2018 Archives | Best of Joburg

2018

Best Cocktail Spot and Best Pick-Up Spot – News Café

From all the classic cocktails to those with a twist (think Corona-Rita ...  tequila, triple sec, sour mix, lime and a bottle of Corona added in ... delish and oh-so Instagram-worthy), sangria, party-starting shooters and a list of virgin ones too ... there’s only one...

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Place To Watch The Big Game – Boktown

There are few moments as festive as when the Springboks take to the field in their green and gold. There’s a sense of pride and community that fills the air, celebrated by loud cheers and cold beers. And the best place to watch the game?...

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Best Supermarket – Pick n Pay

Endless varieties of cereals, yoghurts, meats, dairy products, chocolates and wines are just a handful of the reasons Pick n Pay (Best Supermarket) is our fave  supermarket. Whether you’re shopping for a chilled braai, goodies for the kids’ lunch boxes or a massive, celebratory bash,...

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Best Fresh Produce – Food Lover’s Market

From juicy fresh fruit and wholesome veggies to pantry staples and endless ready-made food options – all at a great price – Food Lover’s Market (Best Fresh Produce) is our readers’ choice for all things fresh and delish! Your weekly grocery shopping just got easier...

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Best Tea Garden – Silver Birch

If it’s time for tea, you’ll find us sitting among the roses or beneath the trees at Silver Birch (Best Tea Garden). Not only is it the gorgeous setting that draws us here time and time again, it’s also the decadent selection of cakes and...

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Best Food Market – The Fourways Farmers Market

Beneath a canopy of pine trees with a cocktail in hand, a selection of delicious bites to eat and listening to live music, is where you’ll find us, and our readers, most weekends. The Fourways Farmers Market (Best Food Market) is always abuzz with families...

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Best Fish Deli – Fisherman’s Deli

Prawn braai, mussel pot, fish curry or roasted salmon ... when our readers need the freshest fish in town they head straight to Fisherman’s Deli (Best Fish Deli). And bonus, if you’re on the run, pop in at the Dunkeld store and grab some deliciously...

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Best Bakery and Best Continental Deli – Fournos

Ah, that smell of freshly baked bread. So irresistible we can’t help but buy a ciabatta, a baguette and half-a-dozen croissants all in one go. And yes, we’ll finish them all in a weekend, too. Every time we step into Fournos (Best Bakery and Best...

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Best Online Shopping Site – Netflorist

Send your loved one flowers (and gifts) more often ... she’ll appreciate it more than you know. Oh, and add in a chocolate while you’re at it. From bright pink roses to white orchids, personalised bottles of wine, chocolates and balloons, Netflorist (Best Online Shopping...

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Best Courier – The Courier Guy

Need to get an important parcel somewhere quickly and safely? Well, we (and our readers) put our trust in The Courier Guy (Best Courier) time and time again ... and time and time again, the company delivers on its promises! One less thing to stress...

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And be Merry …

Best Bachelorette Spot – Beefcakes

Seriously sexy barmen, live entertainment, drag shows, body shots, cocktails and scrumptious food options ... yes, it’s off to Beefcakes (Best Bachelorette Spot) we girls go. And don’t expect us home any time before 2am either.

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Best Radio Station, Personality & Show – 947

There’s only one thing that makes Joburg traffic bearable and that’s of course, 947 (Best Radio Station). Endless laughs, game shows and sing-along tracks are just a few of the reasons we love this station. And if, like the rest of Joburg, you tune in...

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Best Shopping Mall – Sandton City

Shop ‘til you drop ... or something like it! At Sandton City (Best Shopping Mall) you can do just that. Whether it’s designer wear, jewellery, electronics, gift items, shoes, international make-up brands or sexy undies you’re looking for, Sandton has an endless variety of shops...

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Best Sticky Ribs, Kids’ Party Spot, Kids’ Restaurant – Spur

Admittedly, even as adults, we love going to Spur (Best Sticky Ribs, Kids’ Party Spot, Kids’ Restaurant) for a Cheddamelt Steak, Cheese & Bacon burger or those oh-so juicy, irresistible, sticky ribs. So, it’s no wonder kids voted this as their fave party spot, too....

