About The Babina Noko Range

From shawls and hoodies to stunning laptop bags, be sure to shop Ledikana's brand-new range: The Babina Noko Range! Babina Noko print is inspired by Bapedi Culture. Noko (Porcupine) is a Totem for Bapedi tribe, spread across South Africa and Botswana. One of their first kings is King Thulare, followed by King Sekhukhune 1 from Limpopo Province, Ga- Sekhukhune. This product is designed by Ledikana, to honour and celebrate this great nation. A porcupine quill symbolises the rich heritage, culture and tradition of the Bapedi nation.

Mom’s Day Special

This Mother's Day, why not spoil that special motherly figure in your life with something unique from Ledikana? Visit the Ledikana store at Melrose Arch, spend R1 000 or more, and you'll receive a free hair touch-up from Sonnymagic Hair Salon in their Store! This offer is valid between 07 and 09 May 2021.

Shop now at www.ledikana.com or Ledikana.shop.

Also, don't miss out on their current specials, where you can get up to 50% off on various summer items and up to 25% off their new stock.

Bapedi, My Heritage!

For More Information

For more information about Ledikana, visit www.ledikana.com.

You can also shop online at www.ledikana.com and Ledikana.shop.

You can contact them on [email protected] or WhatsApp them on 066 138 1070.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can find their store in Melrose Arch, Upper Retail Mall, 44 Melrose Boulevard, Birnam, Johannesburg.

What Is It?

Spend the evening indulging in a delectable four-course authentic Italian dinner menu, carefully paired with immaculate wines from the renowned Buitenverwachting wine farm, nestled in Constantia. Prepare to be taken on a flavourful culinary journey, complete with live entertainment to keep you entertained throughout the evening.

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Wondering what's on the menu for the evening? Take a look below at what delicious delights they have planned for you:

Grissini Al Pomodoro
Black Garlic Grissini, topped with Al Pomodoro
Wine: Buitenverwachting Rosé

Chef's Board
A Selection of Imported Italian Cured Meat, Cheeses and Preserves
Wine: Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc

Hand-Made Short Rib Tortelloni, braised in Sangiovese and Napolitana Sauce with Gremolata
Wine: Buitenverwachting Meifort

Dark Chocolate Gelato served with Millionaires Crumble
Wine: Buitenverwachting Little Richard

When Is It?

Thursday, 29 April 2021. The evening starts promptly at 18:00. 

Where Is It?

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R425 per person. Booking is essential.

For the Melrose Arch seating: Click here to book your spot now, or alternatively you can email [email protected] or call 010 109 8632.

For the Menlyn Maine seating: Click here to book your spot now, or alternatively you can email [email protected] or call 012 348 2802.

For More Information

For more information about Old Town Italy and their La Dolce Vino evening, click here to visit their Facebook page.

You can also view their Facebook event page here.


T&Cs Apply. Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18. All health & safety protocols observed.

Brand spanking new on the flashy Melrose Arch scene is Moove Motion Fitness. More than a gym, Moove Motion Fitness has revolutionised the way we tackle getting into shape. The environment at this gym motivates members to work harder for their goals - no pain no gain, baby! They have an amazing team of professionals who are ready to help you achieve your fitness goals, whether it be to lose weight, develop a six-pack or win a triathlon. The combination of state-of-the-art equipment, extra activities, and energetic fitness specialists will get you fit in no time.

The workout floor is divided up into dedicated training sections with more than enough workout machines to go around. The fitness club has been fitted out with  SMART workout machines that can track your progress through a mobile application - how cool is that?

What makes Moove Motion Fitness even more unique is the fact that it has a climbing wall that offers a full-body workout. The climbing wall is safe for all skill levels and is run under supervision.

Give Moove Motion Fitness Melrose Arch A Go!

Passing through or contemplating whether or not you should sign up? Get yourself a few Fit passes to try any of the scheduled classes. Your Fit-Pass only expires one year after purchase and includes a single entry to Moove Motion Fitness at Melrose Arch.

Only Available At Melrose Arch

Smith's Boxing

The “Smith’s” name is synonymous with boxing because of former three-time SA light heavyweight champion and World Boxing Association contender Kosie “KO” Smith. Smiths Gym’s knowledge of the industry extends to their clients who range from those looking for a superior workout and a new way of conditioning their body to the beginner looking for a fun way to workout.

Strong By Mika Stefano

STRONG by Mika Stefano is an hour-based fitness class combining various styles of HIIT training. With some of Gauteng’s top fitness instructors – who will motivate you to be your absolute best. Our classes are carefully created for all fitness levels, so get ready to burn even more calories and have fun at the same time! 50% Treadmills + 50% Floor = 100% HIIT, redefined! A full-body workout – packed into a 1-hour ‘pow-wow’ session! Every single class will be different, making sure you are always pushed to a new limit while making sure you don’t get bored.

Motherland Coffee

In need of a pick-me-up before or after your workout? Then you've come to the right place! Situated inside of Moove Motion Fitness Melrose Arch, visitors and gym-goers are treated to South Africa's favourite home-brewed coffee brand, Motherland Coffee Co. Here visitors will be able to indulge in freshly brewed coffee drinks and grab a healthy and delicious snack to keep them going.

Good News For Parents: The Kids Club Is Open To The Public

Whether your kids are aspiring freestyle trampolinists or want to enjoy kicking a soccer ball, slam-dunking on a basketball court, jam some Playstation 5 or all of the above, Moove Kids Club is the perfect way to keep them active and entertained while you sweat it out at Moove Motion Fitness Melrose Arch! The Kids Club is also open to the public, giving you peace of mind while you shop and dine at the precinct.

Childminders ensure that kids are safe and taken care of for the entire duration of your visit. All COVID-19 protocols are in place. Please ensure your kids are wearing a mask.

Kids can enjoy:

Getting A Boost From Vitality Health

As a Vitality Health member, you can enjoy 50% off your monthly gym fees at Moove Motion Fitness Club. PLUS, get 25% off Fit-passes. At Moove Motion Fitness Club our goal is simple: to help you reach yours. Regardless of where you are in your health and fitness journey, we offer a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, powered by support from our dedicated team of fitness professionals.

More Information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 010 595 2262
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moovemelrosearch
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moove_melrose_arch/

Following the adjustment of the Government’s Level 1 regulations.
Monday-Friday: 5am-9pm
Saturday: 6am-6pm
Sunday: 6am-2pm

FireRoom Sushi & Grill

For one of the most delicious and theatrical sushi experiences you'll find in the city, head to the FireRoom Sushi & Grill at Montecasino. It's a must for your foodie bucket list. As for meetings and date nights, hell yeah, it's a must-do for sure. They prepare and serve sushi like you’ve never seen it before – ON FIRE! Literally. But if you're not too keen on the flaming Fire Roll or Sushi Braai, they have a selection of traditional options and of course, their signature dishes. The African Platter is scrumptious and offers a little bit of everything in 18 pieces — Springbok Roses, Fire Rolls, Sweet Tiger Rolls and Dragon Rolls.

Special Alert: From Tuesday to Thursday during lunchtime all traditional sushi is HALF-PRICE.

Details: FireRoom | 011 465 0587 | [email protected] | Shop no. 64, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, corner William Nicol and Witkoppen, Fourways, Johannesburg.

John Dory's

You CANNOT go wrong with sushi from John Dory's. Not only do they offer a wide variety of sushi but they also have plenty of other delicious goodness on the menu for those who don't appreciate good sushi. Sorry, we're a little biased. But back to the sushi! A few of our favourites we recommend are the Prawn Avalanche — a California roll with prawn filling, topped with half a tempura-rolled prawn and spicy mayo sauce; the Snow Crab Rolls — crab tempura rolls with mayo and sweet chilli topped with avo, Sriracha mayo and caviar and last but certainly not least, the C & C Bombs — crab and cream cheese bombs crumbed, deep-fried and topped with smoked mayo and caviar. Yum!

Special alert: It's HALF-PRICE sushi on Wednesdays! This offer is only available for eat-in. Terms and conditions apply. OR on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 to 16:00, choose any three green plates from the sushi belt for R99.

