Keyes Art Mile is known to be the hippest, coolest and most vibrant art hub in Johannesburg. This amazing precinct situated in heart of Rosebank is home to a collection of artistic brands and creators, including décor stores, art galleries, interesting boutiques, interior design spaces, creative agencies and much more. Let's not forget to mention the lovely restaurant scene, offering some of the best cuisines on this side of town. A visit to Keyes Art Mile is an absolute must.

Before the days of Covid-19, many people would flock to the Keyes Art Mile for a particular art and cultural event, namely Joburg's favourite, First Thursdays, which will be relaunching in April 2021.

But other than that little bit of exciting news, surely you want to know why else you need to visit this trendy, up-and-coming, and beautiful part of the city and what you can expect to see, do, and enjoy? Well, there's plenty of reasons! Keep reading, we'll share a few highlights, hot spots and suggestions.

There's Plenty of Eateries You Need To Sample

The Keyes Art Mile boasts diversity when it comes to its selection of eateries, foodie spots and restaurants. There's bound to be something for all tastes, occasions and cuisines. Whether you're looking for some fine dining, some authentic Italian, something sweet and decadent, or simply need to get a caffeine fix, there's is a spot ready and waiting to take your order. We'll name a few must-visits!

Sotto Sopra

If you're craving seriously glorious and authentic Italian cuisine, then you need to visit Sotto Sopra. Serving Roman-style pizza and handmade in-house pasta that's sure to delight the taste buds, this vibrant, open and relaxing eatery is the perfect spot for quick meetings, after-work drinks with colleagues or friends, or for a speedy yet scrumptious lunch on the go.

Details: www.sottosopra.co.za | [email protected] | 076 460 3907 | 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Momo Kuro

Craving some Asian Fusion cuisine? Momo Kuro is just the place! This restaurant is the sister brand to the famous Momo Baohaus, and they've brought flavourful bowls, buns and sushi rolls to Rosebank. Serving up fresh, different and oh-so-yummy dim sum, poké and tapas, you'll most definitely be coming back for more.

Details: www.momobaohaus.com | [email protected] | 010 594 5395 | 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

BGR

There is absolutely nothing better than a burger joint that can give you a great burger. That is what BGR is all about. Their quirky and minimalist look is without a doubt a standout, however, there's nothing minimalist about their meals. BGR is by far one of the most popular restaurants at Keyes Art Mile, and for very good reason.

Details: www.eatbgr.com | [email protected] | 010 593 4545 | 19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

L'atelier Bakery

Whether you're looking for some of the best coffee in the area or simply want to indulge in a selection of decadent baked delights, L'atelier Bakery is a must-visit! This lovely confectionery spot offers visitors with a magical and flavourful culinary journey that's sure to have you coming back for more. If you're looking for something a little more savoury, then be sure to take a look at their selection of breakfasts, tapas, sandwiches and quiches. There's sure to be something for all taste buds and preferences.

Details: latelierbakery.com | [email protected] | 010 110 7467 | Level 1, Trumpet Building, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

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Mix Cocktail Bar

Mix Cocktail Bar is the perfect place for those after-work drinks and Friday nights out on the town. This is not your regular bar, they've re-imagined cocktails and sundowners. Mix offers a wide variety of concoctions, allowing you to explore flavours and combinations and experience cocktails like never before. The ambience at Mix Cocktail Bar is always lively and vibrant.

Details: www.mixbar.co.za | [email protected] | 010 594 5545 | 2nd Floor, Trumpet on Keyes, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Afrikoa Café (currently closed due to Covid-19)

Afrikoa Café is a decadent chocolate concept store that has become the new go-to place for discerning trendsetters. If you love those rich indulgences, then you'll definitely find solace here with all things delicious in a luxurious setting. Enjoy a selection a chocolate-inspired by-products on offer. Think the three Cs: chocolate, coffee and champagne. It’s a match made in heaven, all served from AFRIKOA Café’s signature speciality menu.

Details: afrikoacafe.com | [email protected] | 010 109 1759 | 19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Marble

When we think fine dining, Marble is the restaurant that pops straight into our minds. They embrace the authenticity of the South African food preparation process, bringing in the element of fire to ensure that your meal is filled with flavour. Offering fine dining at it's best, the restaurant is inviting, with urban contemporary and artistic touches that'll delight. This restaurant is a must-visit!

Details: marble.restaurant | [email protected] | 010 594 5550 | Trumpet on Keyes, corner Keyes and Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

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There's Art & Design EVERYWHERE

Considering Rosebank is the art and design district of the city, you're bound to find plenty of creative spaces along the Keyes Art Mile. Here are a few that you need to visit the next time you come to this artsy strip in the heart of the city.

Everard Read Gallery

Everard Read is one of Africa’s oldest commercial art galleries, having celebrated its centenary year in 2013. First built along a dusty street in the young mining town of Johannesburg and now still standing in the upcoming art and design district in the city, this gallery has been evolving within the continent's economic powerhouse. Everard Read has always been associated with pre-eminent artists working in Southern Africa.

Details: www.everard-read.co.za | [email protected] | 011 788 4805 | 2 and 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

CIRCA Gallery

For interesting art that's sure to awake all different feelings and sensations from within, be sure to pay a visit to the CIRCA Gallery. Having been developed in 2009 alongside the Everard Read Gallery, the CIRCA seek to intersperse contemporary art exhibitions with human technology and scientific installations.

Details: keyesartmile.co.za | [email protected]  | 011 788 4805 | 2 and 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

TMRW Gallery

The TMRW Gallery is an artistic space for creative exploration and hi-tech play. It operates, showcases and delights visitors at the intersection of art and technology. Here, you can expect to find an artistic blend of augmented, virtual and mixed reality, all used as tools for creating real-world experiences.

