Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Johannesburg

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.
Wits Art Museum
9,000-piece African art collection in a shiny new building on the Wits campus.
Wild Olive
There's nothing quite like home-cooked food, which is why this deli offers it by the plate-load to ravenous locals.
Wang Thai
Just because you're not in Thailand it doesn't mean you don't occasional fancy fabulous Thai fare, which is where Wang Thai steps in to satisfy one's cravings of the Asian persuasion.
Vintage Varga Bar
Kooky and beguiling, Vintage Varga Bar has entertainment to rival any Johannesburg club.
Vida E
Starbucks comes to South Africa without the steep prices. Don't forget to tip.
Turn ‘n’ Tender
Vegetarians not welcome at this bloodthirsty, meat-loving institution.
Turffontein
Enjoy a flutter at one of the country's oldest racecourses.
Truth
The funky layout and constant pumping of electro beats will keep you more than occupied at this underground superclub. The Truth hurts, as they say.
Tokyo Star
For something slightly different head to this anime-inspired bar, with more cool credentials than you can shake a comic strip at.
Tintswalo Waterfall
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Jo'burg life this rural retreat epistomises country chic.
Thomas Maxwell
New York, New York - only in Jo'burg. What's not to love about this bistro, inspired by the Big Apple?
The Westcliff
With great views overlooking Jo'burg's suburbs, this hillside hotel doesn't disappoint.
The Troyeville
The Troyeville is most certainly for those with taste and a penchant for getting tipsy in the afternoon...
The Saxon
The World's Leading Boutique Hotel - everything you could ask for... and more.
The Saxon
A fabulous fusion of African and Mediterranean menus, The Saxon hits the nail on the head. Hard.
The Rosebank
A hotel fitted with contemporary creature comforts as well as being a stone's throw away from the award-winning Circle Bar.
The Peech
A boutique hotel with a distinct African feel to it.
The Orient
A Middle Eastern-influenced boutique hotel - home to the recently-crowned best restaurant in South Africa.
The Jolly Rodger
Not for those who are simply looking for time to chill; it's loud and it's wild...
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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.
The Grand
With dinner included in the entrance fee, this chic strip club is more class than crass.
The Conservatory
Part of The Westcliff Hotel, The Conservatory is all about afternoon tea and light, airy spaces.
The Commonwealth on Camera
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.
The Bassline
... And all that jazz. The Bassline prides itself on showcasing South Africa's best musical talent, and doesn't disappoint.
The Baron Sandown
With lipsmackingly good meat dishes, it's not hard to see why this vibrant restaurant is extremely popular with carnivorous local businessmen.
The Attic
Ten Bompas Hotel
Free mini-bar. Need we say more? Not really, other than this is a beautiful boutique hotel that carefully balances style with comfort for truly stunning results.
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.
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.
Sunwa River Lodge
For war and helicopter enthusiasts alike.
Ster Kinekor
With 3D screens you'll be able to see the latest James Cameron blockbuster in all its glory at this cinema chain.
Steffanie’s
Steffanie isn't just a lady, she's also the name of one of the most popular places to refuel in town. Perfect for pre- or post-shopping.
Status Luxury Vehicles
Rent a supercar and feel like James Bond on the Jo'Burg streets.
Soweto Rhubuluza
Perfect for those who want to booze accompanied with a small dose of culture.
Southern Sun Hyde Park
Enjoy a swim in the rooftop pool while taking in panoramic views of the city in this stylish hotel.
Skin Sense
Perfect for those who want a relatively quick spa treatment.
Saxon Spa
The sound therapy room gives one something a little bit different.

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