Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg
Did you know?
Maboneng is a Sotho word meaning 'place of light'.
The Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg is a pioneering example of how the development of an integrated, mixed-use community where people play, live and work, can define an urban way of life.
This area in Johannesburg is a unique complex of developments that collectively underpin the city centre’s exciting regeneration. These include studios, art galleries and a range of shops, restaurants and coffee bars that are fuelling an inner-city lifestyle, with entrepreneurship and creativity at its core.
The precinct’s pioneer development, Arts on Main, combines creative office spaces with studios (including those of William Kentridge, Mikhael Subotzky and Kim Lieberman), galleries and shops, transforming old warehouses into an exciting space where Jo’burg’s creative community attend regular events, such as the weekly Market on Main.
Also in the precinct, Main Street Life on Fox Street is a housing and lifestyle development, with panoramic views of Johannesburg. Residents share this building with a ground floor exhibition space, restaurants, the Bioscope (the city’s only independent cinema) and the POPArt Theatre. Fox Street Studios, just next door, features retail space that also accommodates restaurants, fashion and design stores as well as the Precinct’s own community centre.
The nearby 12 Decades Hotel has rooms that have been conceptualised and designed by some of South Africa’s top artists and designers, including Love Jozi, Black Coffee and Dokter + Misses.
Another development in the precinct is an office building called Main Change. It houses entrepreneurs and innovators in a collaborative working environment. The building also features a spa, meditation zone, holistic healing centre, health food café and fashion and furniture stores.
Revolution House is another example of how the precinct mixes living and working spaces; its apartments share their building with film and sound studios, The Revolution Barber, New Brow art and fashion store and the Black Box event space. One of the most recent additions to the area, MOAD, is an urban museum space designed to showcase African design work.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
The Maboneng Precinct
How to get here
From Johannesburg’s M1 south, go around the city and take the M2 east. Take the Joe Slovo off-ramp, followed by the Market Street off-ramp, to your right. Keep right and cross over 1 set of traffic lights. At the next set of lights, turn right in to Betty Street and immediately right in to Fox Street.
Around the area
The Maboneng Precinct’s website hosts up-to-date information on events and happenings in the area.
Tours to do
Book a guided walking tour of the Maboneng Precinct with Main Street Walks.
Where to stay
The 12 Decades Johannesburg Art Hotel, part of Main Street Life, has individually designed rooms representing each of the past 12 decades of Johannesburg's history.
What to eat
There are many restaurants to choose from in the precinct, including Pata Pata, Canteen, Chalkboard Café, Little Addis, Sharp! and The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar.