A bed & breakfast should be judged on two things: the bed and the breakfast. As simple as that. Let's introduce you to our new hideaway in Melville. Life On 3rd is nestled in the heart of suburban Melville. Massive oak trees flank the road that leads up to the B&B. This in itself amplifies the feeling of "getaway".

When entering Life On 3rd, it is clear that the interior design, artwork, and architecture of the venue is quintessential Melville. Life On 3rd makes a point of sticking true to this beatnik neighbourhood.

This Melville B&B is fully kitted with 14 rooms, each fitted with beds so comfortable that these sleeping spots are the reason why Life On 3rd has been awarded Certificates Of Excellence for three consecutive years from TripAdvisor. Their single and double beds ensure a good night's sleep. The only problem is that once you lie down, getting up is hard... because the beds are so comfortable.

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Life On 3rd does not serve dinner but this is the cool thing about staying over in Melville. There are tonnes of restaurants up the road that can be ordered from - in fact, it's an excuse to check out UberEats. But it is indeed a bed and BREAKFAST, which is served from 08:00 to 10:00. A spread of bread, cereals, and yoghurts are laid out for you to enjoy. The buck does not stop there... This is South Africa and we're big on breakfast. You can expect a farmhouse style plate stuffed with eggs, baked beans, bacon, sausages and hash browns to be offered as soon as you sit down. To boot, Bernard, who runs this fine establishment, brews a mean cup of java.

All in all, Life On 3rd is perfect for those who want to get away from it all but not go too far from the city. If you're a writer then Life On 3rd would make for the perfect writing retreat - we'd know. Besides, if you're visiting from out of town for an all-nighter it's cheaper to stay at Life On 3rd instead of driving back home.

Find more information here.

By Shawn Greyling

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What Was It?

If you weren't too sure how to spend your Wednesday evening, then this event was the place to be it was filled with nothing but new exciting night market in Melville.  This pet-friendly market featured over 80 vendors, arts and crafts, live music, good food and so much more. It was a perfect way to spend your evening!

Where Was It?

27 Boxes in Melville, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa

When Was It?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 from 17:00 to 21:00. This market takes place every Wednesday evening.

How Much Was It?

Entrance is FREE.

For More Information

For more information, click here or mail 27 Boxes at [email protected].

Share your experiences down below! If you have attended the event.

What Is It?

This is a music extravaganza, building up to the annual Moshito Festival that happens at the SABC studios. The Moshito has a variety of topics within the music scene, including engaging with music managers, industry practitioners and exhibitors too. Besides the corporate vibe, there will also be a star- studded line up of entertainment and so much more. So be sure to make your way down to trendy Melville and be musically educated.

Where Is It?

7th and 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

When Is It?

Saturday, 10 September 2016 at 12:00 - 19:30

How Much Is It?

Free

For more information, click here.

Ratz

If you're looking for a vibrant bar with great food and music dating back to the 70s, then Ratz is definitely the place to go. Known for being famously gay-friendly, you can expect superb table service, takeaways, parties and everything awesome. And there are different specials and events lined up on different nights of the week. On Tuesdays, it's buy-one-get-one-free on select shots, Wednesdays are karaoke nights, Thursdays is buy-one-get-one-free on select beers and on Fridays and Saturdays, they host Decades of Hits parties.

Details: Ratz Bar | 011 482 2414 | [email protected] | 9 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

Beefcakes Johannesburg

If Beefcakes isn't one of the first names that comes to mind when you think of gay bars, then you are certainly not going out enough! Rectify that as soon as possible by checking out this dazzling bar located in Illovo. You can also look forward to fun drag shows and camp cabaret – definitely something worth sussing out. And not only that, they have some of the best burgers in the city!

Details: Beefcakes | 011 447 5266 | [email protected] | 198 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg.

Babylon – The Bar

For a small cover charge, you'll be experiencing a colourful explosion of culture and fascinating people. Gay, lesbian, straight or trans – everyone is welcome at Babylon for a night of dancing, trance music, hot barmen and delicious drinks! If you're looking for a more exclusive affair, you can even book out the VIP section for a private event.

Details: Babylon - The Joburg Bar | 083 993 8205 | [email protected] | Illovo Muse Centre, 198 Oxford Road, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Priscilla's

Priscilla's is the relative new kid on the block at Illovo Muse, where both Beefcakes and Babylon are located. Inspired by the film Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert, this cocktail bar and restaurant offers weekly themed evenings. Come through for Choice Tuesday, Winning Wednesday, Tequila Thursday, FriGay, Cocktail Saturday and Drunch Sundays! This is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to the pink neighbourhood.

Details: Priscilla's | 081 562 6419 | [email protected] | Illovo Muse Centre, 198 Oxford Rd, Illovo, Johannesburg.

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Trouble Bar

Are you in the mood for some trouble? Not the bad kind, but just the fun? Then Trouble Bar is most certainly the place you need to go. Known as the 'back to basics' gay bar, Trouble is located in Randburg. Here, you can look forward to awesome music, handsome men and great drinks! What more could you possibly ask for?

Details: Trouble Bar | 082 875 9230 | [email protected] | Corner Rabie Road and Republic, Randburg, Johannesburg.

Xai Xai Lounge

If you feel like some Portuguese or Mozambican cuisine while mingling in a gay-friendly setting, then Xai Xai Lounge in Melville on 7th Avenue is a definite must-visit. Also known as a Mozambican Shebeen, the lounge is very cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, pop in any time of the day!

Details: Xai Xai | 011 482 6990 | [email protected] | 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

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The Gay Club SA

Finding a safe and welcoming space to enjoy yourself on a Saturday evening can be tricky when you live in the East of Johannesburg. Thankfully, there is a haven on Northrand Road in Boksburg, which is strictly hate-free and welcomes one and all to have a good time. The Gay Club SA hums on Friday and Saturday nights, as the LGBT+ community streams in to let go of their worries and dance the night away. You'll want to dress to impress to fit in here, so get out those cha cha heels and false eyelashes!

Details: The Gay Club SA | 081 543 5588 | [email protected] | Corner Gibb & North Rand Road, Boksburg, Gauteng.

People Like Us

Our final feature on this list of the best gay bars in Jozi is the People Like Us Pub. Also located in the East Rand, this LGBT+ friendly venue offers Thursday karaoke nights, as well as drag entertainment. Open seven days a week, this is a definite must-visit for midweek drinks with friends or Friday night shooters.

Details: People Like Us Pub | 082 571 6266 | 343 Kingfisher Ave, Sunward park, Sunward Palms Shopping Centre, Boksburg, Gauteng.

Do you know of any other fabulous gay bars not mentioned above? Let us know about them below! And, while you're at it, check out our article on LGBT+ friendly restaurants in Joburg

Suggested

The Fat Zebra

Linden is the perfect brunch spot for any suburb dweller. Escape from the big city vibes and pull in to The Fat Zebra for a relaxed bite to eat and a great cup of coffee or tea. The pastries and cakes on display are all delicious, you can't go wrong. Our favourite breakfast is the Eggs Benedict – their hollandaise sauce is out of this world.

Nineteen

Steyn City has a lot to offer, and one of its most prized possessions is the five-star Nineteenthe clubhouse restaurant and bar, set on the golf course. The interior design is modern African-inspired, while the food and service are world-class. We recommend their lamb potjie for a traditional kick to the taste buds.

