Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Johannesburg

Faircity Quatermain
An English country house with a South African twist, perfect for the upmarket business traveller.
Faff
Faff doesn't, er, faff about with a wonderfully colourful and varied menu supported by an extensive drinks list.
ExecExpress
Everard Read Gallery
Housing much of the country's finest art, The Everard Read Gallery offers culture vultures canvases galore.
Espresso Caffe
A comprehensive food menu and a blossoming cocktail culture make Espresso Caffe the place to go for pre-office food and drink.
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...
Eclectic Gifts
For beautiful home-wear, Eclectic Gifts in Birdhaven is the place to visit...
E.S.P
E.S.P. plays host to world-famous dance DJs and trance acts only once a week, but that's all it needs to bring the house down.
David Krut Projects
Staple art gallery showcasing work by local artists, designers and architects.
Cube Tasting Kitchen
Not a restaurant. A tasting kitchen. Where meals last 4.5 hours.
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.
Constitution Hill
Constitution Hill is the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and stunning architecture makes it quite the sight to behold.
Col’Cacchio
If you're a pizza fan you'll be hard pressed to find a better joint than Col'Cacchio. It's totally awesome, dude.
Circle Bar
Stylish without being pretentious, The Circle Bar is a classy venue that delivers excellence in every cocktail...
Circa on Jellicoe
Avant-garde art space and photography gallery dedicated to exhibiting cutting edge local art.
Cinema Nouveau
Local films aren't ignored in this cinema chain, which fosters South African film and plays host to occasional film festivals.
Chocodore
Chocoholics congregate at Chocodore, where a love of the brown stuff is positively encouraged.
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.
Cape Town Pride Kicks Off ‘Gay Season’
Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris
Cast your eyes over the South African landscape in these hot air balloons.
Bella
Freshly-made sandwiches and pies are the order of the day in this gourmet take on a casual café.
Beirut
Bassair Aviation
Tired of walking? Then take a helicopter instead.
Baron Sandown
Favoured by the suited and booted, and perfect for people-watching, The Baron is a great place to witness those usually more dignified of creatures loosen up a little...
Barnyard Theatres
Enjoy all types of entertainment at Barnyard whilst tucking into a picnic or having a few drinks. Preferably both.
Balalaika Hotel
Unassuming and affordable with a fun and popular bar at night
AtholPlace
A hotel that screams individuality; it is also close to the best local amenities.
Assaggi
Assaggi is a relaxed family-run Italian establishment just like momma used to make-a, with great food and a really friendly down-to-earth atmosphere
Apartheid Museum
The Apartheid Museum looks back on South Africa's apartheid past; a must-see.
Anti-Valentine’s Day City Breaks
Our pick of the best anti-Valentine's Day city breaks.
Annica’s Deli
Sweet-toothed foodies will fall head over hills for this precious patisserie, offering cakes in every fabulous form and flavour.
Angies
Comfort food classics served up on piled-high plates in a warm and intimate setting.
Andiccio 24
Perfect for those late-night munchies, Andiccio 26 is where the after-party's at. Delivery also available for those who can't walk in a straight line.
Airport Link
Adventure Skydives
If jumping out of planes is your thing head to Carletonville aiport.
A stay at the Ilali guesthouse, Johannesburg
Hg2's Keith Bain shuns his usual coastal tendencies, and opts for a stay at the Ilali guesthouse in Johannesburg, and instantly falls in love.
2nd Avenue Houghton Estate
A beautiful boutique bolthole in the heart of Houghton beloved by celebrities and UN Secretary Generals alike.
12 Decades
12 rooms matched to 12 decades of art history - sleep in an art installation at this designer hotel.

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