The Hidden Gems of Sandton


Sandton is often dubbed as the “richest square mile in Africa,” and is known for its luxury hotels, world-class shopping centres, and bustling business district. But beyond the glitz and glamour, Sandton has a wealth of lesser-known attractions waiting to be discovered. This article will take you on a journey to explore the hidden gems of Sandton.

Theatre on The Square

Tucked away in the heart of Sandton’s bustling metropolis, the Theatre on the Square stands as a testament to the city’s vibrant arts scene. This 200-seater theatre, nestled within the Nelson Mandela Square, is one of Sandton’s best-kept secrets and a true hidden gem. The Theatre on the Square is renowned for its diverse and dynamic lineup of shows. From thought-provoking dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies to enchanting musical performances and captivating one-man shows.

Details: | 083 377 4969 | | Corner Sandton Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton.

Africa Padel

Africa Padel is revolutionizing the sports scene in Sandton, Johannesburg, and indeed across the African continent. Padel is currently the world’s fastest-growing sport, played in over 60 countries by more than 10 million people. At Africa Padel, the sport is more than just a game; it’s a social experience. The clubs are designed to be social hubs where players and spectators can mingle, make new friends, and even expand their business networks. Be sure to enjoy a cup of Naked coffee after your game!

Details: | 078 822 2799 | | 181 Empire Place Corner, Wierda Road W, Sandhurst, Sandton.

The Everard Gallery

Among Sandton’s hidden treasures are its art galleries. The Everard Read Gallery, for instance, is Africa’s oldest commercial art gallery, housing an impressive collection of contemporary artworks from local and international artists. The gallery’s mission extends beyond showcasing art; it is also dedicated to the development of young artists’ careers. Over the years, it has hosted a multitude of profound and powerful exhibitions.

Details: 011 788 4895 | | 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Sandton.

Mushroom Farm Park

Some of the most underrated places in Sandton are its parks. The Mushroom Farm Park is a perfect example. This park, located in the heart of Sandton, offers a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. After a relaxing stroll in the park, enjoy a delicious meal at Truffles on The Park, a gorgeous botanical bistro and bar.

Details: 010 900 3219 | Sandown, Sandton.

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Marble Restaurant

Sandton’s culinary scene is as diverse as it is delicious. There are several hidden places to eat in Sandton that offer a range of cuisines. One such place is the Marble Restaurant, which offers a unique dining experience with its open-fire cooking. However, it’s not just meat that’s cooked on coals here, but all types of ingredients including fish, poultry, vegetables, and bread! Marble offers diners a great night out, with delicious food, top-notch service, and one of the best views of the city.

Details: | 010 594 5550 |
| Corner Jan Smuts and Jellicoe street Rosebank.

Sand Deck, Bar and Restaurant

When the sun sets, Sandton comes alive with its vibrant nightlife. From hidden bars to exclusive clubs, Sandton’s secret nightlife offers something for everyone. An example of this is San Deck, which comes alive with people filling its spaces throughout the day and into the night, as the sun dips below the city scape, when it pulses with the Afrocentric beat of resident DJs.

Details: San Deck | 011 780 5000 | | Corner Fifth and Alice Streets, Sandton. 


Artistry in Sandton is a unique concept that is set to transform the entertainment scene in the city. This innovative venture is a collaboration between award-winning musician J’Something and the hotel and apartment network, BlackBrick. The venue will offer a three-level experience, taking guests on a journey from a rooftop restaurant to a middle level for live music and theatre performances, and finally, to a street-level lounge bar for an unforgettable after-party.

Details: | 060 847 5713 |
| Fredman Drive, Sandton. 

From its unexplored places to its hidden culinary gems, Sandton has much more to offer than meets the eye. So, next time you find yourself in this vibrant city, take the road less travelled and discover the hidden gems of Sandton.

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