Local, Travel

12 spots to visit in Rosebank

iStock; Supplied
Rosebank is not the suburb it was just two years ago. As new office buildings, apartments and retail extensions spring up, it has become the go-to spot in Joburg for all things delectable, covetable and Instagram-worthy. The pedestrian-friendly Keyes Art Mile hub heaves to bursting during the monthly First Thursdays after-hours events, and the newly developed Park Corner on Bolton Road and Jan Smuts Avenue buzzes every night of the week, injecting energy into the original Rosebank art strip.


With its moody interior by Tristan du Plessis of Studio A, an exquisite display of historic and contemporary art and one of the best views across the city, Mesh Club is perfect for sundowners and is open daily from 4pm. Trumpet on Keyes, 21 Keyes Ave, 010-594-5545.


Missibaba, a luxury leather and accessories label, has been making people go gaga for their wildly colourful and playfully designed handbags since 2005, making their Rosebank store a must-visit. Trumpet on Keyes, 19 Keyes Ave, 011-880-2099.

SMAC Gallery

Smac Gallery is one of the Cape Town galleries to open shop in the Trumpet building, and always puts on interesting contemporary art exhibitions. Trumpet on Keyes, 19 Keyes Ave, 010-594-5400.


This is a place with a passion for the product it serves – good old-fashioned burgers made using the freshest ingredients. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, BGR is home to Jozi’s best burger. Trumpet on Keyes, 19 Keyes Ave, 010-593-4545.

The Butchery by Marble

The Butchery by Marble is the retail offering of the live-fire restaurant upstairs, and has been dubbed the ‘jewellery shop of butchers’. Thanks to its focus on special cuts, this is a meat lovers’ mecca. Trumpet on Keyes, cnr Keyes and Jellicoe Aves, 010-594-5552.


Stocking limited editions and rare styles, Shelflife has been at the heart of the scene for a decade and continues to offer fresh kicks to the most discerning sneakerheads. Trumpet on Keyes, 21 Keyes Ave, 010-594-5129.
The Butchery by Marble. Image by Graeme Wyllie. 

Anatomy design

Anatomy Design is where to go for your decor fix. The renewed retail store of design powerhouse HK Studio, the showroom is a feast for the senses with a range of products to buy off the floor. Expect brushed copper paired with raw timber, gold accents and rich textures and tones. 19 Keyes Ave, 010-594-5397.

Bolton Road Collection

There’s something for everyone at Bolton Road Collection. With a plethora of dishes and drinks to suit any preference, this industrial-chic all-rounder restaurant will especially appeal to those who appreciate good service. 2 Bolton Rd, 011-327-6104.


Part edit suite, part coffee shop and part pop-up gallery space, Priest Espressobar hosts regular indie-art exhibitions by emerging artists. 142 Jan Smuts Ave.

Goodman Gallery

Founded in 1966, the renowned Goodman Gallery boasts a world-class contemporary art collection that includes an exciting mix of international artists alongside impressive local talent. 163 Jan Smuts Ave, 011-788-1113.

Coalition Pizza

Coalition Pizza is a traditional Neapolitan joint that takes the staple back to its roots. Bringing the real Italian taste to Joburg, the restaurant is all about authenticity and quality ingredients, and even makes its own fior di latte cheese. 2 Bolton Rd, 010-900-4987.

Kim Sacks Gallery

At the very top of the Jan Smuts art strip is the Kim Sacks Gallery, a treasure trove of art, craft and design from around Africa. 153 Jan Smuts Ave, 011-447-5804.
Anatomy Design. Image by Elsa Young.