Maboneng is a multi-cultural hub, located in Johannesburg, on the eastern side of the city’s business district. Certain regions of this
ever-bustling metropolis have undergone a transformation which has seen new life breathed into the streets and adjacent infrastructure, and Maboneng is one such precinct. Artistic expression forms much of the foundation upon which Maboneng has evolved. The region features graffiti walls, art galleries and designer shops which all support the creative atmosphere that is felt in Maboneng.
Visitors are spoilt for choice in selecting a creative space in which to find inspiration, appreciate others’ works or make designer purchases. Arts on Main is an amalgamation of artists’ studios, galleries, eateries as well as retail and office spaces. From this building’s second-level metal balcony, visitors can take in the sights and sounds of the city that stretches out beneath. For a taste of traditional South African music, The Marabi Club can be visited in the Hallmark House basement. SoMa Art + Space is another venue in which art exhibitions, art themed gatherings and events take place. This establishment is located in proximity to a number of well-known restaurants.
Maboneng is further a delight for foodies, including those who favour organic products. Offerings range from superb coffees, smoothies, artisanal pastries and sandwiches to authentic braai dishes and international cuisine such as Mexican, Greek and Ethiopian-inspired dishes, to name a few. These options can be found at markets, delis and restaurants dotted around the area. There are also a number of trendy cafés and bars where a get-together with friends or post-work drinks can be enjoyed.
POPArt, which stands for People of Performing Art, is an independent theatre, production company and performing arts centre, based in Johannesburg. It is a platform upon which both emerging and established performers in the city showcase their talents. A variety of entertaining and inspiring shows are continuously available for visitors to enjoy, a local experience not to be missed.
The Agog Gallery celebrates the meaning of art through the meaning of the artist. This trendy gallery has become one of the most sought-after art spaces in Johannesburg, featuring works by local and international artists. It is open seven days a week, from 11H00 to 02H00 and boasts a rooftop deck where sundowners and music can be enjoyed.
Market on Main
Market on Main brings regional foods and local design to the fore on a weekly basis, every Sunday from 10H00 to 15H00, in Maboneng. Established in 2011, this market is now recognised as the city’s leading urban food and design market. It encourages Johannesburg’s inner-city lifestyle and provides a relaxed environment in which creatives can trade and visitors can enjoy the experience.
Maboneng Cycling Tours
Visitors can get their heart rates up and take in the sights and sounds of Maboneng during this informative cycling tour which brings to light public arts, urban living, South Africa’s fascinating history and amazing architecture. The tour winds through Jeppestown, Maboneng, Doornfontein and Troyeville.
Maboneng Inner City Walking Tours
A fantastic way in which to see the heart of Maboneng and all its hidden treasures, the inner city walking tour, which kicks off at Curiocity at 10H00 with freshly-brewed coffee and introductions, takes visitors to spots such as the Kwa-Mai Mai Market, Collectors Treasury, Carlton Centre, the Chancellor House and Little Addis (optional). Unique African gems are bound to be discovered and a taste of the region’s culture will most certainly be savoured.
Mall of Africa
The largest mall ever built in a single phase in South Africa, Mall of Africa is located in Waterfall City, Midrand in Gauteng. It offers a wealth of shops, restaurants and a number of entertainment options.