Local, Travel

A directory to Joburg's hot spots

Paul Samuels

In HL's June issue, we follow The Other Girls, a Joburg-based all-women collective, around Joburg for a glimpse into the places they choose to frequent. The group, comprising Nandi Dlepu, Vuyiswa Motshekwane, Thithi Nteta and Tumi Mohale, has identified the key components of good times (good food, good people, good music and a venue with street cred: say, an art gallery or a culinary school) and they gave it a name, The Wknd Social. By hosting pop-up brunches and day parties around Gauteng, they’re riding the wave of inner-city cool that has brought cultural hubs such as Braamfontein, Maboneng and Newtown to the surface again, and through this have become the city’s unofficial barometer of cool. If it’s endorsed by The Other Girls, it’s hot. Here we've rounded up the addresses and contact details of all the spots mentioned in the June article so you can frequent them too.

where we brunch

The Potato Shed (Southern-inspired grillhouse), Newtown Junction, Corner Mirriam Makeba and Carr Street, Newtown, Inner City, Johannesburg, 010-590-6133 La Cucina di Ciro (Mediterranean-Italian cuisine), 43 7th Avenue, Parktown North, 011-442 5187 / 011-447-1031 Casalinga (Italian eatery), Rocky Ridge Road, Muldersdrift, 087-941-1223 Nice (cafe, bookshop, clothing store), 37 4th Avenue, cnr 14th Street, Parkhurst, 011-788 6286 othergirlsfood

catch-up dinner with the crew

Che Argentine Grill (New Argentine Steakhouse), 303 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, 011-614-0264 Workshop 55 (Tapas and tasting menus), 55 7th Avenue, Parktown North, 011-442-6252

regular haunts

Exclusive Books Social Kitchen & Bar (Contemporary tapas), Corner Jan Smuts Avenue & William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, 011-268-6039 Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza Company (Italian),  101 Lancaster Avenue, Craighall Park, 011-447-1318 Troyeville Hotel (Portuguese cuisine), 1403 Albertina Sisulu Road, Corner Wilhemeina Street, 011-402-7709 Fourways Farmers Market (Fresh and organic fare), Corner Monte Casino Blvd and William Nicol Road,  011-465-0877

snacks and sundowners

Goliath & Goliath (Comedy club), 10A The High Street, Melrose Arch Poolside Cafe,  281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng Precinct, 082-754-9745 Luce, Southern Sun Hyde Park, 1st Road, Hyde Park, Sandton,  011-461-9744 OtherGirlsdrinks

swanky hotel bars

Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff, 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Saxonwold, 011-481-6000 54 on Bath, 54 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, 011-344-8500 Library Bar, African Pride Melrose Arch, 011-214-6666 The Quatermain Hotel, 60 West Road South, Morningside, 011-290-0900

all-day chilling out, maxing, relaxing

Bistro Vine Restaurant (French Bistro), Shop 24, 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, 011-327-4558 The Winter Sculpture Fair, 7 - 8 May 2016, Nirox Sculpture Park nestled in the Cradle of Humankind, 011-447 -3868

what we wear

Work Shop New Town (read more about the inspiration behind Work Shop New Town), 1911 Potato Sheds at Newtown Junction, 021-461-2097 Convoy, The Bamboo Centre, Melville, 083-548-5321 Kisua, Shop UM55C, Hyde Park Shopping Crentre, Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, 060-838-3223 32 Clothing, 81 Rissik St, Johannesburg TheOtherGirlsart1

cultural currency

The Johannesburg Art Gallery, Cnr Klein and King George streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg, 011-725-3130 Circa Gallery, 2 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, 011-788-4805 Kalashnikovv Gallery, 53 Smit Service Street, Braamfontein

Hazard Gallery, 264 Fox Street, cnr of Main and Berea roads, Arts on Main, 083-231-5297


Tour the city of Joburg with The Other Girls on pages 83 to 90 of our June issue.