Johannesburg is a bustling city and the economic heart of South Africa. If you have already visited the Soweto district (see our article this emblematic district of South Africa) then you can continue exploring the city, its markets, its art galleries, its museums or its shopping malls thanks to this guide. Focus on what you prefer by reading our list of favorite things to do in Johannesburg below.
Johannesburg Melville District Tour: 27 Boxes Market
Neighborhood Melville hosts the permanent market of 27 Boxes where you will find something to order a good breakfast and a good coffee. The atmosphere is pleasant and gives you a glimpse of the diversity that reigns in the city. It's a great way to start the day! You can then stroll through this trendy bohemian district which is home to many artists.
Explore all of Johannesburg's neighborhoods in South Africa in one day
The best way to see all of Johannesburg in one day is to take the red tourist buses (it facilitates transport between districts when you don't know). The 'City Tour' will take you to all districts of the city that you can explore on foot one by one. We recommend taking a tour in Downtown and if you like the art of stopping at Wits Art Museum. It houses an important collection of historical and contemporary African art. If you liked the apartheid museum and want to know more about this period then Constitution Hill is a must visit. It is a former prison which is today a constitutional court.
Melrose Arch, Rosebank and Sandton: 3 “temple” shopping districts in Johannesburg, South Africa
If you're more in the mood for shopping, we recommend in order of preference Melrose Arch, Sandton and Rosebank. These posh neighborhoods of Johannesburg are full of shops, cafes, restaurants and lively bars where you can spend the whole day without getting bored.
Maboneng: dangerous district of Johannesburg transformed into the most hipster village in South Africa
maboneng is perfect for lovers of vintage stores, hipster cafes, rooftop bars and pop-up restaurants. This neighborhood in the heart of Johannesburg was once an industrial area but a private investor turned it into trendy village. It is filled with art galleries (notably the famous disused parking lot 'Arts on Main '), giant graffiti fresco and young fashion designers. All the multicultural youth of the city come to spend these evenings and weekends there (every Sunday they organize a giant food court). If you want to take a guided tour we recommend you Maboneng Precinct Walking Tour.
Book the best value for money B&B accommodation in Johannesburg, South Africa
After exploring the different districts of Johannesburg, we recommend that you sleep at Blu Trea Guest House that offers all the comfort you need at a low price. This guesthouse is pleasant with its small swimming pool, charming staff and clean and tidy rooms. In short, nothing to complain about! It is for us the B&B with the best value for money for accommodation in Johannesburg. In addition, the guest house is located in the Melville district which is central but above all it is one of the best areas of the city!Check availability
If you want more options, you can always check out our article on the best accommodations in Johannesburg.