Details: John Dory's | Branches nationwide | Joburg office: 011 287 5300

The Big Mouth Sushi & Grill

It's all about the sushi at The Big Mouth Sushi & Grill at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. It's slightly more expensive here, but believe us, it's SO worth it! You can expect to tuck into a wonderful selection of world-class sushi, no matter which kind you prefer. Take your pick from moreish poké bowls, new-style sashimi, a few traditional classics and plenty of interesting signature choices. One of the signature sushi options that really caught our attention was the Chicago Roll — Panko rock shrimp, cream cheese, tobiko, teriyaki, sweet chilli jam, tempura chilli, kewpie mayo, garlic flakes and spring onion. Sounds quite different, right?

Details: The Big Mouth | 011 783 4097 | [email protected] | Nelson Mandela Square, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.


The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar

If you happen to be in the inner city when your sushi craving hits, then make your way to The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar in the hip and happening Maboneng Precinct. This place fuses African flavour with Japanese cuisine and creates mouthwatering dishes that'll keep you coming back for more. Sushi is on the menu throughout the week and on the weekends, guests can enjoy a delicious prawn braai. And if you're REALLY into sushi, you can take a sushi-making master class with their very own Vusi Kunene and The Blackanese chefs.

Special alert: 50% Tuesday Sushi Special where selected sushi is available at HALF-PRICE.

Details: The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar | 072 729 6456 | [email protected] | 299 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg CBD.


If you're looking for sushi that will not bust your budget, then make sure you check out Yamada. They've got a conveyor belt so, if you don’t feel like ordering from a waiter, you can just pull up a bar chair and help yourself to the variety that's spinning around and around! Once you're done, they stack up your plates and tally up the cost. Easy! We love their lunchbox, which comes with 15 pieces of mixed sushi but change it to salmon only. Trust us, it’s a feast!

Special alert: All-you-can-eat sushi buffet, every day, all day, from R175 per person*!

Details: Yamada | Rivonia: 011 039 8188 or 011 047 8668; BluBird Shopping Centre: 011 039 6777 or 11 068 8888; Waterfall Corner: 011 075 7777 or 011 047 8668 | [email protected] | Click here for addresses.


Hashi is a fab spot to head for fusion sushi with a twist. They’ve got all sorts of interesting creations that you need to try out like the Taku, which is tofu tempura, cream cheese, avo, spring onion with mango/strawberry/kiwi and wakame, on a bed of spicy sauce and Hashi’s secret sauce. Another delicious option is the Udon Japanese Noodles (if you’re not a sushi purist, that is), stir-fried with chicken, prawns or veggies. And a for dessert, make sure you try the chocolate spring rolls!

Special alert: On Wednesdays, it's half-price sushi! Valid on sushi only and selected items. Also, check out their lunch daily specials.

Details: Hashi | 011 888 0330 | [email protected] | 32 7th Street, corner 4th Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg.


So Yum

After all the retail therapy in Hyde Park, surely you need to grab a bite to eat to replenish your energy levels? And we know just the place. So Yum has lots of dim sum on the menu — we like the pork and mushroom filled parcels. But that's not all! Their sushi is great, especially when eaten with a side of edamame beans. How about some tuna roses and a rainbow roll or two? The latter comes with crab, avo, salmon, tuna, caviar and mayo – basically, it’s the works.

Where: So Yum | 011 325 5360 | [email protected]Hyde Park Corner, corner Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

JB’s Corner

While JB’s is not a sushi restaurant per se, they do have a menu dedicated entirely to the delicacy. What’s really great about it is that you can swap the stock-standard white rice for healthier brown rice – health freaks, rejoice! Their fashion sandwiches are to-die-for. Another interesting option we found on the menu of the Melrose Arch branch was the Chirashi. It's a cake of sushi rice (looks like a rice cake almost) that has spicy salmon, avo, cucumber, caviar and sesame seeds stacked on top.

Details: JB's Corner | Melrose Arch: 011 684 2999; [email protected] Sandton City: 011 784 1810; [email protected] | Click here for addresses.


Bedfordview’s Yamitsuki has a conveyor belt, so you can choose whichever dishes catch your eye if you're too hungry to wait to be served (fair enough). The quality is great and their salmon and cream cheese fashion sandwiches are sublime. Another must-have is the Salmon, Strawberry & Cream Cheese Rainbow Philadelphia Roll... once you try it, you'll be hooked. And for dessert — dessert sushi! It's a crêpe sushi roll with fresh strawberries, Nutella, cookies, honey and your fortune!

Special alert: They offer quite a few specials during the week:

Details: Yamitsuki | 011 455 0380| [email protected] | 53 Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.


Melrose Arch Lights Up This Festive Season

Melrose Arch is bringing the magic back to Christmas this festive season with dazzling Christmas light displays throughout the precinct, as well as plenty of fun for the whole family. Remember the days when we'd pile into the car and drive through the streets of the city, admiring the beautiful Christmas lights on display? Those days may be long gone, but Melrose Arch is reviving the tradition!


Melrose Arch will dazzle the city with a spectacular display of lights and a new Fantasy Garden on the Piazza. All the sparkling lights will be switched on on Friday, 22 November 2019 at 18:30 with a special ceremony featuring some of South Africa’s most popular singers. The ever-popular Mi Casa and Mzansi Youth Choir are the highlights of this year’s ceremony. Be sure to check out the other restaurants at Melrose Arch as well.

The award-winning Mi Casa has been a firm favourite on the South African music scene for many years. The trio – J’Something, Mo-T and Dr Duda - will get everyone singing and dancing as they wait for the lights to be turned on.

The Mzansi Youth Choir is renowned for its pulsating energy and youthful enthusiasm and, of course, the choir’s incredible voices constantly attract rave reviews. The Mzansi Youth Choir will be spreading festive joy by singing everyone’s favourite Christmas carols.

What To Expect This Year

From 6 November 2020 - 10 January 2021, the precinct will come to life with an exciting festive entertainment programme, perfect for the whole family.

The Melrose Arch Christmas Market

Of course, there’s more Christmas magic in store for Melrose Arch visitors this festive season. Do a little shopping and indulging at the Christmas Market, which will be held on Melrose Boulevard from Wednesday, 2 December 2020 to Saturday, 5 December 2020 from 15:00 to 21:00. You can expect to see Christmas decor and gifts, special handcrafted items, jewellery, ladies’ and kids’ clothing, toys, homeware, accessories and more.


Another festive favourite, the well-known Jeppe Pipe Band will return to Melrose Arch on Friday, 04 December 2019 at 18:30 to add to the jolly spirit in the precinct, playing favourites like Scotland the Brave, Jingle Bells, Amazing Grace and Little Drummer Boy.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a special visit from Santa Claus, so he will be visiting the precinct over weekends during December.

There Are Also Extended Shopping Hours!

Have a lot of festive shopping to do? Don't you worry! Melrose Arch will extend their shopping hours from 22 November 2019 to 23 December 2019, giving visitors plenty of time to shop. And if you're pressed for time, take advantage of the gift-wrapping kiosk next to the Concierge Desk in the lower level Galleria where, for a small donation to HospiceWits, you can get those Christmas gifts beautifully wrapped.

Check out Melrose Arch or visit Melrose Arch’s Facebook page for the entertainment schedule.

When Is It?

Friday, 06 November 2020 - Sunday, 10 January 2021. 

Where Is It?

Melrose Arch Precinct, Corlett Drive, Melrose North, Birnam, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry to Destination Christmas is FREE. However, do take cash along with you to do some shopping, indulge at one of the many restaurants throughout the precinct and to pay for parking.

For More Information

For more information about Melrose Arch or Destination Christmas, visit www.melrosearch.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 684 0000.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest events, news, offers and more.

Looking Back On Last Year's Destination Christmas At Melrose Arch

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Please note: Ensure that you wear your face masks at all times at these destinations and stick to the social distancing protocols. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, various Christmas light display events may be cancelled for 2020. Please contact the event organisers for more information. 

