Johannesburg is filled with museums and galleries to feed every passion—whether it is art, politics, or military history. Visit the Goodman Gallery in Parktown to see some of the best contemporary art or take a tour of the South African National Museum of Military History.
The city is filled with quirky bookstores including the largest (and oldest) in the Southern Hemisphere, Collectors Treasury. Spend hours getting lost inside. Another favourite spot for finding peace and quiet is Bridge Books, a store that focuses on African writers and has a comfortable workspace to flip through books or browse the internet.
Housing approximately six million trees, Johannesburg is considered one of the largest man-made forests in the world. It’s no wonder that the city also boasts many lush parks and reserves, ideal for getting into nature. Spend the day relaxing in a rowboat on Zoo Lake or take a drive to the Lion and Safari Park just outside the city.
There’s no doubt that the City of Gold boasts some of the best eateries in South Africa. Whether after a quiet breakfast—complete with people watching—or a delicious dinner in a top class restaurant, be spoiled for choice in Johannesburg. Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar in Melville serves a mean breakfast and afterwards, pop into the many antique stores in the area.
From conventional cinemas situated in malls to independent and open-air gems, the Johannesburg film scene has much to offer. Check out the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng. Enjoy pizza and bottomless popcorn during the movie. They also often host outdoor screenings on their rooftop, where guests lounge around on beanbags surrounded by the city lights.
Choose between ballet, the hippest local band, or even international acts. The city of Johannesburg comes alive with sound in the evenings, and visitors have so many options it’s difficult to narrow it down. Check out The Orbit, a must-visit jazz club, and keep an eye out for billboards and gig guides as many international theatre productions also tour the city.
Keeping fit while travelling isn’t an issue at all when visiting Johannesburg. The city has many amazing gyms and fitness studios to cater to every need from CrossFit to yoga. And, for the ultimate exercise experience, check out Secret Sunrise and bring in the day by dancing in the crisp morning air in a park or on a rooftop. The best part, it’s all done in the form of a silent disco, so listen to great tunes and let loose.