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Local TV Personality – Katlego Maboe

Most famously known as the host of The Expresso Show, Katlego Maboe (Local TV Personality) is also a singer, voice-over artist, MC, model and actor ... no wonder he’s so admired by all. Not just a pretty face! Instagram and Twitter @katlegomaboe

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Best Sundowners With A View – The Southern Sun Hyde Park

Sundowners with the girls? Hell yes! You can count us in ... especially when there’s a fabulous view and a rooftop pool to go along with our cosmo. The Southern Sun Hyde Park (Sundowners With A View) is our Friday afternoon go-to for delicious cocktails,...

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Best Weekend Getaway – Sun City

Movies, an entertainment centre, a golf course, a casino, sports bars, nightclubs, watersports and The Valley of the Waves ... what’s not to love about Sun City (Best Weekend Getaway)? And there’s the added bonus that it’s only a quick two hour drive from Joburg...

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Best Special Event Venue and Best Wedding Venue -The Park House Of Events On 7

We understand just how daunting it can be to find the perfect venue for that special occasion. Luckily for us (and you), The Park House Of Events On 7 (Best Special Event Venue and Best Wedding Venue) has everything you’d ever want for your big...

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Best Boutique Hotel – Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the leafy green suburb of Morningside, close to the Sandton CBD, is an urban oasis fit for a queen. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa (Best Boutique Hotel) prides itself on personalised, attentive service, excellent dining options, world-class spa facilities and tastefully furnished hotel...

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Best Theatre – The Teatro at Montecasino

When it comes to  memorable and hugely impressive productions at a world-class theatre, The Teatro at Montecasino (Best Theatre) is a firm favourite. Think The Nutcracker, Tap Dogs, Lion King, The Sound of Music, Chicago ... we could go on and on about all our...

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Best High School – Greenside High

Well-known for its excellent sport, cultural activities and academic achievements, Greenside High (Best High School) was an easy win in this category. The school aims to nurture confidence and self-worth in its pupils, while encouraging them to explore their individuality within the realms of intellectual,...

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Best Kitchen Essentials – Adams Discount Centre

What would time spent in the kitchen be if it weren’t for the amazing variety of fantastic kitchen essentials at Adams Discount Centre (Best Kitchen Essentials)? One, it would be hugely frustrating and, two, our cooking would probably never taste as good! Knives, kettles, coffee...

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Best Bottle Store – Liquor City

Whether you want an easy-drinking Chenin Blanc (perfect for summer), a really glam bottle (or six) of champers for birthday and anniversary celebrations, a case of craft beers for Sunday braais, or are on the hunt for some great savings ...  Liquor City (Best Bottle...

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Best Cakes – Chateau Gateaux

Let them eat cake ... and tarts and hot puddings and pastries. Our readers have voted and we concur – Chateau Gateaux (Best Cakes) is the place to go for the best cakes in town. Whether you’re in need of a birthday cake, wedding cake...

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Best Clothing Store for Men – Markham

Which store comes to mind when you think of great quality clothing for men at affordable prices? Where you can find anything from classic work wear and casual, everyday wear to on-trend clothing items? Yes, Markham (Best Clothing Store for Men) wins this category and...

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Best Florist – Dunkeld Fruit and Flowers

It’s impossible to step into Dunkeld Fruit and Flowers (Best Florist) without leaving with a bunch of magnificent, hand-picked blooms assembled just for you, exactly the way you want. From the huge variety of roses and peonies, lilies, sweet peas, tulips and orchids, there’s something...

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Best Furniture Store – Coricraft

A massive, super-comfy, L-shaped couch, a glass coffee table, a gorgeous sideboard, a new rug and a couple of scatter cushions to pull the whole look together ... sounds like home. Coricraft (Best Furniture Store) probably feels a lot like home because, let’s face it,...

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Best Stationery Store – Typo

Every time we step into Typo (Best Stationery Store) we feel like little kids again – overexcited. Glitter diaries, fairy lights, waterproof shower speakers, rose gold pens, cell phone accessories, unicorn slippers and bright pink water bottles ... we’d like one of each, please! It’s...

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Best Garden Centre – Lifestyle Home Garden

There’s something about Lifestyle Home Garden (Best Garden Centre) that has us going back time and time again ... whether it’s for the enormous choice of pretty plants we just have to have for our spring garden beds, for tea and scones at the cafe,...

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Home Decor – MRP Home

Redoing your lounge? Doing up your bedroom? Need added decor pieces? There’s only one place to go – MRP Home (Home Decor). For everything from on-trend decor pieces to basic bedding items, stylish couches and coffee tables, bathroom accessories and kitchen utensils, this spot has...

