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10 awesome spots in Maboneng Precinct

From traditional Argentinian cuisine to alternative movies, you can count on Joburg's trendy Maboneng Precinct to offer you a fun range of activities

05 January 2017 - 02:00 By Claire Keeton
Head to Maboneng for a day or evening of fun.
Head to Maboneng for a day or evening of fun.
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1) UNCLE MERV’S ORIGINAL SHAKES & COFFEES

This is the place for early morning cappuccinos and croissants. Or if you want a vitamin boost, try a fruit shake and home-made banana bread.

2) ARTS ON MAIN

Artists studios abound of course. But try your hand (or feet) at salsa dancing on the weekends. And when you need energy, the Canteen has a good menu and on Sundays the market has artisanal offerings.

3) POPArt

A experiment in downtown Joburg, the POPArt Theatre is a singular place with a tiny bar and memorable shows.

4) THE BIOSCOPE

This movie house screens bold and alternative movies and documentaries like 'Miners Shot Down', a film on the 2012 Marikana Massacre which won an International Emmy award last year.

5) CHE ARGENTINE GRILL

This is a grillhouse which lives up to the Argentinian tradition of fine meat and, if you’re lucky, you may spot someone doing the tango. In December 2016, this was the hot spot.

6) 12 DECADES HOTEL

With a Hangout deck, Hide Out bar, Chill Out room and balcony, this is a place to make friends and find your feet in downtown Joburg.

It has free Wi Fi, a shuttle service, bike rentals and a skate shop. What more do you need?

7) CURIOCITY BACKPACKERS 

Acclaimed artists designed the rooms and conceptualised this hotel, celebrating Jozi’s history from 1886 to 2006.

Each room has a theme and the artwork in the corridors is as good as going to a gallery. The hotel has a restaurant and recreation areas including one for meditation and a rooftop boxing gym.

8) LENIN’S VODKA BAR

This list of chilled cocktails here is long, with  11 Russian cocktails accounting for only a quarter of the (cocktail) menu.

I had a Caipiroska instead of a Leningrad, KGB or Kremlin and enjoyed the mix including fresh limes and vodka.

 9) COCOBEL

If you’re hot from all the dancing, cool down with home-made ice-cream from Cocobel’s green truck.

10) TIME ANCHOR DISTILLERY

Or maybe you need to quench your thirst with a different kind of refreshment, then wind your way to this craft distillery nearby. Or just go to taste its craft gin and white rum with your friends.

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