Victoria Yards is the ultimate destination for art lovers, foodies and yogis. Located just on the outskirts of the inner city, this mixed-use precinct hosts weekly Sunday markets and the annual Night of 1000 Drawings exhibition. Their artist studios are home to some of Joburg's top artisans, designers and visual artists, including Ayanda Mabulu, Blessing Ngobeni, James Delaney and Roger Ballen. The restaurant offerings at Victoria Yards aren't to be ignored either, with Foakes Coffee, IMPI Brewery and the famous Fish & Chip Shop on site.

Level 3 Lockdown

During hard lockdown, Victoria Yards halted all events and temporarily shut their studios to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Now, as we move into advanced level 3 lockdown, this urban hub is welcoming back its most loyal patrons, as well as new visitors. While their weekly market and yoga sessions will still be on hold for the time being, you can now visit Victoria Yards to mull around their lush gardens, for a quick cup of coffee or to admire their artist's exquisite work. Here are some of the must-visit stores and restaurants open at Victoria Yards in level 3 lockdown:

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Retail

All retail stores will be open at Victoria Yards in level 3 lockdown. Come through to find a fantastic selection of home and decor goods, clothing, jewellery and bespoke accessories from their top traders.

Find the full list of Victoria Yards' retail tenants and artist studios here.

Victoria Yards Online Shop

Even if you're not quite ready to step out into the real world, you can still support your favourite local artisans and traders. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown, Victoria Yards debuted their VYBuy Online Shop. From handcrafted mugs to bespoke jewellery, artist prints, tea sets and notebooks, this online shop has a wide range of trinkets and treasures to collect. There's even a selection of nifty face masks to help you keep looking stylish while preventing the spread of the virus. New customers receive 20% off on their first purchase, so get shopping!

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Food

Takeaway food and beverages will be available from Victoria Yard's top eateries in level 3 lockdown. Come and stroll around the Yard's chic urban gardens while you nibble on some tasty treats. Some of their tenants are also offering ready-made meals to take home with you. Yummy and convenient, what more could you ask for?

Foakes Coffee Roaster and Bakery

The newly revamped Foakes Coffee Roaster and Bakery is open for takeaways on their premium coffees and delightful breads. They are open from 08:00 from Monday to Saturday, so be sure to stop by for an early morning treat on your adventures around Victoria Yards. Call them on 072 211 1281 to pre-order your baked goodies.

Food I Love You

Food I Love You is an experimental dining studio and catering venue. During lockdown they've been offering ready-made family style meals. These Sunday home feasts feed up to a family of four and are made with whole ingredients without sacrificing on bold flavour. WhatsApp your orders to 081 835 0115 before 10:00 on Saturday to enjoy a fabulous feast delivered straight to your home the next day. Follow Food I Love You on Instagram for weekly updates on their menu.

IMPI Brewery

Support local beer making by paying a visit to IMPI Brewery at Victoria Yards. Their Homestead Lager is the stuff of dreams after months of alcohol restrictions. Pick up a case or two of their craft brews on your rounds about the Yards. Unfortunately, IMPI Brewery cannot sell alcohol over weekends due to level 3 lockdown restrictions, however you can join them for a tasty wood-fired pizza on Sundays. So get yourself up off the couch, out of the house and into the lush sunshine of the Yards this weekend.

The Fish and Chip Shop 

Fish Friday anyone? If you've been missing the classic tastes of the Fish and Chip Shop at Victoria Yards, you're in luck, because they are now open for takeaways. Get yourself a generous helping of battered hake and salty chips to go or be sorry that you missed out. Call them on 060 713 0279 to place your order for collection.

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For More Information

Visit www.victoriayards.co.za for more information or follow Victoria Yards on social media to keep up to date with their offerings in lockdown:

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Details: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg | (Tel) 010 594 5210 | [email protected]

Enjoy A Spoil At Avianto, Later

What's the bet you and your loved ones are looking forward to getting out of the house and escaping to nature for a change in scenery? While we don't know exactly when life will return back to a semi-normal state, we can prepare for our freedom with a lineup of exciting experiences and spoils. And Avianto has just the thing. During this difficult time, support Avianto and share the love with your friends and family with a gift voucher now. These Avianto gift vouchers can be redeemed at any time once the lockdown is lifted and regulations allow.

