Refentse & Band Live at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

What Is It?

Bring your picnic blanket or camper chair and enjoy quality time with family and friends out in the fresh air at The Walter Sisulu Gardens weekend market. They proudly present Refentse live this November. Come and enjoy the market fare with arts and crafts, body products, real leather handbags and something to eat and drink for everyone's taste. Once you have thoroughly explored the market, kick back and enjoy the sounds of Refentse and his band live. Watch the glorious sunset as their performance mesmorises you.

When Is It?

Saturday, 2 November 2019 at 18:00 - 22:00.

Where Is It?

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Malcolm Rd, 1731 Roodepoort, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 for adults, R50 for children aged 6 -18, and kids under 6 get in for free. Or, purchase a family package for two adults and two children for R250.

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Finest Rooftop Bars In Joburg

Randlords

If you're looking for an exclusive rooftop bar to enjoy your afternoon or evening, then Randlords should be at the top of your list. Located in the Braamfontein area of Johannesburg, you get to enjoy the city's buzz while watching a spectacular sunset, and seeing the city lights come alive on the Nelson Mandela bridge is a bonus you won't want to miss. This, coupled with a great drink and great company, sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us.

Details: Randlords | 011 403 1833 | 22nd Floor, South Point Towers, 41 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Elevate: The Reef Hotel

Take a trip down to Marshalltown for a brilliant evening at The Reef Hotel. This spot should definitely be high up on your list given their fabulous Elevate Rooftop Venue. This space can also be hired out for events and guests can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. So, if you're planning on hosting a fabulous rooftop bar event, why look anywhere else? Alternatively, you can go to simply enjoy the view, some drinks and good food. Either way, it sounds like a win to us.

Details: Elevate Rooftop Venue | 011 689 1000 | [email protected] | 16th Floor, The Reef Hotel, 58 Anderson Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg.

The Living Room

If you're all about trendy, then pop on over to the popular Maboneng Precinct and enjoy the sunset and hipster buzz with a cocktail in hand at The Living Room. This nature-inspired rooftop bar is vibrant and perfect to enjoy sundowners with friends, take photographs and share some good laughs. Also serving tasty food, your experience here will be unforgettable.

Details: The Living Room | 082 370 9284 | [email protected] | 5th Floor, Main Change Building, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

Copper Bar

The Copper Bar offers a trendy hangout, but it's also a great place if you want to catch some of the most beautiful sunsets and views from Main Street and grab a few cocktails. Just keep in mind that this spot is usually closed to the public except on select Thursdays, when they host their Copper Thursdays.

Details: Copper Bar | 071 516 4846 | [email protected] | Corner Main Office Park, 02 Payne Road, Bryanston, Sandton, Johannesburg.

The Westcliff, Four Seasons Hotel

If you're craving something a bit more suburban and modern, then The Westcliff might just be the perfect venue for you. Imagine being served succulent tapas and delicious drinks while you enjoy a stunning sunset overlooking leafy Joburg. Sounds fabulous, doesn't it?

Details: Four Seasons Hotel | 011 481 6000 | 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg.

The San Deck at Sandton Sun

Loved by many Sandton residents, The San Deck is the perfect rooftop bar whether in summer or winter. Summer is best to enjoy the sun with some gorgeous cocktails under the umbrellas or on the couches. Winter is also great with the outdoor heaters and glorious fire pits to keep you warm after the sun goes down.

Details: The San Deck | 011 780 5000 | [email protected] | Sandton Sun Hotel, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

The Island Bar

Need an after-work hangout spot or just looking to miss the traffic? Either way, the Island Bar at the Southern Sun Hyde Park pool deck is a lovely place to unwind, sip on icy drinks and catch some of the most unforgettable Highveld sunsets the city has to offer. Their cocktail menu is quite impressive, so there's no doubt there'll be something for every taste.

Details: Island Bar | 011 341 8080 | Southern Sun Hyde Park, Corner Jan Smuts and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Sir James van Der Merwe at Katy's Palace Bar

Sir James van der Merwe at Katy's Palace Bar in Kramerville is just the place to be on a Wednesday night. The venue is trendy, hip, eclectic and lively – and so are the cocktails. Then there's their perfect view of Sandton... just stunning! They tend to host lots of cool and exciting events, so make sure you keep an eye out on Facebook to see what they have coming up.

Details: Sir James Van Der Merwe | 072 607 4235 | [email protected] | 06 Desmond Street, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Know of other great rooftop bars not 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.

Enjoy Rum In the City Under The Sunset

What more can you ask for when you can enjoy the beautiful sunset on a beautiful rooftop while Rum In The City serves some amazing rum cocktails.

Not only that, but you get to listen to amazing jazz music courtesy of amazing artists - Cazz and Wandile Mbambeni. This Caribbean inspired fest is definitely something you do not want to miss.

