Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Johannesburg

Vibrant, ever-changing, multi-faceted Johannesburg flings contrast at you from every angle. Trees line streets where houses hide their manicured gardens and pristine blue swimming pools behind high white walls, miles of shacks tell of the effects of the apartheid years – still to be overcome. The air of Africa’s most dynamic city vibrates with music and buzzes with business while its stylish restaurants, elegant shops, art galleries, and theatres delight the international visitor.

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Apartheid Museum

The Johannesburg Apartheid Museum details the events of the 20th century, a notoriously dark time in South African history when a system of racial segregation and oppression was in place in the country. A visit to the museum helps shed light on the past, as well as the state of the nation's society today.
Adresse: Northern Park Way & Gold Reef Road, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 309 4700
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-5pm

Joziburg Lane

Joziburg Lane, the hip space in the ground floor of One Eloff building, is a modern development and cool hangout space frequented by Joburg residents. Filled with art galleries, eateries, coffee shops and bars, it's a great place to be any time of day. JoburgPlaces walking tours start from here Tuesday through Saturday at 9am.
Adresse: 1 Eloff St, Salisbury Claims, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 64 700 1637
Åpningstider: Tue-Thurs 8.30am-5pm, Fri 8.30am-10pm, Sat 10am-6pm

Old Fort and Constitution Hill

The site of an infamous prison reborn as the superb Constitutional Court, art gallery and museum. The history of Constitution Hill dates back to 1892; a prison turned military defence post during the South African War. These buildings were known as "the Fort", and have through the years incarcerated yje likes of Mahatma Gandhi. In 1964 the Fort was declared a National Monument, and in the late 90's it was chosen the new Constitutional Court.
Adresse: 11 Kotze Road, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 381 3100
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-5pm

Museum Africa

From rock art to the struggle against apartheid, Africa’s history is well presented at Museum Africa, taking visitors on a journey through the creation of the first civilizations and places like Kemet (Egypt), Punt (Somalia), Kush (Sudan) and Nubia (southern Egypt).
Adresse: 121 Bree Street, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 833 5624


This township is a must for anyone visiting the city of Johannesburg. Major sights include Vilakasi Street, where the Mandelas once lived (their little house is a museum); Arch bishop Tutu's home; the Hector Pieterson Museum, dedicated to the 1976 student uprisings, and Regina Mundi church, which also bears its resistance scars. Eat at Sakhumzi’s, the Italian-style Nambitha, or trendy Wandi’s Place. An overnight stay in one of the excellent B&Bs could prove the highlight of your trip.
Adresse: 124 Main Street, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 085 2500

Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City is a theme park with a casino, rides and a giant roller coaster, all on a former gold mine. Museums and craft shops are housed in replica buildings of the 1890 gold rush days, tours go deep into the tunnels around the Number 14 shaft. See traditional miners’ gumboot dancing in the theatre.
Adresse: Cnr Northern Parkway & Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 248 6800

Origins Centre

This enlightening museum centre tells the story of early humans settling South Africa. Here you will find interesting exhibitions about various historic events, as well as various artefacts dating back to prehistoric times. Audio guides are available.
Adresse: Cnr Yale & Enoch Sontonga, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 717 4700


Once the hidden seat of the African National Congress (the South African social democratic party which has been in power post-apartheid), the building has now been transformed into a high-tech, interactive museum dedicated to the nation's struggle with racial equality.
Adresse: 7 George Ave, Rivonia, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 803 7882
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm

Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary is a lovely place which provides shelter for animals that have been abandoned or abused. Come here and watch them going about their daily lives in a natural environment. Another on-site attraction is an elephant sanctuary.
Adresse: R104, Hartbeespoort, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 12 258 9908

FNB Stadium

The stadium plays host to both sporting and cultural events, such as different concerts. Whichever one brigs you here, you will not get disappointed in this incredible venue. Have a look at their webpage for more information on what is on while you are visiting.
Adresse: Nasrec, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 247 5300

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is a fun-filled centre for both adults and children. Have a look at the many cool exhibitions on display or see a science show while you are here. Either way, you cannot go wrong visiting this place; it is an attractive experience to visitors of all ages.
Adresse: Corner of Miriam Makeba & President Street, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 639 8400
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat & Sun 9.30am–4.30pm

Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam

Get away from the bustling city and take a relaxing walk in the lush, tranquil environment of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens. Enjoy different areas in the gardens or feed the ducks by the Emmarentia Dam nearby. Located north of the city centre.
Adresse: Waterval 211-Iq, Randburg, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 782 7064

Johannesburg Zoo

This is one of the most popular attractions in Johannesburg for both locals and tourists. The zoo has over 320 species of animals; amongst these you will find the endangered White Rhino and the Wattled Crane. Enjoy a cooling drink while watching the chimpanzees from the cafe.
Adresse: Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 646 2000

Wonder Cave

Wonder Cave is the third biggest cave in South Africa. After taking the 90 steps below ground level, you transfer onto an elevator to be lowered another 60 meters underground. See many fossils, rhinestone pools, cave pearls and much more. This is an amazing sight.
Adresse: 520 Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp
Telefon: +27 11 957 0106

SAB World of Beer

Get the tour and beer tasting package and explore the fascinating world of beer. The tour will walk you through the beer brewing process, as well as allow for extensive sampling - in a stylized African village setting and a traditional Victorian-era pub.
Adresse: 15 President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 836 4900
Åpningstider: Daily 10am-6pm

Moyo Melrose Arch

"Moyo is the realisation of one man’s passion for all things African - from art and design to music, cuisine and crafts." Moyo was started here in Johannesburg, and today there are no less than seven establishments under that very name. All of them serve urban African cuisine in a soulful environment.
Adresse: 5 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch, Melrose, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 684 1477

The Grillhouse Rosebank

Despite its straightforward name, Grillhouse's menu caters to both meat and plant-based eaters. Their specialty is, of course, steaks and ribs, but they also have vegetarian options, as well as chicken and seafood. The meat is prepared to perfection - you simply cannot go wrong dining here.
Adresse: Cor Oxford Road & Bierman Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 880 3945

Hell's Kitchen

Hidden in plain sight, this 1920s New York speakeasy-style restaurant and bar serves up delectable burgers, pizza, tacos, and other foods, all accompanied by a refreshing pint of beer or other drinks of your choice. The rock'n'roll attitude is almost tangible.
Adresse: 4 7th St, Melville, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 79 980 9591
Åpningstider: Daily 12–11pm

Lucky Bean

The dimly-lit Lucky Bean (not to be mistaken for a coffee house) is somewhat of a local institution; an atmospheric local restaurant and bar serving excellent South African cuisine - steaks, stews, and several vegetarian options. Features live DJ sets.
Adresse: 16 7th Street, Meliville, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 482 5572
Åpningstider: Dailt 11am-11.30pm


Ravenous meat eaters sit around a big open fire and tuck into wild game – eland, zebra, springbok, kudu and crocodile – carved off Masai spears. The Carnivore in Johannesburg is a franchise of the equally famous counter part in Nairobi, and it has received awards such as Best Restaurant to Take Tourists To and Best Traditional Restaurant. Even if you’re not a carnivore, you can still come here and dine on fish and veggie dishes, and have your dinner accompanied by fine wine.
Adresse: 69 Drift Boulevard, Muldersdrift Estate, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 950 6000
Åpningstider: Every day 11am - 11pm

Great Eastern Food Bar

The rooftop of trendy Bamboo Centre is given over to Great Eastern Food Bar - a Joburg establishment that takes its Asian fare very seriously. The menu selection and dish quality never ceases to impress, and has earned the restaurant incredible popularity, which makes reservations a must.
Adresse: 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 482 2910

The Butcher Shop & Grill

The Butcher Shop & Grill boasts some of the best steaks in town – game, ostrich, pork, lamb and beef. The atmosphere is laid back and inviting and booking is absolutely essential if you want a table. It is a great place to indulge in South Africa's favourite grills.
Adresse: Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 784 8676