Joburg Zoo's Festival Of Lights

Joburg Zoo, The City of Johannesburg and Joburg Theatre proudly present the second annual Festival Of Lights. Open daily from 19:00 to 22:00 (except on Mondays), visitors will get to enjoy the magic and beauty of enchanting, illuminated life-size animal characters that are sure to delight guests of all ages. The Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights will also offers exciting entertainment, delicious nibbles and craft night market perfect for some festive shopping. Tickets to this stunning event costs R150 per person and children under 3 years of age enter for free. Click here to get your tickets now.

Destination Christmas 2020 At Melrose Arch

Destination Christmas at Melrose Arch is a firm favourite for both young and old. Every year, the precinct puts on a dazzling display of festive Christmas lights, featuring a golden carriage, a Chinese dragon, a picturesque snow scene and all your favourite Christmas characters, all coming together to create a magical atmosphere. Bring your whole family to the precinct for the enchanting light display. Please remember that when you visit Destination Christmas, you are required to wear face masks at all times and adhere to social distancing protocols. Click here for more information.

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Wonderland Of Lights 2020

Gather the family and make your way to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden this December for their beautiful display of Christmas lights. The Wonderland of Lights will be showcasing a mesmerising festive lights display complete with Christmas carols chanting in the background to create just that cheerful and relaxed vibe we deserve after such a challenging year. Entrance costs R80 per adult, R70 per pensioner, R50 per child aged between 6 and 18, and a ticket for a family of four is R220. Click here to get your tickets.

Click here for more Christmas thrills in Johannesburg.

La Dolce Vino

La Dolve Vino is a once a month offer and takes place on the last Thursday of every month and is brought to you by Old Town Italy and Terra del Capo wines. It is a 4-course food and wine pairing evening filled with delicious offerings.

At R345 per person, Old Town Italy offers you an exclusive wine pairing and 4-course Italian dinner:

- Assagio, rosemary, and cranberry bruschetta, served with L’Ormarins Brut Rosé NV

- Tomato & Foir di latte mozzarella arancini with basil mayonnaise & tomato salsa
- Served with Terra Del Capo Pinot Grigio

Short Rib braised in Sangiovese and served with polenta and gremolata, served with Terra Del Capo Sangiovese

- Citrus and dark chocolate cannoli with Amarena cherry gelato, served with L’Ormarains LBV

Setting Up Shop In Johannesburg

After its huge success in Pretoria, Old Town Italy has opened up shop at Melrose Arch. Situated in the old Jamie's Italian space in the precinct, the venue boasts a deli that sells Italian products including wine, grappa, cheese, meat, nougat, biscotti, and imported chocolates, as well as fresh salads, antipasti dishes, and traditional Italian classics such as lasagne and melanzane alla parmigiana.

The Old Town values, regardless of being considered old-fashioned, are held in high regard. The brand's foundations were built slowly; forged by skill, fortitude, passion and dedication. This celebration of Italian culture dotes on creating a close-knit, family atmosphere. Old Town Italy strives to restore the qualities of personal attention and building meaningful relationships through hearty smiles, high-level product knowledge and providing sound advice generously.

The extensive offering of in-store dining and retail, creates a unique experience, allowing customers to feel as if they are walking through a local Italian grocer or dining in the streets of Italy, aided by the vibrant atmosphere synonymous with café culture. Offering authentic Italian cuisine, the Old Town Italy menu and market has been perfected ensuring high-quality products. The establishment takes pride in its desire to preserve traditional and regional cuisine that supports local farmers and food artisans. The market includes a butchery for local, grass-fed meat, a cheese counter packed with premium artisanal cheeses to pair with freshly baked bread from the on-premises bakery, brand crafted caffé and completed by an Italian wine and grappa section.

Expect to be enchanted by the aromatic scents of well-brewed coffee and hearty meals. There will be live acoustic performances in-store on weekly occasions as well as exciting Pasta Making Classes, hosted by esteemed and passionate chefs. Additional value can be anticipated on Wednesday evenings with an Eat. Drink. Italian offering as well as an Aperitivo Hour from 17:00 - 19:00 daily.

For More Information

During lockdown, bookings are essential, use any of the following methods to make a reservation, and visit the Old Town Italy Melrose Arch Facebook page for more information.

Phone: 010 109 8632

Address: 23 The High St, Melrose North, Johannesburg, 2076

Email: [email protected]

Dineplan: https://www.dineplan.com/restaurants/old-town-italy-melrose-arch

Melrose Arch's two world-class hotels – the five-star African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection, and the contemporary four-star Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Melrose Arch – offer ideal accommodation, whether you're staying over, conferencing, meeting or seeking entertainment. Hip, happening and luxurious, while totally calming, you will experience unforgettable hospitality. Without further ado, let's have a look at hotels and accommodation at Melrose Arch.

What Are You Looking For? 

African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection®
Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Johannesburg Melrose Arch

African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection®

Staying at Africa's first truly chic five-star hotel is an experience you'll never forget, as they never settle for anything less than the extraordinary. Specialising in luxury without compromise, the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection is a destination that attracts discerning guests who delight in modern elegance and sophistication. This, and its luxurious offering, makes every stay truly exceptional. After all, if it were for everyone, it wouldn’t be extraordinary. The March restaurant serves up oysters and champagne at its lavish breakfast buffet. But it also revels in delectable South African specialties: fiery chicken livers,  kingclip and seafood curry are tasty additions to the room service menu. The hotel's welcome basket included the ultimate Mzansi treat: spicy biltong.

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Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch is the premium business hotel in Johannesburg providing state-of-the-art business facilities within the Melrose Arch precinct, vibrating with the energy of the myriad trendy cafés, high-street boutiques and alfresco restaurants just moments from its doorstep. Featuring 306 Rooms & Suites including a contingent of sharing rooms ideal for groups. Dine-in at the Keystone Bistro showcasing prominent homegrown goods or discover creative mixology at Archer’s Bar & Eatery. With 7 Meeting Rooms including a 480 sqm ballroom, a combined total function space of over 800 sqm and 600 sqm of pre-function space, perfect for your next big event. Just 26km from O.R. Tambo International Airport, 5km from Sandton and Rosebank, and close to three golf courses and numerous other local attractions.

Visit the Johannesburg Marriot Hotel Melrose Arch.

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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Johannesburg Melrose Arch

The urban, contemporary, and edgy Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Melrose Arch is the latest hot-spot in the trendy Melrose Arch Precinct. Following the success and conversations around its predecessor in Cape Town, this contemporary hotel guarantees to spice-up any visit to Jozi and is aimed at the traveller who enjoys being amidst the energetic urban vibe of the cool city life. More than just a world-class hotel, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Johannesburg Melrose Arch offers amenities such as an ultra-chic restaurant, a luxe bar and three modern conference rooms. But a lesser-known fact is that the hotel brags with one of Melrose Arch's most treasured gems, its milkshake bar. Set up as a little kiosk next to the beautiful shattered glass stained bar serving signature cocktails, the milkshake bar acts as an oasis of indulgence far removed from the hustle and bustle of big city life.

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Are you looking for hotels and accommodation at Melrose Arch and feel like giving the hotels a skip? Well, why not consider Airbnb? Through this short-term rental service, you can stay in a luxury penthouse apartment complete with all the self-service amenities you're looking for!

Explore Airbnb At Melrose Arch.

Self-sustaining is one way to describe the Melrose Arch precinct. Its claim as the crowned king of new urbanism in South Africa can be found in its inviting neu-Tuscan design and busy streets. Whether you find yourself staying one of the three Marriott Hotels for the weekend or living in one of the penthouse apartments, there is no need to leave the precinct – everything you will ever need is here, and we're not even talking about the myriad of retail stores. Melrose Arch offers a wide range of services, ensuring that you have a long and relaxing stay while you're there.

What Are You Looking For?

JVA Medical Suites
Virgin Active Classic
Plush Carwash

JVA Medical Suites

Are you looking for medical services at Melrose Arch? We've got the solution you're looking for! Founded by Dr Jannes van Aswegen in 2016, the JVA Medical Suites specialises in a variety of services and treatments, both for general healthcare and aesthetic medicine. The practice is committed to upholding patient well-being through professional care, administered by a team of professionals with years of experience in diagnostic medicine, Botulinum Toxin injections, and weight loss, to name a few. Only premium, scientifically-tested products, treatments, and equipment are applied in their regimes and procedures.

