Elevate

Move over Randlords, there’s a new rooftop venue in town. Located on the top floor of the Reef Hotel in Anderson Street in the CBD, Elevate has become the place for sunset drinks and night-time views of the inner city’s lights. It’s operated by the same owners of the nightclub Taboo in Sandton, and it the kind of venue that attracts movers and shakers, and young executives, in their droves. We love how the lighting inside is dotted with pinpoints of light, like a starry night sky. During last year’s Johannesburg City Festival showcasing the best of the best, Elevate was one of the stop-off venues for journalists and celebrities.    

From vibey Vilakazi Street, to the inner city rooftops, and the tea rooms of Sandton, Johannesburg is just waiting to be discovered

Where 16th floor, Reef Hotel, 58 Anderson Street, Marshalltown

Hours 3pm until late

Info www.elevatevenue.co.za, 011 689 1010

 Belle’s Patisserie

Belle’s Patisserie in the Blubird centre in Birnam has been delighting the tastebuds of Jozi with its delicate pastries, so Afropolitan was thrilled when their new Belle’s On-The-Go kiosk opened in Sandton City recently. If you only sample one item from their mouth-watering menu it has to be the Bar One cupcake, which was voted the Best Cupcake by Joburg.co.za (we’re big fans of their salted caramel flavour, too.) Belle’s is also the place to go if you’re looking for a crois-nut, which is a doughnut made with buttery croissant pastry, inspired by the new American craze: the New York Cronut (R25).

Where Sandton City (corner of Sandton Drive and Rivonia Road), lower level, near Edgars 


Hours 9am to 7pm on weekdays, 9am to 6pm on weekends

Info www.bellespatisserie.co.za, 082 968 5389

 The Art of High Tea at The Saxon Hotel

The culinary team at The Saxon have re-invented the art of high tea and introduced a new look, new feel, new taste experience for those with a penchant for tea and all things scrummy.  From the moment you walk into the Piano Lounge you are surrounded by numerous miniature delights that range from sweet to savoury, traditional to exotic. Each and every delicate indulgence uses only the finest imported and local ingredients, from Valrhona chocolate and gold leaf from France to the clotted cream for the scones that originates from the Cape. Adding to the experience, tea sommeliers are on hand to guide guests through the extensive tea selection, which is exclusively Yswara, an African tea collection of rare leaves sourced and  blended on the  continent.

Where Saxon five hundred, The Saxon Hotel, 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Johannesburg

Hours 11am to 4pm from Tuesday through to Saturday

Info +27 11 292 6000 or by email reservations@saxon.co.za

Fourways Farmers Market

It’s like Braamfontein’s Neighbourgoods Market, with many of the same vendors – but in a refreshing outdoor setting, and surprisingly, right across the road from Montecasino. It’s a country style open air market, with rose blooms and lavender lining the entrance, and quirky signposts galore. (Seen on a tree: ‘Please mind the falling pine cones.’) There are now just over 60 different stalls to explore on a lazy Sunday, with plenty of seasonal and artisanal wares. Think fresh-from-the-farm butter, old-fashioned soda floats, Belgium waffles, paella, homemade jams, aromatic shawarmas, craft beer and even treats for your pets. You’re even allowed to bring them along as long, as they’re on a leash. You can eat your freshly prepared meal under the breezy canopy of trees – it’s hard to believe that the busy William Nicol road is just behind the venue. Since opening a year ago, the Fourways Farmers Market has become increasingly popular; get there early so that you can nab a parking space (trust us on this).  

Where Earth Outdoor Living Nursery, corner of William Nicol Drive and Monte Casino Boulevard, Fourways

Hours Sundays, 9am to 3pm

Info www.ffmarket.co.za, 011 465 5276

Jozilicious

Maintained by travel and lifestyle journalist Hasmita Nair, over the last two years Jozilicious has become the definitive guide to what’s hot in the city of gold. What sets this blog apart are Hasmita’s honest reviews of restaurants, spas, shops and events – she’ll tell you which dishes are tasteless, which treatments are a slice of heaven, and what the hot tickets of the season are. Hasmita is something of a globetrotter, and posts photo stories, hotel reviews and travel tips for other cosmopolitan cities like Paris, Dubai, Rome and Singapore. Check out her growing Restaurant Directory for her tastiest establishments in Johannesburg.  

