Top things to do in Soweto

Top Choice Memorial 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 docum…
Top Choice Museum in Soweto

Hector Pieterson Museum

This powerful museum, named after the 12-year-old boy shot dead during the student protests in Soweto on 16 June 1976, illuminates the role of Sowetan life in the history of the independence struggle. It's a major s…
Top Choice Theatre in Soweto

Soweto Theatre

This R150-million complex is a vividly colourful and creative symbol of contemporary Soweto. Even if you don't come for a show or event, do drop by to admire the building and its fun interior artworks. Call ahead to…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Soweto

Thesis

Typifying the new Soweto are the crew who run Thesis, a streetware brand selling colourful design T-shirts and hats made locally. Next to the boutique is an excellent cafe where you can sample shawarma, burgers and …
Area in Soweto

Kliptown

Established in 1891 and found southwest of Orlando West, Kliptown is Soweto's oldest settlement. Informal settlements (shacks) for black families started to appear here in 1903 and it is also where the Freedom Chart…
Football in Soweto

FNB Stadium

Previously known as Soccer City, this was the headquarters of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is shaped like a calabash and dominates the abandoned mining tracts on the outskirts of Soweto. It’s an architectura…
Church in Soweto

Regina Mundi Church

South Africa's largest Catholic church, with a capacity of 5000, was an important meeting point during the apartheid years. It's a calm and impressive space with some beautiful stained-glass windows (added in 1984; …
African in Soweto

Vuyo's

A surprisingly hip restaurant with a sleek, design-led interior, this cool culinary outpost demonstrates Soweto's changing sensibilities. Serving up inventive dishes showcasing South African ingredients like mogodo …
Museum in Soweto

Mandela House Museum

Nelson Mandela lived with his first wife, Evelyn, and later with his second wife, Winnie, in this four-room house, just off Vilakazi St. The museum includes interactive exhibits on the history of the house and some …
South African in Soweto

Sakhumzi Restaurant

Brimming with good cheer, Sakhumzi is firmly on the tourist trail and bus parties regularly pass through for the excellent-value daily lunch buffets. Patrons spill onto the street tables and mingle joyfully with pas…