Details: tmrw.art | [email protected] | 082 783 0437 | 1st Floor, Trumpet Building, Keyes Art Mile. 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

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Enjoy Some Artistic Retail Therapy!

Art comes in many different forms along the Keyes Art Mile! Here are a few spaces where you can get your retail therapy fix and take something truly creative and beautiful home with you, whether you're looking to add a unique piece to your wardrobe or home.

Okapi

From artisanal handbags and accessories all entirely handmade from locally sourced materials in South Africa, Okapi offers shoppers luxurious pieces, unlike anything they have seen or found before. Okapi follows a simple approach to creating honest and sustainable job opportunities and skills growth for local creators and designers. They do not believe in fast fashion. Every element of an OKAPI handbag is entirely traceable, sustainable and ethically sourced. Their products are crafted to last a lifetime.

Details: www.okapi.com | [email protected] | 010 594 5157

True Design

If you're looking to spruce up your home with some designer pieces, then be sure to visit True Design. This décor and design store is committed to providing only the best of authentic design products in the world to South Africa. Their selection of brands reflects their success, each with their own rich history, interpretations of the latest trends in design, as well as product technologies.

Details: truedesign.co.za | [email protected] | 083 271 8447 | The Trumpet Building, Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Keyes Art Mile Decor

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For More Information

For more information about the Keyes Art Mile, be sure to visit their website at keyesartmile.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on all of their social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — to keep up to date with the latest news, information, events, offers, new tenants and more.

Keyes Art Mile has to be the hippest, coolest and most vibrant art hub in Johannesburg. This amazing spot situated in Rosebank is home to many artistic brands, which includes stores, galleries, boutiques, interior design, creative agencies and many more. With that said, the Restaurants at Keyes Art Mile are worth the trek.

People flock to the Mile every single day and for particular events like the Joburg favourite, First Thursdays. Though there may be all these amazing stuff, the question is - where do we eat? Excuse us if we are wrong, but the food is an art and well, after all the fun, we still got to eat!

The diversity of the options is super cool and just refreshing. Let's take a look at these Restaurants at Keyes Art Mile.

Momo Kuro

Momo Kuro is the sister brand to the famous Momo Baohaus and they are also bringing the flavourful bowls, buns and sushi rolls to Rosebank. If the idea is to indulge in something with a burst of flavour, this is the place to go. Serving up fresh, different and oh-so-yummy all in one dish. How can you resist? Pay them a visit and go on a fusion experience to tickle those taste buds.

BGR

There is absolutely nothing better than a burger joint that can give you a succulent patty and freedom to go all out with your burger. That is what BGR is all about. Their quirky and minimalist look is without a doubt a standout however there's nothing minimalist about their meals. Imagine a juicy patty and ample fillings to choose from to make your own burger, this right here is freedom of choice on another level. BGR is by far one of the most popular restaurants at Keyes Art Mile, and for very good reason. Be sure to check them out when you're in the area.

Restaurants At The Artsy Keyes Art Mile

Mix Cocktail Bar

Mix Cocktail Bar is the perfect place to get your thirst quenched. It's not your regular bar, they have a food menu that will have you salivating. The bar has a wide variety allowing you to go on your own exploring experience. The ambience at Mix Cocktail Bar is always lively and just waiting for a good crowd.

Marble

When we talk fine dining, Marble is definitely the place to be. They embrace the authenticity of the South African food preparation process, bringing in the element of fire to make sure that your food is filled with flavour. Fine dining at it's best, we tell you. The restaurant is inviting, with urban contemporary and artistic touches that allow you to go deeper into the story of their creativity with food. A must visit!

Which one of these Restaurants At Keyes Art Mile is your favourite? we like all them to bits! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

L'atelier Bakery

L'atelier Bakery is the latest addition to the culinary scene at the Trumpet Building on Keyes. Situated on the first floor atrium, this French and Belgian-inspired patisserie looks to become the go-to for high teas, baby showers and lavish birthday parties. Serving up a delicious array of pastries, tartlets, cakes, sandwiches and salads, L'atelier offers a taste of Paris in the heart of Rosebank.

Afrikoa Cafe

Right next to L'atelier is Afrikoa Cafe - the first chocolate-inspired cafe to pop up in Joburg. This cool coffee cafe and chocolatier is all about celebrating African excellence. In all they do, Afrikoa aim to 'keep it local', using the finest South African chocolate sourced from sustainable African farms. Afrikoa also serve delicious coffee and champagne, so you can toast to local producers while tucking into a divine array of sweet delights.

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Sotto Sopra 

What would a culinary trip around the world be without a little Italian flair? Sotto Sopra is another one of the Trumpet Building's new eateries. This Italian-style restaurant serves all the old classics - wood-fired pizza oozing with bubbly mozzarella cheese, creamy pastas and divine desserts. However, they've taken the idea of Italian dining to new levels by dividing the restaurant into a downstairs trattoria and an upstairs fine dining venue. Sotto is located just opposite the Trumpet Building along Keyes Art Mile, while Sopra is situated on the first floor of the building, just to the left of the atrium. Visit either of their venues for clean, wholesome flavours and a serious devotion to good food.

Marble

Rosebank's one and only Marble Restaurant is also located inside the Trumpet Building. Boasting a menu rich in South African flavours, their pride in open-fire cooking is evident in everything they do. From perfectly marbled steaks to smoked cocktails, Marble has a flair for the dramatic, without detracting from the integrity of the ingredients they use. Complete with a stunning view of the sprawling metropolis, Marble should certainly be on your culinary adventures bucket list.

