Reasons Why You Should Live in Johannesburg at Some Point in Your Life

Mural of Jan van Riebeeck in Maboneng | © Adamina/Flickr
Mural of Jan van Riebeeck in Maboneng | © Adamina/Flickr
Photo of Carina Claassens
11 December 2017

The City of Gold houses a fusion of different cultures, is rich in history and boasts some of the best restaurants in the country. Most who move to this bustling city refuse to leave and, like most other cosmopolitan cities, it’s an exciting place to call home. Here’s why you should live in Johannesburg at some point in your life.

The weather is amazing

Nothing compares to Johannesburg’s amazing weather. Imagine rainy but warm summer afternoons, lighting storms like nowhere else on Earth and mild, dry winter months with plenty of sunshine.

A Johannesburg thunder storm | © Clinton Naik / Unsplash

The inner city is a cultural hub

Johannesburg’s inner city, thanks to urban renewal projects, is becoming more and more popular by the day. Areas like Maboneng and Braamfontein boast great restaurants, art galleries and bars, and guarantee a day well spent in the city.

Don’t forget to pay attention to Johannesburg’s street art | ©Carina Claassens

You’ll never get bored

A bold statement to make, but it’s true. If it’s not a new restaurant opening, there’s definitely an art exhibition you haven’t yet seen. There are also tonnes of outdoor attractions and sights to see. Your chances of getting bored in Johannesburg are slim.

Johannesburg sunrise, City of Gold | © Dylan Harbour/WikiCommons

It’s a great city for sport fans

Johannesburg boasts 17 sporting stadiums, including the FNB Stadium in Soweto, which can hold over 90,000 visitors. Other favourites are the Bidvest Wanderers Cricket Stadium and Ellis Park.

The FNB Soccer City Stadium | ©

The city comes alive at night

From upmarket nightclubs to grungy bars and shebeens, Johannesburg really has something on offer for everyone – whether you’re after a relaxed evening in a trendy bar or a live jazz band in downtown Jozi.

If not booked for a private function, Saturday evenings at Living Room are usually themed | Courtesy of Living Room

You’ll come to understand the true meaning of the word ‘patient’

Johannesburg goes hand-in-hand with traffic. Whether you’re dodging a mini-van taxi or trying to avoid congested roads, you’ll soon learn that being patient is the only way to go about it.

Don't be alarmed when a South African refers to a traffic light as a "robot" | © Siobhan Dolezal / Pixabay

It’s a melting pot of cultures

Johannesburg is home to an amalgamation of cultures from all over Africa. From Yeoville to Fordsburg, communities range from Nigerian to Indian and everyone in between.

Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to markets in Johannesburg | South African Tourism

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