Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Johannesburg

Everard Read Gallery
Housing much of the country's finest art, The Everard Read Gallery offers culture vultures canvases galore.
Red Mango
Health freaks come for their fix of yoghurts, smoothies and juices at Red Mango, though more filling sandwiches are on offer for those craving carbs.
Taboo
The local 'it' crowd love getting up to no good inside Taboo, which is all about sleek interiors and a sweeping view out over Sandton.
Mangwanani
A perfect mix between the western spa and traditional techniques.
Gin
Gin may be a mother's ruin, but that's what makes this gorgeous bar such a hit with trendy young locals looking to flirt with danger.
I Love Cup Cake
The name says it all here, where cupcake culture abounds and calories aren't there to be counted.
Mainstreetwalks
Guided walks of Johannesburg with a culturally immersed bent.
Radium Beerhall
Jo'burg with a John Wayne gait, The Radium Beerhall is a real 'slap my thigh' good-time kinda place...
Wombles
Wombles has nothing to do with the Wombles of Wimbledon, but has everything to do with steaks so good they could turn a vegetarian into a blood-hungry carnivore.
The Jolly Rodger
Not for those who are simply looking for time to chill; it's loud and it's wild...
Joburg Civic Theatre
This theatre hosts all types of shows, including musicals, ballets and comedies. Varied, to say the least.
The Birdcage
A deli-style café doesn't have to be run-of-the-mill, as The Birdcage proves with its eclectic décor and belt-busting menu.
Moyo
Offering an authentic 'African' dining experience, Moyo is significantly more stylish than you might expect for a venue hinged around a gimmick.
Nu Metro
Square-eyed movie buffs are catered for here with Hollywood blockbusters and other mainstream films always showing.
Moemas Postma
Ladies-and-ladies that lunch love to do so at Moemas Postma, a five-table café-cum-bakery that proves once and for all that size really doesn't matter.
Rose Boys
Take a walk on the wild side at Rose Boys, described by its owner as a nice little hole in the wall.
Soweto Rhubuluza
Perfect for those who want to booze accompanied with a small dose of culture.
Life Day Spa
This large spa offers a variety of different spa treatments.
Lesedi Village
Showcasing South Africa's traditional cultures and tribes, Lesedi Cultural Village is an educational experience to say the least.
Tashas
Focusing on what's important in life - food and piled-high plates of the stuff - Tasha's doesn't underestimate the power of simplicity with affordable snacks and innovative style all under one roof.
Angies
Comfort food classics served up on piled-high plates in a warm and intimate setting.
Espresso Cafe
Though a laid-back cafe rather than a bar, Espresso is the place to be to enjoy a few beers and settle in for chilled out afternoon or evening...
Fino
Melrose Arch
Melrose Arch shops are a real mix of local and European brands, combined with some good little food outlets for a snack or cup of coffee
Casalinga
Who said romance was dead? Good food, good wine and a good setting make this the perfect place for a romantic meal for two. All you need to provide is the good company.
Melrose Arch
One of the best boutique hotels in Johannesburg, Melrose Arch is part of a new breed of well-designed, chic hotels that get away from ubiquitous chains
Cinema Nouveau
Local films aren't ignored in this cinema chain, which fosters South African film and plays host to occasional film festivals.
Cube Tasting Kitchen
Not a restaurant. A tasting kitchen. Where meals last 4.5 hours.
The Grillhouse
The Grillhouse does exactly what is says on the tin - grills a sumptuous selection of steaks, ribs, chicken and fish. And, by God, does it grill them well.
Faff
Faff doesn't, er, faff about with a wonderfully colourful and varied menu supported by an extensive drinks list.
Hyde Park Corner
One could spend an entire day in Jo'burg's pioneering Hyde Park shopping mall, which caters for all tastes and ages...
Bella
Freshly-made sandwiches and pies are the order of the day in this gourmet take on a casual café.
Contessa Tea Shop
A cup of tea is Britain's answer to everything - a sentiment echoed here at Contessa, offering over 60 different types of tea from around the world. Beats expensive therapy any day.
Roots
A blast from the fashion past, perhaps. But, really, who wouldn't love a little beaver on their clothes.
Barnyard Theatres
Enjoy all types of entertainment at Barnyard whilst tucking into a picnic or having a few drinks. Preferably both.
Latinova
Seeking a Latin lover? Then head to Latinova, where you can sidle up against sweaty bodies to the beat of sexy salsa.
Jolly Cool
For an old-school, shoot-some-pool kinda place with great music and pizza on demand, Jolly Cool is a must...
Palazzo Montecasino
More of an entertainment village than a hotel, but still manages to retain a laid-back vibe.
Nicci Beach
Not to be confused with Nikki Beach, Nicci Beach is all about beach chic with live music and a wave pool.
Salvation Cafe
A charming, neighbourhood cafe formed with 'the soul of good food' in mind.

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