Neighbourhood Watch: Braamfontein

Features | 16th Jun 2017

Over the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge lies the flourishing neighbourhood of Braamfontein…

… another auspicious recipient of the city’s regeneration efforts.  Like nearby Magoneng, Braamfontein is also forging a reputation for art and culture, aided by the erudite presence of the University of the Witwatersrand. Walking around you’ll discover colourful street art brightening the sides of chunky high-rises, while a smattering of charming colonial architecture pays homage to the founding of the city over 100 years ago.  There’s a lot going on, so to help guide you around this eclectic neighbourhood, we’ve picked out some of the unmissable highlights.

CULTURE
Speak to locals about their favourite places for a spot of culture in Johannesburg, and no doubt two favourite establishments will come up: The Orbit jazz club (theorbit.co.za) and the Joburg Theatre (joburgtheatre.com), both in Braamfontein. Even those less acquainted with jazz will appreciate the warm and sophisticated bistro atmosphere at The Orbit, while Joburg Theatre leads the way with world-class theatre and ballet.

FOOD & DRINK
The worldwide trend of embracing local makers and producers shows no sign of abating, and you can discover some of the best creative Johannesburg ventures at The Neighbourgoods Market (neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za) every Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Get there early to scout out the vast amount of food stalls; cuisine from all around the world is waiting to make your eyes pop and bamboozle your decision-making skills. Wander around the cosmopolitan crowd that flock here every weekend, taking the opportunity to pick up some souvenirs from local fashion and curios stalls, before heading up to the top floor terrace for cocktails or craft beer accompanied by excellent view of the city rooftops.

SHOPPING
A neighbourhood can have all the start-ups, street art, jazz clubs and weekend markets it likes; the stamp of official ‘buzz’ can only be bestowed by a mega-brand. And luckily for Braaamfontein, they have just that. Heavyweight athletic wear brand Adidas have opened a glossy concept store, Area 3 (area3.co.za), dedicated to offering high-end, exclusive Adidas footwear and apparel. If you prefer to browse a range of boutiques, head over to 44 Stanley (44stanley.co.za). A former 1930s industrial complex, 44 Stanley now offers an enticing open-air “village” of boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

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