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Momo Kuro

For bao buns, bowls and sushi rolls at the Trumpet Building, look no further than Momo Kuro. This Asian-fusion restaurant serves up fresh umami flavours, as well as an unforgettable dining experience. All dishes are made to order, meaning that you can expect only the freshest ingredients and a culinary taste journey tailored to your personal preferences. The next time you have a hankering for dim sum while in Rosebank, hop on over to this hidden gem at the Trumpet (Momo Kuro is quite literally hidden - upon arrival, climb the fire escape stairs, then walk through a door to be presented with a magnificent view of Johannesburg and the back end of the bustling Marble restaurant!)

MIX Cocktail Bar 

It's cocktail hour at the Trumpet Building! Stop by MIX Cocktail Bar for artisan cocktails and fabulous finger food. We recommend the Gallic Malic - Jameson Select Reserve, Green Apple Booch, hazelnut and vanilla paired with their crispy spicy pork belly served with mustard and pickled ginger. It's a palate fusion explosion! MIX Cocktail Bar is where music, art and cocktails are accompanied by sunsets and interesting conversations, bringing together extraordinary people.

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For More Information

Visit the Keyes Art Mile website for more information about the culinary experiences at the Trumpet Building. You can also follow them on social media:

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Details: 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Have you visited any of the restaurants at the Trumpet Building on Keyes? Let us know about your experience! 

Sweet Dreams

L'atelier Bakery is the brainchild of Belgian pastry chef, Laetitia Van Waeyenberge. Expressing her gratitude to guests at the launch, Laetitia said that her goal is to bring the flavours of Paris and Belgium to Johannesburg. She explained that the bakery will function as a supplier to hotels and events venues, as well as a walk-in sales point. L'atelier is also set to become the go-to caterer for baby showers, kitchen teas and birthdays. Whether you choose to host your event inside the Trumpet Building's breezy atrium or at your own venue, L'atelier is ready to delight your guests with an assortment of French and Belgian treats.

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French Elegance 

The bakery in itself is petite, offering minimal seating along its side wall. However, this does not detract from the experience of dining here. The decor is quintessentially Parisian, with pops of blush pink, rose gold and leafy greens. The seating is comfortable without being clunky, offering patrons a space to sit and chat for hours over their pastries. However, there is also ample seating just beyond the bakery, in the space between L'atelier and Afrikoa Cafe - another one of Laetitia's culinary babies. Alternatively, you can take a seat on the outdoor deck which overlooks the bustling Keyes Art Mile below. 

Latelier Bakery

Fancy Food

L'atelier's menu is yet to be finalised, however Laetitia and her team promise a divine selection of pastries, cakes, tartlets, sandwiches and wholesome salads to come. Pick up a cup of single origin Rwandan coffee at Afrikoa next door and you'll be set for foodie heaven.

We were lucky enough to sample an array of L'atelier's offerings at the opening, including a smorgasbord of French cheese, cold cuts, breads and pâtés. But, of course, it was their fine selection of sweet delights that stole the limelight. We had a taste of L'atelier's buttery croissants, a mini raspberry tart, a slice of vanilla custard tart and a few macaroons to round off the feast! Not overloaded with sugar, these perfectly prepared pastries went down a treat.

We must thank Laetitia and her team for putting up with our indecisiveness over which pastries to sample. There were simply too many choices. When you visit, be sure to ask your server for their guidance in choosing a tasting plate. While we are certain that all of L'atelier's pastries are scrumptious, they can help you create a flavour journey on your plate, pairing sweet with sour, freshness with buttery goodness and the bitterness of dark, African chocolate with nutty flavours. Laetitia also made a point of inviting guests back to sample the bakery's cheesecake, which she claims is simply divine. Being the cheesecake lovers we are, we will most certainly be back to sample a slice or two.

All in all, we concur that L'atelier knows their stuff when it comes to French pastry. Well worth a visit, stop by on your next trip through Keyes Art Mile and indulge your inner sweet tooth. 

For More Information

Follow L'atelier Bakery on Facebook or Instagram for updates on their menu and special events.

Details: 082 320 6878 | [email protected] | Trumpet Building, Level 1, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Trumpet Sounds

Sotto Sopra takes over the expansive Atrium of the Trumpet Building on Keyes Avenue. This artist and foodie hub buzzes over weekends and on the first Thursday of the month, as cosmopolitans from all around Jozi descend on Rosebank's newest art precinct. Situated right next to the magnificent Circa building, Sotto Sopra is likely to become a regular after-work drinks spot and romantic date destination.

The design of the restaurant reflects its artsy surrounds - with pop-arty abstract influences in the furniture and mural features. Downstairs at Sotto, the furnishings are funky and even a little kitsch (but in the best way possible). Cylindrical shapes and vibrant pops of colour dominant the space, giving it an overall look of art come to life. The upstairs venue is slightly more sophisticated. With a trendy floor-to-ceiling plant wall and cosy seating behind glass doors, Sopra offers its patrons a luxurious dining experience overlooking the bustling street below.

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Upside-Down Dining

The idea behind Sotto Sopra's design is quite ingenious. The bottom level, Sotto, offers guests a traditional Italian trattoria experience – serving thin-based Roman-style pizza and handmade pasta in a flamboyant, open and relaxing dining area. This is ideal for a quick meeting, sundowners with colleagues or a speedy lunch on-the-go. 

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Sotto

The menu for Sotto was finalised with the restaurant's official opening in February 2020, serving a range of stuzzichini (bar snacks), antipasti, mains, secondi and desserts to tantalise your tastebuds. Using only the freshest Italian ingredients, the culinary team have designed a menu that reflects the simplicity of Italian cuisine, while still playing to our unique South African palates.