Watch Sandton come alive with an electric ambience, get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Saturday, 27 April 2019 at 15:00

Where Is It?

HBConnect, West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R350 each person

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Top Spots To Catch The Best Sunsets In Joburg

Sunsets

Randlords — Braamfontein

Okay, so this spot isn’t always open to the public as it is one of the most exclusive venues in the city, but when they host parties on the 22nd floor of the Randlords venue, you better ensure you’re there! You will be perched on the highest point in Braamfontein, and get a complete 360 degree panoramic view of the City of Gold that stretches from the magnificent FNB Stadium and bustling Soweto to the Sandton Skyline.

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Northcliff Water Tower — Northcliff

All the best things in life tend to be free, hence my reason for mentioning the Northcliff Water Tower as one of the best sunset spots in Joburg. I say this because I have experienced it firsthand. One of my ex-boyfriends decided to spoil me with a romantic picnic for two at this spot, and I must say it is by far one of my fondest memories! The sunset from this spot definitely set the perfect backdrop to a romantic evening. So, if you are looking for an ideal date idea that will not break the bank, then pack a picnic basket with tasty goodies and some good wine, find a comfy blanket, head to Lucky Avenue in Northcliff and set up at the Northcliff Water Tower.

Directions: From Beyers Naude Drive, turn left onto Frederick Drive. Left onto Hearn Drive, which will lead into Rockey Drive. Then turn right into Louie Avenue, and right again into Lucky Avenue.

Roots Restaurant at Forum Homini — Kromdraai

After a long day of taking in all the sights that the Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein have to offer, why not sit back and relax out on the deck at Forum Homini’s Roots Restaurant? Wind down while sipping on a glass of wine as the sun sets over the surrounding dam and veld. The restaurant offers a truly stunning African sunset. And, once the sun has gone down, head inside for a divine dinner to round off your day on a high note (be sure to book beforehand, as booking is essential).

Find more information here.

Skye Bar — Sandown

Whether you are looking for a relaxing spot to wait out the traffic or a great spot for a stunning sunset and pre-party drinks to get your night started, the Skye Bar offers an elegant space just for that. This spot can be rather pricey when it comes to their cocktails, so ensure you visit it for a special occasion or if you are looking to spoil yourself! I think taking in the panoramic views of Sandton while sipping on a refreshing Honey Sling (Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey shaken cold with vanilla extract, pineapple juice, charged with soda water) sounds like the perfect way to start an evening out with the girls!

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The Island Bar — Southern Sun Hyde Park

Grab a cocktail, sit out on the pool deck and take in the glorious Highveld sunsets from the Island Bar at Southern Sun Hyde Park. This happens to be one of the most popular and happening places to be over weekends, as the vibe is busy and buzzing on Friday and Saturday nights. Their cocktails are superbly refreshing, perfect for spring and summer nights, and the sunset views from this venue are one of the best in the city.

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The San Deck – Sandton

The San Deck Sandton is another great option if you're chasing a majestic Joburg sunset. This is yet another Sandton favourite if you are looking to sit back, lounge around on the comfy, luxurious couches and sip on a sundowner while watching the sun go down over the Sandton CBD skyline. On colder nights, they have three large fire pits that will set the ambience and keep you warm while you take in all of that the city lights have to offer once the sun has gone down.

Find more information here.

The Living Room — Maboneng

Reconnect with nature at The Living Room in the heart of Joburg! This rooftop venue offers urban-eco café cuisine, plant art and urban design. It also has a showroom for green design and lifestyle. On Sunday afternoons they host fantastic live entertainment to end off your weekend on a chilled note, and best of all, you get the opportunity to check out the stunning views of the Maboneng Precinct as the sun goes down over the city.

Find more information here.

Top of Africa — Joburg CBD

Head to the very top of the 50-storey Carlton Centre and take in a stunning 360-degree view of the city from one of the highest points in Joburg. From the observatory deck, you can see the whole of Joburg, from the FNB Stadium and Soweto in the south-west, Braamfontein and Hillbrow directly north, to Gandhi Square to the west. Take in this stunning sunset which literally turns Joburg into the City of Gold. There is also a bar and coffee shop at the very top!

Find more information here.

The Beach - Rivonia

No need to take the tedious six-hour journey down to the coast just to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beach along with your favourite cocktail! The Beach has finally come to Rivonia, offering a rooftop beach right in the heart of Joburg! This stunning venue has some of the very best sunsets over the city, and is fully equipped with a full bar with amazing cocktails, gourmet hot dogs and finger platters, and live entertainment!

For more info, click here.

Higher Ground — Bryanston

On the stunning grounds of the St Stithians College, Higher Ground Restaurant is the perfect spot if you are looking to sit back and enjoy the stunning views of the city while indulging in fabulous cocktails and delicious food. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is ideal if you are looking to wait out the traffic after work, or need to get together with friends for after-work sundowners.

