Durban and Cape Town have already had their chance, so it’s finally Johannesburg’s turn to participate in the Glaceau® vitaminwater™ City Insiders competition to win an all-expenses paid trip to New York.
Since the competition is all about knowing your own city, we thought we’d take the chance to share some of our recent favourite spots in Joburg with you. In turn, we also asked the owners to fill us in on their own favourite things to do and places to go.
The Museum Of African Design in Maboneng is Africa’s first museum dedicated to design. Directed by Aaron Kohn, MOAD officially opened near the end of October with the Southern Guild design showcase. MOAD is a cultural hub which, rather than operating as a collecting institution devotes itself to exploring the ever-changing African continent and diaspora. The Museum of African Design aspires to bring contemporary Africa to international audiences, and has already proved itself to be a platform for creativity and innovation.
Aaron’s favourite places in Joburg:
The Johannesburg Art Gallery “JAG” Library
The Troyeville (Hotel Restaurant)
MOAD (obviously) and the Speakeasy Bar in particular
Find MOAD at 281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng.
In a mere 6 weeks of renovating, what was once Georges on 4th became The Wolfpack – a craft beer and gourmet burger bar in Parkhurst. Greig Walker and Kruger Basson are the names behind the establishement, which opened in August this year. They’re best known for their incredible gourmet burgers, artfully presented with a side of your choice. On the drinks side of things, they offer 6 stunning craft beers on tap with over 20 different craft beers by the bottle, as well as a selection of over 40 cocktails. The restaurant ticks all the boxes (great food, beer, service and atmosphere) and the interior is colourful and fun.
The Wolfpack’s picks:
Crazy Monkey MMA Studio
The Wolfpack is at 21 4th Avenue, Parkhurst.
Photographers Justin McGee and Chris Saunders teamed up to create Studio Studio, a multi-purpose studio space in the heart of Maboneng. Functioning primarily as a photographic studio, office space and film location so there’s always something interesting going on. The rooftop terrace and incredible view of Johannesburg’s skyline don’t hurt, either. (Have a look at our interview with Chris Saunders to find out more about the space.)
Studio Studio’s Jozi hotspots:
The Piles for second hand shopping
The Zebra Inn – Market Street
SkyRoomLive – Live streamed music concerts on a rooftop
Studio Studio is situated on the 4th Floor of TFE House, at 308 Fox Street, Maboneng.
Owned by Byron Ryan, Stache is a new menswear store that opened in Braamontein in November. The store carries stylish design and fittings which portray the Stache core values of professional individualism, high street fashion and South African street wear designs with an urban feel. Stache currently stocks a range of labels including Swede & CROWE, Sergeant Pepper and Komono.
Byron’s favorite places to go in Joburg:
The Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein
Kong in Rosebank for a good party
Espressos on a Sunday for a delicious lunch with a fantastic vibe
Find Stache at 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein.
The Whippet Cycling Co.
Housed inside a repurposed shipping container, The Whippet Cycling Co. is a custom bike shop and workshop owned and operated by Emile Kruger. The Whippet offers custom build bicycles as well as a range of second hand and vintage bicycle components, and Emile offers his services advise free of charge. (Read our recent interview with Emile to learn more.)
Emile’s Jozi Hostpots:
The Zebra Inn – Market Street
The Living Room – 5th floor Main Change building, Maboneng
King James Ethiopian Food – Maverick corner, Maboneng
The Whippet is on the corner of Commissioner and Albrecht streets, in the Maboneng Precinct.
Flea is a furniture design and manufacturing hub based in Melville, that’s owned and managed by Jeff James. Jeff holds a bachelors in Industrial Design and worked at two design consultancies before he started his own business – which opened in August this year. The name comes from a nickname that Jeff has has since he was a boy, and the business was born out of Jeff’s love for furniture and homeware pieces. Flea stocks a range of their own pieces, and they also offer a custom design service for furniture, homeware items and other products. “My design model is simple,” says Jeff, “I design pieces that are functional, fresh and good to look at.”
Spots in Joburg that Jeff enjoys:
Smack! Republic Brewery at Arts on Main (Maboneng)
Mish Mash in Greenside
Pureberry Frozen Yogurt Cafe in Melville
Find Flea at the Court in Melville, 76 4th Avenue.
Tra Amici, meaning “Amongst Friends,” is a fast growing coffee shop operating from the Rosebank Fire Station. It was started in October last year by three friends as a catering business, who decided that serving “Pavement Lunches” every Tuesday would be a good way to showcase their dishes to the public. This concept, which allowed customers to fill a plate or a takeaway box with a selection of about 10-12 dishes presented in the style of a harvest table, proved to be immediately popular. Not long after Tra Amici began to rent their own unit at the Station, where they now serve a “Pavement Lunch” every Monday to Friday. The eatery is known for their authentic and down to earth Italian food, which as they tell us is so much more than just pizza and pasta. (Don’t worry though, they have these too.)
One of the 3 owners of Tra Amici, Malcolm, gave us his favourite spots:
To eat: Osteria Rossa in Bedfordview
To play: Glendower Golf Course
To relax: with my family at home
Tra Amici is situated at the Unit 2, The Rosebank Fire Station, Cnr Baker and Bath. Opening times are from Monday to Friday between 8am and 3pm.
If you didn’t need us to tell you about these spots, you should probably be entering the Joburg City Insiders competition to win a trip to New York City. This is how it works:
glaceau® vitaminwater™ is giving away an all-expenses paid trip for 2 to New York to a lucky winner from Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. There are also 8 ipad mini spot prizes to be won in each city. We’ve hidden the grand prizes at secret locations. Once you’ve registered at www.cityinsiders.co.za you will need to tweet your city’s hashtag in order to see where the prize is. The more you tweet, the more we will zoom in. For an added advantage, purchase the glaceau® vitaminwater™ variants, then visit the ‘get clues’ tab on the competition site. The clues will help put you in a better position. Once the location is revealed, you will need to get to the location of the prize. The first person who is successfully vetted will win the prize, and two runners up will receive an iPad Mini each.
Jozi, your hashtag is #jhbcityinsiders