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The Perfect Day in Johannesburg

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The perfect day in Johannesburg starts bright and early with a hearty breakfast. Once you’re fed, hit the ground running with visits to Vilakazi Street and the Apartheid Museum to retrace Mandela’s footsteps, and the Origins Center to learn about the history of humankind. Adventure seekers may also want to bungee jump from the Soweto Towers, while those seeking a cultural connection will love the art galleries in trendy Maboneng. In the evening, grab a glass of wine at a local bar, followed by dinner at one of the city’s gourmet restaurants and ice cream in one of the residential suburbs.
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2 7th St, Melville, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa
Located in the bohemian Melville neighborhood, Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar can be busy at peak brunch times—it’s popular with University of Johannesburg students—but it’s totally worth the wait. Order the red shakshuka (poached eggs...
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Vilakazi St, Orlando West, Soweto, 1804, South Africa
Vilakazi is perhaps the most famous street in Soweto—or all of Johannesburg, for that matter. It’s the only street in the world to have produced two Nobel Prize winners—His Excellency Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and The Most...
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Chris Hani Rd, Klipspruit 318-Iq, Johannesburg, 1809, South Africa
At the Soweto Towers, adrenaline junkies can indulge in a wide variety of extreme activities, from bungee jumping and paintball to SCAD free falls, base jumping, rock climbing, and more. For the sane among us, there’s also an elevator to the...
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Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum powerfully—and extensively—documents the rise and fall of racial segregation in South Africa. Constructed on a 16-acre plot of land, the museum features a unique design—as you head through the...
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Yale Road &, Enoch Sontonga Ave, Johannesburg, 2050, South Africa
Housed in Johannesburg’s historically significant University of Witwatersrand, the Origins Center details the history of humankind through displays, artwork, and more. Touring the interactive exhibits, either with a guide or a headset, will...
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264 Fox St &, Berea Rd, Maboneng, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa
A collection of art galleries, artists’ studios, restaurants, and shops, Arts on Main functions as a hub for Johannesburg’s creative community, bringing people together to share ideas, beverages, and one another’s company. Every...
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24 Victoria Rd, Lorentzville, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa
Located in the Lorentzville neighborhood, Victoria Yards is the latest development in the ongoing effort to revitalize Johannesburg’s downtown areas. As much a social development as a commercial enterprise, the complex employs people from...
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1 Fox St, Ferreiras Dorp, Johannesburg, 2048, South Africa
Housed inside the Mad Giant Brewery in downtown Johannesburg, Urbanologi serves contemporary Asian fare in a cavernous space, where the brewery’s stainless steel tanks are front and center. Start with a flight of craft beer brewed in those...
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Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
In recent years, Johannesburg has become a haven for contemporary artists working in South Africa. Rosebank, the neighborhood next to the affluent suburb of Sandton, even features a Miami-esque Design District with galleries, restaurants, and...
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7, Parktown Quarter, 3rd Ave, Parktown North, Johannesburg, 2194, South Africa
At Foundry, guests can throw back craft beers with quirky names like the Naked Mexican, Franky Four Fingers, Van Hunks, and Jack Black. Housed in a great part of Johannesburg called Parktown North, the gastropub is a favorite of locals in the...
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Trumpet on Keyes, 19 Keyes Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
Located on the third floor of the swanky Trumpet Building in Rosebank’s design district, Marble offers impressive vistas of Johannesburg’s suburban sprawl. However, you don’t come to Marble for the views. Instead, you come to...
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34 4th Ave, Parkhurst, Randburg, 2193, South Africa
Stop by Fab Cafe & Gelato in Parkhurst (or the sister location in Linden) for a sweet end to your day of sightseeing in Johannesburg. You’ll feel a little less guilty indulging when you learn that the gelato is made on-site with fresh...