There are also a number of vegetarian options available on the menu, including salted vegetable crisps, zucchini fritti, Melanzane alla Parmigiana (oven baked aubergine with pomodori, basil pesto, mozzarella and Parmesan) and Pumpkin Pizza (roasted pumpkin, feta, sage and chilli, topped with pumpkin seeds and wild rocket).

Sotto Sopra

Sotto's thin-based pizzas are expertly made with the finest stone ground, GMO- and bleach-free flours, which are fermented for 72 hours to give the best flavour, light texture and allow for easy digestion. 30 years in the making, owner Carrara believes that they have perfected this Italian menu staple. After sampling their Pizza Burrata – fresh burrata, roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs – we must agree. Wood-fired, cheesy and sweet from the roasted tomatoes, this is an ideal sharing meal between friends or loved ones. 

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Sotto's drink offerings stick by the formula of simplicity - with Italian classics making up the majority of their cocktail menu. If you've never had the opportunity to sample a true Italian cocktail, this would be the place to do so. Choose between the iconic Negroni, Americano or Aperol Spritz. A glass in hand paired with one of Sotto's tasty bar snacks makes for the perfect late afternoon scene. 

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Aperol Spritz - it’s going to be a fabulous day...

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Sopra

The upstairs element of the restaurant sees authentic Italian restaurant dining taken to a level of excellence and considered perfection. At Sopra, there is an a la carte menu offering of antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. Very soon, the restaurant will also be introducing its six and nine course degustation menus with wine pairings. The restaurant comfortably seats 80 patrons and feels completely separate from the trattoria below. New date night destination anyone?

Unfortunately, we weren't able to sample Sopra's selection of Italian gems on our visit, but we certainly intend to return soon. If you happen to beat us to it, let us know about your experience! 

For More Information

Visit Sotto Sopra's website for more information about their menu features or to make a booking.

And, don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram!

Details: 010 824 0777 | [email protected] | 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

What Is It?

Joburg, get your dance shoes on because this event is not to be missed. Join Secret Sunrise for their first dance party of 2020. Hosting a Secret Sunrise Dance at Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, this event is for the whole family. Come and enjoy a beautiful morning out, where you can dance, get out of your comfort zone and meet new friends.

You can expect the usual dance party, as well as a whole host of fun activities for the family. The theme is Where's Wally, so be prepared to do a little searching. Tickets will sell out fast, so get yours now.

When Is It?

Sunday, 26 January 2020 from 08:30 - 09:30.

Where Is It?

Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, 2196 Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R125 for adults and R85 for kids.

Book your tickets here.

For More Information

Click here for more information.

Details: 073 693 6086 | [email protected]

Spaza Art Gallery

The Spaza Art Gallery is a very eclectic and unique space where artists and public alike gather. Located in Troyeville, the NPO showcases up-and-coming artists. The quirkiness of this gallery makes for amazing photographs and content, both inside and out. Just make sure you support the artists as well.

Morrell's Boutique Venue

Okay, hands down, this has to be my FAVOURITE place on this list. If you're looking for a French countryside Manor-house vibe, Morrell's Boutique Venue is for you! Many are familiar with the wedding venue, but just down the road, you'll find their restaurant where you can have lunch. This place screams luxury, but trust me when I say that your pictures will be AMAZING! The lush garden is the perfect place for a photo-op. Just watch out for the chickens occasionally roaming around.

The Living Room

The Living Room in Maboneng is one of the best places to go to for content. This rooftop bar offers splendid views of Johannesburg, so you couldn't ask for a better backdrop. And don't even get me started on the concrete jungle feel of it. It's completely inundated with plants, which gives it concrete jungle vibes truly worthy of an urban oasis.

55 At Workshop 55

Some restaurants make great backdrops for content. Workshop 55 is one of those restaurants. The restaurant, 55, has a quirky nature, which is very aesthetically pleasing. Think 1930s Miami, with an added whimsical touch. Don't be afraid to enjoy a cocktail too.

Nirox Sculpture Park

Nature and landscapes are nearly unbeatable when you are looking for the perfect background for your photo content. Add a few sculptures in the mix and you have perfection! The Nirox Sculpture Park is open to visitors every weekend to enjoy. The park was a commercial trout breeding and fishing farm, which was transformed into a unique platform for the exhibition of outdoor sculptures and installations. With all this at hand, add a little creativity and you could have amazing content.

Beechwood Gardens

Honestly, the Beechwood Gardens are absolutely beautiful. This three and a half acre tranquil sanctuary is on a private residence, so it's not readily available, but once every season, they open up the gates to the garden for a market. Check out their Facebook page for their next event, so you don't miss out on this breathtaking scenery.

Northcliff Hill

Okay so when you talk about a view, you probably think Nortcliff Hill! This location has the best view of Johannesburg. Beware, it is a little hike up the hill, but it's definitely worth it! You'll definitely feel like you're on top of the world.

Keyes Art Mile

If you haven't been to the Keyes Art Mile yet, what are you waiting for!? Located in Rosebank, it is the major art hub in Johannesburg as it houses CIrca Gallery, Everard Read and much more. In the centre of it all is Trumpet Building. The Trumpet is an absolute architectural marvel! Go for the dope content potential, but stay for the art!

Circa Gallery

I had to devote an entire post to Circa alone, because have you seen the architecture? The entrance alone is dreamy. And with it's winding staircase, featuring those metallic fins in the background, you'll have content that everyone will envy! As mentioned before, this gallery is in the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank and is one of the major galleries in Johannesburg. Again, go for the content, stay for the art!

Graffiti Walls And Street Art

It goes without question that graffiti makes for a perfect, edgy backdrop for pictures. It may be a cliche, but the results are great every time. It also helps that the city is full of them! There's so many that we don't have to mention any in particular. Just make sure you watch out for cars and passers-by going about their business. Check these street arts around the city.

