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Welcome to Newtown

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Newtown is one of Johannesburg's most eclectic suburbs. Also known as "jazz town", this inner city suburb offers a variety of retail, entertainment, and housing options to choose from. Come along with us to find all that this corner of the city has in store for locals and tourists alike. 

Newtown is a suburb of Johannesburg, situated in the western section of the city centre. The town originated in the early 20th century as a manufacturing district for brick production, giving it the name "Brickfields". Over the course of the last century, Newtown has become one of the city's most vibrant suburbs. There is a rich history of racial diversity and defiance against oppressive laws in Newtown. It is home to the iconic Market Theatre precinct, Museum Africa and Kippies Jazz Club. A favourite late night jaunt for artists, musicians and lonely souls, Newtown offers a change of pace from the nearby bustling Braamfontein club scene. So, the next time you're in Joburg, hop on over the Nelson Mandela Bridge to experience that rare Newtown vibe.

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Shopping

Newtown has become a retail hot spot in recent years with the development of Newtown Junction Mall and various other shopping centres. But this isn't any ordinary retail hub. In Newtown you'll find some true rare gems, as well as a plethora of proudly South African brands. The WorkShop at Newtown Junction celebrates local fashion and entrepreneurship by providing a space for young designers, jewellery makers and artists to sell their wares. So come out and support local by shopping in Newtown.

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Schools

Newtown is steadily becoming more family-friendly as new housing and retail developments take shape. Fortunately, there are a variety of schooling options in the area to accommodate young families. Newtown is also home to the prestigious Market Theatre Laboratory and Market Photo Workshop. These world-class training facilities have produced many of South Africa's top theatre and film actors, photographers and visual artists. If you are interested in a career in the arts, visit the Market Lab or Photo Workshop to learn more about your study options.

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Market Photo Workshop

Market Photo Workshop.

Restaurants

Newtown's nightlife starts and ends with its wide array of restaurants and takeaway establishments. Whether you are looking for a romantic sit-down dinner or a quick meal on the go, there is certainly an eatery in Newtown that's perfect for you. Niki's Oasis Jazz Bar is the home of soul food and music for the soul in Newtown. Stop by for a taste of their delicious fare and some fine entertainment. It's the ideal late night hang out, so make sure to visit them on your next trip into Newtown.

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Entertainment 

Newtown is undeniably one of Joburg's key entertainment hubs. During the daytime, Newtown plays host to families looking to indulge in fun and edutainment at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. Those in search of history and culture can be found at the Museum Africa building. After dark, Newtown becomes the official jazz town of Johannesburg. Soak up some of that unique Newtown vibe at the Market Theatre - one of the city's premier live performance venues. There are also a number of clubs and jazz bars in the area, so you can dance the night away like they did in the good old days.

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The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre.

Hotels & Accommodation 

We can't think of a more exciting city staycation than spending a few days discovering all that Newtown has to offer. Book yourself a room at the City Lodge Hotel for the ultimate convenience. Located right nearby Newtown Junction Mall and the cultural precinct, this hotel is ideally located to help you make the most of your stay. Alternatively, book yourself a one-of-a-kind Airbnb accommodation. Come and experience the daily grind and culture of Newtown first hand by staying in a luxury loft or cost-effective apartment. It's an absolute must.

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City Lodge Hotel Newtown.

Jobs

Newtown offers a variety of employment opportunities in the retail, arts and hospitality sectors. Thanks to its many cultural and entertainment centres, creative skills are in high demand in the area. Newtown is also home to various businesses and offices, teaming with opportunities for hard-working and enthusiastic job seekers. Commuting to Newtown is hassle-free, as the Bree taxi rank and Gautrain station are only a stones' throw away from the business centre.

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Braamfontein

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Property

Looking to invest in some prime real estate? Newtown could be your new home. There are various property developments ongoing in the area. Its proximity to the Joburg CBD, Braamfontein and central highways, also makes this area an ideal place to settle down. If you've always dreamed of living the city lifestyle, then this is the place for you. From super trendy loft-style living to cute and convenient one-bedroom apartments, Newtown is bursting with property options.

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