Where Greater Johannesburg

Hours 24/7

Info www.joziliciousblog.co.za

 Moooi

The 03cubed showroom hosts a jaw-dropping collection by Dutch designers Moooi. Moooi’s bold, playful style results in lighting, furniture and accessories with a distinct type of sophistication: curved, clean lines with a dash of sexy. South Africans will recognise the brand name as being the Dutch/Afrikaans word for ‘beautiful’, and you’d be right – the founders say that the extra ‘o’ is for ‘an extra value in terms of beauty and uniqueness’. Unique is certainly the word: the Moooi collection is filled with one-of-a-kind pieces, like the geisha-inspired Juuyo lamps by Lorenza Bozzoli, and the Blow Away Vase by Front. If you are looking for a usual centrepiece for your home, a visit to 03cubed to peruse the Moooi collection is a must.

Where 03cubed, 3 Desmond Street, Kramerville, Sandton

Hours 9am to 7pm on weekdays, 9am to 6pm on weekends

Info www.03cubed.com / www.edgeinteriors.co.za, 011 262 0258

The Foundry Cafe

A sure sign that an establishment is any good? It’s packed! The Foundry is often bursting at the seams after 5pm, as people from all corners of the city pull in for an after-work beer. Despite it being smack in the middle of the restaurant-lined streets of Parktown North, you don’t just visit the Foundry for the food (there are some great items of the menu: pork belly, salt and chilli squid, baked bone marrow and Eton mess for dessert) – you go for the awesome selection of craft beers, and… the vibe! Booking is essential over weekends.

Where Shop 7, Parktown Quarter, Corner of 3rd and 7th Avenue, Parktown North

Hours 11am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm Sundays and public holidays

Info www.foundrycafe.co.za, 011 447 5828

The Ruinart Dining Experience

Every so often, we at the Afropolitan feel the need to indulge in a decadent affair set in lavish surrounds. The Ruinart Experience at The Saxon Hotel five hundred restaurant is one such experience. A collaboration between world class experiental restaurant, Saxon five hundred and champagne brand, The House of Ruinart, this a perfect mix of food, passion and art. The deep-rooted tradition of the world’s oldest champagne house meets the innovation of one of South Africa’s finest and award winning chefs in a space that synonymous with elegance, history and sheer magificence. On the evening guests are escorted down a sleek black hallway through a discreet door into the restaurant and treated to the intimate private dining experience at the Chef’s Table with decadent food pairings that will please those with a taste for luxury and the fine things in life.

Where Saxon five hundred, The Saxon Hotel, 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Johannesburg

Hours Thursday to Saturday, evenings only, from 18h00

Info (011) 292 6000

Review: Enmasse Massage

City living can leave your shoulder muscles feeling tense, and an indulgent massage is just the thing to help you shake it off. Afropolitan has been hearing good things about Enmasse Massage, and got 2014 off to a good start with a visit to their sanctum at Illovo Junction (in the same centre as The Griffin gastropub and around the corner from hipster hideaway Wolves.) Enmasse is different – they see a massage as something you should do regularly and not as a treat. You are encouraged to become a member, and it’s almost like going to the gym – except a massage therapist is doing the body workout for you.  After checking in a reception, you are invited through to a relaxation area where you can relax on a sofa and order something from the ‘tea tree’. A central part of the Enmasse experience is the 47 different tea blends on offer – there is something for everyone. The décor is starkly modern-oriental, dark blue with white screens; the dimmed lights making for a relaxing atmosphere. From there it’s through to the changing room where you stow your clothes and change into a cotton robe. The massages are done while you are still wearing your robe – without any oils. There are Thai, Shiatsu and Reflexology techniques on the menu depending on your type of membership. A 60-minute massage will cost you in the region of R335 to R375 and R425 for non-members.

Something that Afropolitan loves is that if you do take out a membership, your massages are transferable – meaning that you can gift an Enmasse experience to your loved ones or a friend.

Where Unit 14, Illovo Junction, 1 Corlett Drive (corner with Oxford), Illovo

Hours 7 days a week, including public holidays, 8am to 10pm

Info www.enmasse.co.za, 011 880 3020