Braamfontein offers a range of unique lodgings for student backpackers, tourists and party seekers looking for a place to lay their head for a night. If you'd rather save your cash to go on epic adventures around the city than spend it on a hotel room, book yourself into a Braam hostel or AirBnB rental. You still get all the comfort of a luxury resort without having to fork out all your savings. Plus you're sure to meet some truly fascinating people along the way. What more could you ask for?
The Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Parktonian All-Suite is Braamfontein's only luxury hotel. With over 300 spacious, well-equipped rooms, five conference rooms and a rooftop swimming pool, this is the ideal accommodation for business travelers and tourists. Each room features a separate lounge, bedroom, bathroom, service area, work desk and balcony, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. It's all the refinement you'd expect of a Sandton hotel just a stone's throw away from Braam's best nightclubs, restaurants and galleries.
If you're the type to seek out historical landmarks, then the Devonshire Hotel on Jorissen street is perfect for you. This 3-star hotel has been in operation since 1930! However, this does not mean that the service here isn't modern and fully accommodating to your 21st Century needs. Each room is equipped with free WIFI, a flat screen television and coffee machine for your convenience. That being said, once you step out of your room you can travel back in time at the hotel's piano bar and lounge. It's the best of old and new all rolled into one neat package.
The Bannister Hotel is unlike any other inn you might find in Johannesburg. This is where the "cool kids" book their stays. Its bohemian atmosphere attracts a range of travelers, including business people and artists. And while its not your typical luxury hotel, the Bannister has something most lodges don't - character and style. Enjoy a casual drink at the bar, before heading up to your room where you can look out onto the sprawling city lights from your window. Oh, and don't forget to try their famous French toast in the morning. It's simply divine.
Once In Joburg is known as Braamfontein's only official "poshtel" - a posh hostel, ideal for student backpackers and avid explorers on a budget. You can book a private room to share with your travel buddies or bunk in a dormitory style room. There are also lots of fun activities to take part in, including bicycle tours around Braam, cuisine tasting experiences and much more. If you're looking to go sightseeing in Braamfontein and other popular Joburg cities, this is the accommodation for you.
Looking for a home away from home while staying over in Braam? Look no further than an affordable AirBnB rental. This type of accommodation offers you all the comforts of home, without breaking the bank. Plus you get to experience what it's really like to live right in the heart of the city. Take your rest in a trendy Braamfontein loft apartment overlooking the dazzling city below. It's the perfect way to escape and enjoy your travels.
Braamfontein's restaurant scene is as diverse as its population. You can find all assortments of cuisine types here, ranging from homestyle pap en wors to the fanciest flapjack stack you've likely ever seen. If you're planning on taking a culinary journey through Braam, check out our list of the best restaurants in the area below.
Braamfontein becomes "Braaifontein" on Friday nights at Great Dane. For just *R60 you can get sticky ribs, pap and coleslaw, plus an assortment of potent cocktails and beer on tap. Great Dane also serves up some of the best gourmet hotdogs in the city. The "Boerbull" is their most authentic South African hotdog - boerewors, baby onions and barbeque sauce. However, they offer a number of other cuisine varieties, so be sure to come and test them out on your next journey through the restaurant scene in Braamfontein.
If you're craving good old chicken and chips when in Braam, visit African Cuisine and Restaurant. Situated on Simmonds street, this authentic South African grill and burger shop offers super affordable meals, without sacrificing on flavour or freshness. This is the ideal spot to hit up after a night of hard partying. Get a super combo - full chicken, chuck steak, boerewors, 2l Coca Cola, six rolls and chips - to share with your friends for only *R299.
Artivist and Untitled Basement is an art gallery, live music venue, coffee shop and bistro all rolled into one. You might imagine then that their food offerings would be kept simple. Wrong! Artivist serves up some of the tastiest grub in Braam, including a Friday night shisanyama to rival any other restaurant in the area. However, this is no ordinary steak and grill feast. Come and dine on flamed-grilled North African chicken, "Boujee Wings" and traditional steamed bread served with hearty beef stew.
When you're in the mood for a juicy, cheesy burger where do you turn? RocoMamas, of course! Pop by their mini branch in Braamfontein when you feel the craving for a mouthwatering, sauce laden burger kick in. Here, you can get your hands on their best Smash burgers, wings and loaded fries. Oh, and don't forget to throw in a double thick milkshake to finish off your meal. It's the ultimate indulgence.
Burger King has fast become one of Joburg's favourite fast food restaurants since launching in the country in 2018. Stop by Burger King at Park Station in Braamfontein to try out the legendary Whopper - 100% beef burger patty sandwiched between a fresh sesame seed roll and topped with thinly sliced onion, tomato, cheese and tangy pickles. Their menu also includes a number of tasty sides, including jalapeno cheese poppers, spicy wings and fries.
The Devonshire Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Braamfontein. It has been in operation since 1930! The Devonshire restaurant serves up a delightful Italian menu, as well as a breakfast buffet spread to help you kick off your morning. Take a step back in time by visiting the Devonshire restaurant and hotel. It's quite unlike any other eatery in Braamfontein.
If it's pizza you want, it's pizza you'll get at 86 Public Pizzeria in Braamfontein. Situated at the Grove retail and restaurant precinct in central Braam, this classy pizzeria meets bar is the ideal spot for business drinks, Friday night cocktails and slow Sundays with friends. So, come and enjoy pizza made the good old fashioned way the next time you are in Braam.
