From the traditionally French delicacies to the architecturally empowering museums, to erratically appealing bars and ‘Instgrammable‘ botanical gardens, Johannesburg, more commonly known as Jo’burg or Jozi, is an African city of note. Here’s our checklist for a weekend in the largest city in South Africa and an economic powerhouse. And if you just do one thing? Let your relaxing stay be at the Saxon Hotel, It’s breathtaking landscape is just perfect for an under the radar trip. I know, you’re welcome 🙂
The Hotel: Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
The Saxon redefines the ultimate in luxurious African elegance. From the moment you arrive at this magnificent home away from home within its breathtakingly landscaped garden setting, you are enveloped in a world that belies its close proximity to Sandton, Johannesburg’s prestigious business hub. Here time ceases to be relevant. No intrusions, no interruptions, while your every wish is met with discreet service that leaves nothing to be desired.
The Restaurant: Les Delicés De France
Les Delicés De France is a little French restaurant serving authentic French food in a modern way and twist. Get ready to enjoy garden-fresh dishes made from the highest quality produce, sourced personally by the French Owners. It’s a great place to visit as you are surrounded by a warm atmosphere, deceivingly French hospitality and Parisian grub to make your holiday all the chicer.
The Museum: The Apartheid Museum
The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. It is an architectural consortium and the museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering you a unique South African experience.
The Bar: Sir James Van Der Merwe – Katy’s Palace Bar
When you walk into Sir James van de Merve, you’ll feel like you’re entering another world – this eclectic, inviting space not only has a rooftop view but astounding decor too. This sophisticated spot served great food and even better drinks. The vibe and aura is great with a hip, bohemian college vibe. It’s eclectically appealing!
The ‘Instagrammable’ Spot: Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam
Just 6km from Johannesburg’s city centre, Emmarentia Dam and the surrounding botanical gardens provide a beautiful green space and recreational area for Joburgers and visitors alike. It is a popular weekend picnicking site, and the park is also one of the best places to visit in Johannesburg. This sprawling green oasis has extensive parkland for enjoying long walks or kicking around a soccer ball and has a pretty terraced formal rose garden to take that great picture for your Instagram. There’s also water features and flora from across the world. Stroll along the water, feed the ducks or join in some serious sport at the Dabulamanzi Canoe Club.
The Spa: Soultice Day Spa
The award-winning Soulstice Day Spa conducts a spa journey to renew your body, restore your beauty and balance your wellness with the help of skilled therapists.Some of the spa facilities include a Hydrotherapy Bath, Floating Pool, Rasul Chamber, Steam and Sauna Rooms. Inspired and named after the ancient Sun Goddess of Wellness, the Soulstice Sulis range of signature treatments adhere to the philosophy preached by Sulis, which is to ‘Take time to restore yourself’. Some of their Sulis signature treatments include the Sulis Revive Ritual, Sulis Purify Ritual and the Sulis Relax Ritual.
The Shop: Nicci Boutiques
Since 1992, Nicci has become synonymous with up-to-the-minute contemporary fashion from clothes, bags, shoes and accessories hand selected from the fashion capitals of the world. They cater for a wide range of fashion-first women in both size and age and is a perfect spot to get your fashion fix while you’re in the city.
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