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Best Computer and Electronics Stores – Dion Wired and Incredible Connection

Cameras, TVs, coffee machines, home appliances, laptops, cellphones and all the tech that seems to keep the world turning  ... Dion Wired and Incredible Connection (Best Computer and Electronics Stores) are your one-stop shops for all things electronic. And for those of us who aren’t...

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Best Hardware Store – Builders Warehouse

The ultimate spot for all things DIY? Builders Warehouse (Best Hardware Store), of course. Whether you’re re-tiling or doing home renovations, painting that tired wall a pretty shade of blue or in need of new patio furniture, looking for the ultimate braai kit to buy...

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Best Travel Agency – Flight Centre

Dreaming of your next big vacay? We are too. Whether you’re off to the Mother City for a week long break coupled with tons of wine tasting; a sightseeing tour around Europe; an exotic cruise to Alaska or taking out-of-towners on a safari, Flight Centre...

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Best Bookstore – Exclusive Books

The best way to momentarily escape reality? A great read! From murder mysteries that keep you up at night to business reads that have you strategising your next big move, cookbooks that have you whipping up gourmet meals in minutes and travel books that have...

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Best Bridal Shop – Bride & Co

Garters, bow ties, jewellery, wedding dresses, groomsmen’s accessories, bridesmaids’ gifts and heaps of inspiration ... when you’re getting--- ready to tie the knot, Bride & Co (Best Bridal Shop) is your go-to. Plus, you can book a free fitting here ... what a win!

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Best Local Shopping Centre – Thrupps Illovo Centre

When you need to quickly pop in and out of a centre where you can get all your essentials ... food, toiletries, gifts, a doctor, banks and a coffee on the way out, Thrupps Illovo Centre (Best Local Shopping Centre) is a great go-to. PS:...

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Best Optometrist – Specsavers

Spectacles, trend-setting sunnies, eye tests, a home try-on service (yes, you can try out six frames in  the comfort of your home for seven days), contact lenses delivered to your door, fantastic service and great savings are just a few of the reasons why we...

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Best Pharmacy – Dis-Chem

If there’s one shop we could very easily blow our life savings in, it would be Dis-Chem (Best Pharmacy). We always walk in looking for only one thing but somehow end up leaving with a trolley filled with vitamins, activated charcoal, the latest organic shampoo,...

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Best Outdoor and Camping Store – Cape Union Mart

Get out of the city for a much-deserved, weekend (or week) getaway in the countryside ... take a deep breath. Whether it’s a solo hiking trip, a camping getaway with the entire family or a fishing weekend with the boys, the one place you’ll find...

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Best Sporting Goods Store – Sportsmans Warehouse

For all things sport-related – from cycling shoes to heart rate monitors, Pilates equipment to swimming gear – Sportsmans Warehouse (Best Sporting Goods Store) has everything you could possibly need under one roof. Be sure to check out the winning deals that are always on...

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Best Car Dealership – Jaguar Land Rover Sandton

When it comes to friendly and efficient service with a smile, knowledgeable sales people, a sparkling showroom and a selection of high-end, really hot cars, Jaguar Land Rover Sandton (Best Car Dealership) comes out tops.

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Best Car Brand – Land Rover

It’s big, it’s tough, it’s seriously sexy, and, hell, it can get us across any Joburg pothole ... it’s no wonder Land Rover (Best Car Brand) has won our hearts yet again. Whether it’s a Discovery Sport, the oh-so-gorgeous Evoque or the new Range Rover...

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Best Gym – Virgin Active

For those blood-pumping, muscle-strengthening, fabulous workouts at the crack of dawn, there’s only one place you’ll find Joburg ... at Virgin Active (Best Gym). Whether it’s yoga, swimming, cardio classes or weight training you’re after, this spot has it all. We’re talking world-class facilities and...

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Best Spot To Take Out-Of-Towners – The Maboneng Precinct

When out-of-towners arrive, we always want to show off our city and its diversity ... and where better than The Maboneng Precinct (Best Spot To Take Out-Of-Towners)? Maboneng is a melting pot of culture, art, entertainment, business, food and fashion and is a great place...

