An insider’s guide to Johannesburg

Article by Simply You

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Simply You editor Naomi Larkin asks two locals for their favourite spots in Johannesburg to bring you this insider’s guide.

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Freelance journalist Thomo Setshogo (pictured left) and freelance producer and stylist with Studio Toselli Leigh Toselli (pictured right) know their city inside out.

Restaurants/Cafes to try:

briar lara rum

Thomo Setshogo: Brian Lara Rum Eatery, named after the cricketer, (pictured) is relaxed and unpretentious and serves great Jamaican food.

Leigh Toselli: King Arabic Sandwiches, Mayfair, has authentic shawarmas, lovely hibiscus tea – best to go on the weekend.

Best places to shop:

The Space

Thomo Setshogo: The Space in Rosebank (pictured) for homeware and fashion, much of it made locally. @home stores for decor.

Leigh Toselli: Bryanston Organic Market for fresh veges.  Thats it! I love their curated selection of fashion labels. Authur Bales for fabric and haberdashery.

Favourite hidden gem:

Meat Lounge

Thomo Setshogo: Sunninghill’s Meat Lounge (pictured) offers a traditional Shisha nyama (barbecue and meat) experience. Best on Sunday afternoon.

Leigh Toselli: The Piston Ring – a monthly vintage car meet, petrol head fix, but the highlight is the collectables and swap section.

Where to Stay:


Thomo Setshogo: The Parkwood Boutique Hotel, it’s close to good restaurants and shopping.

Leigh Toselli: The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa.

Getting there:

Qantas operates frequent flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to Johannesburg via Sydney.

Words: Naomi Larkin, Simply You
Photos: Naomi Larkin, Supplied, 123RF Stock Image