FOR URBAN LOVERS – THE JOBURG SERIES VOL.1

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 trendiest destinations!

Johannesburg is now offering urban chic places, trendy businesses and innovative twists to the office life. So if you are a sucker for originality, art, design, restaurants and fashion, then you should consider making a turn to good old Jozi town and see what’s happening that side of the world!

This magical city has something for everyone! Whatever the reason of your stay you’ll be able to visit many cultural attractions, eat at superb restaurants, dance the night away or shop until your drop.

If it is business that is bringing you to the Gold City, then you are in for a treat. Business people are spoilt for choice when it comes to business events venues for conferences, exhibitions and meetings. They don’t need to venture outside of Joburg to source suitable venues. In addition, by retaining their meetings in Joburg, there are a range of four and five-star stand-alone international convention centers, expo centers, and multi-purpose venues that can cater for smaller meetings and large conferences of up to 20 000 delegates.

One of our favorites at XO is the Four Season Hotel; definitely one of the most stunning locations in Johannesburg; its design resembling a hillside village woven with courtyards, fountains and gardens. Recently, the hotel started proposing fantastic catering which can be used in a variety of situations and events for the convenience of our customers.

Four Season Hotel

Four Season Hotel

Four Season Hotel

http://www.fourseasons.com/johannesburg/
67 Jan Smuts Ave,
Westcliff, Johannesburg, 2132
TEL: 011 481 6000

Here are the XO picks of the trendiest places to visit during your stay in Johannesburg:

1.MABONENG PRECINT

Maboneng is the epicenter of the Joburg inner-city renaissance. This district will give you a reason to say “I love Jozi!. As you come in to Maboneng you will be treated to a stream of colors, massive murals, eclectic food and urban fashion. Located in the eastern part of Johannesburg’s former CBD, this brand new artsy area is one of several being created to uplift the industrialized city center. Part of the project of urban renewal and revitalization of the business district, the neighborhood keeps extending and will have even more to offer with time. The Maboneng Precinct is full of modern loft apartments, stunning shops, restaurants and entertainment areas, as well as offices, a hotel and a museum. Maboneng means “Place of Light” in Sotho, and it has become just that, a creative hub for artists and designers. One can find numerous art galleries, advertising agencies, shops and private studios, including one belonging to world-famous local artist William Kentridge.

www.mabonengprecinct.com
Propertuity Head Office
Market Up
10 Van Beek Street
Maboneng North
Contact Number: 0861 333 444

MABONENG PRECINT

MABONENG PRECINT

MABONENG PRECINT

2. THE COSMOPOLITAN

Born of a desire to create a lifestyle destination in one of Johannesburg’s most elegant buildings, The Cosmopolitan brings together fashion, cuisine, art and design in a unique, interactive and cutting-edge way, in the same vein as international retail pioneers such as 10 Corso Como in Milan and Dover Street Market in London.
Jonathan Freemantle and Daniel Liebmann, founders and directors of the project and Hazard Gallery, which forms one wing of the building, have created a relevant and dynamic lifestyle experience within the framework of urban regeneration and city heritage. From a casual coffee at Firebird Coffee roastery overlooking the landscaped gardens, and tea tasting in the exquisite Yswara tea salon, to a fine-dining experience at chef Dario d’Angeli’s restaurant, or a cocktail in one of Joburg’s oldest bars, the ground floor of The Cosmopolitan offers a host of leisurely culinary experiences to take you from day to night.

 THE COSMOPOLITAN

 THE COSMOPOLITAN

www.thecosmopolitan.joburg
The Cosmopolitan
24 Albrecht St
MABONENG PRECINCT
Johannesburg CBD
TEL: 072 33 50420

3. DAVID KURT GALLERY

David Krut Projects has locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and New York, and is an alternative arts institution dedicated to encouraging an awareness of and careers in the arts and related literature and media, and to promoting contemporary culture in a dynamic, collaborative environment. In Johannesburg, they have exhibition project spaces and an adjacent bookstore located at 151 Jan Smuts Avenue; Arts on Main, the major arts hub adjacent to downtown Johannesburg. David Krut Print Workshop, produces fine art editions with William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Deborah Bell and a number of other South African and international artists. A definite stop when in the area.

DAVID KURT GALLERY

DAVID KURT GALLERY

http://davidkrutprojects.com/about
142 Jan Smuts Avenue,
Parkwood, Johannesburg
TEL: (0) 11 334 1208

 

by Laura de Siebenthal