If you want anyone to feel loved, feed them. It's quite simple, I personally love eating and a good food hop is enough for me. Today, we're going through a breakfast to lunch journey and will check out the gems that Joburg has to offer.

What is a food hop? Well! It's all in the words, food hopping is basically travelling from place to place exploring the different cuisines and varieties that restaurants, markets, cafes (the list is endless) have to offer. It can be quite fun because not only do you get to enjoy a bursting variety of eats, but you also get to try something new and see different places.

Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal...They Said

Being part of the instant generation, it can be easy to resort to cereal or porridge but sometimes you don't mean to but you just end up not having breakfast.

In all honesty - everyone would secretly love to have their own chef who can make them full meals. Unfortunately! Not everyone has that luxury, which is why going out to eat can be an idea sent from the heavens and music to ones ears.

We all have our preferences, let's take a look at this amazing hidden gem in Craighall Park...

Breakfast to Lunch

Dolci Cafe 

The breakfast menu at Dolci Cafe is bigger than some restaurant menu's combined, the diversity in their offering is very satisfying.

Brekki ranging from Banting, breakfast breads, standard full breakfasts, mouthwatering pancakes with cream cheese and salmon 🤤. Need I say more! I actually wouldn't blame you if you wanted to have breakfast for lunch or even dinner.

The perk about eating at Dolci; is that you can buy some amazing artisan foods to go and the pastry goodies... these you have to see for yourself. The cafe really shines light in Craighall.

Snack Attack...

Snacks don't always have to be cut and dry, and lacking in creativity. The best snack you can get that does not require ample admin in between...my favourite S word - Smoothie.

Situated in one of the groovy Joburg areas, Greenside. Let's get conscious...

Breakfast to Lunch

Conscious 108

Conscious 108, a plant based restaurant has introduced Greenside to a different level of creative, bringing food we know to a different taste both to the eye and mouth.

They have a few smoothies, however they are all great and include an eye raising ingredient that makes for an amazing beverage. Unexpected flavour and mouth bursting freshness, every food hoppers dream. Definitely a spot to try!

Munch That Lunch...

Normally, by lunch time I have contemplated on the idea of making my colleagues my lunch (My hunger moves to hanger at the whiff of wind blowing) therefore, I make it my mission to feed myself before people disappear.

Breakfast to Lunch

BGR

If you want to talk good burger, BGR is all you need in your food hop life. Situated at the Rosebank hot spot, Keyes Art Mile.

You get to choose what goes into your burger - if that's not freedom choice, I don't know what is. Their patty is as succulent as juicy can be and the fries are not for one with an addictive personality. Just a side note that's worth knowing; their drinks are bottomless.

Perk: you also get to enjoy viewing some of the best art in the country.

Joburgers, food is life!

What Is It?

The Pantry Market at Keyes takes place once a month on Saturday mornings, specializing in small-batch, artisan products. A unique city-meets-farm style market, Pantry Market at Keyes brings you everything from freshly prepared food to deep fried delicious treats. Think fresh farm eggs, delicious cheeses, artisanal breads, olive oil-soaked artichokes and olives, Italian-style charcuterie, fresh organic produce, whole grains, decadent pastries and more. The Market also features a free food-related talk by an industry expert, as well as workshops, featuring everything from bread-making to fermented foods.

Chocolate, coffee and champagne will be served at Afrikoa Café, while breakfast and lunch will be available from the several Keyes Art Mile restaurants, including Momo Kuro, BGR, MIX at MESH Club and Marble.

So, whether you’re looking for a long, lazy harvest table lunch, a wholesome midweek bowl or a decadent treat, the Pantry Market at Keyes has you covered. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Saturday, 25 January 2020  from 09:00 - 14:00.

**The Pantry Market at Keyes takes place every last Saturday of the month. Keep an eye on their Facebook events page for event updates.

Where Is It?

Keyes Art Mile, 19 Keyes Avenue, Trumpet Building, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the market is free.

For More Information.

For more information, visit their website - keyesartmile.co.za

Or follow them on social media:

Facebook: The Pantry Market at Keyes
Twitter: keyesartmile

Contact them via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

On the first Thursday of every month, Keyes Arts Mile in Rosebank host an evening dedicated to art, good food and great social interaction. Due to the popularity of this event, the precinct have revamped their ticketing procedure. This is mostly to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors.

Weeknight's at Keyes is now a more focused celebration of visual art, street food adventures and pop-up gallery spaces. Ultimately, this is to benefit their ongoing commitment to creating a precinct that places the showcasing and support of art at its heart.

When Is It?

Thursday, 4 April 2019 at 17:00 - 22:00. Click here to view upcoming dates for the rest of the year.

Where Is It?

21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg (outside the Trumpet Building)

How Much Is It?

Phase 1: 600 tickets free. 

Phase 2: Pre-sold 1000 tickets at R65 per person. 

800 additional tickets will be available for credit card purchase only at R95 per person at the entrance on the event day, provided the maximum capacity of 2 400 tickets have not been reached.

Click here to book tickets.

For More Information

For more information, visit the Keyes Arts Mile Facebook events page.

What Is It?

Cuban culture is set to take over the Keyes Art Mile with their Little Havana themed evening. The spirit of Havana will be taking over Keyes and you don't want to miss. Take advantage of one of the vintage Cuban cars driving around or make your way to the surrounding restaurants where you can expect a Cuban culinary experience. You can salsa, play a game of dominos and try some authentic Cuban-inspired cigars. Make sure you embrace the full Cuban theme and dress for the theme.

When Is It?

Thursday, 6 December 2018 at 18:00

Where Is It?

Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information visit the Facebook page or the Keyes Art Mile website.

What Is It?