Find more information here.

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.

Restaurants With Views

The Westcliff: Four Seasons Hotel

If you want to dine somewhere suburban and modern, then The Westcliff might just be the perfect venue for you. The hotel boasts five modern restaurants, bars and lounges but the special places with magnificent views are Flames and View. View serves contemporary dishes, while the urban-casual menu at Flames features upscale fare with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients.

The San Deck: Sandton Sun

Loved by many Sandton residents, The San Deck is the perfect rooftop spot for summer and winter. Summer is best for enjoying the warm sun with cocktails under the umbrellas, while winter is great with the outdoor heaters and glorious firepits to keep you warm in the evening. Either way, you’ll be mesmerised by the Sandton skyline while you tuck into food prepared by Executive Chef Garth Shiner.

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The Living Room

Take a drive down to the Maboneng Precinct and enjoy the sunset and hipster buzz with a cocktail in hand at The Living Room. This nature-inspired and vibrant rooftop venue is perfect for sundowners, indulging in a meal with friends and sharing some good laughs while enjoying the panoramic vista of the city. The food is delicious and includes homemade deli-style meals, eclectic tapas and weekly specials, so arrive hungry!

Marble Restaurant

Carnivores and flame-grilled enthusiasts this one's for you. Marble Restaurant on Keyes Avenue in Rosebank offers fine dining that features eating around an open flame with meat, seafood, and veg on the grill. You can look forward to quality food that's authentically South African but different at the same time. The dishes are to die for, and don’t even get us started on the dessert and cheeses. Marble Restaurant is situated at the top of the Trumpet building, so you can expect one of the best views of the city.

Higher Ground Restaurant

Situated on the St Stithians College grounds in Bryanston, Higher Ground Restaurant is the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the stunning vistas of the city while sipping cocktails or feasting on delicious Meditteranean food. And as they offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can appreciate the views at all hours of the day.

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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.

The Most Romantic Night in Joburg

The Sundowner

The greater Johannesburg area is full of hills and mini mountains which serves as the best sunset spots in the country. Premix some famous cocktails, head to your venue of choice and kick-start the best nights of your life in style. Don't drink and drive, so maybe take advantage of the Uber service in your area. Timing is key so make sure you get to the lookout before the sun sets - you literally have one shot at this. You're welcome.

The Stay

Our wonderful city is littered with brilliant boutique hotels. Each hotel is more unique than the other and it's attention to detail that makes for a successful date night. Remember, a great date deserves a great setting so be sure to do your research before settling on your stopover. It's all about room service and attention to detail.

The Entertainment

Planning a romantic evening shouldn't be filled with unnecessary worries such stuff to do. There's this really cool company called the Date Factory which compiles a date in a box - yup, a date in a box - which is sure to add excitement to any day night. The boxes are individually packed and the content there of is a total mystery until it's been opened. It's a perfect way for serious relationships to explore each other like never before. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Have you been on a romantic date lately? Tell us what your plans were and how it went. Planning a romantic date? Then show this to your partner in crime!

By Shawn Greyling

A Romantic Getaway For Two At African Pride Irene Country Lodge

With the month of love just around the corner, Destination Irene is playing cupid. Rekindle the romance with these offers valid until the end of February 2016 ... which means there's plenty of time to romance your loved one and maybe even book all the offers!

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Romantic Weekends Away

The Valentine's Getaway will have all your February weekends feeling romantic and magical with a bottle of Boschendal Brut Rose bubbly and breakfast for two included. Book the best available rates this Valentine's weekend.

For an all-inclusive romantic weekend you've always dreamt of, try the romantic Rendezvous package. This luxurious package includes impeccable accommodation, breakfast, a five-course dinner menu in the renowned Meadow Green Restaurant, a romantically peaceful picnic lunch under the oak tree and selected spa treatments at Camdeboo Day Spa.

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Camdeboo Day Spa

If the sound of a delicious snack platter and a bottle of bubbly while enjoying the magnificent sunset is something you'd like to experience then the  Sunset Romance package awaits you. The Camdeboo Day Spa scenery adds more romance to the occasion ... afterwards, the couple's Full Body Massage will follow. Can there possibly be a more perfect way to end the day?

Can’t make a weekend of it? No problem. After the couple’s Full Body Massage in the couple’s treatment room, you can look forward to indulging in a romantic dinner and a fine bottle of house wine in the divine Meadow Green Restaurant. Talk about a hard-to-beat ultimate date night spoil!

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Meadow Green Restaurant

Though butterflies and roses are a given on this romantic day, chocolates and strawberries shouldn't be forgotten, but only after a scrumptious Valentine's dinner. The popular Meadow Green Restaurant has extended their Valentine's Menu to both Saturday, 13 February and Sunday, 14 February 2016.

So make your booking soon – after all, the best way to a loved one’s heart is through their stomach!