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Body20 offers revolutionary resistance training with the use of electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). Workout solutions are carefully tailored for each individual members’ goals and can be readily adapted for any age or level of fitness. Your goals are top of mind at Body20. Muscle strength, muscle tone, performance, fitness, endurance or stamina goals can all be maxed in a 20-minute EMS session. At Body20 Melrose Arch, you will find a friendly and vibrant team whose prime focus is for you to reach your fitness and strength goals whilst shaping the body you deserve.

Visit Body20. 

Virgin Active Classic

Are you looking for fitness services at Melrose Arch? No sweat, we've got you covered! With dedicated water therapy facilities, a concierge and a shoeshine bar, it's evident that Virgin Active Classic Melrose Arch adds brilliance to physical fitness. The club has a fully equipped business suite, Mac work stations, wireless printing, unlimited Wi-Fi and lockers with charging plugs. Virgin Active Classic At Melrose Arch also boasts a health suite of wellness experts with biokineticists, physiotherapists and personal trainers. Membership includes international reciprocity with access to Virgin Active Collection clubs worldwide.

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Plush Carwash

Situated on basement level 1, next to the underground entrance to Virgin Active, Plush Melrose Arch specialises in washing and detailing all motor vehicle types. Making use of mobile steam washing machines, biodegradable chemical-based fluid and special cloths, Plush Carwash ensures the protection and extra shine of your vehicle. Plush's cleaning method is based on biodegradable micro-polymer encapsulation technology that essentially uses wetting agents to wet and encapsulate dirt and grime in an anti-scratch protective layer.

Visit Plush Melrose Arch.

services at Melrose Arch

Melrose Arch's restaurants pride themselves on providing delectable dining using only the highest quality, fresh ingredients in an appealing ambiance to suit every occasion. The buzz and hum of the precinct prove the perfect background to lazy lunches and evening revels alike. With an array of chic cafes, top-rated restaurants, elegant eateries and happening cocktail bars, Melrose Arch offers a menu for every discerning palate.

What Are You Looking For? 

Coffee Shops
Brazillian/ Portuguese


Rockets Express

Have it your way at Rockets Express. Build your own salad - from base to protein - with the freshest ingredients available. The Rockets Express concept of healthy eating is perfectly positioned for the fast-paced health conscious. The eatery also offers a variety of salads, smoothies, Italian coffees, soups, sandwiches, wraps and breakfasts.

Restaurants At Melrose Arch

The Grillhouse

Known for its delicious, flame-grilled red meat, The Grillhouse also stocks a wine cellar worth visiting. Diners will be spoiled for choice with ultra-luxe selections, such as the legendary Kanonkop Pinotage and the fan favourite, Creation Pinot Noir. The wine brags with a special section, called The Red Collection, which is made up of well decorated and award-winning selections, such as Lourens River Valley 2003, Anthonij Rupert Optima and black labelled Meerlust Rubicon.

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Restaurants At Melrose Arch

Archer Bar & Eatery, Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

Located inside the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch, Archer Bar & Eatery acts as the perfect hangout right at the top of Whiteley Road in Melrose Arch. Savour the local flavour and artisanal craft of Johannesburg’s culinary fare at Archer Bar & Eatery. Driven by authenticity and modesty, this social space in Melrose Arch invites the precinct to stroll in and linger.

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Tiger's Milk

Tiger’s Milk Kitchen/Bar is the epitome of a classic casual bar. Self-professed lovers of “dude food”, Tiger’s Milk offers pizza, burgers, and all manner of delicious bar snacks, as well as a large selection of beers and cocktails. Perfect for a relaxed lunch or a night out.

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Coffee Shops

The Grind Coffee Shop & The Grind Greenery

Are you looking for vegan restaurants at Melrose Arch? We've got you covered. The Grind Coffee Shop has evolved into The Grind Greenery, a stunning restaurant within Arch Cycles, offering full breakfast and lunch menus. The focus is on healthy eating, or “healthy deliciousness” as co-owner Brian Theunissen prefers to call it.

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Tiki Tonga

Packing that much-needed caffeine punch, Tiki Tonga Coffee Roastery is the new kid on the coffee block at Melrose Arch. The brainchild of rugby player Brad Barrett, Tiki Tonga can be found in the Middle Retail Galleria and serves freshly roasted coffees, teas, and snacks. Tiki Tonga offers four different blends, with two being classified as sociable blends (Number 9 and Number 12) and two as sports blends (Number 2 and Number 8).

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Restaurants At Melrose Arch

Seattle Coffee Company

Known as one of the busiest coffee kiosks in the city, Seattle Coffee Co Melrose Arch is the heartbeat of Melrose Boulevard. Serving a wide selection of espresso-based drinks, the coffee outlet also whips up iced drinks, teas, and even hot chocolate! Seattle Coffee Co also stocks a variety of eats such as wraps, sandwiches and pastries - everything you need to get your day started.

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Starbucks, on the corner of High Street and Crescent Drive, offers a core bar, which serves its key beverages including 100% Arabica coffee, a range of Teavana teas, cold drinks, fresh foods and delectable treats. Starbucks ethically sourced coffee from all over the world and is proud to serve exceptional coffee from nine countries in Africa - Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Zambia, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Woolworths Cafe

Best known for its amazing range of coffees and fresh, healthy food, Woolworths Cafe is a destination worth visiting. Whether it’s sweet or savoury you are looking for, Woolworths Café has got it for you, at affordable prices. Diners can enjoy omelettes, smoothies, and wraps to name a few.

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Ghazal North Indian Restaurant

Take a trip with that special someone to north India without stepping foot outside of Melrose Arch! Meet Ghazal, our very own authentic Indian restaurant. Known for its rich butter chicken and korma, the restaurant can be found on the square, owing to a secluded feel to your dining experience. With a keen eye to detail, visitors are in for a treat and can expect sitar players, beautiful decor and a relaxed atmosphere as you dine in style. Book in advance as Ghazal Melrose Arch is a popular dinner hangout.

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Cuisino emphasises delicious food, fine wines, and a comfortable lounge experience above all else. Featuring modern and spacious interiors, and a delightful, softly-illuminated outdoor area; Cuisino provides the perfect relaxing bar and lounge experience. The temperature-controlled walk-in glass cellar offers wine lovers the opportunity to shop for the best boutique and commercial wines available. Visitors can expect to see fan favourites, such as Porcupine Ridge and Neil Ellis, in between premium bottles of Meerlust and Alheid. But that's not all, Cuisino also offers a selection of MCCs, prosecco and champagne up for sale. Not too sure what to purchase? Then ask one of the many knowledgeable shop assistants to walk you through the vineyards of their cellar and help choose a grape variety perfectly suited for your tongue or occasion.

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Hello Tomato

A concept conceived in Italy, inspired by New York and born in Johannesburg, Hello Tomato is a unique brand specialising in authentic Italian pizza and pasta. Launched in November 2015 by John Khoury and Gerry Thomas, Hello Tomato is a fast-casual dining experience. Drawing on elements of authentic modern Italian eating, Hello Tomato is an affordable and unpretentious destination to get your fill of good pizza and pasta.

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Piza e Vino

Everyone's favourite Italian street food joint, Piza Ē Vino not only serves pasta and salads but also cooks up some of the best pizzas in the City of Gold. With their blinged-out wood fire oven, Piza Ē Vino conjures up classic margaritas, beautiful biancas and everything in between. On top of that, the bar is fully stocked with top-notch local and international beers, a massive wine list and all the spirits your heart desires.

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Paul Patisserie

Grab a slice of Paris from Paul, situated on The High Street. Patrons are spoiled for choice with a wide selection of French pastries and cakes, burgers and pastas, coffee and champagne! With an outside seating area, Paul is perfect for al fresco dining at Melrose Arch.

