Story Posted: 5 October 2022
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The Playground Market

Braamfontein’s famed Neighbourgoods Market venue is back! Now called ‘The Playground Market’ by Play Braamfontein. The Playground Market is a considered space, playing host to a regular artisan Market every Saturday with a menu of gourmet street food, cocktails, and live music performances and DJs. Coming soon, Sunday will play host to live music performances and events. This is not just a market space – it is as focused on the visitor experience as it is on creating a platform for exceptional young talent in Joburg.

Catch The Playground Market on Saturday 15 October during Fak’ugesi only two blocks away at the corner of Juta and De Beer Streets.

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Braam Square

Braam Square has a combination of museums, NGOs, theatres, educational institutions, corporate offices, accommodation, and exciting restaurants and shops. All the public spaces are well maintained by the Braamfontein Improvement District.

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WITS Art Museum

The exhibition will open from 22 September – 15 December 2022.
The Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am – 4 pm.

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Mask wearing is voluntary. WAM continues to encourage Covid safety protocols

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WITS Planetarium

The planetarium offers educational shows within this setting, with shows usually lasting approximately one hour.

Date: Fridays to Sunday

Time: Fri: 7.30 pm to 8 pm | Sat: 10 am to 3 pm | Sun: 12pm to 3.30 pm

Venue address: Wits Planetarium, University of the Witwatersrand, Yale Rd, East Campus, Braamfontein

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Joburg Theatre

The Joburg Theatre is South Africa’s home of live entertainment and home-grown theatre. The Theatre has four theatres, a restaurant, function rooms for private dining or corporate functions, and state-of-the-art dance studios, the Joburg Theatre is an exciting venue from early morning to late at night. It offers theatre-goers a wide choice of entertainment.

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Constitutional Hill

Open 09:00–17:00.
Museum entrance tickets: It is recommended to book your museum tickets online via webtickets.

Address: 11 Kotze St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001

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44 Stanely

Garden courtyard complex featuring independent boutiques & services as well as chic restaurants.

Address: 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg, 2092

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WITS Origin Centre

The Origins Centre is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind.

It contains evidence of ancient stone tools, artefacts of symbolic and spiritual significance, and examples of the region’s visually striking rock art. It also captures the impact of the colonial front and highlights examples of resistance.

Monday to Friday: 09H00 to 17H00

Saturday and Public Holiday: 09H00 to 16H00

Sundays: Closed

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Nelson Mandela Bridge

The Nelson Mandela Bridge is the city’s most impressive new landmark, especially by night when it lights up with the colours of the rainbow

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Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo is a regularly visited tourist attraction in the leafy suburb of Saxonwold. The zoo invites visitors from across the country to see natural animal behaviour in one of the closest to nature enclosures South Africa has to offer.

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It is recommend to make use of an Uber to get to the Fak’ugesi Festival.

Dropoff zone: In front of the Tshimologong Precinct


Park Station: Cnr Smith and Wolmarans street (adjacent to Metrorail) GPS S:26°11.732′, E:28°02.493′

Direction: Take the Gautrain bus from Park Station to Joburg Theatre. A walk from the Joburg Theatre bus stop to the Tshimologong Precinct is 12 min (1,1 km) via Jorissen St, according to google maps. 

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Rea Vaya

Rea Vaya operates weekdays from:

  • Monday to Friday from 5am to 9pm
  • Weekends 5am – 6pm.

Buses run at a 5-minute frequency (every 5 minutes) during peak hours, which are from 5am to 08:30pm.

Buses run at a 15-minute frequency (every 15 minutes) during off-peak hours, which are from 08:30am to 14:59pm.

On Saturdays, buses run from 5am to 7pm at a 30-minute frequency (every 30 minutes).

On Sundays, buses run from 6am to 7pm, at a frequency of 30 minutes (every 30 minutes)

Recommended to use a Smartcard which is safer and more convenient than carrying cash.

Direction: Take a C3 (Rissik Street or Joubert Park) bus to Braamfontein, get off at Volkswagen Braamfontein bus stop. A walk from Volkswagen Braamfontein bus stop to the Tshimologong Precinct is 2 min (190m) via Juta St, according to google maps. 

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Rental cars available


Bannister Hotel

Bannister hotel is a hip but friendly hotel catering for all the young at heart. The neighbourhood is very vibrant and busy on Friday and Saturday evenings. (All our windows are double glazed to limit urban noise.) The location is perfect for those wanting a vibrant area with bars, businesses, cafes, galleries, transport & museums.

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ANEW Hotel Parktonian

Set in the bustling Braamfontein, ANEW Hotel Parktonian Johannesburg offers guests spacious 4-star luxury and ANEW hospitality in one of Africa’s biggest cities.  The hotel serves as the perfect base for guests traveling through the area for business or leisure purposes.

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Garden Court Milpark Hotel

Located in Johannesburg’s academic precinct surrounded by the tree-lined suburb of Auckland Park, the Garden Court Milpark hotel offers guests affordable comfort, Tripadvisor award-winning service, and great amenities just outside the city centre.

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Airbnbs in and around Braamfontein

Guest Houses available in and around Braamfontein


City Sightseeing tour

City sightseeing have been able to show the very best of Johannesburg & Soweto safely and enjoyably on their double decker Hop on – Hop off tours. Learn about the world’s biggest man made forest, visit the Apartheid Museum and fall in love with the economic power house of Africa.

