Maps Maponyane tells us about his top spots and picks in the city!
Best art gallery
The best art gallery is definitely the Goodman Gallery. It’s steeped in history making it one of the best contemporary galleries in SA. With its geometric, wide open and beautifully curated spaces, the Goodman Gallery has been home to some of the most innovative exhibitions that I’ve seen such as William Kentridge, Kudzanai Chiurai and Willem Boshoff. Going to the Goodman Gallery is always a treat for the senses.
Best cinema complex
My best cinema complex is Rosebank’s Ster-Kinekor – it caters for all types of movie lovers with just a five minute walk from one to the other. I actually spend more time at Nouveau.
Best golf course
The best golf course is the one at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. It has great facilities, including the choice of two golf courses. Furthermore the courses, especially the East side, are of the highest quality, and this is affirmed by its successful annual hosting of top tour tournaments.
Melrose Arch Virgin Active is the best place for that abdominal workout! It has everything – more than you could ever want from a gym. Apart from never having to wait for a machine or any exercise equipment, the gym goes out of its way to make the experience as convenient as possible for its members. When you’re a member, there’s so much to do and there are so many amenities to make use of that you find yourself spending far more time there than you might have budgeted for.
Best local blog
Food, Fashion and Everything In-between is the best local blog to subscribe to. I love it that it’s all about lifestyle and is a champion for the City of Joburg!
Best local hotel
The Saxon Hotel is my pick for best local hotel. It boasts flawless 5-star services, spacious hotel rooms, gourmet dining, as well as privacy and comfort. It offers the best in luxury accommodation and is worth it for all the inner city seclusion that comes with it.
Best local sports presenter
Robert Marawa for SuperSport is the best local sports presenter. He’s the ultimate consummate professional when it comes to his work. He has years of experience, confidence in front of the camera, a good sense of humour, great knowledge about sport and an engaging style of presenting. He’s unmatched.
Best place to take out-of-towners
Maboneng or Neigbourgoods Market is where I’d take people visiting from overseas. Both these spots contain the infectious Joburg buzz, combined with good food, art, creativity, different cultures and the ultimate feel-good vibe.