Get a feel for Johannesburg’s incredible style at the Market on Main in Maboneng, where the vibe is Brooklyn-meets-Melbourne with an African flavour.
Here, you can buy street art direct from the artists, feast on street food (try the Bunny Chow – it’s a classic Durban curry contained in a hollowed out loaf of bread!) and kick back at the markets’ rooftop salsa bar.
The people-watching here is spectacular.
If Maboneng is Brooklyn-meets-Melbourne, then Sandton is Manhattan-meets-Sydney, with Saint restaurant smack bang in the stylish thick of it.
At this local favourite, classic Italian fare gets a Joburg twist at the hands of head chef David Higgs and his team.
Try the balsamic braised lamb and springbok gnocchi, then sign off with the amaretto and ricotta pudding.
Heerlike! [That’s ‘delicious’ in Afrikaans.]
Michelangelo Towers Sandton
While Johannesburg has stacks of accommodation for every budget, the Michelangelo Towers Sandton is centrally located and is perched right on the historic Nelson Mandela Square, with direct access
to the Michelangelo Towers Mall.
Well-appointed rooms, a rooftop swimming pool, friendly staff and an impressive eatery, Parc Fermé restaurant, make it a must-stay.
A tour of the Soweto township lets you experience the heart and soul of Johannesburg and its effervescent culture.
Here you’ll find friendly locals along with sites pivotal to local history, including the homes of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, as well
as the Hector Pieterson memorial site.
Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers offers guided walking, cycling and tuk-tuk tours of varying durations.