The Urban Grill & Smokehouse prides itself as being the home of the best ribs in Braamfontein. Who can blame them? Their menu features pretty much nothing other than baby back ribs, handcut chips, beef burgers and decadent open sandwiches. Bring your mates along to enjoy a cold beer and 600g baby back ribs. This is the ideal spot to catch the Saturday afternoon rugby, the smell of meat cooking over the flames punctuating each enthralling moment of the match. Don't miss out.
Don't get your chicken wings from just any old restaurant. Put your trust in the experts - Wing Republic. Their buffalo wings have been frequently voted as the best in the city by Joburg foodies. With over 25 different basting sauces, this is a wing lover's idea of heaven. So, whether you like your wings sticky, sweet, spicy or smoked, you're bound to be impressed by Wing Republic's offerings.
The Bannister Hotel offers a "home away from home" to many business travelers, bohemian tourists and locals alike. The restaurant and bar here operates under the same ethos, creating a comfortable, homely environment for its guests. Their food offerings are diverse, spanning from Mediterranean platters, to South African shisanyama and even sushi! Nevertheless, it's the comforting feel of enjoying a meal that reminds you of home that makes this feel so much like an authentic Mediterranean eatery. If you visit only one restaurant in Braamfontein, let it be this one.
Olive and Plates at the WITS Club is a true hidden gem. If the divine cake display doesn't tempt you in, the hearty Mediterranean menu should. Enjoy a delightful tapas meal out in the courtyard of the WITS Club or share a tasty pasta dish with your sweetheart inside the restaurant's upmarket dining area. It's a dining experience you aren't likely to forget.
If you blink, you'll miss it. Bean There Coffee is a quaint coffee shop and roastery situated just off of Smit street. These coffee gurus are all about fair trade and keeping the coffee industry sustainable for the future. But you needn't be an environmentalist to enjoy their premium brews. Pop by in the early morning to enjoy a freshly brewed cuppa. Their baristas are super friendly too, so strike up a conversation while waiting for your coffee.
Braamfontein is coffee obsessed. This may be due to the large student population or the number of large corporate companies in the area, but we aren't complaining. One of the best coffee joints in the area is Father Coffee. Come and get your morning brew paired with a slice of gourmet toast. Our top pick is their dark chocolate nut butter and banana Brioche toast, but they've got tons of options to choose from for those who prefer a savoury brekkie. And, don't worry if you miss the breakfast rush, they're open till 16:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Join Carnivore Restaurant for a delicious Father's Day lunch fit for a king. Make dad's day with a "Beast of a Feast" – a set menu of R350 per person (R180 per child under the age of 12) which includes everything from starters and mains to decadent desserts. Also, dad will get a FREE draught beer to complement his meal.
Show dad, grandpa and even hubby just how much you love him with an amazing day out at the Funky Father’s Day at Toadbury Hall. Be welcomed with a sherry or half-pint of craft beer on arrival and then tuck into an array of delicious goodies. They say, "Your Dad is The Man, The Myth, The Legend and deserves a real spoil this Father’s Day". Bookings are essential, so contact Toadbury Hall on 010 593 7523 or [email protected].
If you're looking to enjoy Father's Day lunch out in the bush then make sure you book your special celebration for dad at Askari Game Lodge & Spa. This serene Magaliesburg setting, surrounded by pristine wilderness and an abundance of flora, fauna, birdlife and wildlife, makes for the perfect backdrop. The lunch will cost R315 per person (call them to get kids' rates). Visit their Facebook page for more information.
He might tell dry dad jokes and burn breakfast but he is the most amazing dad there ever was in all the land. And this is just the perfect way to celebrate him. This Father's Day, make sure you come and celebrate the guy who's all about that original style, with a hand-crafted three or four-part mixology and pairing experience at Sandton's favourite dining destination. Bring the whole family to come enjoy a gourmet appetiser, followed by a selection of drinks and delicious food. The afternoon includes a live set by breakthrough stand-up comedian Virgil Prins between, who'll be dropping dad jokes like you've never heard before. Early bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. Regrettably, no under 18s will be admitted. Tickets are R480 - R650 per person, get yours here!
As they do every year, moyo will once again be celebrating dads everywhere with amazing African cuisine and entertainment. So, be sure to pack your whole family in a car and drive to moyo, for those hearty meals that will have dad asking for seconds. See you there, fam!
Let's take a shortcut to Pretoria. This year they promise to change things up a bit for Father's Day and it's guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. With that said, you are invited to join them for this food festive market day consisting of a variety of food and drink stalls, kids' entertainment, live music and Abreu Band with loads of surprises. Dad will be treated to a complimentary beer on arrival. So, we are pretty sure he will love this one.
Papa bear, you are kindly invited to this one of a kind event to celebrate the day with the ones you love. Spoil your dad with the things he loves - family, food and craft beer. Imagine a buffet filled with rustic breads, potjiekos, mini pies, a soup station, hearty veg and roasted potatoes. You will be indulging in the dessert table filled with malva pudding, milk tart, bread and butter pudding to name a few and end off with hot chocolate at the tea and coffee station. There also will be live music, a kids corner and a complimentary craft beer for dad on arrival.
If you are looking for other events to go to around the city this Father's Day, then be sure to read this for amazing events for the day. This is Joburg after all and there never is a shortage of things to do around the city, so you and your family have the chance to indulge in everything on offer.
When is a better time to gift your dad than over lunch? Well we've given you all the best lunch dates for Father's Day, and now we are giving you ideas on what to give dad. If your dad is an adrenaline junkie, we've got the perfect gift ideas for you, visit this Adrenaline Gift Guide For Dads article to see what you can get dad.
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