Johannesburg, affectionately known as Joburg or Jozi to most South African is one of Africa’s richest and most vibrant city. Primarily known to be a destination for business and a city with a reputation of high crime and violence, Jozi is slowly changing to become one South Africa’s most popular destination!

Here is Joburg series Vol.2 of some of XO’s urban gem list:



If you enjoy more intimate settings and something memorable then the Bioscope might just be for you. The Bioscope is Johannesburg’s only independent cinema and the venue sits up to 62 people in their indoor venue. The cinema is located in the Maboneng Precinct where screening of films is available to the public every night of the week. The trendy little place also hosts occasional outdoor cinema events which happen in different locations every time. Various brands have made use of the cinema for events before such as Marie Claire, Woolworths, Nike, Redbull, Absa Bank,Top TV,Vice,Castle Lite and others. At the start of 2011, The Bioscope opened up the adjoining restaurant and craft beer bar named The Chalkboard Café. With walls and tabletops that are writable chalkboards, the space can be used for anything from brainstorming ideas in a meeting, artistic expression, or just general doodling.

Open everyday from 11am till late, Chalkboard is able to provide a range of pizzas, craft beers, coffee and bagels that are quick to receive. The best part? You can take your goodies inside the theatre.




Every Sunday, this old parking garage is packed to the brim with some of the best artisanal food that this city has to offer. From exotic Ethiopian dishes through to juicy burgers, everything here pairs perfectly with a craft beer. 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!



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 utilises the space is William Kentridge, 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.

The premises consist of artists’ studios, galleries, eateries, and various office and retail spaces, offering visitors a range of events, arts and merchandise.  It is a unique environment for the city’s creative community to develop and share ideas and engage in multiple innovative experiences in one venue.



An urban oasis of trendiness and coolness, the living room is Joburg’s Premier Eco Urban venue. Situated in vibrant precint of Maboneng, the Living room is a radical blend of the natural and the urban.Working with plants is their passion and they have channeled this passion into their decoration which feels like a serene slice of paradise. The space and panoramic views will make a perfect backdrop for tour dream rooftop event. A must on your Jozi-to-do list.

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Melrose Arch is a stylish but unpretentious urban precinct conveniently close to both the Sandton and Rosebank suburbs. One of its greatest attractions is its open-air environment, centered on the Piazza and Square, where you can walk, shop or dine whilst taking advantage of Johannesburg’s year-round sunny climate. Locals are snapping up the lofts, penthouses and apartments in this classy urban precinct that also offers plenty of outdoor space, restaurants, cafés, shops, offices and lock-up cosmopolitan living. Some of South Africa’s most iconic department stores make their home under an award-winning glass dome for convenient shopping.



by Sébastien Charrieras