First Thursdays is back once again at Keyes Art Mile. This event is a multifaceted celebration of visual art which happens on the first Thursday of every month. This event is a curated experience that includes live music as well as a variety of food and drink trucks. This event is a must for art lovers, enthusiasts and collectors and is a great space to expand your appreciation of art.

When Is It?

Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 18:00

Where Is It?

Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information, visit the Facebook page or the Keyes website.

Having David Higgs and Gary Kyriacou – the restaurateurs behind Marble in Rosebank and Saint in Sandton – trust you with their wine cellar says a lot about your skill as a sommelier... and that's exactly what Wikus Human gets up to on a daily basis. At 27 years old, Wikus has made massive waves in the South African wine and hospitality arena, having graduated with a BCom in tourism from the University Of Pretoria. Either way, we are happy to have Wikus Human in Joburg, doing what he does best - making the hard choices for us.

Wikus Human

What attracted you to the profession?

I was sitting around a table with a group of chefs and sommeliers at Forum Homini and Roots Restaurant where I worked. They were busy doing a food and wine pairing tasting for a menu. They spoke about all these different aromas and flavours that came from the wine. I was fascinated and had to know more. I spoke to the GM and he pointed me in the direction of a well-known South African sommelier who became my mentor.

How long have you been in the industry and where have you worked?

I have been in the industry for four years. After I finished as assistant sommelier at Forum Homini, I was approached by David Higgs to join Marble when it opened. In 2016 I passed WSET Level 3 and this year passed the Court of Masters introductory examination.

What does the training involve and what are the attributes needed to become a sommelier?

Dedication is the most important. You need to do the basic, which is on paper. This means studying maps, knowing areas, climates, soils, grape varieties and production methods.

You, as a person, don’t need any special attributes. You train your own nose and palate. Pick up everything around you and smell it. Smell things before you consume them. Cut an apple open, smell it when it's fresh, smell it after two hours, smell it the next day. Everything has different flavours to it. Smell an unripe strawberry against an overripe strawberry.

What are some of the tips you can give wine lovers?

Don’t be scared to try something new. Everyone has their favourite grape varietal or wine and rarely wants to try something new. Luckily, these days, more and more restaurants employ sommeliers. Sommeliers are not there to take your money but rather to take you on a journey. They listen to what you like, what you are willing to spend and what you are eating, to find the perfect combination that works for you.

Wikus Human

What can be expected at the upcoming Sommeliers Selection 2018 wine tastings?

I loved the format in which the tasting was held. All the wines were poured blind. We had very little information when tasting the wines. It makes you think harder and it gives all the wines a fair chance. There are some excellent wines from the different categories.

When you drink wine, what do you look for?

I look for classic characteristics in wine. When tasting a wine for a wine list, I look at different aspects such as aromas, flavours, age of the wine, structure, acidity, alcohol, tannin, body and finish. All of these need to be in balance to make the wine good for me. I always try to line up four or five varietals and taste them blind. Not knowing price points or the names of wines is key to selecting good wines. Then there is no pre-conceived bias.

What about current trends?

Sauvignon Blanc for me is slightly out of fashion. Chenin Blanc seems to be trendy on the white side. White blends and lighter styles of Chardonnay are also on the upside. On the reds, your easier drinking varietals are doing well; Pinot Noir, Cinsault and Rhone Blends. Consumers are also looking for some age on wines, so we try and source some older gems when it comes to the bigger Bordeaux style blends.

What are some of the common mistakes people make with wine?

Drinking wines too early for both whites and reds. Also, looking at the price point. South Africa has gone through a drought, so yields are less and the prices of wines are increasing. Being too scared to try new varietals. Always looking for the perfect food and wine pairing match. Enjoy the food and enjoy the wine.

Do you have a favourite food and wine pairing?

Pork belly and a Riesling, as well as duck with a Pinot Noir.

By Shawn Greyling

Having David Higgs and Gary Kyriacou – the restaurateurs behind Marble in Rosebank and Saint in Sandton – trust you with their wine cellar says a lot about your skill as a sommelier... and that's exactly what Wikus Human gets up to on a daily basis. At 27 years old, Wikus has made massive waves in the South African wine and hospitality arena, having graduated with a BCom in tourism from the University Of Pretoria. Either way, we are happy to have Wikus Human in Joburg, doing what he does best - making the hard choices for us.

Wikus Human

What attracted you to the profession?

I was sitting around a table with a group of chefs and sommeliers at Forum Homini and Roots Restaurant where I worked. They were busy doing a food and wine pairing tasting for a menu. They spoke about all these different aromas and flavours that came from the wine. I was fascinated and had to know more. I spoke to the GM and he pointed me in the direction of a well-known South African sommelier who became my mentor.

How long have you been in the industry and where have you worked?

I have been in the industry for four years. After I finished as assistant sommelier at Forum Homini, I was approached by David Higgs to join Marble when it opened. In 2016 I passed WSET Level 3 and this year passed the Court of Masters introductory examination.

What does the training involve and what are the attributes needed to become a sommelier?

Dedication is the most important. You need to do the basic, which is on paper. This means studying maps, knowing areas, climates, soils, grape varieties and production methods.

You, as a person, don’t need any special attributes. You train your own nose and palate. Pick up everything around you and smell it. Smell things before you consume them. Cut an apple open, smell it when it's fresh, smell it after two hours, smell it the next day. Everything has different flavours to it. Smell an unripe strawberry against an overripe strawberry.

What are some of the tips you can give wine lovers?

Don’t be scared to try something new. Everyone has their favourite grape varietal or wine and rarely wants to try something new. Luckily, these days, more and more restaurants employ sommeliers. Sommeliers are not there to take your money but rather to take you on a journey. They listen to what you like, what you are willing to spend and what you are eating, to find the perfect combination that works for you.