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Mangroove Cycling Tour

This restaurant in Johannesburg host a slew of exciting monthly events at the restaurant which we’ll keep you updated on. Taking place every weekend is the Mangrove Sunday Bike Ride, a weekly social cycling tour taking keen riders through various sites in Jozi.

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Kalashnikovv Art Gallery

Kalashnikovv Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery and project space which is dedicated to providing a platform to both emerging and established South African artists. Kalashnikovv challenges the conventions of the art gallery in its manifestation, conduct and motivation.

Opening Hours
Sunday – Monday Closed
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 15:30
Saturday 10:00 – 15:00

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The Bioscope

The Bioscope is Johannesburg’s only truly independent cinema. They are based at 44 Stanley. A single-screen picture house with a café/bar presenting indie & world cinema, plus live music.

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Street Art Tour

Street Art walking Tour  happens in the Hip and vibrant district of Braamfontein and allows you to explore what this creative neighbourhood has to offer! Prepare for an exciting walk through this artsy part of Johannesburg and enjoy the cool market on the weekend. There are galleries, bars, hidden gems and street art in every corner with a raw feel of City life.

This Experience is only available on weekends.

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Grayscale Gallery

Situated in the hip creative city district of Braamfontein, with their roots in graffiti they aim to provide quality art tools, materials and accessories to anyone involved or interested in the graffiti/street art culture and other visual arts.

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The Playground

The Food & Music Market opens Saturdays and Sundays. Braamfontein’s Saturday Neighbourgoods Market was always a Joburg weekend favourite and when it closed at the start of the pandemic the city lost a special something. Excitingly a new market, The Playground, has taken up the spot of this much-missed experience.

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JFF Rooftop Café

This small rooftop tea garden, accessed via a ladder in a discreet city courtyard, is a delightful green corner of Joburg’s busy high rise student neighbourhood Braamfontein. Dominated by high rise buildings and busy streets, the Joburg city centre has precious few dedicated parks to escape to, although in recent years enterprising urban farmers have been busy transforming downtown rooftops into private gardens and even small urban farms that grow herbs for local restaurants.

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Uncle Faouzi

Middle-eastern, French and South African cuisine to fulfil your fast-food needs. A culturally diverse and vibey experience meant to be shared with your loved ones.

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Kitchener’s Carvery Bar

A popular spot with locals of all stripes. By day it’s a quiet pub; by night DJs spin everything from house and soul to timeless underground sounds. Look out for regular party nights such as the queer-friendly party night.

Cover charges apply after 19:00 from Wednesday to Saturday.

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Mangroove is a café, restaurant and bar – but more importantly, they are a community, a meeting and events space for people in Braam, artists, activists, students, creatives, entrepreneurs and visiting travellers.

This is a place with soul and a place of consciousness, where conversations are sparked and new collaborations can be forged, rooted in values.

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WITS Art Museum Café

The coffee bar is open on weekdays from 7 am to 5 pm and serves pastries and light meals for breakfast and lunch. It also sells various hot and cold beverages.

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86 Public Pizzeria

86 Public is not your end-of-the-block pizzeria, nor is it that old school Nokia 3310 type bar. You know the type, those dodgy carpets, dark low ceilings, the kind of place that the weird uncle hangs out at.

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44 Stanley Shopping Centre

On the edge of downtown Joburg, 44 Stanley is a mixed use development that fuses downtown urbanism with a subtle sophistication. A mix of carefully-curated, bespoke stores and independent restaurants gives the centre an authenticity that runs through eating, drinking, shopping, working and living experiences.

Shady arcades and green courtyards between what was once a series of industrial 1930’s buildings make this a unique Johannesburg space.

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JFF Rooftop Farm

JFF Rooftop Farm are a small plant shop located in Braamfontein 70 Juta Street Precinct Johannesburg. At JFF Rooftop Farm, they offer a curated selection of high-quality products helping you bring the green to the interior.

The plant shop, once an unused rooftop space in the Juta Street Precinct courtyard, is now a green oasis and a place for a unique horticultural experience in the heart of Braamfontein.

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The Forge

The Forge is a welcoming, multi-use space in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, at the corner of De Korte and Reserve Streets in the heart of the largest student district on the African continent, and close to both of Johannesburg’s universities. It is designed to facilitate the genesis, presentation and analysis of radical ideas from Pan-African, socialist, feminist and other progressive perspectives. The Forge is a space for the expression and discussion of ideas, for new encounters, and for the development of solidarities that embrace not only socially authorised intellectuals but also intellectuals in progressive popular organisations.

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The Commune

The Commune is a radical bookstore, coffee shop and reference library located at 14 Reserve Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. They have, with great care, selected books that reflect our collective commitment to revolutionary politics and cover everything from grassroots social movements, decolonization and environmentalism to queer theory, disability studies and prison abolition, with a healthy dose of art, poetry and fiction.

For more info click here


The Artivist

The Artivist is a mixed-space venue that merges food, music, art and performance. Opened earlier this year, the Artivist is already attracting attention as the new kid on the block, and its location in Braamfontein makes it perfectly situated to contribute to the culture.

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Untitled Basement

Untitled Basement is situated in Braamfontein. This venue combines the best elements of art and takes it to a whole new level. They offer some of the best food, music and ambience, this is the ultimate triple treat.

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