20 Unmissable Attractions in Johannesburg

Zebra mural by Faith47 seen in Marshalltown | ©Marturin Le Goff/Flickr
Zebra mural by Faith47 seen in Marshalltown | ©Marturin Le Goff/Flickr
Photo of Carina Claassens
8 June 2017

Johannesburg has so much on offer it’s often difficult to decide how to spend a day in this bustling city. We’ve narrowed it down to 20 unmissable experiences to ensure you make the best of your stay.

Check out the street art

Johannesburg’s street art scene is expanding by the day as artists from all over the globe colour the city’s walls, buildings and streets. Book a street art tour to ensure you see as much as possible.

Zebra mural by Faith47 seen in Marshalltown | ©Marturin Le Goff/Flickr

Sip on cocktails at The Living Room rooftop bar

Bar, Cafe, Pub Grub, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Enjoy a lazy weekend afternoon sipping cocktails and tasting craft beer at the vibrant Living Room rooftop bar in Maboneng. The rooftop is filled with plants, creating a relaxing atmosphere in contrast to the urban surroundings.

Take a historical tour of Constitution Hill

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Constitution Hill, a former prison for men, women and children, is the site of the South African Constitutional Court and has rich historical value. Visitors learn about the country’s struggle for freedom and about the many lives involved in the fight.

Catch a show at the Soweto Theatre

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The Soweto Theatre aims to offer new talents a platform to make their work visible
The Soweto Theatre aims to offer new talents a platform to make their work visible | Courtesy of The Soweto Theatre
Check out one of the amazing musical or theatrical productions for a culture-filled evening. The theatre was only established in 2012 but has already become an icon of local art and entertainment.

Browse local artisanal products at Neighbourgoods Market

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Pienaar & Son craft gin sold at the market
Pienaar & Son craft gin sold at the market | Courtesy of Neighbourgoods Market
Neighbourgoods Market is the place to be on a Saturday morning. Get there early to grab an artisanal breakfast and then soak in the friendly atmosphere while browsing the stalls.

Watch a film at the Bioscope Independent Cinema

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The outdoor cinema events are held at different locations, so sign up for their mailing list to stay in the loop
The outdoor cinema events are held at different locations, so sign up for their mailing list to stay in the loop | Courtesy of the Bioscope Independent Cinema
The Bioscope Independent Cinema, a 62 seater indoor cinema, is the coolest place to watch a movie. From outdoor screenings to classic movie Sundays, there’s something for every film-lover.

Play at The Escape Room

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The Escape Room is an unusual yet exciting experience loved by thrill-seekers
The Escape Room is an unusual yet exciting experience loved by thrill-seekers | Courtesy of The Escape Room
The Escape Room is a live puzzle game where teams have to unravel a mystery in order to be let out of a room. This thrilling experience has been designed by a psychologist, architect and chartered accountant ensuring its success.

Get your hands on fresh cut flowers at the Multiflora Flower Market

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The Multiflora Flower Market is a massive flower auction space that boasts the widest selection of fresh cut flowers in South Africa. “The Mall” is open to consumers wishing to purchase fresh flowers, plus there’s a great party accessories store selling vases, table decor and more.

See the birds at the Montecasino aviary

It might be hard to believe but there’s a birder’s paradise in the heart of Johannesburg. The walk-through aviary is home to more than 60 bird species and visitors will spot the endangered Southern Ground-Hornbills, a pelican, loeries and more.

Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways

Lorikeets

Colourful lorikeets | ©Martie Swart/Flickr

Have a true African experience at Lesedi Cultural Village

The village is a homestead to different African cultures who live according to specific traditions and visitors get to experience this first hand.

Experience true African culture at Lesedi Cultural Village | ©South African Tourism/Flickr

See the best of local art at The Goodman Gallery

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The gallery works closely with both established and emerging artists
The gallery works closely with both established and emerging artists | Courtesy of The Goodman Gallery
The Goodman Gallery, established in 1966, is a beautiful art gallery which showcases the best of the local art scene. The gallery has since its inception offered a non-discriminatory platform for artists to display innovative and controversial pieces.

Take a tour of Soweto

Soweto, short for South Western Township, is a large informal settlement just outside of Johannesburg. A tour of Soweto includes a visit to the Hector Pieterson Museum and Freedom Square, as well as a stop by the home of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.