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Support Avianto During The Lockdown

During lockdown, Avianto has been documenting and instructing staff on their stringent new operating procedures to be followed until further notice. And soon, Avianto’s Café Cielo will be serving great food under their beautiful oak tree. Avianto provides the public with a selection of picnic areas, all set along the meandering Crocodile River. All areas offer spaces where social distancing is easy to maintain. Until the pandemic has passed, Avianto aims to specialise in “social engagements that embrace social distancing”.

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How It Works

Interested in purchasing an Avianto gift voucher to use later when the lockdown permits? Or want to spoil someone special with a unique Avianto experience? Either way, these gift vouchers will come in handy once the lockdown regulations and social distancing levels have eased up a little bit. This is how you purchase your gift vouchers.

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Pick Your Gift Voucher

A One Night Stay Voucher

Looking for a quick getaway for a special occasion? Then why not escape to Avianto in the countryside for a one night stay for two including breakfast? The rooms are decorated with understated elegance and features, including air-conditioning, room service, mini bars, individual safes, plush bath towels and luxurious beds and linen. This gift voucher costs R2 550 and can be purchased here.

A Sunday Lunch Voucher

Round off your weekend and unwind with a decadent Sunday lunch in the country. Avianto's Sunday lunch affair offers simple yet unforgettable dishes with a South African and European flair. Indulge in delicious cuisine while listening to their live entertainment performed by their resident musician. You can get your gift voucher at just R245 per person by clicking here.

Breakfast Voucher

Start off your day on a high note with breakfast at Avianto. Café Cielo will kick off your morning with excellent service, attention to detail and tantalising dishes. Whether you wish to be seated under the beautiful oak tree or inside one of the Café Wings, breakfast at Avianto will make you feel as if you are in a completely different place. The Avianto Breakfast gift voucher can be purchased here for R145 per person.

A Picnic Voucher

Have a love for the countryside? Then why not enjoy a lovely picnic with Avianto? They offer different picnic areas set alongside the Crocodile River, making it the perfect location to spend time with your loved ones or have a romantic day out. The Avianto Picnic gift voucher costs R395 and can be bought by clicking here.

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For More Information

For more information about Avianto and their gift vouchers, visit www.avianto.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 668 3000.

Don't forget to follow and like them on Facebook and Instagram to stay informed on their latest news, events, offers and more.

Images sourced from Avianto. 

What Is It?

Join Ten Bompas Hotel for their Jazz Sunday in collaboration with Villiera Wines on Sunday, 01 March 2020. Your ticket includes a three-course meal paired with Villiera wines, as well as live music and tea/coffee with dessert in their luxurious gardens. Don't miss out!

When Is It?

Sunday, 01 March 2020 at 12:00 - 16:30.

Where Is It?

Ten Bompas Hotel, 10 Bompas Rd, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R480 per person. Book yours here.

For more information

Follow Ten Bompas Hotel on Facebook for more information.

JoburgPlaces

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

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

Joburg Places

Thunder Walker

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

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

What Is It?

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

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

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

Starters:

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

or

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

or

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

Mains:

Wild Mushroom Risotto with Beets, Pickled Carrot and Fresh Greens

or

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

or

Seabass with a Fragrant Summer Herb and Soft Fruit Salad.

Dessert:

Roasted Peaches, Yoghurt Parfait with Olive Oil Sponge

or

Churros with White Caramel and Salted Caramel

or

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

Marabi Club

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

When Is It?

Sunday, 26 January 2020.

Schedule:

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

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

12:00: Starters served at Urbanologi.

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

13:00: Mains served at Zwipi Underground.

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

14:30: Dessert served at Marabi Club.

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

Where Is It?

Johannesburg CBD.

How Much Is It?