Salsa Mexican Grill

Who would have thought that Parkhurst would be the home of Mexican cuisine? Salsa Mexican Grill brings a twist to traditional Mexican food by allowing patrons to construct their own food from ingredients on the menu, all of which are sourced locally. Salsa focuses on quality and being a health-conscious restaurant.

Perron

Perron in Bryanston prides itself on having a wide variety of Mexican food, not only the usual fare of tacos, nachos and enchiladas. Any meal at Perron should be accompanied by a shot or two of their excellent tequilas.

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Gemelli

This top restaurant in the northern suburbs deserves your attention. For quite some time now Gemelli has been feeding flocks of people the best Italian food we've had in ages. The vibe is awesome, the wine is good and the food is even better. Check out their wagyu beef – best, buttery meat out there.

AJ's In The Park

Feel like kicking a picnic without actually doing the whole picnic vibe? Then AJ's In The Park is just the place for you. Their pizzas and other comfort food is off the hook and will be a hit with the whole family. Our top pick would be the prosciutto pizza – absolute brilliance.

Urbanologi

In Ferreirasdorp next to Newtown, there's an Asian fusion restaurant that brings art, design and food together not only within the confines of its walls but also in its food creations. Urbanologi is the inner city's experimental foodie hotspot, set inside a local brewery. Our favourite is the marjoram-cured lamb rib kushiyaki. Sold? We thought so!

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The Colony Arms

Every Saturday is karaoke night at The Colony Arms in Craighall Park from 20:00. With a range of songs to choose from, your evening is set to be memorable. Add to that some delicious platters and tasty cocktails — can you picture a better Saturday night? And if you're looking for a little bit of fun during the week, don't miss Monday Madness (half-price on burgers, pregos and pub sandwiches between 18:00 and 20: 00), Quiz Night Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, and beer pong and Ladies' Night every Thursday.

Details:  011 447 6646 | [email protected] | 345 Jan Smuts Ave, Colony Centre, Craighall Park, Johannesburg.

Ratz Bar

Need a midweek pick-me-up? Karaoke Night is on every Wednesday at Ratz Bar in Melville! Happy Hour is from 16:00 - 20:00 and the karaoke fun starts at 20:00. Oh, and let's not forget about Sunday Sundowner Karaoke, every Sunday from 18:00. It's the perfect way to round off your weekend. And to make it even better, there are half-price cocktails from 16:00 – 20:00. The first 10 people to sing get a FREE cocktail!

Details: 011 482 9965 | [email protected] | 9 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.

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Keg & Beagle

Nothing to do on Friday night? Then pop by the Keg & Beagle in Edenvale to sing out loud while indulging in some hearty meals and refreshing drinks. This pub is so warm and welcoming you might not want to leave because you'll be having such a great time. The vibe is always upbeat and there's live music for your entertainment while you tuck into something delicious from their menu (you definitely get your money's worth here).

Details: 011 882 9553 | Shop 25, 110 Linksfield Road, Dowerglen, Edenvale, Johannesburg.

Paddy's Café & Pool Bar

We haven't been to Paddy's Café  & Pool Bar for quite some time, but as far as we know, Thursdays are Karaoke Nights from 20:00. And if not, not a problem, at least you can play a few rounds of pool with your mates, grab some drinks at the bar and tuck into some good grub. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Details: www.paddyscafe.co.za | 011 781 3826 | [email protected] | Canterbury Crossing, corner Bram Fischer Avenue and Hunter Street, Ferndale, Johannesburg.

Off The Grid Bar & Kitchen

If you're looking for an exciting evening out then get to Karaoke Roulette at OTG Bar & Kitchen in Paulshof, every Thursday at 19:30. How it works is the KJ will have two bags: one to draw the names of those who dare enter the Karaoke Roulette and the other containing songs from a certain theme. The karaoke theme changes weekly and could be anything from 80s ballads and the rocking 90s, to band- or artist-dedicated evenings or genre-specific nights. At any time during the evening, the KJ will pull a name from the bag. That's your cue to head to the stage and grab the mic! You will then draw a song from the second bag. If you complete the song, your name will be placed in 'the pot' for the raffle draw to be held at the end of the night. Make sure you book your spot!

Details: www.facebook.com | 010 493 8482 | [email protected] | Corner of Stonehaven and Witkoppen roads, Paulshof, Johannesburg.

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Tonino's 

By day, Tonino's Portuguese restaurant is a popular lunchtime spot and by night, they have a great vibe with entertainment. Catch bands every Friday and Saturday with hits from the 60s and the latest tunes on the radio to rock ‘n roll and the blues. And if you're brave enough to grab the mic and belt out a few notes, then Karaoke Night on Wednesdays is for you. Love sushi? Their master sushi chef will be at the restaurant from 18:00 – 21:00 every night. Also, you can watch the latest sports fixtures or play a round or two of pool.

Details: www.toninos.co.za | 011 485 1748 | 3 Dunnottar Street, Sydenham, Orange Grove, Johannesburg.

Rumours Rock City

Wednesday Night is Karaoke Night at Rumours Rock City, and everyone's invited, whether you're a rock star or an amateur and whether you're competing or not. As always, there will be amazing drink specials available on the night for courage and stamina and most importantly, the karaoke fun is FREE! Click here for more details on the competitor karaoke challenge.

Details: www.rumoursrockcity.co.za | 079 825 7995 | [email protected] | Corner Weltevreden Road and Valley Lane, Blackheath, Johannesburg

Saigon Suzy

Saigon Suzy is an Asian-inspired, rock 'n roll bar and restaurant located in Rosebank. Their menu celebrates south-east Asian cooking that draws influence from Southern China, Vietnam and Thailand. Plus, you can sing your heart out in their 'No Tell Motel' secret karaoke pods. Just make sure that you book your private karaoke pod for your next night out. Quick tip: rather catch an Uber to this popular joint as parking is pretty tight. 

Details: www.facebook.com | 011 327 6596 | [email protected] | 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

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Know other awesome karaoke bars we must visit but haven't been mentioned above? Let us know below!

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.

Sue Russell and Gwynne Conlyn are best friends, based in Johannesburg, and also the co-owners of this nifty store in Melville. We had a chance to chat to them about running their business, fashion and travels - here's what they had to say.

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By Cleopatra Shava

For more information on The Stuff We Love, visit their Facebook Page!

Emmarentia Dam

Emmarentia Dam is always a picturesque location, whether it's summer, winter, autumn or spring. Not only is the dam itself calming and inviting, but the botanical garden next door is also something any photographer ought to take advantage of at least once or twice in their life. In autumn and winter, if you arrive before sunrise, you get the opportunity to take stunning dew and fog photographs. Sure, it's quite nippy, but the outcome is so worth it.

Munro Drive, Houghton

The top of Munro Drive in Houghton is the ideal spot to see the northern cityscape of Johannesburg. You won't be able to see the Johannesburg skyline from this point but you can definitely indulge your lens in some awesome shots of Sandton and Randburg. This is also a great spot for spring photography, so if you fear the cold make sure you go during the warmer months.