Sakhumzi Restaurant

Sakhumzi Restaurant offers traditional African food served to trestle tables on the grass. The restaurant is located in a historic area, where Nelson Mandela once had his original home. Located west of the city centre, in the Gauteng township of Soweto.
Adresse: 6980 Vilakazi Street, Soweto, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 536 1379

Tortellino d'Oro

This deli is a great place for Italian classics and specialities such as Parma ham, salami, antipasti, homemade pasta, and of course, delicious Italian ice cream. You can choose from hazelnut, amaretto, pistachio, and Stracciatella flavours, among others.
Adresse: Pretoria Road & Victoria street, Oaklands, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 483 1249

Est Est Alea

Est Est Alea invites you to a true dining experience and is described as a "local neighbourhood restaurant". You can either choose from a 6-course menu or compose it on your own. The style is "mediterrasian" and served as tapas.
Adresse: Shop 5, Parknorth Heights, 17 4th Avenue, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 82 422 8158
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Saturday: 6.30-9pm

Ristorante La Trinita

Ristorante La Trinita in Kyalami Downs is a cosy Italian restaurant with beautiful decor and good service. On the menu you will find hand-made pasta, risotto and delicious salads, as well as regularly updated weekly specials. Live music performances are hosted frequently.
Adresse: Kyalami Boulevard & Main Rd, Kyalami Park, Midrand
Telefon: +27 11 466 7949
Åpningstider: Thurs-Sat 12pm - 10pm, Sun 12pm-3pm

Nice on 4th

The Nice brunch essential is its signature "toast basket" - toast bread filled with eggs, bacon, and tomato relish (or go for the gusto with a smoked salmon basket; vegetarian options available). Meals are accompanied by great coffees and even better books from the on-site Nice Bookshop.
Adresse: 37 4th Ave, Parkhurst, Sandton
Telefon: +27 11 788 6286
Åpningstider: Tue-Sun 7.30am-4pm

City Perk Cafe

The uber-popular City Perk Cafe is a great choice for both a filling breakfast and a casual lunch. Choose from gourmet sandwiches, tramezzinis (Turkish thin pita bread sandwiches), wraps, salads, and more substantial options such as meat and seafood grills.
Adresse: 70 Fox Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 838 9755
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 6.30am-4.30pm

The Whippet

The Whippet takes on an innovative approach to cooking, fearlessly experimenting with flavours, ingredients, and textures. Come here for a change of breakfast routine and try one of their creations paired with an above-par coffee. There is also an on-site shop.
Adresse: 34 7th St, Linden, Randburg
Telefon: +27 79 711 5604
Åpningstider: Mon–Thu 7am–3:30pm, Fri–Sat 7am–5pm, Sun 8am–2pm

Fresh Earth

A rare find on the Johannesburg dining scene, Fresh Earth is an establishment specializing in organic, plant-based cooking. The quality and taste is guaranteed ti please even those of a carnivorous persuasion. There is an adjacent on-site shop selling organic (vegan and vegetarian) foods and treats.
Adresse: 103 Komatie Street, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 646 4404
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-4pm

Living Room Jozi

Wood furniture and an abundance of greenery distinguish this rooftop terrace, one of Joburg's favourite haunts. Live music and stand up comedy events are hosted here, and the vibe is eco-friendly and relaxed. Serves bar foods and along with cocktails and beer.
Adresse: 5th Floor, Main Change Building, 20 Kruger St, City and Suburban, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 82 370 9284


Lattelicious might not be for you if you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix on the go: they take their coffee very seriously, and customers are encouraged to adapt an attitude to match. The atmosphere is inviting and the venue is small and charming.
Adresse: Shop U5 & 6, Upper Level, Bedford Centre, Bradford Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 622 5182

Tortellino d'Oro

This deli is a great place for Italian classics and specialities such as Parma ham, salami, antipasti, homemade pasta, and of course, delicious Italian ice cream. You can choose from hazelnut, amaretto, pistachio, and Stracciatella flavours, among others.
Adresse: Pretoria Road & Victoria street, Oaklands, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 483 1249


At Tasha's, you almost always have to wait for a table, which is a tell-tale sign of an excellent local eatery. This is a perfect place to go to for brunch: they have a varied contemporary menu, with an extensive selection of desserts and pastries to complement the main menu.
Adresse: Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 447 7972
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 7am - 6pm, Sun 7.30am-4pm

