Johannesburg is bursting with markets, historical institutes and artistic enclaves. To sample the vast variety of cuisines cultivated by the city’s mix of cultures, head to The Yeoville Food Market, where traders sell ingredients and dishes from all over Africa.
Understanding Johannesburg’s past will help you appreciate the city as it is today. The Apartheid Museum provides visitors with a detailed lesson on the country’s turbulent past. For history buffs, the Origins Centre explores the intriguing beginnings of humankind, including Africa’s unique heritage and culture. To experience first-hand how Apartheid shaped South Africa, head to the township of Soweto where local tours offer guides around the area and the chance to try the region’s famous street-food. While in Soweto, pay a visit to Nelson Mandela’s former residence at 8115 Vilakazi.
While Johannesburg is often used as a jumping point to the larger national parks, you won’t have to venture far to get up close and personal with local wildlife. The National Zoological Gardens, just outside of Johannesburg, is South Africa’s largest zoo. From animals to animal print, Work Shop New Town is a fashion, art and design hub where you can buy works from an array of talented local creatives.
Once you’re done trawling the stalls, head to Rosebank to wander in and out of the art galleries and interiors studios along the Keyes Art Mile. After a day of exploring the city, swing by 44 Stanley in Braamfontein. Here you’ll find a mix of bars, curated stores and restaurants, the Stanley Beer Yard and its small-batch craft beers are always a crowd favourite.