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Delta Park

Delta Park is the perfect place to shoot if you're looking for a juxtaposition of the man-made city and mother nature in the city. On one hand you have the waterfall, small wildlife and birdlife and on the other is the Johannesburg buzz, views of the skyline and geographical contours that blend the two worlds quite seamlessly.

Melville Koppies

Here you can get some stunning shots of the autumn or winter sky that have a very noir effect to them. The rocky environment turns the whole experience into an adventure of its own, so not only will it be a photography excursion but also a mini hiking trip. From here you can also get a beautiful shot of the Johannesburg skyline. There's no getting over that beauty!

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Inner-City Johannesburg

Inner City areas such as Newtown, Braamfontein and Maboneng always have awesome graffiti, street art and street style to photograph. If you don't want to capture an influx of people walking on the streets then autumn is the perfect time to snap in these areas. Plus, the grey weather will definitely enhance your photographs in a unique manner.

Northcliff Hill

Northcliff Hill will definitely be chilly in autumn and winter, however, you can also bask in the afternoon sun while snapping some cityscapes and winter flower stills on the hilltop. Round off the photographic afternoon with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of red wine, although we don't advise shooting and drinking – for your camera's sake.

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Walter Sisulu Gardens

This is another scenic place in Johannesburg with a waterfall and stunning plant life. With its abundance of flora, we recommend you go early for the dew and sunrise images. Or you could go in the late afternoon for golden and sunset images, with the chance of catching its resident nesting eagles in full flight. Absolutely breathtaking.

Hartbeesport Dam

Hartbeesport Dam is a favourite for most photographers and photography students. It's perfect for a day's road trip to explore the dam, the partially deserted streets and the zoo to take in all the nature you can. You can even turn the venture into a weekend getaway!

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Rietvlei Zoo Farm

This is another awesome spot to go to for the photography opportunities and the potential road trip and/or weekend getaway. The farm offers other fun activates, so you can really take full advantage of this and capture some great shots you would have otherwised missed on your own.

Zoo Lake

Although Zoo Lake is more popular for braais and socialising, when you go there to observe and appreciate nature, there are some hidden gems worth capturing and exhibiting. As with most of these venues, it's best to arrive before sunrise to capture the serenity of nature before the Johannesburg buzz begins.

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Would you like to join the Joburg.co.za team on our very first InstaWalk? Which location would you like to visit first?

We may no longer be in the era of gastropubs and comfort food joints, but Joburg restaurateurs still excel at putting out hamburgers. The Countess, a steampunk meets American smokehouse-style eatery, is a particularly great place to visit for well-sized, super-tasty, wonderfully juicy burgers.

Tucked away in 27 Boxes in the eclectic suburb of Melville, you can trust me when I say that their their Burgers are well worth popping in for! You can expect everything from a flavourful creamy mushroom veggie burger, to a baguette loaded with cold-sliced brisket.

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Another member of the team, Shawn, and I were lucky enough to attend the pre-launch of The Countess’s tantalising new burger menu over the weekend, and we can’t wait to share all the juicy information with you.

Gregg Abell, owner of the restaurant, welcomed everyone inside with open arms and copious amounts of Jack Black beer and soon enough we were tucking into some serious burgers, dressed up with all kinds of tasty, wonderful things.

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We sampled all eight components of the new burger special menu – three beef, one veggie, one chicken, one rib, one bone marrow and one brisket – and you can bet that each bun boasted its own unique combination of flavours.

For me, the star of the show was the southern-fried chicken burger, drenched in “real” maple syrup, served with homemade tomato sauce on a potato rosti waffle bun. However, I must admit that the bacon and blue cheese beef burger was a close second!

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Shawn, on the other hand, particularly enjoyed the steaming hot jalapeno beef burger (be assured it isn’t for the faint-hearted). He also reckoned that the sticky rib burger was in fact one of the best rib burgers he’s tasted – and you can trust that he’s a burger connoisseur of note.

When I say these burgers are gigantic, I mean it – and The Countess doesn’t compromise quality for quantity. All meats used are ethically sourced and of superior quality. The toppings are all fresh and flavourful, and overall the burgers are artfully presented, as is everything at this wonderful spot.

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We’re certain that things are going to get pretty busy (I mean, just look at these glorious burgers!), so booking a table is highly recommended. Oh, and be sure to arrive hungry. Very hungry.

PS: Follow The Countess on Facebook to stay up-to-date with all the details on this fabulous new special.

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Ruby Roastery & Coffee Shop is one of the best spots to grab a cappuccino, latte or caffè mocha. The shop sells croissants, muffins and other Café styled eats as well. Ruby also roasts, packages and sells its own aromatic range of coffee. Be sure to pull in, grab a bite to eat and indulge in an awesome cuppa.

Cafe De La Creme

Right on the corner of 4th avenue and 7th street is a little cafe and bakery which made its way to us from France. Cafe De La Creme serves only the best French roasted java with a complementary in-house baked biscuit.

Click here for more information.

Bread & Roses

Two brothers from Zimbabwe opened Bread & Roses in September 2015 and have since grown the eatery from a little known bistro to one of the busiest spots on 7th street. The coffee is good and freshly ground each morning.

Click here for more information.

Rubi Roastery & Coffee Bar

Well, the name says it all. Ruby Roastery & Coffee is bar is serious about their coffee, and so should they be as they serve some of the best in town. Double espresso with a glass of cold water, please. That'll put some graphite in your pencil.

Click here for more information.

Service Station

One of the most popular breakfasts spots in Melville needs to serve the best coffee right? If T.S. Elliot measured his life with coffee spoons then those cups of black gold were served at the Service Station in Melville. The Cappuccinos are delicate yet pack a punch.

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IT Corner

Where else can you get your laptop fixed while you have brunch and a well deserved cup of house brand coffee? The IT Corner packs its own brand of Marakesh coffee beans which are ground in house. Fresh coffee on call, baby... that's what it's all about.

Click here for more information.

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Freedom Hair

If you're looking for a rock 'n roll shave or trim then head to Melville and pop in to Freedom Hair. Not only will the blokes have you looking fresh but you might just score some good coffee out of the deal. On top of that, Freedom Hair also boasts one of the best barbers in the world. Boyden, the owner of the barber shop was invited to Rotterdam to cut hair for an NGO alongside 11 of the best hairdressers in the world.

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Crew Men's Grooming

Feeling a bit overgrown; as if the hedges might need some tending? Head to Rivonia Boulevard and sort that beard out at Crew Men's Grooming. Enjoy a complimentary beer or whiskey or coffee as you get your mane trimmed. Crew Men's Grooming has also added a tattoo parlour to its premises so you can get a new chop to fit those lamb chops of yours.

Click here for more information.

Floyd's 99 Barbershop

Old School quality with modern grooming is what Floyd's all about. Take a trip to Fourways and get yourself cut up, son. We're not suggesting you remove those chin hairs if you don't want to but get it styled at least. The ladies love it. From hipster fades to trimming the dead ends off your mop, Floyd's will sort you out.

Click here for more information.

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The Crow's Nest

It's not often that a barber shop makes national news but the Crow's Nest pulled it off. The shop got the country talking after they were appointed to shave South Africa's sexiest beard, Jo Engelbrecht to create awareness for testicular cancer. These guys own the skills to make your face look even sexier.