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Best Art Gallery – Goodman Gallery

When we’re in the mood for something a little different, something that doesn’t usually occur on our weekly social or work calendars, then we take a trip to the Goodman Gallery (Best Art Gallery) and admire the awe-inspiring art and exhibitions. With work by artists...

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Best Estate Agent – Pam Golding

Whether you’re looking to buy, rent or sell, we understand just how daunting the entire process can be. Luckily, Pam Golding (Best Estate Agent) always seems to make the process a little easier and far more pleasurable. From the user-friendly website to the knowledgeable estate...

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Best Local TV Programme – Top Billing

If there’s one thing Joburgers love, it’s a bit of glam. And if we’re talking local TV shows that are all about glam, obviously, Top Billing (Best Local TV Programme) is our (and our readers’) favourite. From gorgeous presenters to luxury homes, first-class travel experiences...

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Best Cinema Complex – Hyde Park Nu Metro

Popcorn, Astros and Slush Puppys and a selection of snacks ... yes, a night out at the movies just got even better. At Hyde Park Nu Metro (Best Cinema Complex) you can bank on more than just a great film. We’re talking 3D movies, 4DX...

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Best Golf Course – The Randpark Golf Club

Magnificently manicured courses and a game with the boys makes getting up early on the weekends ever so easy. The Randpark Golf Club (Best Golf Course) is a long-standing favourite with our readers. From the great facilities and pristine greens to the mashie course and...

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Best Sports Presenter – Nick Mallett

Back on the screens is former Springboks coach and rugby analyst, Nick Mallett (Best Sports Presenter) and somehow the game is always more interesting when he’s around. Keep up-to-date with all the sporting highlights on SuperSport.

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Sports Hero – Kagiso Rabada

There are a couple of obvious reasons why Kagiso Rabada (Sports Hero) is a firm favourite with South African sports fans. One, he’s the first fast bowler to become a Red Bull athlete. Two, he became the first player to win six awards at Cricket...

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Kids

Best Crèche – Buttercup Pre-School

A beautiful, secure, nurturing environment that feels like home away from home ... surely that’s all we could wish for our littlies at pre-school? Buttercup Pre-School (Best Crèche) is just the place according to our readers. With excellent educational facilities, truly caring and qualified teachers,...

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Best Baby Essentials – Baby City

We all know how exciting it is to have a baby ... from buying the first outfit to kitting out the nursery, Instagramming your belly as it grows and finally, taking your bundle of joy home. #BlessedWithTheBest But it’s not all as simple as it...

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Fashionable Kids’ Wear – Cotton On Kids

From floral dresses and princess tutus to camo shorts and dinosaur tees, Cotton On Kids (Fashionable Kids’ Wear) is our go-to for everything from casual wear to birthday outfits for the little ones. Then there are all those adorable accessories ... sunnies and backpacks, necklaces...

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Best Primary School – Bryandale Primary

With a long-standing reputation for excellence, Bryandale Primary (Best Primary School) has always been a firm favourite with parents and children alike. With a focus on holistic education – a love of nature as well as the classroom – well-rounded children who are equipped for...

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Best Private Primary School – Valbonne College

Nestled in a quiet, secure area of Lonehill with French-inspired architecture and manicured gardens is a new primary school, Valbonne College (Best Private Primary School). With intimate classroom environments, individual attention and excellent facilities, happy, well-adjusted, confident children with healthy self-esteems are encouraged to develop...

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Best Kids’ Takeaway – McDonald’s

Every once in a while we treat our kids to their favourite takeout ... because it is Friday after all and they’re having a play date and that big, yellow and red logo always puts a smile on their faces. McDonald’s (Best Kids’ Takeaway) always...

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Best Private High School – St Stithians College

With a magnificent setting and sweeping views of the city, St Stithians College (Best Private High School) is known as one of the top schools in the country ... and for good reason. Matric students write the IEB exams with 96-98% obtaining Bachelor degree (university...

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Kids

Back To School Goodies – CNA

For all those back to school essentials ... pens, coloured paper, flip files and pencil cases ... we head straight to CNA (Back To School Goodies), along with the kids and all.

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Kids

Best Toy Store – Toys R Us

The latest Barbie or action figures, electronic toys or puzzles, there’s something here for kids of all ages –from babies to pre-teens. Toys R Us (Best Toy Store) is a never-ending maze of fun, amazement and magic for kids. A spot where you’re sure to...

