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Best of Johannesburg Guide

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Johannesburg
Johannesburg is the place to go to mix big-city culture, shopping, dining and nightlife with outdoor adventures, up-close wildlife encounters and visits to historical sites. Explore caves and nature reserves, or visit a traditional village by day, then enjoy dinner at a hip cafe or five-star restaurant. And if you're a shopper, bring an extra, empty suitcase. With malls, open-air markets and places that blend the two, you'll find plenty of unique souvenirs.

All things to do » Things to do

Apartheid Museum
Apartheid Museum
This museum is architecturally interesting and packed with thoughtful, often brutal, reminders of South Africa’s history.
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Gautrain
Gautrain
Gautrain is Africa’s first world-class, modern rapid rail and bus service for Gauteng, a province regarded as the economic heartland of South Africa.
Attraction type: Mass Transportation Systems
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Constitution Hill
Constitution Hill
Owner description: Nowhere can the story of South Africa's turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a national... more Owner description: Nowhere can the story of South Africa's turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a national heritage site situated in the Johannesburg CBD and is home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa- the highest court in the country on constitutional matters. Once a place of injustice and brutality, where South Africa's leading political activists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were detained, the site has been transformed into a place of solidarity and democracy, home to the Women's Gaol museum, Number Four Museum, and Old Fort Museum. Apart from its engaging and gripping exhibitions, Constitution Hill is also open to the public for guided tours and has become an important platform for Heritage, Education, and Tourism related programmes. The vast variety of programmes hosted at Constitution Hill enable us to embrace current issues, celebrate days of national significance, address matters of public interest and create a forum for public debate. With its rich history and character Constitution Hill boasts of ideal platforms to educate and learn about South Africa's story. ConHill, as it is famously known, also offers a variety of multi-purpose venues, suitable for conferencing, performances, a large array of events and for public activities and programmes. less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks; Government Buildings; Historic Sites
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South Western Townships
South Western Townships
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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SAB World of Beer
SAB World of Beer
Owner description: A fun filled guided tour through an interactive multi-media museum, exploring the rich history of beer and its South African story. End off with a cold pint in the Tap Room... more Owner description: A fun filled guided tour through an interactive multi-media museum, exploring the rich history of beer and its South African story. End off with a cold pint in the Tap Room overlooking the city. The immersive tour explores the rich history of Africa's beer culture, transporting you from the tombs of Egypt to the mining townships of Johannesburg's pioneer days. You'll also get to taste traditional African beer, hold hop flowers in your hands, smell the different types of barley and peer into the great big wort kettle! Beer memorabilia and merchandise are also available at the adjoining shop, Tankards and Togs. Since being opened by former President Nelson Mandela nearly 20 years ago, the World of Beer has become one of the country's top attractions for foreigners and locals alike, winning SA Tourism's "Tourist Attraction Category Winner" for three consecutive years. It also houses a five-star conference and event venue. Visit experience it for yourself! Access SAB World of Beer is situated in the heart of the Johannesburg Newtown Cultural Precinct. It is within walking distance of the three major railway stations (Westgate, Braamfontein and Park Station) and conveniently located on one of the city's main taxi routes. Shuttle services from the Gautrain station can be arranged at a minimal cost. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Beer Tastings & Tours
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Cafe del Sol Classico
Cafe del Sol Classico
Ranked #1 of 1,199 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, European
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Mo-Zam-Bik Linksfield
Mo-Zam-Bik Linksfield
Ranked #2 of 1,199 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Cuisines: Seafood, Portuguese
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery
Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery
Ranked #3 of 1,199 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Price: $14 - $17
Cuisines: Seafood, International, Grill, American, Steakhouse, African, Barbecue
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
The Grillhouse Rosebank
The Grillhouse Rosebank
Ranked #4 of 1,199 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Grill
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Licorish Bistro
Licorish Bistro
Ranked #5 of 1,199 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Price: $30 - $40
Cuisines: European, International, Contemporary
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Curiocity Backpackers
4.0 of 5
Curiocity Backpackers
$14 - $59
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Lebo's Soweto Backpackers
3.0 of 5
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers
$12 - $34
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B&B on 8th Avenue
3.0 of 5
B&B on 8th Avenue
$33 - $68
Ranked #15 of 291 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Arum Place Guest House
3.5 of 5
Arum Place Guest House
$41 - $72
Ranked #2 of 291 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
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Lucky Bean Guesthouse
Lucky Bean Guesthouse
$62 - $92
Ranked #3 of 291 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
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84 on Fourth Guest House
3.5 of 5
84 on Fourth Guest House
$41 - $69
Ranked #4 of 291 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Residence Boutique Hotel
5.0 of 5
The Residence Boutique Hotel
$219 - $408
Ranked #1 of 68 Hotels in Johannesburg
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Monarch Hotel
5.0 of 5
Monarch Hotel
$183 - $246
Ranked #2 of 68 Hotels in Johannesburg
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The Peech Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Peech Hotel
$189 - $293
Ranked #3 of 68 Hotels in Johannesburg
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.