Wikus Human

What can be expected at the upcoming Sommeliers Selection 2018 wine tastings?

I loved the format in which the tasting was held. All the wines were poured blind. We had very little information when tasting the wines. It makes you think harder and it gives all the wines a fair chance. There are some excellent wines from the different categories.

When you drink wine, what do you look for?

I look for classic characteristics in wine. When tasting a wine for a wine list, I look at different aspects such as aromas, flavours, age of the wine, structure, acidity, alcohol, tannin, body and finish. All of these need to be in balance to make the wine good for me. I always try to line up four or five varietals and taste them blind. Not knowing price points or the names of wines is key to selecting good wines. Then there is no pre-conceived bias.

What about current trends?

Sauvignon Blanc for me is slightly out of fashion. Chenin Blanc seems to be trendy on the white side. White blends and lighter styles of Chardonnay are also on the upside. On the reds, your easier drinking varietals are doing well; Pinot Noir, Cinsault and Rhone Blends. Consumers are also looking for some age on wines, so we try and source some older gems when it comes to the bigger Bordeaux style blends.

What are some of the common mistakes people make with wine?

Drinking wines too early for both whites and reds. Also, looking at the price point. South Africa has gone through a drought, so yields are less and the prices of wines are increasing. Being too scared to try new varietals. Always looking for the perfect food and wine pairing match. Enjoy the food and enjoy the wine.

Do you have a favourite food and wine pairing?

Pork belly and a Riesling, as well as duck with a Pinot Noir.

By Shawn Greyling

Swedish clothing designer Alexandra Höjer started her eponymous label in 2006 when she moved to Cape Town. Her designs reflect her somewhat gentle rock n’ roll attitude to life, feminine and minimal but imbued with her singular personality. The layered wardrobe has a casual elegance that Alex describes as modern nostalgia.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiEz0DJl4zw/?taken-by=alexandrahojer

The Alexandra Höjer Atelier is home to the brand housed in a beautiful old building on Cape Town’s popular Bree Street; the space, divided into shop and studio shares the creative process with clients through the industrial glass division that separates the two spaces. Alex herself is often in the Atelier engaging with customers or pinning an alteration that will make a garment fit exactly right. The choosing of fabrics is a purely tactile process; it starts with a touch of the fabric that translates into a feeling of what it could become. A soulful experience from start to finish. Garments are locally made to support Cape Town’s clothing industry and its wonderfully skilled crafts people. For her new venture with partner Barry Armitage, it is they who have inspired the Metro= Handmade tagline.

METRO=

Alexandra Höjer & Barry Armitage launched METRO= in Cape Town in July 2017, a line of men’s clothing that represents a distillation of their evolved personal styles. At the core is a focus on practical, well cut, work-wear inspired garments made by their skilled in-house team. Denim features strongly along with other hardwearing natural fabrics which are complemented by semi tailored jackets, footwear and a luxurious line of hand dyed cashmere and silk-cotton scarves.

A focus on handmade, small production quantities of carefully crafted garments allows the brand to constantly evolve. Cut and construction techniques are continuously refined to produce real clothing for real men, crafted by real people from the mother city, Cape Town. METRO = REAL MEN. A step back to the real, the crafted, the soulful, the local. Back to the core of making.

Exclusively sold at the Alexandra Höjer Atelier at 156 Bree Street in Cape Town, the brand is expanding and from the 2 nd to the 5 th of August 2018 METRO= will be introduced to the real men of Johannesburg with a POP-UP shop at the Keys Art Mile in Rosebank.

www.metrohandmade.co.za
#metrohandmade

Swedish clothing designer Alexandra Höjer started her eponymous label in 2006 when she moved to Cape Town. Her designs reflect her somewhat gentle rock n’ roll attitude to life, feminine and minimal but imbued with her singular personality. The layered wardrobe has a casual elegance that Alex describes as modern nostalgia.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiEz0DJl4zw/?taken-by=alexandrahojer

The Alexandra Höjer Atelier is home to the brand housed in a beautiful old building on Cape Town’s popular Bree Street; the space, divided into shop and studio shares the creative process with clients through the industrial glass division that separates the two spaces. Alex herself is often in the Atelier engaging with customers or pinning an alteration that will make a garment fit exactly right. The choosing of fabrics is a purely tactile process; it starts with a touch of the fabric that translates into a feeling of what it could become. A soulful experience from start to finish. Garments are locally made to support Cape Town’s clothing industry and its wonderfully skilled crafts people. For her new venture with partner Barry Armitage, it is they who have inspired the Metro= Handmade tagline.

METRO=

Alexandra Höjer & Barry Armitage launched METRO= in Cape Town in July 2017, a line of men’s clothing that represents a distillation of their evolved personal styles. At the core is a focus on practical, well cut, work-wear inspired garments made by their skilled in-house team. Denim features strongly along with other hardwearing natural fabrics which are complemented by semi tailored jackets, footwear and a luxurious line of hand dyed cashmere and silk-cotton scarves.

A focus on handmade, small production quantities of carefully crafted garments allows the brand to constantly evolve. Cut and construction techniques are continuously refined to produce real clothing for real men, crafted by real people from the mother city, Cape Town. METRO = REAL MEN. A step back to the real, the crafted, the soulful, the local. Back to the core of making.

Exclusively sold at the Alexandra Höjer Atelier at 156 Bree Street in Cape Town, the brand is expanding and from the 2 nd to the 5 th of August 2018 METRO= will be introduced to the real men of Johannesburg with a POP-UP shop at the Keys Art Mile in Rosebank.

www.metrohandmade.co.za
#metrohandmade

What Is It?