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Roma Paris

Quintessentially man, one can enjoy a traditional shave using original cut-throat razor methods coupled with a haircut minus the electric version of the old-style scissors. All of this while watching the game on one of the numerous plasma screens, enjoying a fine cedar wood-infused cigar or browsing the exceptional selection of single malts on sale. Parkhurst’s hot new barber shop is one of Joburg’s oldest traditional Italian barbers.

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WITS

With so many things to do in Johannesburg, there’s no reason to be left out in all the wonderful happenings and trends in and around our diverse city. Check these top 10 cool hangout spots for students.

Neighbourgoods Market

An obvious one for choice is this market. Set in the trendy town of Braamfontein, every Saturday the Neighbourgoods Market covers two floors and is filled with craft beer and cocktails, finger-licking food and plenty of things to buy. This is where you will find artisan trend-setters, foodie fans, design extravaganza, and so much more!

Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein

Market On Main

Second up is Market On Main. This is a weekly market that trades in regional foods and local design. It takes place every Sunday at Arts On Main between 10:00 and 15:00, and the first Thursday of every month between 19:00 and 23:00, Market on Main is open for you to get your fix of fine food and great design. From stunning clothing and must-have accessories to gourmet eats, they’ve got it all, which makes Market On Main a great place to spend time with friends and family.

Where: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct

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Mary Fitzgerald Square

Set in the hub of the city, situated under the M2 Highway lies Mary Fitzgerald Square. It is a vibrant, unique, and cultural complex that is home to three theatres and two art galleries and on Saturday mornings a flea market continues at the theatre. Across all this lies the Newtown Junction Mall, where you can always get what you’re looking for!

Where: Miriam Makeba Street, corner of President Street

Maboneng Precinct

One may feel overwhelmed at the number of things there are to do in this trendy area. Maboneng is a gentrified precinct filled with creatives, a day and night market, fine food, drinks, parties, movies and so much more! This is a stop for everyone – no matter what your tastes or preference.

Where: 286 Fox St & Kruger St, Johannesburg

Melville

Being a residential area to most WITS and UJ students, the bustling 7th Street on Melville is filled to the brim with restaurants, bars and shops – it’s the place to go! Melville is also home to 27 Boxes, an innovative shopping centre made out of shipping containers. More and more people are flocking to this super-trendy area for food, drinks and a bit of retail therapy in this bustling centre. The best part is that its FREE!

Where: 7th Street, Melville

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Campus Square

To all the students around Auckland Park, this is your convenience centre for almost everything. From your daily necessities, monthly groceries, retail shopping, yummy takeaways, to grabbing a quick drink with a friend, this is the square where you can get all that done and more!

Where: 39 Kingsway Ave, Auckland Park

Zoo Lake

For a peaceful and sunny afternoon grab your mates and head to Zoo Lake. This is one of Johannesburg’s most popular outdoor spaces and certainly one of the safest, particularly over weekends. On the first weekend of the month, there is the ‘artists under the sun’ art market, which draws the crowds. You can enjoy picnics, riding, jogging and mouth-watering meals and drinks from close by restaurants.

Where: Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street

Bassline is located in Newtown Cultural Precinct in Johannesburg. Established in 1994, it was then located in Melville but moved to Newtown in 2003.

The concert venue has hosted  big festivals such as Urban Voices, Joy of Jazz and Arts Alive. Artists such as HHP, Louie Vega, Wyclef and many others have passed through the Bassline doors.

Have you been here? Rate and review your experience below!

Salads

Life Grand Café

Life’s Grand Café’s salad bar is amazing enough to turn any die-hard carnivore into a veg lover (for one meal, at least). Here’s how it works: you get a base of lettuce, tomato and cucumber and can then pick four toppings. It’s always a tough choice deciding what to fill your bowl with. From beetroot and olives to veggie chips and Danish feta, there’s plenty to choose from. You can also add a protein to your salad if you like (for a bit extra).

Where: Waterfall Corner Mall, Corner of Maxwell and Woodmead Drives, Woodmead, Johannesburg.

Hyde Park Corner, Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

Mall of the South, Corner Swartkoppies Road and Klipriver Drive, Aspen Hills Near South, Mulbarton, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Rockets Express

Rockets Express is also a build-your-own salad bar. You choose everything – base, toppings and dressing, but if you don’t want to make your own, they’ve got some options on the menu that have been thought out on your behalf. The Veg Loco, with grilled vegetables, cherry tomatoes, olives, feta, red onion and mixed peppers, dressed with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar sounds like the perfect pick if you ask us.

Where: 24 Central, Corner of Gwen Lane & Fredman Drive, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Melrose Arch, Corner Corlett Drive and M1 Highway, Melrose, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

La Vie En Rose

La Vie En Rose is great for two reasons (okay, more, but we’re going with two for now): their lush, outdoorsy setting… and their salads. They’ve got a range of options, but the one that sticks out most (for us, anyway) would have to be the Bunny Hop, which is sweet oven-roasted butternut with Danish feta, avo, couscous, walnuts and honey mustard dressing. Yum!

Where: 60 5th Street (Killarney Country Club) Johannesburg , 2196

For more information, click here.

JB’s Corner

The menu at JB’s Corner really has something for everyone – and that goes for their salad department, too. From grain-free options to meaty delights and even a calamari salad, you’re certainly spoilt for choice here.We love Shoot The Breeze, which is your grain of choice (quinoa, please) with balsamic roasted butternut, feta, Parmesan shavings and avo. Just a warning: their salads are huge!

Where: 3 High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Krunch

You don’t normally think of healthy foods when you think of a food court, but Krunch is an exception. This place screams health and their salads are nothing short of fab. You can design your own salad if you like… they have a fantastic range of options, including seared tuna, cottage cheese, sundried tomatoes and rare roast beef. Our top pick would have to be one of their pre-made salads – the Seared Salmon and Almond one, to be exact. It comes with baby spinach, cucumber, red onion, Danish feta, sundried tomatoes, seared salmon and roasted almonds.

Where: Food Court, Sandton City, Corner 5th and Maude Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Tashas

Tashas is one of those something-for-everyone places… and their salads definitely don’t fall short in this regard. From Thai beef options to Nicoise creations, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when choosing! May we suggest a salad? Okay, great! Have the Heirloom Halloumi – heirloom tomatoes, Middle Eastern spiced halloumi, fennel, cucumber, red onion, pomegranate, mint and pomegranate dressing.

Where: There are many Tashas branches, follow the link below for more info.

For more information, click here.

Thyme On Nicol

Thyme on Nicol is a great place to pop past when you’re in need of a healthy on-the-go lunch or want to sit down and eat a nourishing salad. They offer a wide range, including sashimi salads if you feel like sushi without the carbs. Our pick at this place has got to be the Salmon and Avo salad, which is smoked salmon and avo on Asian lettuce with red onion, sweet potato strings, capers and a lemon mustard dressing.

Where: Corner William Nicol and Republic Roads, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Salvationcafe

Situated in a stunning courtyard, Salvationcafe’s food offerings are drool-worthy. Pull up a chair and get ready for some tough choices. Do you pick the Tuna and Chickpea Salad or the Classic Ceasar? We'd go for the Citrus and Almond Salad, with peppers, cherry tomato, cucumber, fresh beans, spring onion and avo… with added free-range chicken.

