Travelstart brings you 11 cool, contemporary and cultural things to do in vibey Johannesburg. Museums, markets, beer, burgers and books- Jozi is all about the friendly people and we’ve got plenty of fun and affordable ways for you to get to know this singular city.
First up is a must visit to the tallest building in Africa
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Prepare to be wowed. From this iconic view point you can see the city of gold unfold before you in all its glory. The Carlton Centre skyscraper is one of 9 stops on the City Siteseeing Tour. It has been the tallest office building in Africa since 1973 with 50 floors and a 360 degree view of the city. Entrance is R15 for adults and R10 for kids under 12.
Speaking of Citysightseeing tours, hop on a big bright red City Sightseeing bus for a whirlwind tour of the golden city
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These cheery red buses are a safe and fun way to get around buzzing Jozi.
A 1 day ticket is priced at R170 and you can hop on and off the whole day, changing between the Green Tour and the City Tour as you like. They advise hopping on the Green Tour at the Zone @ Rosebank (stop 1) and switching to the City Tour at Constitution Hill (stop 5). You can also hop on the City Tour at Gold Reef City Casino Hotel (stop 13), where all City Sightseeing ticket holders get free parking. From there you can switch to the Green Tour at Constitution Hill or hop on the add-on tour to Soweto.
The 9 stops on the popular City Tour include Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum, SAB World of Beer (more on these attractions below) and the Carlton Centre.
Check out their timetable here.
There is a fantastic 3 for 1 Kids’ special on weekends and public holidays where one adult can take two kids for free, this is priced at R170. There’s also a great Sunday Sizzler special priced at R139 for adults and R90 for kids.
Buy tickets online and save here.
Track down the best burger in town
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BGR burgers are rumoured to be SA’s answer to NYC’s Shake Shack. Kgomotso Molosiwa said: “Went and tried the cheeseburger with my hubby yesterday. We have found the best burger in SA! It was amazing. We could not stop ohh and aaaaah while we were eating it. This is a slightly better version of shake shack. Will definitely be back with friends too…”
Their famous cheeseburger is just R60 and you can choose unlimited toppings free of charge. Don’t miss out on their frozen custard dessert.
Open every day from 11 am to 8.30pm.
16 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank
010 593 4545
Do the world-famous SAB Brewery tour and end with a cold one and a great view
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This informative tour shows you the ins and outs of the history, development and manufacturing of SA’s favourite beers.
The tour is priced at R115 for adults and R180 for the tour and beer tasting package. R105 for pensioners and students.
The SAB World of Beer is open seven days a week from 10am until 6pm. Their last tour is at 5pm, except on Sundays and Mondays, when the last tour begins at 4pm.
There are tours every hour on the hour and bookings are essential.
The last tour with a tasting included begins at 3pm every day.
Take in the rooftop garden at Living Room
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Johannesburg is known for having the largest urban forest in the world with six million trees and counting. Visit vibey Living Room in Maboneng for drinks, music and chill in an urban rooftop garden oasis.
They’re open from 11am to 5pm on Wednesday, 11am to 10pm from Thursday to Saturday and 11am to 7pm on Sunday.
20 Kruger Street
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Max out on art museums on First Thursdays
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As much about the socialising as it is about fantastic art, First Thursdays is a great opportunity to experience Johannesburg’s established and dynamic art scene while mingling with a great glass of grapes. The event takes place on the evening of the first Thursday of each month in Braamfontein.
Check what’s on here.
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Attend a reading at one of Jozi’s best bookstores, Bridge Books
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Bridge books is a must for book lovers and anyone interested in meeting some of the brightest literary minds on the continent. They also host writer’s workshop and story time for kids. An upcoming event is a reading of the Gruffalo.
85 Commissioner Street
079 708 4461
Check their event schedule here.
Feel the pulse of the city when you do the Experiences Walking Tour
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Past Experiences are the original inner-city walking tour company and they offer a wide range of amazing routes from their Graffiti tour to their “I love Braamies” tour, they also offer pub crawls, “photographic safaris in the concrete jungle”, a chance to get to know Forsdburg on their “Spicy Fordsburg tour”, a speedy Mini-art tour of Newtown and many others. Discover the rhythms of the city in a safe, eco-friendly and informative way.
They have some upcoming walking tour specials in winter, namely the Tour of Westdene Graffiti Project Walls with respected graffiti artist Bias.
This two-hour tour is priced at R190.
Call: 011 782 5250 to book or email email@example.com
Spend Saturdays at Neighbourgoods and Sundays at Market On Main
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For the best brunch in town and some killer shopping head to Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein on Saturday and Market on Main in Maboneng.
Joburg has so much to offer foodies with the Jozi Food Market at the Sheds@1Fox; the Blubird Wholefood Market; the Bryanston Organic Market and the Fourways Farmers Market.
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Discover the most extra milkshakes in town at Craft Restaurant
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Their dreamy dessert shakes are a feast for the eyes. Creations include Candy
Carnival, Sourgreen monster and Salted Caramel Delights among others. Take along your appetite! There are healthy options too for those without a sweet tooth.
Call: 011 788 7111
33 4th Avenue Parkhurst
Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum
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Stand witness to SA’s violent history and path to democracy when you visit the living museum that is Constitution Hill. This former prison for political prisoners is now a museum and home to the Constitutional Court. Constitution Hill has hourly tours and is open from 9am to 5pm daily. If you’re visiting on a Red Bus City Sightseeing tour you’re entitled to a 25 % discount on your ticket. R65 for adults, R45 for pensioners and R30 for students and kids.
The Apartheid Museum provides important historical insight into past atrocities and is the world authority on this chapter in our nation’s history. Tours are available.
R85 entrance for adults, R70 entrance for pensioners, university students and children
R40 for school children and R45 for teachers.
We’d love to hear your favourite things to do in Jozi in the comments below!