Mad Giant

Mad Giant specializes in local craft beers and shares a space with Urbanlogi, a stylish Asian fusion restaurant that serves bite-size Asian fusion foods along with beer pairing classics such as burgers and fries. The outdoor terrace boasts a buzzing atmosphere.
Adresse: 1 Fox Street, Ferreiras Dorp, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 492 0901
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

Hell's Kitchen

Hidden in plain sight, this 1920s New York speakeasy-style restaurant and bar serves up delectable burgers, pizza, tacos, and other foods, all accompanied by a refreshing pint of beer or other drinks of your choice. The rock'n'roll attitude is almost tangible.
Adresse: 4 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 79 980 9591


The longstanding live music and events venue managed by a tightly knit team of enthusiasts still attracts crowds at times when local and international artists perform on its stage. Check the schedule to see if any headliners catch your eye. Playse house and hip-hop.
Adresse: 39 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 834 9187

Living Room Jozi

Wood furniture and an abundance of greenery distinguish this rooftop terrace, one of Joburg's favourite haunts. Live music and stand up comedy events are hosted here, and the vibe is eco-friendly and relaxed. Serves bar foods and along with cocktails and beer.
Adresse: 5th Floor, Main Change Building, 20 Kruger St, City and Suburban, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 82 370 9284

Radium Beer Hall

Radium Beer Hall is one of the city’s oldest pubs, noisy and full of character. The locale's history makes itself known through the striking memorabilia adorning the walls. They serve authentic food, a myriad of beers and have live jazz fill the air.
Adresse: 282 Louis Botha Avenue, Orange Grove, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 728 3866

Beach Blanket Bohemia

Beach Blanket Bohemia is a bar and restaurant with a Mediterranean menu of dishes served at a sun-filled terrace. The lounge area makes for a relaxing evening with live music or a skilled DJ playing in the background. Located at the Sunninghill Village Shopping Centre in Sandton.
Adresse: Maxwell Drive, Sunninghill, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 234 2714


This is a replica of a Tuscan village with restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs and a casino. Montecacsino has been given many awards including Best Casino, Best place to take out-of-towners and Best Entertainment Complex. Located north of the city centre in Sandton.
Adresse: 1 Monte Casino Blvd, Fourways, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 510 7000

Neighbourgoods Market

If you happen to be in town on a Saturday, do step by the hip community market occupying two floors of an old warehouse. The market is fit for dining just as much as (if not more than) shopping - local creators showcase and sell their culinary inventions, with a few clothing stands thrown into the mix. Brunch is best had on the second-floor terrace.
Adresse: 73 Juta Street, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 81 416 2605
Åpningstider: Say 9am-3pm

Sheds @ 1Fox

The re-invented social space of 1Fox features multiple draws (such as the wildly popular Mad Giant brewery and adjacent eateries), not least of wich being the trendy arts and crafts market taking place at the Market Shed every Friday through Sunday.
Adresse: 1 Fox Street, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 83 277 7272
Åpningstider: Fri 12am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

44 Stanley

44 Stanley might just be one of the most unusual shopping malls you've yet encountered - occupying a re-developed old building, the mall is made up of multiple almost irritatingly stylish shops and boutiques, with hip cafes inviting shoppers to a quaint break in the shaded courtyards.
Adresse: 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 482 4444
Åpningstider: Daily 8am-6pm

Market on Main

The Sunday Market on Main epitomizes what Joburg does best - urban redevelopment and gathering local talent under one roof. Held inside Arts on Main, the market heavily leans onto deli and culinary delights, but also features design and fashion outlets.
Adresse: 264 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 82 868 1335
Åpningstider: Sun 10am-3pm

Nelson Mandela Square

Located right next to another shopping destination (Sandton City Mall), Nelson Mandela Square has a buzzing, restaurant-filled plaza as its centrepiece. There is plenty of retail therapy to be had, and the Nelson Mandela statue out front is an added-bonus local attraction.
Adresse: 5th Street, Sandown, Sandton
Telefon: +27 11 217 6000
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-6pm