Where: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

Kauai

Ever since Kauai revamped their look, feel and food offering, we just can’t seem to stay away from them! We love that you can customise your salads to suit your personal taste – pick a base, four fillings, crunchy topping, dressing and add a protein if you like. We like to make my own creation up, with house greens, rosa tomatoes, carrots, radishes, broccoli, seed mix, olive oil and a free-range boiled egg.

Where: There are plenty of Kauai branches, follow the link below for more information.

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Doppio Zero

Doppio Zero has got plenty of options, from classic capreses to rump and rocket options… chances are whatever you’re in the mood for is already on the menu. The Prawn, Avo and Pawpaw salad is simply divine – served with grilled prawns, pawpaw, baby greens, avo, red onion and a red wine vinaigrette.

Where: There are plenty of Doppio Zero branches, follow the link below for more information.

For more information, click here.

Greenside Café

Greenside Café is a haven for salad lovers. This vegan restaurants serves up super-filling and well thought out healthy options. Check out their salad offerings – you won’t be sorry. The Wakame Seaweed Salad is a must-try… with rice noodles, tomatoes, carrot, beetroot, cucumber, gamasio and sesame oil, the gluten-free goodness is as tasty as it is nourishing.

Where: 34 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

By Nikki Samakosky

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We are all aware of the fact that university fees are very high in South Africa, and that many varsity students – especially those who are not from Johannesburg – cannot afford accommodation while studying. From undergraduates living in homeless shelters to postgraduates working two jobs to keep a roof over their heads, finding a decent place to stay without breaking the bank is as important to the success of a degree as overpriced textbooks and attending lectures are. According to the City of Johannesburg, some 20% of Johannesburg residents live in abject poverty, and a big number of those are made up of varsity students.

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This article is not about scholars without roofs over their heads but a rough guide to student accommodation in and around town. Joburg is a vibrant city with a rich and exciting nightlife, thanks to the two universities, UJ and WITS. A lot of businesses, such as the restaurants and coffee shops of Braamfontein and Melville, to name a few, rely on student occupancy. Because of such a high influx of students, which increases each year, accommodation is always in demand. After a quick search-engine investigation, one quickly notices that finding a place to stay is more daunting than one would expect. Reality is a bitter pill and a list of things should be taken into consideration, such as the distance needed to travel to and from varsity, general safety and the de facto tie breaker: price.

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A student at UJ’s first choice would be one of the many residences situated around their Bunting Road, Doornfontein and Soweto Campuses. Monthly levies at these dormitories range from R1 000 to R5 000 per room which, in itself, is a staggering amount of money. Because on-campus accommodation prices are through the roof, many students turn to the private rental market. Rooms can be found on OLX from as little as R500 per month - the only problem is that many of these are shared rooms, leaving very little room for privacy and, in most cases, the cheaper the rent, the dodgier the area. One such example would be apartments and hostels situated in and around Brixton’s shopping district. Here, personal advertisements for student accommodation are taped to every other street lamp and electrical box. A more palatable option would be for students to look towards Westdene and Melville for a place to stay as the crime rate is lower, but the prices are higher. Everything from shared apartments above real estate agencies to beautiful garden cottages close to the dam can be found here and prices range from R1 350 to R4 600.

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Those studying at WITS have it somewhat easier as rental properties within the city are cheaper, more spacious and, believe it or not, a lot safer. South Point, located on De Korte Street in Braamfontein, offers comfortable living within walking distance from WITS’ main campus. The only problem with this is, of course, that it’s fairly expensive. Alternatively, students have been known to live in communes in Hillbrow and surrounding areas ,which often works out very well. A two-bedroom flat can cost as little as R1 350 per month, and a top floor loft can be rented at around
R5 000, split between four people.

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With the City of Johannesburg’s 20-year plan to link all neighbouring towns such as Roodepoort, Randburg and Sandton to the city with dedicated cycle lanes, student accommodation will become more accessible and readily available. But, until then, we’ll have to make use of the resources available such as contacting letting agents, scrounging around the web and searching through classifieds.

By Shawn Greyling

Are you a student? Where do you currently stay? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Hangover Food

Are you feeling it this morning? Dehydrated, pounding headache, sensitivity to light? Are you finding yourself muttering 'never again' as you belch up a bit of last night's pilsner? No worries, we've got you. Here's our guide to the ultimate Hangover Food in Joburg.

Love Me So

Situated on 4th Avenue in Melville, right where the old video store used to be (RIP), Love Me So is an Asian fusion restaurant that's well versed in Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cooking. Sounds strange but in Japan they swear by ramen as a Hangover Food, and here it's no different. Give Love Me So a go the next time you're recovering from a bender.

Our pick: The sticky chicken wings and a beer. Hair of the dog that bit you, my dudes - the only thing that works.

Address: 63 4th Ave, Melville, Johannesburg, 2092

The Countess

The breakfast from this fab steampunk-styled Melville spot will set you straight. Before you order, no matter how you’re feeling, walk around and admire the décor. It’s amazing. Okay, back to the food – they’ve got options to suit everyone (even the hungover vegetarians out there) so you’re bound to find something to make you feel half human again. The Countess offers the ultimate Hangover Food in Joburg.

Our pick: The Full English: two eggs, thick-cut bacon, mushrooms, chicken livers, roast tomato, cheese, and toasted ciabatta... or the crispy chicken burger

Address: 27Boxes, 75 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

Knead

Knead’s got a lot of options to choose from - even healthy ones – but that’s the last thing you want when you’re feeling, ahem, under the weather. From omelettes and brioche French toast to sweetcorn fritters and more, you and your belly are spoilt for choice.

Our pick: Brace yourself for the roast pork belly breakfast. It’s jam-packed with slices of grilled pork belly, eggs, crispy bacon, seared cherry tomatoes, roast filed mushrooms served with a homemade tomato and apple chutney.

Address: Shop L 08, Michelangelo Towers Mall, Upper Level, Opposite Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Vovo Telo

This is another one of those ‘something for everyone’ spots so decision-making can be tough. Do you want a baked treat or a classic egg dish? You can even have the best of both worlds with an eggy croissant – that’s sure to sort your stomach out, isn’t it? You might want to skip the coffee, although it’ll be a brave move (it’ll only dehydrate you further) and have a refreshing apple and mint frostee instead.

Our pick: Creamy scrambled eggs served on ciabatta with smoked salmon trout.

Address: The Factory, Grant Avenue, Johannesburg.

Ent Eatery

Ent Eatery churns out good quality, delicious food - there’s no doubt about that. Situated in Braamfontein, Their coffee is fab too and goes perfectly with their meals – whether you’re going for the ramen served with pork or the variety of dumplings. After ordering from the counter, perch yourself outside and get some fresh air – we both know you need it.

Our pick: Korean Sweet & Sour Chicken for the win.

Address: 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

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Daleah’s

Firstly, start with a traditional Greek coffee. It’ll wake you up in a second! If that’s too harsh for your system, Daleah’s offers a digestive juice, which is hot fresh ginger lemon water with a dash of honey. Browse the menu and pick one of the many drool-worthy options!

Our pick: The breakfast pita, which is filled with eggs, halloumi, bacon and tomato.

