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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Shopping Mall
“Inspired by similar developments like Box Park in London’s Shoreditch, 27 Boxes, a shipping container shopping development in Melville, has transformed a disused park into 80 boutique stores and restaurant and kiosk spaces geared towards starter entrepreneurs, from fashion designers to chefs, jewellers, artists, interior designers and baristas and bakers. The emphasis of many of the stores is on local design and local production and you will often find that the friendly face behind the counter is also the person who handmade the unique items that you are buying. A quirky alternative to Joburg's mega mall scene.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Museum
“Gorgeous art gallery owned and curated by the Unitversity of the Witswatersrand! Has a collection of new artists, plus retrospectives on the more established creators too.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Nelson Mandela Square, which directly adjoins the Sandton City shopping mall, is one of the most popular shopping and dining destinations in Gauteng. At the centre of the square stands a six-metre-tall statue of Nelson Mandela, a very popular place for tourists to take photographs. The statue of the late Nelson Mandela was unveiled and the square renamed on 31 March 2004 to celebrate the first decade of South Africa’s democracy. Surrounding the square is a wide choice of cafes and restaurants that bustle from morning to evening.”
  • 16 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Clothing Store
“Shopping, restaurants, movies, essentials and grocery stores. Rosebank’s rooftop flea market is filled to the brim with African crafts, international foods, clothing, hobbies, collectibles and antiquities. Every Sunday – 09:00 to 16:00”
  • 12 locals recommend
Establishment
“Good food and not overpriced like hudsons burgers . At least you get service here ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Route
“Uber it to there and you have the wonderful Gautrain network if you are heading out to Sandton, Midrand or Pretoria. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Steakhouse
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“This is an upmarket Grill House, the steaks are good and they have a fantastic wine selection”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“A rock'n roll bar and party venue, can get very rowdy but also a lot of fun. Try their speciality, cinnamon whisky shooter, a Hellfire.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Catch a pizza 🍕 downstairs and also watch and independent film. The amazing, weird and intriguing movie selection here has never failed to amaze me. A real gem 💎 ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“On the weekends the space is transformed into a sunset drinks venue. During the week it’s a restaurant. Plants are everywhere & you would never say you are in the city ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“The park has a great jungle gym for kids. It also has a popular walking trail, and outdoor gym equipment. Closes at 6pm”
  • 16 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“-Melville Koppies Guided Tour - +27 11 482 4797. Melville Koppies, Melville (Parking opposite the entrance at Marks Park Sports Club, Judith Rd, Emmarentia). Every Sunday (alternating between 08:30 and 15:00 departures every other week). Melville Koppies is a Nature Reserve and a Johannesburg City Heritage Site. Its geology goes back three billion years. Stone tools show that Early Stone Age man camped here as long as 500 000 years ago. There is a Late Stone Age living floor. Within the last 1 000 years Iron Age immigrants arrived, and remains of their kraal walls can be found on the northern slopes. In 1963 an iron-smelting furnace was excavated and can be seen today. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Shopping Mall
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Che Maboneng is a melting pot of the different cultures that pass through Johannesburg. Sample the empanadas humita salteña made with sweet corn, spring onions and goat cheese - be sure to visit on Tuesday or Sunday nights when a live band plays tango music.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“Great boutiques ,local designers and interesting food , beer garden , sometimes live music”
  • 16 locals recommend
Establishment
“The Sandton Convention Centre often has incredible exhibitions or events taking place.”
  • 13 locals recommend