Scatterlings Arcade, the Zwipi Underground and the Town Square Banqueting Hall.

Joburg Places

Thunder Walker

The JoburgPlaces team is made up of passionate inner-city regeneration activists, led by founder, Gerald Garner. Their chief storyteller and guide, Charlie Moyo, offers tourists his bank of knowledge on city history and landmarks with each tour.

JoburgPlaces host a number of tours, including their daily walking tours through areas such as Marshalltown, Maboneng, the City Centre, the Fashion District and Little Addis. Their storyteller dinners have become legend too, taking visitors on a magical night time tour of the city. This January, JoburgPlaces will keep the momentum going with a diverse schedule of exciting tours. Our top pick for the month is the Triple Town Trek Sunday Lunch, taking place on Sunday, 26 January 2020. Keep reading to find out more about this event!

What Is It?

Sunday Lunch will never be the same again. JoburgPlaces presents their first Triple Town Trek Sunday Lunch event for 2020 this January. Come and enjoy a three-course meal, presented by three exquisite Joburg inner-city restaurants: Urbanologi, Zwipi Underground and Marabi Club. Starters will be served at Urbanologi at 1Fox Precinct, mains at Zwipi Underground at the Thunder Walker and dessert at Marabi Club at Hallmark House in Maboneng.

Joburg Places transport you by luxury bus between the different restaurants. Guests will also get to meet the chefs at each restaurant. Lunch in the city will never be the same again, as this will surely be the most exciting Sunday lunch on offer in town! So, don't miss it.

Guests must make their choice of menu beforehand. Here are your options:

Starters:

Tempura Shimeji Mushrooms, Smoked Garlic Relish, Miso Salt with Celeriac Crisps and Carrot Hummus

or

Cape Malay Ceviche Trout served with Onion Catalan, Weiss Pickled Baby Onion and Charred Onion Powder

or

Heirloom Tomato Tart and Smoked Goats Cheese Fondant served with Toasted Garlic, Nasturtium Leaves with Celeriac Crisps and Carrot Hummus.

Mains:

Wild Mushroom Risotto with Beets, Pickled Carrot and Fresh Greens

or

Pomegranate Duck with Baby Spinach, Purple Cauliflower, Asparagus and Pomegranate Seeds

or

Seabass with a Fragrant Summer Herb and Soft Fruit Salad.

Dessert:

Roasted Peaches, Yoghurt Parfait with Olive Oil Sponge

or

Churros with White Caramel and Salted Caramel

or

The Marabi Kit Kat - chocolate mouse with an almond sponge served with orange ice cream.

Marabi Club

Email your menu choice to [email protected] at least a week before the booking date.

When Is It?

Sunday, 26 January 2020.

Schedule:

11:00: Bus pick up point to be confirmed.

11:30: Guests arrive at Urbanologi, 1Fox Precinct (guests can also drive here and park here).

12:00: Starters served at Urbanologi.

12:45: Bus departs to Zwipi Underground at the Thunder Walker.

13:00: Mains served at Zwipi Underground.

14:15: Bus departs to Marabi Club at Hallmark House.

14:30: Dessert served at Marabi Club.

15:30: Bus departs to drop guests off back at 1Fox Precinct Parking and pick up point or guests Uber home from Marabi, as they prefer.

Where Is It?

Johannesburg CBD.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R680 per person. Drinks are separate from this amount.

To book, email [email protected] or send a Whatsapp message to 082 894 5216.