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Known for their smoothies, wraps and poké bowls, Kauai is a favourite among the health-conscious lunchtime crowd. Swing by the halaal-certified Kauai Melrose Arch and grab yourself real food made with real seasonal ingredients. Patrons can expect additive-, preservative- and GMO-free dishes, drinks and designer salads.

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With over a decade of experience in good food and great drink, Mezepoli Meze and Wine Bar offers a beautiful wine menu that will soothe your palate. With popular vineyards and vintages in stock, patrons can expect to enjoy labels such as La Motte, Ataraxia and Terra Del Capo. The selection does not stop there by a long shot - best you book a table and see for yourself what this magnificent wine list has in store. Wine is sold by the bottle or glass and the restaurant charges corkage.

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Ocean Basket

You can never go wrong with a classic and that's why we're proud of hosting one of the most loved Mediterranean restaurants at Melrose Arch. The Ocean Basket has deservedly earned its reputation as South Africa’s best loved seafood restaurant. With a wide Mediterranean-inspired menu prominently featuring healthy options, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a picturesque location on the Melrose Arch Square, the Ocean Basket Melrose Arch has something for everyone!

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Maybe it’s the extravagantly extra-large wine glasses that make tashas in Melrose Arch the ultimate lunch spot. Paying attention to detail, tashas offers delicious breakfast and lunchtime offerings such as poached eggs, Mexican bowls, paninis and salmon salads to name a few.

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Senhor Peri Peri

After launching on the shores of KwaZulu Natal, Senhor Peri Peri brings its love for family and food to Johannesburg with the opening of its second eatery. Senhor Peri Peri’s unique take on well-loved favourites is sure to have diners coming back for more. From the sought-after peri-peri chicken to succulent Mozambican styled prawns, creamy chicken livers and hearty beef prego, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Are you looking for Restaurants At Melrose Arch? Boasting Brazilian-inspired dishes that will make your taste buds believe you’ve been transported straight to South America, Rodizio is Melrose Arch's salsa hangout. With that said, Roast Café fans will be delighted to learn that certain favourites on the menu will still be available at Café Rio, such as Roast Café’s delectable cakes, its oft-talked-about breakfasts and several other popular items.

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Melrose Arch is home to Johannesburg's finest boutique shopping and is the premier location in the city for an unrivaled style. This eclectic mix of local and international designer stores is complemented by only the best in convenience shopping. Experience an inviting and alluring network of streets, lanes, and open spaces where you can explore and shop at your leisure. Feel free to browse the treasure trove of fashion, homeware, gift and specialty stores to your heart's content.

For more malls in Johannesburg, click here to take a look at our shopping guide to the city!

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Shopping At Melrose Arch 

As one of Johannesburg's best-loved premier retail hubs, Melrose Arch is home to over 100 retailers. For everything related to shopping and retail, the precinct is your ideal destination! The Melrose Arch Precinct is a dedicated shopper's dream - with over 16 boutiques and chain fashion stores! When faced by so many fashion options it's easy to get overwhelmed by choice, luckily we're here to help out. Fashion is just one of our many obsessions here at Melrose Arch! The list of stores covers almost all niches. Here you will find everything from bridal wear to gadget and hobby shops as well as anchor tenants Clicks, Woolworths and Woolworths Food. From the latest in fashion, accessories, and apparel, to homeware, and everything in between, you can find it here.

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The Precinct boasts an incredible selection of restaurants, bars, and lounges – over 25! How can you possibly choose from such a selection? For starters, let’s decide on a cuisine. Do you feel like Italian? Seafood? Mediterranean? How about a nice cold beer and a burger, or maybe a delicious wrap? We have all of these on offer and so much more. Perhaps you’re looking for something on the healthier side – or maybe the opposite? Whatever it is that you’re craving, you can find it here at Melrose Arch. Sweet, savoury, hot or cold. Luxurious and sophisticated, or casual and laid-back. The precinct is home to a selection of award-winning restaurants, boasting accolades from both the Best Of Joburg as well as the Diners Club Wine List Awards. The High Street and Crescent Drive saw new additions added in the form of Rodizio, Senhor Peri Peri, and Hello Tomato to name a few. What could be better after a long day of hard work than to kick back with a vintage wine and tapas at Cuisino, or a refreshing beer and a burger at Tiger's Milk? Melrose Arch has a range of bars and lounges to suit any and all comers!

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Hotels & Accommodation At Melrose Arch 

The Melrose Arch precinct takes liberal inspiration from the bustling high streets of European cities, granting pedestrians complete access to the entirety of the precinct. When you enter the precinct, you are immediately at the centre of a new urban experience, free to stroll through the picturesque surroundings at your leisure. As a mixed-use precinct, the Melrose Arch precinct also hosts several luxurious hotels. Local and international visitors to the area can enjoy luxury accommodation at hotels including the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!, the African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection®, and South Africa's first purpose-built Johannesburg Marriott Hotel.

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Services At Melrose Arch

Whether you're looking for a house doctor or need to have your suit drycleaned, pressed and ready for business, Melrose Arch provides a long list of services. Some of these include Plush carwash which uses steam to clean that dream machine of yours, a luxurious Virgin Active Classic to keep you in shape, and even a blood testing facility to suit your extended medical needs.

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Residential Property

As a mixed-use precinct, MA is home to commercial and residential property developments. One on Whiteley is the crown jewel in their most recent residential property developments. Residents of this development can take advantage of many convenient facilities at the precinct, as well as the "Smart City" technology that has been integrated throughout. Centrally located in Johannesburg, the precinct enjoys a privileged position in the heart of Johannesburg’s affluent northern suburbs and provides a safe and comfortable lifestyle to its residents.

Ideal for working professionals, first-time buyers, corporate long-stay accommodation or investors, Melrose Arch is suited to all who want to live in an upmarket, sophisticated, and sustainable living space. All modern conveniences are situated within walking distance, and the community is secure, pristine and pedestrian-friendly.

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Commercial & Retail Property At Melrose Arch

Recognised as an aspirant business district, shopping precinct and entertainment centre in the heart of Johannesburg's northern suburbs, the precinct boasts a diverse range of quality boutique and large-scale convenience retail options as well as urban office space available to lease. The precinct boasts with an impressive list of commercial tenants, such as Nike, Glencore, and Global Citizen. As the dynamic precinct continues to evolve through construction and refurbishment developments, exciting commercial and retail tenancies will become available.

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Regardless of whether you're a casual or business-oriented visitor, the precinct has integrated free WiFi coverage, as well as fibre connectivity throughout; meaning you are always able to access fast, reliable internet, no matter where you might be within the precinct. Such technological innovation means you have the freedom to work or play from anywhere in the precinct.

Melrose Arch is the perfect place to connect with friends, family or colleagues. It doesn't matter whether you're at the precinct for business, shopping, relaxing, or just to have a catch up with friends – the Melrose Arch precinct offers a lifestyle tailored to your needs.

Goodman Gallery 

The Goodman Gallery is one of Joburg's most well known and recognisable art galleries. Situated along the Jan Smuts Art Mile, this contemporary African gallery hosts some of the country's greatest artists and thinkers at its events and exhibitions. Under level 3 lockdown regulations, the gallery will be open to the public by appointment only on weekdays from 09:00 - 17:00 and on weekends from 09:00 - 16:00. Book yourself a slot on the gallery's website or contact them via email at [email protected]

Address: 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

Stevenson Gallery 

If it's cutting-edge contemporary artistry you're after, look no further than the Stevenson Gallery. With spaces located in Parktown North, Cape Town and Amsterdam, this art house brings together local artists with the best curators from across the world. In level lockdown, the Stevenson's Johannesburg space is open to the public via appointment only. Email them on [email protected] to schedule a visit between 09:00 - 17:00 on Monday to Friday or between 10:00 - 13:00 on Saturdays.

Address: 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg.

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Everard Read Gallery 

The Everard Read Gallery is Africa's oldest commercial art gallery. Situated along Keyes Arts Mile in Rosebank, it welcomes thousands of visitors a year to exhibitions, events and workshops. However in level 3 lockdown, operations at the gallery and its adjoining venues at the spectacular CIRCA building will be somewhat different. You will now have to book your visit to the gallery via email to ensure that all health and safety protocols may be prepared before your arrival. The gallery is now open on weekdays between 09:00 - 16:00. You can also call them on 011 788 4805 to consult with a curator or artist from your home.