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

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

For More Information 

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

Facebook: facebook.com/joburgplaces

Twitter: twitter.com/joburgplaces

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

Jazz on the Hill - Afrika Mkhize

Afrika Mkhize is an exciting new face in the world of South African jazz and is an absolute must-see. He displays a fresh, international perspective and will be gracing the Jazz On The Hill stage at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg this month. Not only will you enjoy an evening enjoying the emotive and soothing sounds of South African jazz, but you'll also delight your senses with a divine Jazz on the Hill dinner. It's a wonderful way to end your weekend on a high note.

Afrika Mkhize has performed alongside many big names in the music industry, such as Dorothy Masuka, Khaya Mahlangu, Zim Ngqawane, Musa Manzini, Vusi Khumalo, Sibongile Khumalo, Judith Sephuma, Oliver Mtukudzi, MXO, Marcus Wyatt, Zama Jobe, Papa Noel from France, Jimmy Dludlu, Allou April and the late TK, Vusi Mahlasela.

For more information about Jazz on the Hill, contact [email protected] or 011 481 6000.

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The Flames Restaurant's Easter Brunch

Easter isn't Easter without an egg-cellent feast! And if you're looking to go all out over the Easter Weekend, then be sure to book your seat at The Flames Restaurant's Easter Brunch feast. This will be taking place all weekend long, over two sessions. Take your pick from the 10:00 booking that offers a stunning array of breakfast delights or the 13:00 seating complete with more hearty options. Take a peek at the menus below to decide which one tickles your tastebuds more.

To book, contact [email protected] or 011 481 6190.

Easter Brunch 10:00 Menu

Omelette

Egg Benedict

Fillet Mignon

Potato & Asparagus Frittata

“Shakshuka”

Starter Buffet

Flames’s Cheese & Dessert Table

Coffee and teas included, other beverages as per menu.

*Items subject to availability

Easter Brunch 13:00 Menu

Catch of the Day

Grilled Chicken Thigh

Pork Belly

Pasta

Starter Buffet

Flames’s Cheese & Dessert Table

Coffee and teas included, other beverages as per menu.

*Items subject to availability

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The View Restaurant's Easter Lunch 

Looking to indulge in a fantastic four-course meal this Easter Sunday? Well, The View Restaurant at has just the treat lined up for you and your loved ones. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne. Once you're settle, you'll be served a decadent chocolate-inspired four-course menu that will delight your senses. You can expect dishes such as Cocoa Nib Confit Salmon served with velvet white chocolate and passionfruit, cured and confit Salmon, charred citrus, dill, salmon roe; Lamb Shoulder served with 80% callebaut bitter chocolate, truffle risotto, asparagus, king oyster mushroom, parmesan, watercress; and for dessert, The Golden Egg complete with chocolate, rum, mango, raisin. Click here to check out the full menu. It's sounds absolutely eggs-quisite.

To book, contact [email protected] or 011 481 6180.

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For More Information

For more information about the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg, visit www.fourseasons.com.

You can also contact them on 011 481 6000.

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

Houghton's Foxwood Theatre is a stronghold of culture in Johannesburg, situated within Foxwood House a boutique hotel and conference venue. But did you know that Sunday lunches are also hosted at the theatre?

Sunday Lunch at Foxwood House, Houghton, Johannesburg

Why go?
Indulge in a spectacular à la carte menu and recall the days of sitting around a table on Sunday, bonding as a family. The other plus is the fact that no one has to mission over a hot stove to get lunch going!

Where is it?
Foxwood House, 13 Fifth Street (Kindly note NOT Avenue), Houghton

When is it?
Every Sunday, but make sure you book  in advance.

How much does it cost?
Varies. Main course roughly R90 to R140. Example of menu below:

Menu:

Starter
Roasted Garlic and Potato Soup R70 or Foxwood Salad R60

Mains
Grilled Beef Fillet served with vegetables & potato wedges R185
Grilled Beef Sirloin R160
Foxwood’s Generous Beef Hamburger R110
Grilled Salmon served with lemon butter sauce & vegetables R170
Foxwood’s Traditional Chicken Pie R120
Vegetarian or Salmon Pasta R110

Dessert
Foxwood’s Rich Chocolate Bake served with vanilla ice cream R65
Crème Brûlée R65

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