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Top ChoiceMuseum in Johannesburg

Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill

Do not leave Jo'burg without visiting Constitution Hill. One of South Africa's most important historical sites, the deeply moving and inspirational exhibitions here are split across four locations: the Old Fort,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Johannesburg

Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum illustrates the rise and fall of South Africa’s era of segregation and oppression, and is an absolute must-see. It uses a broad variety of media to provide a chilling insight into the...

Top ChoiceInternational in Pretoria

Fermier

Some of South Africa's best contemporary cooking is being served in a large mud-walled and tin-roofed shed in the east of Pretoria. Chef Adriaan Maree conjures up a fabulous nine-course, three-hour-long culinary...

Top ChoiceTex-Mex in Johannesburg

Calexico Vinyl Lounge and Restaurant

A California-inspired Tex-Mex restaurant with a hint of craft beer and vinyl mixed in. The mix is delightful. The simple menu (nachos, ribs, sandwiches), the album covers, the neon signs, the Lucha Libre mural,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Cradle of Humankind

Maropeng

Partly housed in a building that looks like a giant grassy mound on one side and shiny modern steel on the other, Maropeng is an all-in-one information centre, visitor attraction and entertainment complex. The...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Johannesburg

Constitutional Court

Inaugurated in 2004, with its design based on the African concept of 'justice under a tree', the Constitutional Court is a very real symbol of modern South Africa. Incorporating some 150,000 bricks and the former...

Top ChoiceMemorial in Pretoria

Freedom Park

This stunning park and museum honours fallen South Africans in all major conflicts and adopts an integrated approach to African history. It is a place of architectural imagination and collective healing. Start at...

Top ChoiceAfrican in Johannesburg

Yeoville Dinner Club

Yeoville Dinner Club

Jo'burg's most memorable meal out is in this artily decorated cramped room with a balcony overlooking Rockey St, heart of the much-bad-mouthed, inner-city area of Yeoville. Sanza Sandile is your host and chef,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Johannesburg

Liliesleaf Farm

Liliesleaf Farm

A highlight of Jo'burg's northern suburbs is Liliesleaf Farm. This was the secret headquarters of the ANC (African National Congress) from 1961 until a dramatic raid in 1963 that saw the capture of several of the...

Top ChoiceBrewery in Johannesburg

Mad Giant

Mad Giant

A superlative addition to Jozi's inner city, Mad Giant offers excellent craft beers (brewed on-site) paired with delectable Asian-inspired tapas dishes at its classy restaurant Urbanologi. The spectacular...

Top ChoiceSouth African in Johannesburg

Marble

Currently one of Jo'burg's hottest restaurants, this is braai (barbecue) given a luxe makeover. Chef David Higgs and his cloth-capped team in the open kitchen allow the quality of meat and fish (and occasional...

Top ChoiceCafe in Pretoria

Grounded At Echo

It's easy to love this design-savvy cafe run by the nonprofit Echo Youth Development. It's a great spot for breakfast, with a variety of granolas alongside some tempting egg dishes. The coffee and tea are top...

Top ChoiceCafe in Johannesburg

Breezeblock

Breezeblock

The designers have a done a grand job transforming this old Chinese restaurant into a pastel-shaded haven of mid-century cool amid the gritty 'burb of Brixton. Many come here for its delicious breakfast dishes,...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Johannesburg

Mooteebar

Mooteebar

Mooteebar – a play on the Zulu word muthi – serves upscale cocktails inspired by South African traditional medicine. The hand-drawn menu describes the feelings each cocktail evokes, rather than the actual...

Top ChoiceCave in Cradle of Humankind

Sterkfontein Caves

Sterkfontein Caves

One of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, Sterkfontein Caves include a permanent hominid exhibit and a walkway down into the impressive caves and past the excavation site. Tours leave every...

Top ChoiceShopping Centre in Johannesburg

27 Boxes

27 Boxes

This shipping-crate complex of boutiques, galleries and eateries is well on its way to establishing its Melville street cred. A newly planted park, indigenous nursery, and fun kids' playground add to the allure....

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Johannesburg

Kim Sacks Gallery

Kim Sacks, a renowned ceramicist and ceramics teacher, has assembled an astounding collection of handcrafted pots, baskets, tapestries, rugs, jewellery, and other crafts from all over Africa. This is not a place...

Top ChoiceFusion in Johannesburg

Urbanologi

Urbanologi

Even if Mad Giant's very quaffable beers are not your thing, do not pass over on the microbrewery's fabulous restaurant. Serving an inventive range of delicious Asian-inspired tapas dishes, you really can't go...

Top ChoiceMemorial in Soweto

June 16 Memorial Acre

Opposite one of the schools from which students marched on 16 June 1976 is this stunning open-air memorial to the bloody events that presaged the Soweto Uprising. The key artwork here is the memorial wall that...

Top ChoiceFrench in Johannesburg

Patisserie de Paris

Patisserie de Paris owner Paul Zwick spent 30 years in the television business before moving to France to train as a chef. He eventually returned to South Africa and opened the Patisserie, which produces...