For More Information 

Visit the JoburgPlaces website for more information about this event and other upcoming adventures. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/joburgplaces

Twitter: twitter.com/joburgplaces

Details: 110 Fox Street, Johannesburg CBD | 082 894 5216 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Thunder Walker and Joburg Places present their Town treasures and Summer on the Square Market this December. Come through to the iconic Gandhi Square for five days of shopping for town treasures, combined with leisurely food and drinks at the coolest venue in the Joburg inner-city. You can expect delectable street food and gourmet braai menu, live entertainment from DJs and trinket hunting with Charlie Moyo and Gerald Garner. Shop around for Ethiopian coffee and tea sets, Izimbadada (sandals), hand-crafted jewellery, stunning carpets, homeware (cutlery and crockery), books (new and second hand), original art and prints of famous local artists, as well as antiques and collectables, deli items such as olives, preserves, sauces and much more. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Thursday, 12 December 2019 - Monday, 16 December 2019 from 12:00 - 22:00 daily.

Where Is It?

The Thunder Walker, Gandhi Square, 110 Fox Street, 2001 Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

To book a table or to book underground parking, send an email to [email protected] or send a Whatsapp to 082 894 5216.

For more information 

Follow Joburg Places on Facebook for more information.

Johannesburg is the place where many people from around the country come to explore the endless opportunities and make a better living. Not only is the inner city a place of opportunities but a place where all the vibrant places are. So we are going to explore the gems hidden in the city.

Joburg is a vibrant city where the who's who are and hustlepreneurship is what everyone strives for, but what's work and no play?

Work And Play

The Joburg CBD has blurred the lines from the stereotypical business district to being a places where people flock to enjoy the hidden beauties that grace the fast paced inner city. The city is packed with authentic concepts that draw people in to come and have fun.

What used to be a place known for song and dance turned dry for the longest time, but the places we are going to explore today brought the city back to life. We absolutely love and cannot wait to share the good vibes.

Let's explore the amazing places that the vibrant for city has to offer us.

Vibrant Places Johannesburg

1Fox

1Fox is one of the most authentic venues in town, this place draws in many people to events that are hosted at their raw, beautiful precinct.

At 1Fox, you will get to enjoy diversity at its best. You can grab a bite of the most amazing food from their market or the international award winning - Urbanology. Maybe finish that off by exploring the different brews at Mad Giant.

The place boasts with all kinds of art, visual, culinary and sometimes performing arts at the Fox Junction Venue.

Vibrant Places Johannesburg

Thunder Walker 

This collaboration has to be the best thing that has ever happened to Gandhi Square. Zwipi Underground and  Scatterlings are part of the Thunder Walker umbrella.

This vibrant venue brings different people together - people who love a great ambience and good food to be part of a unique experience

Thunder Walker brings a full authentic dining and bar experience in a historic venue that will wow you with its nostalgic beauty.

Vibrant Places Johannesburg

Rand Club

The Rand Club is one of the most beautiful spaces that grace the Johannesburg CBD.

From the moment you walk into this venue, you will see spontaneous collaborations of something new and old. The building itself will give you wistful nostalgia - think Great Gatsby.

The club house boasts with an impeccable venue, beautiful accommodation and a lovely restaurant and bar. This venue is a must visit, the vintage architecture carries brings the place together beautifully.

Vibrant Places Johannesburg

One Eloff

One Eloff is a building that brings a combination of loft apartments, market, art showcase and awesome entertainment.

As the name suggests, this vibrant place is situated on Eloff Street, you won't miss the colourful corner building. Some days you will find the groovy Feel Good Series on their rooftop, with some of Mzansi's talented artists performing.

This is one of the most vibrant places in the CBD that you need to pay a visit, might even find yourself living there.

And there is a taste of the Johannesburg inner city has to offer. Let's go out and explore Jozi.

What Is It?

If you are looking for a super awesome venue and vine, do wine and dine at the Secret Underground Storytelling Dinners. This venue goes unnoticed to many however it has so much potential and beauty that lies behind the this amazing historical building.

The dinner promises to be a story in your mouth, that tell many delicious tales.

When Is It?

Friday, 26 April 2019 at 19:00

Where Is It?

Zwipi Underground, 110 fox Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R595 per person. For bookings email Here or Send text/WhatsApp to 082 894 5216.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Here.