Maboneng Precinct –The Heart and essence of the City of Johannesburg!

Maboneng Precinct –The Heart and essence of the City of Johannesburg!

With its beginnings in art, Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning “place of light”has evolved into a collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle that entices curiosity, encourages exploration and promotes a sense of urban togetherness.

Maboneng is a destination on the eastern side of the city’s business district offering retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants mixed with residential, office and industrial spaces that appeal to a wide variety of people and businesses. A creative take on history, architecture, art and nature, as well as a place for people to proudly call home, Maboneng is the epicenter of the Joburg inner-city renaissance.

Submerse yourself in a place alive with vibrant culture, entrepreneurial spirit and a strong sense of community. Live, create and collaborate in a secure neighbourhood with a vision and future unrivalled among the urban set.

 

There are top ten things to do as a guest in Maboneng while exploring different places.

  1. MARKET ON MAIN

The market is open between 10am and 4pm on Sundays, although some stand owners pack up when their popular goodies sell out so it’s better to arrive early! To find out more about the market and its stallholders, click here.

 

  1. ARTS ON MAIN

The original anchor behind the entire Maboneng precinct, Arts on Main is a workshop and gallery space for established and up-and-coming African artists.

The most famous artists that utilize the space are William Kenbridge, but there are some very talented people calling these studios home. Ranging from the affordable through to a collector’s dream, pieces here can go from as little as a few hundred rand. This complex is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday every week.

 

  1. THE SHADOW BOXER

Staying true to the precinct’s spirit of creativity and freedom of expression, the 40-metre mural of a famous picture of Nelson Mandela watches over the surrounding buildings. Painted in just four short days after the death of Madiba, the mural is a symbol of the fighting spirit of the city it watches over.

 

  1. LIVING ROOM

The glamour of this rooftop bar is partly because of the view and its décor. A green lung settled upon one of the tallest buildings in the Maboneng area, Living Room is perfect to end off a busy day of exploring in the area. Looking out over Jo-burg’s rooftops with a drink in hand and some tasty snacks as the sun sets is a favorite for both local residents, inner city explorers and travelers alike

 

  1. THE BIOSCOPE

One of the country’s only independent cinemas, The Bioscope is an art film lover’s dream. Classic movie nights mixed with South African indie films and regular festivals showcase some great productions..

  1. THE BLACKANESE

Self-described by the team here as an ‘African Asian experience’, The Blackanese offers up some of the best sushi the city has to offer. All the usual Japanese varieties we’ve come to know are available, but try out the South African’ised version including biltong for pallet surprise. With just a few seats, it’s better to make a booking to ensure you’re not disappointed when visiting.

 

  1. MUSEUM OF AFRICAN DESIGN

A celebration of all things Afrocentric, the Museum of African Design is affectionately known by its acronym MOAD in Maboneng. Constantly changing exhibitions from photographers, artists, sculptors and even architects make this space dynamic and exciting each time you visit. If you’re lucky enough, you may even time your visit with an exhibition opening.

 

  1. TASTING THE BREW AT SMACK! REPUBLIC

The only inner city brewing company, Whack! Republic is located inside the Arts on Main complex and is open to the public on Sundays and for other events (you can find those on their website). Three available brews inspired by their Maboneng surroundings are forever available For tasting and purchase.

 

  1. SHOPPING, OF COURSE!

Fashion, art, interior design and jewelry all feature here in Maboneng. Walking the streets for a spot of win. With its beginnings in art, Maboneng has evolved into a collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle that entices curiosity, encourages exploration and promotes a sense of urban togetherness.

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