Address: 2 and 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Melrose Gallery 

The Melrose Gallery is one of our favourite art galleries in the city. Here you will find an unexpected display of modern Pan-African art and sculpture from the likes of Dr Willie Bester, Dr Esther Mahlangu and Pitika Ntuli. Pop by on your way through the Melrose Arch Precinct for a good dose of arts and culture. The Melrose Gallery is open in level 3 lockdown on Monday to Saturday between 09:00 - 18:00 and on Sundays between 09:00 - 16:00.

Address: 10 High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.


Victoria Yards Artist Studios

While not strictly an art gallery, Victoria Yards certainly offers a diverse array of fine art, sculpture, crafts and bespoke design from their on-site artists. Make a trip to visit their artist studios and stores in level 3 lockdown to find your next custom art or furniture piece. Foakes Coffee is also open, so you can grab a cuppa along your way through the Yards. You needn't make an appointment, but you must comply with COVID-19 health and safety precautions at all times.

Address: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.

Not quite ready to venture out into the city? Check out these virtual art exhibitions being hosted by Joburg's top art galleries.


Joburg is a wonder world of culinary experiences. If you are anything at all like us, you have been missing out on restaurant hopping across town. As soon as we are able to get out and explore again, these will be our top two Joburg dining picks:

Modena Italian Eatery

If there was ever any doubt that 4th Avenue in Parkhurst is one of Joburg's culinary centres, Modena Italian Eatery has proven critics wrong. This Italian-inspired eatery opened in February 2020, just before chaos erupted. Their menu features a delightful selection of traditional Italian dishes, as well as a few with a modern twist. We will most certainly be stopping by once life returns to relative normality to sample their Napolitana di Modena – a traditional tomato ragu served with bocconcini mozzarella over homemade pasta with a nice tall glass of wine.

L'atelier Bakery

Just before the national lockdown began, we were fortunate enough to attend the grand opening of L'atelier Bakery at the Trumpet Building on Keyes Avenue. This French-Belgian inspired patisserie wowed us with their array of pastries and savoury delights. We will surely be back once the lockdown has ended to sample some more of their tasty treats.

Latelier Bakery

L'atelier Bakery


Speaking of wine, have you run out of your favourite tipple? With liquor sales banned for the last two months, we have become a city of teetotalers. But, for those of you who will be headed straight to the nearest drinking hole once we have bid COVID-19 farewell, here are two of Jozi's best cocktail spots to welcome you back to the scene:

Saigon Suzy 

Seeing the back side of COVID-19 is going to call for a massive celebration. So, why not go all out with a night of delicious dim sum, cocktails and karaoke? With two venues in Joburg, Saigon Suzy is likely to see her loyal patrons return in their hordes (at a distance, of course) for an epic night out on the town. Don't miss out on all the fun!

Social Parkwood

The creator of Saigon Suzy is also the brainchild behind Social Parkwood. If it's fancy cocktails you want, it's fancy cocktails you'll get here. They also cater to other drink preferences, so no matter your poison, you should be pleased. Social's restaurant element isn't to be snubbed either, as they elegantly combine the bar and restaurant to give their patrons a great overall experience. What more could you need to get back into the Joburg party vibe?

Social Parkwood

Social Parkwood


How about an evening of uninhibited dancing? While there have been a number of awesome live streaming events to keep you jiving throughout lockdown, there is nothing quite like a night out on the town in your dancing shoes. Here's where you can strap them on and get moving again!


If you've ever visited the Maboneng Precinct, you'll know that Canteen is the place to be. Not only is their menu generous in variety and flavour, but their rooftop salsa events are unrivaled. Whether you are a seasoned professional or complete amateur, this vibrant rooftop party is sure to get your toes tapping. Combined with the fantastic view of the inner city below, Canteen's Sunday salsa event is a definite must-attend once lockdown is over and we can safely leave our homes.

Carfax & And

From the rooftops to the underground, the Joburg party scene is as diverse as the people who bring it to life. If you're after something grungier than usual, visit Carfax & And, Newtown's most exciting secret dance club venues. And specialises in techno and drum and bass parties, so expect a raving party. Carfax boasts a similar vibe, but hosts more exclusive events including art exhibitions and private artist parties, so you'll have to keep your ear to the ground to get yourself a ticket in the door. Nevertheless, these venues are unlike any other in the city and are well worth a visit on your first night out on the town after lockdown.

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Stay Over

Being cooped up at home for months can cause serious cabin fever. If you can no longer stand the sight of your own couch, bed or kitchen cupboards, take a few days to recuperate at one of these two awesome Jozi hotels. One is a budget-friendly bakcpacker's haven, the other a world-class, architectural marvel. Whichever you choose, we are sure you will have a ball being away from home for awhile.

Once In Joburg

Once In Joburg is unofficially known as Joburg's only 'poshtel' - a perfect mish-mash of classy hotel and hostel situated right in the heart of Braamfontein. During the national lockdown period, Once In Joburg will be functioning as a safe harbour for health care workers as part of the Ubuntu Beds campaign. However, once things return to normal, we are sure that they will be ready to welcome in adventurous travellers. If you have always wanted to explore your city by night, this is the place to stay over. So, go on and tick those adventures off your bucket list. If lockdown has taught us anything, it's that life is meant to be lived to the fullest.

The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch opened on Sunday, 1 March 2020. Boasting an impressive 306 rooms and modern facilities, this hotel is where consummate professionals and tourists alike can relax, rejuvenate and negotiate all at once. As global travel may be off the cards for a few months to come, book yourself into this luxury hotel for a weekend getaway, right in the heart of the city.



Joburg is undoubtedly an urban jungle. Get out into the fresh air once lockdown is over by visiting Joburg's top parks and nature reserves. Our top picks include a protected nature reserve hidden right in the heart of Houghton and the best art and sculpture park in Gauteng. So, get on those hiking books and go on an adventure!

The Wilds

The Wilds has undergone massive reconstruction and revitalisation in recent years. Home to some of Joburg's most unique indigenous plant species, this is the perfect destination to reintroduce yourself to the wild outdoors. Set against the Melville koppies, the park offers adventurers an array of winding paths and hills to explore. This is also a great spot to take a few wildlife snaps and post-lockdown selfies set against the Joburg skyline.

NIROX Sculpture Park

Art imitates life, doesn't it? The NIROX Sculpture Park reflects the dichotomy between man-made art and the natural world with perfect balance. Stroll their expansive sculpture gardens, artist studios and the park's natural wonders on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The on-site restaurant is famed for its generous Sunday afternoon lunches, so bring the whole family along for a post-lockdown celebration feast.

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A Little Bit Of Culture 

Have you been enjoying tons of online theatre, music and visual art content while in lockdown? Unfortunately, there is nothing quite like the real thing. Treat yourself to a night out at the theatre or the cinema and help get the arts community back on its feet after lockdown.

The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre has stood as an icon of South African theatre since 1976. If you've never visited this historic theatre venue before, hop on over the M1 to Newtown as soon as lockdown ends. With its air of urban jazz culture and casual 'coolness', the Market Theatre bar is the ideal place to hang out before the show begins. Here you'll most likely bump into a few famous faces and possibly some new friends. So, put on your peddler's hat and earn yourself a good dose of theatre culture.

The Bioscope Independent Cinema 

Our final top Jozi destination to visit post-lockdown is The Bioscope Independent Cinema. Shortly before lockdown was implemented, The Bioscope made their big move out of the Maboneng Precinct. Their new home at 44 Stanley should be completed once we are all set free, so you can get back to enjoying independent cinema right away. Grab the popcorn and slushies because we are totally ready to go on a big screen adventure!


Ready to get planning your post-lockdown adventures across the city? Check out these awesome experience packages you can buy now and enjoy later!