Rosebank Mall

For the greatest retail variety, head to the Rosebank Mall complex. Apart from the shops and boutiques operating during regular hours, the area plays host to the Rosebank Sunday Market and Rosebank Art & Craft Market (the latter operates daily and specializes in African art).
Adresse: 50 Bath Ave, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 788 5530

Oriental Plaza

Johannesburg's Oriental Plaza offers an assortment of goods different to what one would perhaps find in shopping centres elsewhere in town - most shops sell Indian and Arabic spices, garments, accessories, and several casual eateries function on-site as well.
Adresse: 38 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Fordsburg, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 838 6752
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-3pm

Michael Mount Organic Village Market

Held on Thursday and Saturday mornings, the Michael Mount Organic Village Market on Bryanston Drive, Sandton, sells only handcrafted goods and organically produced foods, and its tea garden is restful. Local musicians and bands play live in the background.
Adresse: Culross Road, Off Main Road, Johannesburg
Telefon: + 27 11 706 3671
Åpningstider: Every Thursday & Saturday 9am to 3pm

Xarra Books

To browse through literature dealing with all things Africa, as well as check out the art and music sections of this well-regarded local book cum music/art shop, head to the Johannesburg area of Midrand. There are readings and book launches every week.
Adresse: 264 Turbit Avenue, Halfway House, Midrand
Telefon: +27 11 312 7582

Eastgate Shopping Centre

This first-class shopping centre has been around since 1979, and remains a prime shopping venue in the area to-date. Once the largest shopping center in the southern hemisphere, it may have lost the flashy title, but still remains a great one-stop location for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Adresse: 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 479 6000
Åpningstider: Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm, Friday 9am - 9pm


O.R. Tambo International Airport is Africa’s busiest airport with 24-hour facilities. It lies 25km east of the city. The cheapest way to reach town is use the public transportation: buses and minibuses depart from just outside the international and domestic terminals. Please mind, however, that these may not be either convenient or easy to navigate for first-time visitors. Another way to reach the city is by rail: the Gautrain system connects the airport to multiple suburbs (Sandton, Rosebank, Pretoria, Hatfield and Rhodesfield). Travel time between the airport and Sandton is 12 minutes. Minibus shuttles and metered taxis can be booked in the baggage claim area. The hotels of Rosebank and Sandton are a 30-45 minute drive from the airport. Most hotels offer shuttle services (inquire with your hotel in advance). Train service now runs between the suburbs of Sandton and Pretoria and the airport.
Adresse: O.R. Tambo International Airport
Telefon: +27 11 921 6262

Public transport

While most locals use minibuses to get around the city, flagging one down and figuring out its final destination may prove daunting to first-time visitors. Instead, make use of the public buses (Rea Vaya buses were introduced during the 2010 World Cup and remain in operation to-date; they are a relatively reliable means of transport). Another convenient, safe way of getting around are the trains of the Gautrain system. They connect the stations of Sandton, Rosebank, Pretoria, Hatfield, Rhodesfield and the airport. There is a bus service run by Gautrain from some stations onward. Buy and top-up the Gold Card to use Gautrain.


Metered taxis are the safest way to travel if you are not hiring a car, they are available at major hotels, otherwise you have to phone for pickup. The fare should be confirmed with the driver at the outset (inquire with a local what an average fare for you drive distance would be). One reliable taxi company is Rose Taxis:
Telefon: +27 11 403 0000


Post boxes are red in colour. There are multiple post offices around the city.
Adresse: 150 Commissioner St, Marshalltown, Johannesburg
Telefon: +27 11 331 1057
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 8am-1pm


Pharmacies have a rota system for out-of-hours service. Most hospitals and clinics with an ER will also have a 24/7 pharmacy on-site. Netcare Olivedale Hospital Tel: +27 11 777 2000 Corner President Fouche & Windsor Way, Olivedale, Randburg Netcare Linksfield Hospital Tel: + 27 11 647 3400 24 12th Avenue, Linksfield West


220/240v, 50Hz. Round three-pin plugs are standard.


Country code: +27 Area code: 11