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HHome to the University of the Witwatersrand, multinational companies and a number of creative professional and recreational projects, Braamfontein also has an eclectic mix of nightlife that includes trendy hangouts, sophisticated bars and innovative eateries to serve its diverse population.
One of Braamfontein’s most iconic nightlife spots is Randlords, a rooftop bar and lounge located on the 22nd floor of South Point Towers. Known for its exclusive corporate and private events, Randlords hosts public events too; visit their website for details.
Another Braamfontein icon, The Milner Park, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city. It is home to the second oldest pub in the city, Kitchener’s Carvery Bar. It is also home to Great Dane, a popular bar and restaurant on the Braamfontein nightlife scene, with floors paved in coins and opening hours that stretch into the early morning.
Other popular hangouts in Braamfontein include Testament Bar, a boutique bar that makes a mean cocktail and The Immigrant Bar, a restaurant and bar with a relaxed atmosphere.
Braamfontein is also a great spot for art lovers. The Wits Art Museum houses an impressive art collection of both classic and contemporary artworks. Across the road you’ll also find The Stevenson Gallery and The Kalashnikovv Gallery, both of which exhibit both local and international artists.
First Thursdays is a public event that happens on the first Thursday of every month in Braamfontein and other areas of Johannesburg and Cape Town. Galleries and cultural events stay open until 9 pm and people are encouraged to come and see what the city has to offer at night.
If you're looking for more than an evening of eating, drinking and socialising, Braamfontein is home to the Johannesburg Theatre Complex and the Alexander Theatre, where you can watch local dance, drama and musical productions. There is also easy access to neighbouring Newtown's vibrant jazz clubs, bars and restaurants via the Nelson Mandela Bridge.
Historically, Braamfontein was Johannesburg's business hub but after the end of apartheid, the area began to deteriorate. A bold intervention by businesses working with the City of Johannesburg began a successful urban renewal project to revitalise this historic part of the city, with great success.
Its past may be part of what gives Braamfontein its unique charm, but it's an area with its eyes firmly on the future.
Travel tips & planning info
Best time to visit
You can visit Braamfontein any time of year, however temperatures in Johannesburg can drop significantly in winter so bring a jacket if you plan on going out at night.
Things to do
Braamfontein is home to a number of attractions, including the popular Neighbourgoods Market every Saturday, the many design shops and galleries of 70 Juta, the Wits Origins Centre and Constitution Hill.
What to pack
You’ll probably want to check out the amazing galleries and stores that the neighbourhood has to offer so comfortable shoes for walking around the city are a must. Always keep an eye on your belongings as pickpockets are active in this area.
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