Address: 6 De Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The Royale 

Born out of a love of Cuba’s unique culture, The Royale gives diners a little slice of the local experience in their backyard. Taking inspiration from the flavors and spices of the region, the menu is carefully curated, offering a selection of the best Cuban dishes. Complimenting the restaurant is an award-winning bar with a wide selection of freshly mixed cocktails and cigars on offer.

Our pick: Pretty straight forward: get the shareable platter. It comes with four burgers, a mound of chips, sticky ribs and tangy chicken wings and slaw. Add some Tobasco sauce (and maybe a bloody mary) into the mix and you'll live to fight another day.

Address: 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Corner St. Alban's Road, Craighall Park, Craighall, Johannesburg.

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MR. George

It used to be called JB's Corner, but now it's Mr. George. Fortunately, it's the same owner, just with a new look and feel. Do yourself a favour and brave the traffic to Melrose Arch and grab a seat at Mr. George along the High Street. Order a big glass of orange juice, a Creme Soda, a shot of espresso and a bloody mary. Then dig into the menu like there's no tomorrow. You'll be feeling much better come lunchtime.

Our pick: Big breakfast with all the trimmings.

Address: 3 The, The High St, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2196

Service Station

Service Station’s eggs are truly delicious - in fact, they are reason enough to pay this place a visit. Whether you want a classic combo or a breakfast sandwich, you’ll find the right meal for you. Start off with a freshly-pressed juice to get some nutrients back into your body and feel better!

Our pick: Weekend brioche French toast with mascarpone and berries.

Address: Bamboo Centre, Corner of 9th Street and Rustenberg Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

Neighbourgoods Market

In the heart of the city is the Neighbourgoods Market. Open every Saturday, come rain or shine, this market covers two floors and is filled with craft beer and cocktails, artisanal food and plenty of things to buy. Why not grab yourself a Balkan Burger before heading upstairs to browse  through Asseblief's rails and see what second hand gems you can take home with you? Or simply head over early, secure yourself a table and admire the stunning views of our city from the rooftop area!

When: Opening times: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00 and the first Thursday of every month – 17:00 until late.

Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Market On Main

Every Sunday at Arts on Main between 10:00 and 15:00, and the first Thursday of every month between 19:00 and 23:00, Market on Main is open for you to get your fix of fine food and great design. From stunning clothing and must-have accessories to gourmet eats, they've got it all, which makes Market on Main a great place to spend time with friends and family.

When: Every Sunday – 10:00 to 15:00 and the first Thursday of every month – 19:00 to 23:00.

Where: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Rosebank Finders Keepers Market

Rosebank’s rooftop flea market is filled to the brim with African crafts, international foods, clothing, hobbies, collectables and antiquities and crafts. You can literally spend the entire Sunday walking in and out of the rows of stalls, just browsing. There really is something for everyone here!

When: Every Sunday – 09:00 to 16:00.

Where: Upper Level, The Mall of Rosebank, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Jozi Real Food Market

As the name suggests Jozi Real Food Market is filled with everything food-related, offering you the freshest and finest produce from local small producers. From organic foods and ready-made meals to meat, condiments, spices and sauces, you’ll find everything you need for a healthy fridge and pantry at this market. Take a break from your shopping and relax under the trees with some coffee while the kids play on the lawn.

When: Every Saturday – 08:30 to 13:00.

Where: Pirates Sports Club, 4th Avenue Extension, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Bryanston Organic Market

Being Joburg’s original outdoor market, Bryanston Organic Market offers you interesting art, natural fibre clothing, handmade crafts, the freshest organic and naturally grown fruit and vegetables, and wholesome foods. You can have a relaxing day browsing through all the stalls, do a little bit of shopping, indulge in some freshly baked treats from the on-site eateries and listen to some live music. Sounds like a perfect day out, don't you think?

When: Thursday and Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

Where: Culross Road (off Main Road), Bryanston, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Bamboo Farmer’s Market

With a range of fresh produce straight from the farm, visit the rooftop Bamboo Farmer’s Market and do a bit of healthy shopping. From local and organic produce, farm milk and butter, free-range eggs and chicken to fair-trade coffee, preservative-free bread and sugar-free baked goodies, this market promotes a healthy lifestyle.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 13:00.

Where: Bamboo Farmers’ Market, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Hazel Food Market

Offering new and exciting tastes, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, sweet treats, freshly baked breads, ready-made meals for you to take home, herbs and flowers, and much more, visit the Hazel Food Market on Saturdays in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. Kids can play on the jungle gym and jumping castles while you relax in-between shopping with a sweet treat and frothy cappuccino.

When: Every Saturday – 08:00 to 14:00.

Where: Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria.

For more information, visit their website.

 

The Shed on R59 

If you are looking for a great place to take family and friends on a lazy Saturday afternoon, then be sure not to miss out on The Shed on R59 Market. There is something to tickle everyone’s fancy, from a safe kiddies play area to keep the little ones entertained, an artisanal brewery if you are a fan of beer, loads of tasty food stalls if you’re feeling a little peckish, and last but not least, plenty of stalls offering a selection of wares ranging from art and carpentry to clothing and stunning gifts (Christmas ideas before it’s too late!).

Where: 109 Malcolm Road, Daleside.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Fourways Farmer’s Market

If you’re looking to escape the dreaded routine of shopping in supermarkets for your groceries, then be sure to head to the Fourways Farmer’s Market. Set outdoors in the fresh air, they have carefully selected a number of traders who bring you the best products for you to take home! Enjoy browsing and shopping through at 50 stalls offering nothing but the finest foods, from organically grown veggies, herbs and eggs to locally made cheese, cured meats and indulgent baked treats.

Where: Montecasino Boulevard and William Nicol Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg.

When: Every Sunday – 10:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Walkerville Farmer’s Market 

For the best and freshest farm produce, be sure to head to the Walkerville Farmer’s Market, where only quality homegrown, handmade and homemade products are sold! Not only do they offer the best farm fresh produce, from veggies and fruits to nuts, herbs and honey, but they also offer a great variety of home-crafted products, antiques, woodwork, glass ware and other exciting merchandise! There is plenty to keep the kids entertained from fun children's activities like pony rides and face painting. Also, your four-legged friends are welcome, too!

Where: 112 Main Road (R82), Walkerville.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.

 

In2Fresh Farmer’s Market 

Set in a fresh and relaxing country setting, the In2Fresh Farmer’s Market in Modderfontein is an artisanal market which offers a variety of high quality, fresh foods and produce. Browse and shop through stalls filled with farm fresh veggies, free-range eggs, cheese and honey, decadent cakes, pickles, sauces and a whole lot more! The neighbouring restaurant makes a mean cup of coffee, too!

Where: Corner Main and High Streets, Modderfontein.

When: Open on the last Saturday of the month – 08:00 to 14:00.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Irene Village Market 

Irene Village Market is full of crafts, vintage items, antiques and good food! The setting makes you feel as if you are walking through a forest, and there is a vast selection of goods for sale that will leave you in awe! You will be blown away by all of the creativity on display at this market. There's plenty of entertainment to keep the kids happy and if you are looking to grab a bite to eat or something to quench your thirst, they have a fully licensed tea garden and food stalls for Africa!

Where: Jan Smuts Museum, Jan Smuts Avenue, Centurion.

When: Second and last Saturday of the month – 09:00 to 14:00.

For more information, visit their website.