As the country moved from Level 5 Lockdown to Level 4 Lockdown on Friday 01 May 2020, stores and businesses countrywide are slowing starting to reopen and resume operating, but under strict regulations. Along with the rest of the country, Melrose Arch too has slowly started reopening various stores. To find out who is open and trading and their operating hours, keep reading to find out more.

Click here to find more malls in Joburg who are open and operating during the lockdown.

Safety Precautions In Place at Melrose Arch

Melrose Arch cares about the health and safety of all our tenants and customers. To do their part, additional hygiene measures including hand sanitisers can be found throughout the Retail Galleria.

Their cleaning teams regularly and thoroughly sanitise high-touch areas throughout the precinct with World Health Organisation-recommended cleaning products.

Also, various stores are closed during this time and operating hours have been adjusted according to the national lockdown regulations. Upcoming events have been either cancelled or postponed until further notice to promote social distancing during this challenging time.

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For More Information

For more information about Melrose Arch, visit www.melrosearch.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 684 0000.

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Please note: this list of stores open and operating at Melrose Arch was correct at the time of writing (May 2020). Opening hours and stores operating are subject to change. 

About Melrose Arch

Whether you're looking to shop high-end fashion or are seeking a place to indulge in some of the finest cuisine in the city, the premier destination of Melrose Arch is a must visit whether it's for business or leisure. This mixed-use precinct is more than a shopping centre, it's a small community ready to assist the community and offer a space where shoppers can live, work and celebrate.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Melrose Arch cares about the health and safety of all their customers and tenants during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do their part in preventing the spread of the virus, additional hygiene measures such as hand sanitisers can be found throughout the Retail Galleria. Also, their cleaning teams regularly and thoroughly sanitise high-touch areas throughout the precinct with World Health Organisation-recommended cleaning products. Also, various stores are closed during this time and operating hours have been adjusted according to the national lockdown regulations. Upcoming events have been either cancelled or postponed until further notice to promote social distancing during this challenging time.

Click here to see which Melrose Arch stores are open during Level 4 Lockdown.

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Dining At Melrose Arch

With a selection of 20 restaurants and coffee shops scattered through the precinct to choose from, shoppers will be spoilt with choice, cuisines and flavours that's sure to delight the palate. Take your pick from indulging sweet confectionery from PAUL Patisserie, your favourite caffeine fix from Starbucks, or a hearty burger from Roco Mamas. There's a setting ideal for any occasion, including business meetings, lunch with the ladies, treats on-the-go or afterwork hangouts.

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Entertainment At The Precinct

Melrose Arch hosts a variety events throughout the year that's sure to entertain both young and old. A few highlights to watch out for includes live music performances, activations on the Square and Piazza, the much anticipated Destination Christmas light display along High Street, as well as family fun at ArtJamming, where you can release your inner Picasso and get creative.

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Retail Therapy At Melrose Arch

Melrose Arch is home to Johannesburg's finest boutique shopping and is the premier location for unrivalled style. Shoppers can expect an eclectic mix of local and international designer stores along an inviting network of streets and open spaces. Explore and shop at your leisure through their arrangement of fashion, homewares, gift and specialty stores.

From Cavalier and Fabiano, to Forever New and Shesha, fashionistas are sure to find all the best on-trend fashion and accessories at Melrose Arch.

And if you're looking to redecorate your living space with seasonal homes accessories and items, @Home Livingspace, Woolworths Home and Grays Homeware will have an array of looks, styles and designs for you to browse through for inspiration.

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Accommodation at The Precinct

Looking for a new space to call your own or simply need a home away from home while off on a business trip in Johannesburg? Melrose Arch offers a selection of hotels as well as a brand-new apartment development that are all ideally and centrally located between various business and entertainment hubs.

For a hotel, choose between African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection on Melrose Square or Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch on corner Whiteley Road and High Street.

As for owning a residential space, One On Whiteley offers unparalleled urban living in the heart of Melrose Arch Precinct that's ideal for working professionals, first-time buyers, corporate long-stay tenants and property investors.


Motoring At Melrose Arch

For those who have a fondness for cars and motorcycles, you'll love to know that Melrose Arch has locations within the precinct that's sure to delight. Take a look at the four-wheeled beauties on the showroom floor at Daytona or take a gander at the two-wheeled beasts at Indian Motorcycle.

For More Information

For more information about Melrose Arch and what their upmarket precinct has to offer, visit www.melrosearch.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 684 0000.

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Who Are They?

Melrose Place provides upmarket business and leisure travellers with stylish accommodation and personalised service. Located in the suburb of Melrose, between Sandton and Rosebank in Johannesburg.
Melrose Place is within walking distance of Wanderers Cricket Ground and Rosebank Centre. The lodge is only 3km from Sandton, Hyde Park, Melrose Arch and the M1, making it the perfect base for guests who want to explore the city.

What Do They Offer?

Melrose Place has 33 spacious rooms, each with a view of lush, tranquil gardens. Each room is individually decorated so you can look forward to experiencing something different every time you visit.

The lodge features a large swimming pool, secure parking and 24-hour security.

Breakfast is served every morning (earlier for business travellers and a little later for leisure guests), while lunch, dinner and snacks are available on request. The neighbourhood also boasts a wide variety of fabulous restaurants sure to satisfy any appetite.

Reliable transportation, including tours and airport transfers can be arranged upon request.

For workshops, seminars, strategy meetings, training sessions, product launches and film production, Melrose Place has three well-appointed meeting rooms and offers a choice of conference packages. Their venues are flexible, free of distractions and include free Wi-Fi and standard equipment.

Where Are They Located?

12A North Street (between Victoria and Arran Ave), Melrose, Johannesburg, South Africa.

For More Information

For more information or to book a stay, visit their website https://www.melroseplace.co.za/.

Details: +27 11 442 5231 / +27 83 457 4021 | i[email protected]

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Who Are They?

Giving you modern Italian, yet affordable and unpretentious enough to appeal to all echelons of society, Hello Tomato & Senhor Peri Peri use fresh quality ingredients, cutting-edge recipes, top notch service levels and striking surroundings.

What Do They Offer?

Pizza, pasta, salads and chicken strips.

Where Are They Located?

10 Crescent Drive, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

Safety Precautions In Place

They say cleanliness is next to Godliness.

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Details: 010 020 8581 | www.hellotomato.co.za | [email protected]

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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice By Marriott Johannesburg Melrose Arch

There are few places offering as decadent milkshakes as Protea Hotel Fire & Ice at Melrose Arch. With more than 30 milkshakes gracing their menu, you'll be spoiled for choice. Options come in crazy and interesting flavours and include alcoholic options. Some of our favourite options include Ouma en Oupa (carrot cake and rooibos) and the Bee's Knees (dark chocolate, orange and honeycomb). For an alcoholic option, try the Russian Roulette with a dash of caramel vodka.

Details: 011 218 4000 | Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Melrose Arch, 22 Whitley Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg | www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jnbmr-protea-hotel-fire-and-ice-johannesburg-melrose-arch/


For a yummy Freak Shake that is worth every calorie, head to Craft in Parkhurst. Available in four decadent flavours, these are a must-try. Sip on the Candy Carnival, Turkish Delight, Chocolate Overload and Salted Caramel Delight, all piled high with desserts, sweets, chocolate and sprinkles. If these are a little too over the top and sugar loaded for you, worry not. Craft also has a selection of 'regular' milkshakes, such as the Oreo Cookie and the Rolo Shake.

Details: 011 788 7111 | 33 4th Avenue, Corner 13th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg | [email protected] | www.craftrestaurant.co.za

Kota Joe Roadhouse

This roadhouse has always been famous for their fabulous and interesting milkshakes. Having recently launched a new menu, they'll definitely have something to keep your sweet tooth coming back for more. Popular options on their milkshake menu include Nutella, Cookies & Cream, Ferrero Roche and Oreo & Peanutbutter. But their newer menu items include such gems as Black Forest, Peppermint Oreo, Top Deck, Milk Tart and Custard Crunchie.

