Following an intensive urban renewal drive by the City of Johannesburg, Braamfontein is now a melting pot of diversity, a cosmopolitan home to students, creatives and professionals. There’s no lack of things to do in this exciting part of Jozi, regardless of your tastes or bank balance. Here’s a rundown of some of the best spots.
At the Narina Trogon restaurant, green-conscious foodies dine on organic, free-range and seasonal produce in a trendy environment or on the rooftop. Established bistro Café de La Vie is a firm favourite among the restaurant crowd, and Kitchener’s Carvery Bar is a must-try.
For a chilled evening, the Guildhall serves local beers and delicious Portuguese food; S-Bar is a popular student hangout with reasonably priced food. If an urban pub crawl takes your fancy, Past Experiences offers one, called the Phuza Tour, or get a taste of the high life at The Carlton Centre’s bar on the 50th floor and marvel at the views.
If you’re going large, try the Great Dane in The Milner Park, a club with gold coins for floor paving, perfect for dancing the night away, or live it up at Randlords. If you’re a diehard clubber, <insert link: http://thedjlist.com/world/South_Africa/Braamfontein/Venues/> click here <link end> for up-to-the-minute DJ, club and event listings in and around town.
Need some cultural nourishment? Cross over the Nelson Mandela Bridge to Newtown, with its eclectic mix of bars and jazz clubs. Closer to home are the Alexander Theatre and the Johannesburg Theatre Complex, where you can enjoy stage shows, dramatic productions and dance.
An artistic hub, Braamfontein offers much in the way of food for the soul. Check out the galleris and design shops around town, and when your stomach start growling, head over to Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays for good vibes and gourmet delights.
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