Island Bar At Southern Sun Hyde Park

For delicious cocktails, a fun vibe, and great music with a classic and elegant feel, pay a visit to Island Bar at Southern Sun Hyde Park ... it's the perfect spot for after work socialising with colleagues and friends. Grab a cocktail and dig into a light meal while watching the Highveld sunset from their rooftop pool deck. Sundowners with a stunning view of the city? It can't get any better than that!

Details: Island Bar | 011 341 8080 | Southern Sun Hyde Park Sandton, 1st Road, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Jolly Cool Bar & Restaurant

This one has been around for many years and to this day, it's still one of the coolest hangouts in Parkhurst. Head through to Jolly Cool to play a few rounds of pool, grab a bite to eat, hang out with your mates, have a few drinks to unwind, and have a jolly good time. This popular hangout is the place to be after 17:00, so make sure you arrive early (finding parking can be a nightmare). With reasonably priced food and drinks, this is the best way to chill out. Don't leave without grabbing one of their pizzas!

Details: Jolly Cool | 011 442 3954 | 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Jolly Roger Restaurant & Pub

Directly across from Jolly Cool is the Jolly Roger Restaurant & Pub. From the moment you walk into this one, you instantly get the feeling of a traditional British pub. It's crowded, rather loud and can be smokey but the vibe is homey and friendly. Along with the warm atmosphere, there's also beer on tap, delicious pub food and friendly service. Don't forget to check out their all-year-round specials.

Details: Jolly Roger | 011 442 3954 | 10 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg

After Work Drinks

SIX Cocktail Bar

This stylish and upbeat little spot is a gem in the Melville precinct. It gives you great music, a social environment, drinks, a choice of 60 different cocktails and meals (in case you get a little hungry with all that drinking) all rolled up into one trendy, exciting and interesting venue. Happy Hour lasts for seven hours, from 12:00 until 19:00 daily (yes, EVERY DAY!), and during this extended hour you can enjoy their special of two-for-the-price-of-one cocktails. Go easy on the Long Island Ice Tea though, two of those and you'll be under the table if you're a lightweight.

Details: SIX | 011 482 8306 | 8 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Billy the B.U.M.S

This one is an oldie but a goodie! Billy’s is a bar/cocktail lounge that caters for a more mature scene. With a variety of over 60 different cocktails and mixed drinks, American-style beef burgers (with over 15 different toppings to choose from), and good tunes, this is the ideal spot to wind down the week. Sit and chill in the seated areas and socialise with friends or, if you feel like busting a move, there is a DJ playing the latest music - feel free to make requests if you want to dance to your favourite tunes (there's always a great 80s track in the line-up).

Details: Billy The Bums | 011 465 2621 | Shop 15 and 16, Pineslopes Centre, corner Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Johannesburg | [email protected]

The Artisan - Cocktail & Tapas Bar

Enjoy some moreish tapas, fantastic cocktails and great music at The Artisan in Greenside after a long day at the office. This is just the spot if you're looking to meet up with a few of your mates, chill out, unwind with a few drinks (responsibly) and just enjoy the great vibe. The menu also offers a variety of craft beers, beer on tap and wine if you're looking to wet your beak. Also be sure to try their delicious nachos and burgers while you are there.

Details: The Artisan | 011 027 3707 | [email protected] | 12 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg

After Work Drinks

The Baron

Everybody knows The Baron! And luckily, this one can be found all over the city. There's one in Bedfordview, Kyalami, Fourways, Bryanston, Sandown and Woodmead, so take your pick, call up your mates and head down to the bar for a cold one (you can find us at the Sandown and Fourways venues more often than not). You can expect a good atmosphere, outstanding service, vintage wines, interesting cocktails and good food. What's nice about this place is the fact that you can visit as a family for a good meal or for a night out on the town. It's versatile, relaxed and easy-going. Also, it's a FREE WiFi spot!

Details: The Baron | Bedfordview, Bryanston, Fourways, Kyalami, Sandown, Woodmead

011 Dainfern & 011 Morningside

Brought to you by The Baron, 011 Dainfern and 011 Morningside are upmarket hotspots offering a lovely setting to relax after your hectic day of meetings, deadlines, presentations, fussy clients and millions of emails. Order a martini just the way you like it, tuck into something delicious from their menu (we love the sound of the lamb curry, especially if it's a little chilly outside) and be a little daring by trying out one or two of their refreshing and interesting cocktails.

Details:  Dainfern - 010 493 3660/1 | Morningside - 060 583 1802 |

Hogshead

Hogshead is a great hangout if you're in the mood for grabbing a few drinks and meeting up with your mates. It's one of the more popular restaurant/pubs in the city and offers everything from beer and burgers to a bar and even a kid-friendly section if you're visiting with the family. To help you relax, you can catch various sporting events on their TVs or make use use of their Wi-Fi to update your Facebook check-in or Instagram or even finish some last minute work (if you have to).

Details: Hogshead  | Douglasdale, Rock Cottage, Illovo, Hazelview, Centurion

After Work Drinks

The Radium Beerhall

Enjoy a night on the town in one of Joburg’s oldest bars. Expect live performances by local musicians and song writers, check out the new talent on the music scene, have a drink at famous Barman Larry’s Savannah Dry bar; and enjoy a great meal. With walls covered in old memorabilia, posters from ‘back in the day’ and newspaper clippings that have recorded the Radium Beerhall’s history, this bar definitely does give off the vintage vibe.

Details: Radium Beerhall | 011 728 3866 | Corner Louis Botha Avenue and 9th Street, Orange Grove, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen is a rockabilly-themed bar in the heart of Melville. It's got amazing décor that's sure to catch your eye from the minute you set foot inside! Their food is very tasty and is best washed down with their signature Hellfire Whisky! Perch yourself on one of the comfy leather couches and wind down while you listen to their awesome lineup of rock music. Let the mayhem begin!

Details: Hell's Kitchen | 079 980 9591 | [email protected] | Shop 4. 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Rumours Rock City

This is just the place if you're more into the rock side of life. From Rock n' Roll and the Blues to metal and contemporary music, Rumours Rock City is a unique place when compared with your usual after-work hangouts. Not only do they offer great food and drinks at the best prices, a cosy log fire to keep you warm during the colder months and sports on the big screen, but they also promote great South African music and musicians. Keep an eye on their Facebook events calendar, there's always something happening.

Details: Rumours Rock City | 079 825 7995 | [email protected]Corner Weltevreden Road and Valley Avenue, Cresta, Randburg, Johannesburg

After Work Drinks

Lonely Hearts Club

Another addition to the Melville strip is the Lonely Hearts Club. This is a tapas bar and restaurant, yes, but it makes for an awesome hangout spot after work. Not only does it have a great selection of cocktails and wines and tasty tapas (there are great vegetarian options on the menu too), but also good food, good vibes, good company and great cocktails.

Details: Lonely Hearts Club | 082 267 1293 | [email protected] | 12, 10 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Social On Main

If it's cocktails you want, it's cocktails you'll at Social On Main. Their cocktail menu is amazing and comprehensive, it has something for all tastes and palates, and the food.... so delicious! This one is a must if you find yourself in Bryanston.

