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.
Wild Olive
There's nothing quite like home-cooked food, which is why this deli offers it by the plate-load to ravenous locals.
Turn ‘n’ Tender
Vegetarians not welcome at this bloodthirsty, meat-loving institution.
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 Troyeville
The Troyeville is most certainly for those with taste and a penchant for getting tipsy in the afternoon...
The Jolly Rodger
Not for those who are simply looking for time to chill; it's loud and it's wild...
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 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.
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.
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.
Soweto Rhubuluza
Perfect for those who want to booze accompanied with a small dose of culture.
Skin Sense
Perfect for those who want a relatively quick spa treatment.
Satyagraha House
Part sustainable guesthouse, part museum, part spiritual retreat, Satyagraha House is a fascinating homage to former resident Mohandas Ghandi and a haven of stillness away from the hardworking, hard-playing vibe of Joburg.
Sandton City
With over 300 stores, Sandtown City is Jo'burg's largest shopping centre and great for the fashion-conscious...
Salvation Cafe
A charming, neighbourhood cafe formed with 'the soul of good food' in mind.
Rose Boys
Take a walk on the wild side at Rose Boys, described by its owner as a nice little hole in the wall.
Roots
A blast from the fashion past, perhaps. But, really, who wouldn't love a little beaver on their clothes.
Rocket
Rocket is a great little South African restaurant in Rivonia, johannesburg - the terraces are perfect for an after-work drink and the menu accomplished
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.
Radium Beerhall
Jo'burg with a John Wayne gait, The Radium Beerhall is a real 'slap my thigh' good-time kinda place...
Plaka
The cuisine on offer at Plaka more than makes up for its noisy shopping centre surroundings.
Palazzo Montecasino
More of an entertainment village than a hotel, but still manages to retain a laid-back vibe.
Orlando Towers
Great place that offers a variety of activities for thrill-seekers.
Nu Metro
Square-eyed movie buffs are catered for here with Hollywood blockbusters and other mainstream films always showing.
Nicci Beach
Not to be confused with Nikki Beach, Nicci Beach is all about beach chic with live music and a wave pool.
Moyo
Offering an authentic 'African' dining experience, Moyo is significantly more stylish than you might expect for a venue hinged around a gimmick.
Movida
Moulin Rouge-inspired theatre-cum-club-cum-cocktail bar, Movida has so many things going for it it's hard to know where to start.
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.
Mezepoli
Gorgeous Greek food is the dish of the day at Mezepoli, served up in the heart of the Melrosh Arch shopping complex.
Metro Cafe & Bar
Elegance exudes from every chandelier in this deeply decadent lounge...
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
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
Market Theatre
Dubbed the 'Theatre of Struggle', Market Theatre is famed for putting on performances that say something significant - from anti-Apartheid plays to scathing political satires.

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