Details: Branches can be found in Boksburg, Edenvale and Auckland Park | [email protected] | www.kotajoe.co.za


Hudsons The Burger Joint

If you're close by, do yourself a favour and stop by Hudsons and order one of their magnificent milkshakes. Their milkshake selection features varieties such as the Chocolate Brownie, Salted Caramel Popcorn, Cookie Monster, Nutella Waffle and Strawberry Candyfloss. Pair this with any one of their gourmet burgers and you're in for a treat. And, if you're vegan, you can delight in the yummy Vegan Oreo Shake with a delectable side of vegan Panko Crumbed Wings.

Details: Branches can be found in Parkhurst and Bedfordview | theburgerjoint.co.za

Brooklyn Brothers

Another burger spot makes it onto this list in the form of Brooklyn Brothers. Milkshakes and burgers has got to be one of the best combos of all time, wouldn't you agree? Crazy Shakes on offer include the Brooklyn Heights (topped with choc fudge icing, whipped cream, a Kit Kat finger and a toasted doughnut), the Harlem Split (caramel and custard blend, choc icing rim, whipped cream, banana, cherries and sprinkles) and the Red Hook (berries, cream cheese icing, candy coated mini chocolates, whipped cream and a sour belt skewer).

Details: 011 615 0536 | Bedford Centre, Corner of Smith Road and Van der Linde Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | [email protected] | brooklynbrothers.co.za


Dukes is yet another spot on this list that pairs burgers and milkshakes. Their range of milkshakes include regular options like Vanilla, Bubblegum and Strawberry as well as gourmet milkshakes like Strawberry Cheese Cake, Nutella & Pretzel and Chocolate Ganache. If it's been a rough week, you can also opt for the alcoholic concoctions, which include the James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne.

Details: Branches can be found in Greenside and Melville | dukesburgers.co.za



There are four mouthwatering Monster Shake options to choose from at Burgerack – The Waffle Shake (waffle, peanut butter, honey and banana), The Candyfloss & Bubblegum Shake (candyfloss, bubblegum and Astros), The Caramel Popcorn Shake (caramel popcorn and chocolate sauce) and The Choc Crunchy Shake (honeycomb, Astros and chocolate sauce). Apart from these, they also offer eight regular milkshake flavours.

Details: Branches can be found in Klerksdorp, Rosebank, Alberton, Sandton, Benoni and Johannesburg South | [email protected] | www.burgerack.co.za

Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove has been a go-to destination at Sandton City for many years, and for good reason. Their shakes are made with real Italian gelato and comes in nine flavours - Strawberry Cheesecake, Milk Tart, Walnut Brownie, Malva Pudding, Black Forest, Choc Mint, Iced Coffee, Chocoholic and Snowball. If this isn't enough to get you into a sugar coma, then order a decadent cake slice to pair with your drink.

Details: 011 783 6111 | Sandton City Shopping Centre, Corner 5th and Maude Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg | [email protected] | walnutgrove.co.za

Mike's Kitchen 

Mike's Kitchen may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of decadent and indulgent milkshakes. But all that is about to change. Mike's Kitchen offers eight Original Milkshakes, four Supreme Milkshakes and four Over 18 Shakes. Little ones will delight in the Peppermint Crisp Caramel shake (vanilla shake loaded with crushed Peppermint Crisp and caramel sauce) while the adults sip on the Springbok Penalty (vanilla ice cream, mint liqueur and a double tot of Amarula).

Details: 010 492 3793 | Branches can be found in Boksburg, Bryanston, Florida Glen and Parktown, among others | mikeskitchen.co.za


Want more? Check out our vegan milkshake article to find the most delectable vegan shakes in the city.

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

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Opening A Masterpiece

Totalling an impressive 306 rooms, Marriott International opened the Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch on Sunday, 1 March 2020. The opening marks the first purpose-built Marriott Hotel in the country. Owned and developed by the Amdec Group, the hotel and apartments are situated in the bustling Melrose Arch precinct and provide a premium destination for business travellers and a fully serviced extended stay destination.  

Introducing The  Marriott Executive Apartments

The opening also debuts the first Marriott Executive Apartments in South Africa. “We are thrilled to open Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch, further strengthening our relationship with the Amdec Group in South Africa. The openings are part of Marriott International’s commitment to expand our footprint in Africa and deepen our brand portfolio in South Africa. The property is a strong representation of two brands which will deliver tailored services, sophisticated spaces and enriching experiences,” said Sandra Schulze–Potgieter, Vice President Premium & Select Brands, Marriott International Middle East and Africa. On the upper floors of the new build, Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch features 84 fully sized and equipped apartments, ranging from one-, two- and three-bedroom units, for travellers seeking a trusted, longer stay. Personalised service ensures a seamless and sophisticated experience, while local textures and flavours add to the overall ambience.  

The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

Commenting on the opening, James Wilson, CEO for the Amdec Group, said: "The opening of Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch marks the continuation of a long-standing relationship between Marriott International and the Amdec Group. We are proud to play a part in paving the way for Marriott International’s expansion into Africa. Melrose Arch is one of three Amdec Group developments to accommodate Marriott branded hotels. The Yacht Club in Cape Town is home to Africa’s first AC Hotel by Marriott, while Harbour Arch, which is currently under construction, will house a second 5-star Marriott Hotel along with a Residence Inn.” 

Facts About The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch:

State Of The Art Rooms And Facilities 

Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch is the first Marriott Hotel in South Africa to showcase the brand’s new design touchpoints. The property features 306 guest rooms, including 10 Junior Suites. Each of the spacious rooms is thoughtfully designed with a balance of tailored utility and contemporary style for the traveller who believes that form is just as important as function. Local accents add a sense of place to the sleek aesthetic, while open workspaces allow for flexibility to connect anytime. 

Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch is home to spaces that spark brilliance and seamlessly blend work and play with state-of-the-art business facilities, such as the Greatroom - a contemporary space located in the hotel lobby designed for socialising, relaxing and working. Guests can enjoy an elevated experience through the Mobile Guest Services, delivered with the warm and professional service for which the brand is globally renowned. 

Welcome To The M Club

Access to the M Club Lounge, an exclusive space reserved for Marriott Bonvoy Elite loyalty members and Club paying members, provides complimentary breakfast, evening drinks, hors d’oeuvres and premium beverages. The M Club Lounge also offers the brand’s signature Mind Menu, a collection of delicious snacks and beverages infused with active ingredients to enhance the mind and body. Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the M Club Lounge provides free Wi-Fi, printing and power supplies to ensure uninterrupted productivity for business travellers. 

The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

Dining At The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

The hotel features two dining venues, Archer Bar and Eatery – a charismatic social space, part bar and part coffee hangout, serving local craft beers, specialty coffee and creative mixology, and Keystone Bistro - a stylish restaurant serving international cuisine with a South African flair. The hotel offers seven meeting rooms, a ballroom, pre-function space, including The Green Room for hosting VIP dignitaries and speakers. Other facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor heated swimming pool and pool bar. 

The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch

Marriott International currently operates 61 hotels in South Africa and have eight hotels in the pipeline. 

What Is It?

Charles Tertiens is back with his The BIG little Comedy Magic Show. Having gone through his first home invasion, Charles takes a look at scaling down, shares his security advice and attempts to prove that sometimes smaller is better. All of this while attempting to juggle the audience between roars of laughter and gasps of disbelief in a hilariously edgy, interactive show.

Tertiens is one of South Africa's leading comedy magicians. Known for his TV characters, including the mind blowing Karl Ahari, as well as headlining the infamous Madame Zingara, he is renowned for his witty comedic performance style that pushes boundaries. The past year has brought on so much stress and with the cost of everything rising, happy pills are getting much harder to swallow. It is said that laughter is the best medicine, so bring the tribe, the clan, the entire town if you must. Do what ever you have to, to join in on escaping reality and experiencing a healthy dose of the comedy and magical antics of Charles Tertiens.

When Is It?

Friday, 28 February 2020 from 20:00-21:00

Where Is It?

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott, 22 Whitely Road, Melrose Arch Precinct, Birnam, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Ticket prices are yet to be confirmed, but you can make a booking by contacting 082 994 0699 or [email protected]

For more information

Click here for more information about the show.