Details: Social On Main | 011 706 7115 | [email protected] | Shop 1, Posthouse Centre,
corner Posthouse Street & Main Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Roxanne's Rum Eatery

Neon lights, amazing cocktails, cool decor and awesome food, Roxanne's Rum Eatery is an up-and-coming hotspot in Fourways and for good reason! The drinks menu is massive! There's everything from 'spikedshakes' (AKA adult milkshakes) and spiked iced tea to wine, G&Ts and tantalising cocktails. If you enjoy sweet cocktails, then make sure you try the Dita Von Teese - Mhoba White Rum, lychee syrup, Socks Guava, lime and cranberry juice - it's delicious! And for the hungry, there is a food menu filled with loads of finger foods, glam burgers, busting bagels, fresh salads and dangerously delicious cheesecakes.

Details: Roxanne's Rum Eatery | 011 465 9917 | [email protected] | Shop G/H, Pineslopes Boulevard, Corner Witkoppen Road and The Straight, Fourways, Johannesburg

After Work Drinks

Colony Arms

From karaoke and Ribs & Chips specials to live music and beer on tap, Colony Arms has it all to turn your frown upside down when you have the weekday blues. And why not make your visit even better by inviting a few of you colleagues or friends along for a fun evening out? Colony Arms is all about having a good time surrounded by awesome company. There's something fun happening every day of the week - Monday Madness food specials, Tuesday Quiz Night, Wednesday Student Night, Thursday Ladies Night, Sporty Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Karaoke Saturday Night!

Details: Colony Arms| 011 447 6646 | [email protected] | 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Colony Centre, Craighall Park, Randburg, Johannesburg.

Grand Slam Sports Diner

And if you're out in Edenvale, we haven't forgotten about you! The Grand Slam Sports Diner has everything you need to chill out after work... sports (think everything including Formula 1, soccer, boxing and rugby), beer on tap, good food and of course, an awesome vibe. They also host a few cocktail, trivia and live music events every now and then, so make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest happenings.

Details: www.grandslam.co.za | 011 454 3700 | [email protected] | corner Elm Street and Sycamore Drive, Dowerglen, Edenvale, Johannesburg

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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There's A Variety To Choose From!

What we love most about the city is the fact that we're always spoiled with variety when it comes to markets. No matter what you're looking for, there's always a market waiting for you to take a stroll through their wide selection of stalls.

Treat your four-legged, furry bestie to a lovely walk through these dog-friendly markets in Joburg. And if you live out in the East, here's a list of the best East Rand markets you need to visit.

There's also amazing markets that cater to the "green" side of life. Stock up on everything vegan at these vegan markets in and around the city. Or, how about something a little different? These alternative markets are filled with all things steampunk, rock, geek, weird and wonderful.

The Stables Village Market

You don't need to leave the city to experience the country way of life. All you have to do is head to The Stables Village Market- the ideal spot to help you wind down from the hustle and bustle of the city. The venue boasts some of the most unique and original items around. Plus, you can tuck into some delicious food while sussing out all the arts and crafts, leather products, unusual gifting ideas and more.

Tip: This market hosts a variety of different markets that offer a different experience every time, such as the Moonlight Markets, Summer Night Markets, karaoke and Salsa nights and Car Boot Sales. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information.

Details: www.facebook.com/TheStablesVillageMarket | 082 048 9024 | [email protected] | 212 3rd Street, Chartwell (off Cedar Road, Broadacres), Johannesburg.

The Weekend Market JHB

As the name suggests, the Weekend Market JHB is just that, a WEEKEND market, which is open every Saturday and Sunday. This lifestyle market is the perfect family weekend hangout, filled with everything from plenty of entertainment for the kids at Kids World, good food, lots of unique and interesting market stalls, and of course, a food area jam-packed with tantalising goodies.

Details: Opening times: Saturday and Sunday: 08:00 - 17:00 | 01 Rifle Range Road, Baragwanath, Johannesburg South.

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Fourways Farmers Market

The Fourways Farmers Market has always been a gem of a market. And their move to the old Val Bonne Estate in Modderfontein Reserve bringing FFM lovers new views, new roads and new experiences! You and the family can enjoy some delicious and wholesome food, soak up some lovely energy and happy vibes and take a stroll through a plethora of vendor stalls with carefully selected products that are local, artisanal and delicious.

Tip: They're renowned for hosting additional events, including popup cafés, night markets and more. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.

Details: www.ffmarket.co.za | Located at the old Val Bonne Estate in Modderfontein Reserve.

Sylvia's Outdoor Market

Sylvia's Outdoor Market ensures a creative and fun day out for the whole family. You can spend every first and last Sunday of the month just browsing around the stalls, doing a little shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or just relaxing before the new week starts. This one is certainly a breath of fresh air among the buzz of the city. Visit their Facebook page to keep up-to-date with events.

Details: Opening times: Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00 | 27 George Avenue, Fairmount, Johannesburg.

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Market Shed @ 1 Fox

If you happen to be in the inner city, make sure you pay 1 Fox Precinct a visit. Not only is this a dynamic cultural hub that's home to the hip and happening Good Luck Bar & Restaurant, the unique Fox Junction Event Venue and popular Mad Giant Craft Brewery, but it's also a great place to indulge in all things Jozi and delicious, especially at the Market Shed. They offers all things arts, crafts, music and foodie and best of all, there's ample parking! Visit their Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news and events happening at the precinct.

Details: 1 Fox Street, Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg.

Market on Main

Every Sunday of every month, Market on Main, now open at Jewel City is open, ready and waiting for you to visit and have a lovely relaxing Sunday with them. Check out this trendy and lively spot in town while indulging in tasty goodies and browsing through stunning designer stalls. They promote inner city living and is a great place to spend a Sunday with friends and family.

Details: Opening times: Every Sunday: 10:00 – 15:00 | 201 Main Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

Rosebank Sunday Market

This one is an oldie but a goodie! The Rosebank Sunday Market is filled to the brim with African crafts, international food, clothing, hobbies, collectables and antiques. It's a true expression of South Africa’s vibrancy and dynamism. You can literally spend the entire Sunday walking in and out of the rows of stalls, just browsing. There's also plenty of craft stalls, live music, kids entertainment and gourmet food traders. Arrive hungry! Visit their Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the latest news and information.

Details: Opening times: Every Sunday – 09:00 to 16:00 | Upper Level, The Mall of Rosebank, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

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Panorama Flea Market

The busiest flea market in Joburg South, Panorama Flea Market has over 370 stalls for you to browse and buy from, live entertainment and an adult-supervised Kids Zone. The featured stalls cater for every taste imaginable, from clothing and jewellery to food and crafts. This is a great place to hang out, unwind and shop 'til you drop on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest stalls, news and products.

Details: Opening times: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays - 09:00 to 16:00 | Kliprivier Drive, Mulbarton, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 682 2222

Bryanston Organic & Natural Market

Being Joburg’s original outdoor market, Bryanston Organic & Natural Market offers you interesting art, natural fibre clothing, handmade crafts and the freshest organic and naturally grown fruit and vegetables. You can have a relaxing day browsing through all the stalls, do a little shopping, indulge in some freshly baked treats from the on-site eateries and listen to live music. Don't forget to follow their Facebook page for the latest updates, news, market info and more.

Details: Opening times: Thursday and Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00 | Culross Road (off Main Road), Bryanston, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 706 3671

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Know of any others not mentioned above? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

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