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Best things to do in Johannesburg

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“Good food and not overpriced like hudsons burgers . At least you get service here ”
26 locals recommend
“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
Clothes Shop
“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
“Greenside's hub is Green Square where interior design shops rub shoulders with art colleges, pavement cafés and Paco, arguably the best carpet shop in the city. Just down the hill from Greenside is Emmarentia Dam, one of Johannesburg's most loved stretches of water. Together with the neighbouring Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, it stretches over 81ha. Walk along beside the dam in the early morning or evening and watch canoeists, kayakers and anglers, as well as small yachts, skidding across the surface. There are always people on the banks indulging in South Africa's favorite outdoor pastime – the great South African braai.”
15 locals recommend
“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
“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
“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
Point of Interest
“Open Shopping center with a range of restaurants to suit breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks ”
10 locals recommend
“This is an upmarket Grill House, the steaks are good and they have a fantastic wine selection”
14 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The architecture is iconic - the art collections really interesting and the views are amazing”
8 locals recommend
“The Sandton Convention Centre often has incredible exhibitions or events taking place.”
13 locals recommend
African Restaurant
“A very large venue so easy to get a table. It is fun, African and vibey. There is also a curio shop just below. When going to Zoo Lake keep to the path around the lake and don't be too flashy.”
18 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
Breakfast Spot
“Here we had our first tinderdate, we still come regularly. always nice live music and great food ..”
22 locals recommend
“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 💎 ”
18 locals recommend
“Uber it to there and you have the wonderful Gautrain network if you are heading out to Sandton, Midrand or Pretoria. ”
13 locals recommend