Once associated with crime and dilapidation but now identified with some of Johannesburg’s coolest hangouts, Maboneng has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and transformed into a contemporary urban jungle. Meaning “place of light” in Sotho, this thriving district of arts, culture and inner-city lifestyle is in the spotlight – and there to stay.
Venture into downtown Johannesburg and experience the creative and vibrant energy of Maboneng for yourself. From local markets and shops to revamped buildings housing art studios, galleries and some of the best eateries in town, Maboneng truly is a flourishing neighbourhood that deserves all the praise it gets and more.
What’s there to do?
Market on Main
Take a leisurely stroll on Sunday mornings and afternoons through Market on Main, a popular flea market that boasts a variety of food and clothing stalls, entertainment and much more. Open from 10:00 to 15:00.
Arts on Main
There’s more to art than just paint and a canvas, and at Arts on Main there are many innovative pieces that add to the creativity of this hub. Up-and-coming African artists utilise this space to showcase their work, and visitors can view these impressive pieces from Tuesday to Sunday every week.
Head to Living Room for a bird’s eye-view of the city below while enjoying sundowners and canapés in style as the sun sets on the City of Gold.
The Bioscope (an independent cinema) is the perfect venue to watch South African Indie films and other great classic productions.
Where to eat?
From chicken shawarmas with chips to beer battered hake, the menu at Canteen will have you coming back for more.
Eat Your Heart Out
Eat Your Heart Out is a rustic-looking restaurant that’s open Tuesdays to Sundays and offers a variety of treats including bagels and hot pastrami on rye.
The best Ethiopian cuisine can be found at Little Addis.
When you visit Pata Pata, expect Afro-Cuban rhythms and gourmet cuisine at this chic and eccentric establishment.