Following the lights
Eat, live, work and play – these are words that best describe the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg’s inner city.
What was once an aged and rundown area has been transformed into one of Gauteng’s (and South Africa’s) ‘it’ places – a place to see, be seen, do business, unwind, be entertained, live and discover new things.
Maboneng (meaning 'place of lights') is lined with artists’ studios, galleries, retail outlets, offices, event spaces and restaurants offering some of the tastiest cuisine in Johannesburg.
It boasts modern living spaces, uniquely decorated with local artworks and made for an easy urban lifestyle, where offices, homes, shopping and entertainment are housed in one area. The property is affordable and available for purchase or rent; or you may choose to spend a couple days at Maboneng by soothing your body and mind at the tastefully and artistically decorated 12 Decades Hotel.
Grab your camera and a friend or two and come enjoy a day the in the city (and don’t forget your purse or wallet; you’ll find plenty to spend money on).
This part of the inner city is really inviting, decorated as it is with trees that add a splash of colour to the streets and concrete buildings, its wide pedestrian paths, and vibrantly branded shops and eateries. Grab your camera and a friend or two and come enjoy a day the in the city (and don’t forget your purse or wallet; you’ll find plenty to spend money on).
Why not take the time to peruse Fox and Main streets, which form a part of the Maboneng Precinct, and see what’s on offer? There’s traditional meaty fare from a shisa nyama (local barbeque spot); delectable and delicately decorated cupcakes from the Canteen restaurant; original and eye-catching artworks at the Goodman Gallery Project Space; and locally made and independent films at the Bioscope.
No wonder some of South Africa’s foremost talents, such as fashion designer David Tlale, contemporary artist Kim Liebermann and artist Frederick Clarke, have adopted this incredible space as their place to work and play.