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Best Beauty Mecca – Life Day Spa

Every once in a while we need to treat ourselves to some relaxing ‘me time’ in the form of hot stone massages, reflexology, rejuvenating facials and foot massages at Life Day Spa (Best Beauty Mecca). We’ll be taking our bestie along too, thank you very...

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Best Make-Up Products – MAC

An endless variety of lipsticks, lipglosses, foundations, false lashes and eyeshadows ... in every conceivable colour ... is the reason we love playing dress-up with MAC (Best Make-Up Products). Whether it’s thanks to the plumping or metallic lipsticks, our pout is always perfect. You certainly...

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Best Spray Tan Spot – The Sun Room

It’s summer, which means our skirts, dresses and shorts are coming out ... and so are the golden-brown tans (fake or real). If, like us, you struggle to tan, don’t enjoy sunbathing, are stuck in the office for far too many hours on end, or...

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Best Fashion Boutique – Nicci Boutique

There’s a reason Nicci Boutique (Best Fashion Boutique) wins year after year ... perhaps it’s the unusual  selection of fashionable (and comfy) clothing items and accessories that are always readily available. Not only is this boutique more affordable than other high-end boutiques (bonus!), there’s also...

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Best Aesthetics Centre – Botox 4 U

Ugh, wrinkles! We all loathe them! Luckily, we no longer need to. At Botox 4 U (Best Aesthetics Centre) you’re sure to leave winkle-free. Plus, you can add some volume to your lips, raise those eyebrows slightly, have a skin peel, whiten your teeth, have...

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Best Nail Bar – Sorbet

An easy way to feel pampered and gorgeous in less than an hour? Pop over to your closest Sorbet (Best Nail Bar) for a tip-top mani or pedi. Choose between a Quickie (file, buff and paint), Mini-Me or Power (the full monty ... massage, exfoliation...

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Best Shoe Store – Aldo

There’s really only one way to put a spring in your step ... with a new pair of fabulous, eye-catching heels. Actually, any pair of eye-catching shoes will do ... funky sneakers, sky-high stilettos, summery sandals, brogues or wedges, Aldo (Best Shoe Store) has them...

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Best At-Home Pampering Products – Clicks

Make-up, fizz balls, bubble bath, face masks, nail polish, hair masques and fragrances ... Clicks (Best At-Home Pampering Products) is our go-to when we’re in need of a little ‘me time’ and some well-deserved pampering. Relaxation has never been easier.

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Best Clothing Store for Women and Life’s Little Luxuries – Woolworths

From a basic pair of jeans and a comfy cotton shirt to glamorous dresses, sexy undies, sophisticated work wear, and everything in-between, Woolworths (Best Clothing Store for Women and Life’s Little Luxuries) is our go-to when it comes to wardrobe must-haves. Not only are the...

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Best Underwear Shop – La Senza

There’s something about brand new, sexy lingerie – cute panties, bras or bodysuits – that instantly makes us feel sexier in our skin. Perhaps that’s why we find La Senza (Best Underwear Shop) so irresistible ... a perfect gift to ourselves, our besties or our...

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Best Accessory Shop – Lovisa

All that glitters, all that’s gold and all our heart desires ... pompom earrings, tassel earrings, big ones, small ones and everything in-between. Statement necklaces and rings, too. When we need to upgrade the bling, we go to one place only, Lovisa (Best Accessory Shop)....

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Best Jewellery Store – Browns Jewellers

Whether it’s the perfect engagement ring, wedding band, eternity ring, diamond earrings or tennis bracelet, there’s no better way to show your love for her than with a sparkly diamond or two from Browns Jewellers (Best Jewellery Store). This is one sure way to win...

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Best Hair Salon – Carlton

When it comes to our hair, we’re extra fussy, as are our readers. And rightfully so. There are very few places we trust to get our blow-drys, up-styles, colour and cut just right. Thankfully though, we can always rely on David Gilson and his talented...

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Best Caterer – By Word of Mouth

The good news? Joburg’s favourite caterer, By Word of Mouth (Best Caterer) not only does seriously impressive events (birthdays, weddings, business lunches and brunches), it now does delicious Frozen For You meals as well. Simply pop the meals in the oven after a long day...

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Best Sit Down Burger and Best Gourmet To Go – RocoMamas

We’ll admit, we don’t always feel like cooking after a long day at the office. It’s always tempting to stop by our local RocoMamas (Best Sit Down Burger and Best Gourmet To Go) for a Chilli Cheez Bomb smash burger and shoestring fries. Whether to-go...