How does an evening filled with great and soulful music, delicious treats, lots of drinks and a little bit of art sound? Good? then make sure you don't miss out on the Jazz & Sculpture Festival at the Keyes Art Mile. This is the place where incredible jazz, good food, wine and spirits as well as some of South Africa’s most loved sculptors come together.

When Is It?

Thursday, 19 July 2018 - Sunday, 22 July 2018 from 18:00.

Where Is It?

Keyes Art Mile, 09 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Make sure you take along some cash to grab some grub and drinks.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit keyesartmile.co.za or check out their Facebook event page.

Rosebank’s art and design district, Keyes Art Mile, has become home to a new monthly food market – The Pantry Market at Keyes. Taking place on the last Saturday morning of every month, the Pantry Market at Keyes specialises in small-batch, artisanal food products for you to take home and stock your pantry with. It brings to the district everything from olive oil and honey to fresh produce, charcuterie, confectionery, sourdough bread and whole grains. The inaugural edition in March was a resounding success, with visitors flocking through the doors, and exhibitors experiencing a powerful new platform from which to sell their produce & products and share their stories.

One of the  highlights of  The Pantry Market at Keyes is the talks programme. Each month visitors can attend a free food-related talk by an industry expert. Topics include ethical eating, reducing your plastic-use, plant-based diets, and more. The upcoming talk, on 28 April at 10h30, will be by Karen Dunn, owner of Urban Apiary, who will discuss everything from the questions you should be asking about supermarket honey, to why every city needs healthy bees, and gardening tips to promote bees.

The market is a plastic-free zone, and visitors can shop top-quality, ethically produced products in a relaxed, curated space, in which they meet the makers, sip, sample, snack and enjoy live music. They can even bring their own glass jars to fill with milk and honey. To complete the experience, breakfast and lunch are available from the several Keyes Art Mile restaurants, including BGR, MESH Club, Milk Bar and Marble. While SMAC and the TMRW gallery offer additional visual stimulus to the morning, True Design (Kartell, Moroso and Cassina), Okapi, Shelflife and Anatomy will be open for browsing and shopping.

When Is The Pantry Market at Keyes?

The Pantry Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month in The Atrium of The Trumpet on Keyes – 21 Keyes Avenue  from 9am-2pm.

What Stalls Are At The Pantry Market at Keyes?

●      Bakgat Nartjies: Nova naartjies and Eureka lemons farmed in the North West for export.

●      Dolci Café: Freshly rolled pasta and homemade sauces as well as a selection of pastries. Bring back your glass jar and receive a discount next time you buy sauce.

●      Esposito Natural Foods: Acorn fed, free-range pork products from the Midlands farm of Franco Esposito.

●      Gudgu: A selection of sugar-free and regular cordials to enjoy on site by the glass and take home by the bottle.

●      Juice My Roots: Cold-pressed, energising  juices made from ingredients as wide-ranging as fennel, radish and pear.

●      Kula Organics: Fresh, organic, seasonal produce sourced from local Joburg farmers.

●      Lorian’s Cheeses: A carefully curated selection of artisan cheeses from around the country. Enjoy a platter on site or buy cheeses to take home.

●      The Grainery: Whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa and black rice, sold in eco-friendly muslin bags, as well as a selection of healthy, fresh bowls to enjoy on site.

●      Tonka Bean Patisserie: Croissants, donuts, and pastries from the famed Riversands bakery.

●      Treviso Café: Top-quality sourdough bread, using stoneground flour, water, yeast and salt, and nothing else.

●      Yield Coffee: Espresso-based coffee drinks (including hot chocolate & chai latte)  prepared by professional baristas. Coffee beans also available to take home.

●      Yococo: Dairy-free handmade ice cream using only organic fruits and free from all preservatives and colourants.

●      Urban Apiary: Raw, small-batch honey harvested responsibly from the suburbs of Johannesburg. Bring your own jar to fill, or buy a filled jar on site.

 

 

After months of veiled social media messages and building delays, the much-anticipated Marble restaurant was officially launched on 11 August 2016. Situated on the top floor of The Trumpet building, is the newest addition to the rapidly growing Rosebank Keyes Art Mile; the restaurant boasts unobstructed views stretching all the way to the Magaliesberg.

The building itself is beautifully designed, noticeable at first glance from the cascading staircase leading to the triple volume entrance. In line with leading international trends, Trumpet promises to be a collaboration of design, art and food. It’s evident that no detail was spared in the conception of the space. From the wooden flooring, to the detailing on the roof and walls, even in the hand-crafted crockery; the restaurant is modern but inviting... bold yet subtle.

The massive open grill, the focal point of the restaurant, brings a new intimacy to this dining experience, leaving diners able to see and 'feel' their food being plated.

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Contemporary South African chef, David Higgs has promised that the restaurant will bring earthy, bold flavours to patrons, with every dish incorporating an element from the grill. Guests at the launch were treated to oysters, seared tuna, pulled pork pillows, delicious roasted vegetable and smoky, skewered beef. The desserts were just as creative, with ginger biscuit s'mores and rhubarb pavlova, satiating any and everyone's sweet tooth.

The bar is just as exquisite, and threatens to be a feature of the restaurant in it’s own right. The bar lounge is separated from the restaurant by a floor-to-ceiling wine rack, with what promises to be a huge selection. Both traditional and creative cocktails will also be served.

The restaurant is an exciting addition to Rosebank, and will definitely raise the bar in terms of Joburg dining experiences. If as much thought and detail goes into the food as it did the space, the restaurant should be a great new player in the Joburg culinary scene.

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By Atish Kara

Have you been to Marble? What did you think of their open flame style of cooking? Let us know in the comments section below. And, as always, sharing is caring so show this review to a buddy.