Shaun Pozyn, Head of Marketing for British Airways, says the city has a lot more going on than just massive malls, urban sprawl and teeming highways. He gives us a few suggestions…
- The Maboneng Precinct has in a few years come to be regarded as a beacon of urban regeneration, providing space for accommodation, retail, art and live performances. Weekends see braais on the rooftops and jazz sessions. The food and drink on offer is eclectic and delights all foodies. Meat lovers have hailed Che Argentine Grill as one of the best spots in town to grab a juicy steak. Details: www.cheargentinegrill.co.za and www.mabonengprecint.com/events-page/
- This one is for the adventure junkies… If you like to have your pulse quickened by more than caffeine, try a 100 meter bungee-jump or swing from the Orlando Towers. The iconic cooling-towers offer fantastic views of Soweto. The towers have become synonymous with adventure sports, offering base-jumping, climbing, paintball games, abseiling and the world’s highest SCAD (Suspended Catch Air Device) free-fall. Details: www.orlandotowers.co.za.
- Joburg has no shortage of fine eateries, but for some nostalgia and excellent Portuguese food, try the Radium Beer Hall in Orange Grove. A bit of history … ‘the Radium’ as it’s known to its many long-time patrons, was once a tea-room that led a double life as a shebeen, before securing a liquor-license. The lovingly preserved bar-counter was rescued from the Ferreirastown Hotel … where it had once played a supporting role in a revolt. These days there’s less rabble-rousing and more espetada, trinchado and peri-peri chicken, and plenty of beer. Details: www.theradium.co.za
- If you’re a little more selective about your tipple, visit Whisky Brother at Hyde Park Corner. It’s a shrine to whisky and whiskey, with a vast selection of Scotch, as well as Irish, American, South African, Japanese and Taiwanese brands, and collectibles. If you’re feeling flush, you can take home the Jameson 1994 Vintage for R 22 000, but there are plenty of fine, more affordable bottles. They have regular whisky tastings too. Details: www.whiskybrother.com
- Explore the rich history and diversity of the city with one of the walking-tours. Examples include the Spicy Fordsburg tour, which takes you on a journey the culinary heritage of the suburb. Also great, is and the Creative Jozi Public Art Tour of the inner city where you get to experience the variety of public art that can be found in the Johannesburg CBD. Details: www.pastexperiences.co.za
- The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site at Maropeng allows fascinating insights into the evolution of humankind. Our ancestors first inhabited the area more than three million years ago and the facility’s highly interactive multimedia exhibitions trace that journey in ways that continue to draw international acclaim. The Sterkfontein Caves are nearby and the area also offers horse-trails and adventure sports. Details: www.maropeng.co.za or www.thecradleofhumankind.net
Be sure to vote for your favourite place to take out of towner’s in the annual Best of Joburg Reader’s Choice Awards, fabulous prizes are up for grabs! Details: www.bestogjoburg.co.za