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Best Pizza Spot – Col’ Cacchio

Whether it’s a house full of teens, a dinner party you just can’t face catering for, a weekend in front of the telly or a casual date night, Col’ Cacchio (Best Pizza Spot) always comes to the rescue. From the carb-conscious selection of pizza and...

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Best Butcher – Impala Meat Centre

When we think of sunny weekends in Joburg, the one thing that always comes to mind is a braai. And if there’s one thing we’re blessed with in this country, it’s top-quality meat ... perfect for those afternoon braais with friends, family (and ice-cold beers)....

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Best Biltong – Sloane Meat Market

Thinly sliced, wet and fatty, chilli-spiced or droëwors, if there’s one thing South Africa is famous for, it’s biltong! And we sure love it too. There’s nothing quite like a bag of freshly sliced biltong with a glass of ice-cold beer on the weekends. If...

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Best Ice Cream Parlour – Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream

Roasted Banana, Cookies and Cream, Birthday Cake, Dulce de Leche, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Vietnamese Coffee ... in a cup or in a cone ... with sprinkles or not? The options are endless and the ice cream? The best we’ve ever had! Paul’s Homemade Ice...

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Best Coffee – Mugg & Bean

Cappuccinos, lattes, espressos, bottomless coffee and so much more... When we’re in need of our morning – or midday or hourly – fix, we’re off to Mugg & Bean (Best Coffee). Sourced from farms in Uganda, Guatemala, Brazil and Honduras and roasted here in South...

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Best Doughnut Spot – Krispy Kreme’s

Lightly glazed, sugar coated, filled with chocolate or topped with sprinkles. Milky Bar, Peanut Butter or Red Velvet Cake. We’re talking about Krispy Kreme’s (Best Doughnut Spot) endless selection of doughnuts that put a smile on our face. We’ll take a dozen, please.

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Best Patisserie – Patisserie de Paris

Reminiscent of a French patisserie in pink and blue, Patisserie de Paris (Best Patisserie) ... is where warm, flaky croissants, award-winning baguettes and moreish chocolate brownies are baked daily. With French music in the background, it’s our readers’ fave patisserie for a treat, a cappuccino...

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Best Chocolate Bar – Lindt

Melt-in-your-mouth Lindor balls, a slab of Excellence Sea Salt, Chilli or Cranberry Intense, or the famous golden bunny ... when that choccy longing strikes, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as Lindt (Best Chocolate Bar) according to our readers, and we couldn’t agree more.

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Best Chips and Best Takeaway Burger – Steers

When all we feel like is a packet of fries with spicy seasoning and extra vinegar, we make straight for Steers (Best Chips and Best Takeaway Burger). And while we’re at it, we’re definitely going to get a King Steer burger with bacon to-go, as...

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Best Vegetarian – Leafy Greens

Take a trip to the countryside for a breath of fresh air, a wander round gorgeous gardens and the most delicious, plant-based food in Joburg. Leafy Greens (Best Vegetarian) serves a selection of vegan and vegetarian food made from the organic fruit and veggies grown...

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Best Hotel Restaurants – Grei and Qunu

Joburgers love good food so much they couldn’t settle for only one restaurant in this category (and we don’t blame them). The Saxon is home to two world-class restaurants ... Grei and Qunu (Best Hotel Restaurants). Grei’s six-course tasting menu, paired with top local and...

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Best Sushi – Fireroom

There are sashimi and handrolls, maki and California rolls and then there’s sushi that’s set on fire (yes, really!) – and we just cannot get enough. Think a crispy California roll with salmon, jalapeño, Kewpie mayo, cream cheese and yakitori sauce, set ablaze in front...

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Best Kosher Restaurant – Friends Restaurant

We all know how difficult it is to find a quality kosher restaurant, so when we do find one, we treasure it. Friends Restaurant (Best Kosher Restaurant) is our (and our readers’) go-to. The food is fresh, fab and (obviously) Kosher-friendly. Be sure to pop...

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Best Bistro – Pronto

There’s something about Pronto (Best Bistro) that feels like home every time we step through the door. From the friendly, attentive service to the mouth-watering selection of sandwiches, pastas (of which 70 000 are made each year!), pizzas and wine options, this local hang-out has...

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Best Steakhouse – Turn ‘n Tender

Medium-rare with roasted butternut and creamed spinach, and a side of pap (because we can never choose only one), with pepper and mushroom sauce (both, because again, we can never choose) and a glass of Merlot. Yes, please! Turn ‘n Tender (Best Steakhouse) has been...

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Best Halaal – Istanbul Kebab

When we think of healthy, traditional Turkish food, some of the first things that come to mind are shwarmas and kebabs (with all those delicious sides), baklava and sutlac (yum!). Hungry yet? If so, head over to Istanbul Kebab (Best Halaal) for top Turkish food...

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Best Outdoor Dining Spot – Buitengeluk

Sit outside beneath the magnificent trees in the gorgeous gardens (and take a deep breath), while enjoying a bite to eat from the oh-so-tempting Buitengeluk (Best Outdoor Dining Spot) menu. A great place for the entire family to get together and the littlies to run...

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Spoil Yourself – Marble

With gorgeous views of the city, a seriously impressive interior and food that’s to-die-for ... let’s not even get started on the cocktail selection ... it’s no wonder Marble (Spoil Yourself) was voted the ultimate spoil by our readers. Whether it’s a date night, celebratory...

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Best Romantic Restaurants – Pigalle and Café Del Sol

If it’s date night and you’re looking for the perfect spot (or two) that’s impressive, has consistently good food, great wine (of course) and fabulous service ... then we have two places for you. Pigalle and Café Del Sol (Best Romantic Restaurants) get our, and...

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Best Portuguese – Adega’s

There are few things we love more than Adega’s (Best Portuguese) prawns, swimming in lemon butter sauce with fries on the side (for dunking in the sauce, of course). From the LM-style chicken to the trinchado, prawns and seafood platters (a must for sharing with...

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Beat The Budget, Best Mexican and Best Neighbourhood Restaurant – Salsa

If you’re on the lookout for a dining spot that’s vibey, great for groups of friends and has easy-eating, great-for-sharing menu options that won’t break the bank, Salsa (Beat The Budget, Best Mexican and Best Neighbourhood Restaurant) is just the place. Think nachos, quesadillas, tacos,...

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Best Seafood – Ocean Basket

Fish and chips, a dozen prawns, fried calamari, oysters or sushi ... whenever we feel like fresh fish in a casual setting we head straight off to Ocean Basket (Best Seafood). Plus, the prices are always excellent. It’s easy to see why this one gets...

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Best Chicken – Nando’s

Mild, medium, hot or lemon and herb ... this is Nando’s (Best Chicken) we’re talking about, obviously. Whether it’s a full chicken and a side of pap; a chicken, avo and pickled red onion wrap; chicken livers or a juicy burger we want, we just...

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Best New Restaurant – Roxanne’s Rum Eatery

Neon lights, on-trend decor, sassy quotes on the walls, leather, a tattoo room, perfect selfie spots set up just for you, and seriously devilish food ... it’s easy to see why Roxanne’s Rum Eatery (Best New Restaurant) wins this category hands down. It’s sexy and...

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Best Indian – Raj

Sometimes it feels the only way to survive winter unscathed is with a really hearty, butter chicken curry ... or a lamb korma or prawn masala ... with extra samoosas and naan bread, of course. When all we feel like is an extra-spicy, belly-warming curry,...

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Best Thai – Simply Asia

For all things Thai ... think Thai green chicken curry, tom yum soup and pad Thai noodles ... the first place that comes to mind is our favourite too, Simply Asia (Best Thai). A night with Netflix would never be the same without that red...

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Best Chinese – Red Chamber

Red Chamber (Best Chinese) is our go-to for sweet ‘n sour pork, kung pao chicken and dumplings ... our mouths are watering at the thought.

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Best Italian – Jamie’s Italian

Delicious, rustic Italian food made with only the finest, ethically sourced, organic ingredients is what Jamie’s Italian (Best Italian) stands for ... and these are only a couple of the endless reasons why we love this spot so much. The relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and affordable...

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Best Brunch and Best Business Lunch – Tashas

Brunch might just be our favourite meal of the day ... mimosas, French toast, the famous Dr Paw Paw or the Breakfast Royale (think two poached eggs, asparagus or spinach, lemon sauce & seeded bread) ... there are so many reasons why we love brunch....

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Lunch in the Country – Casalinga

From romantic fireplaces and intimate dining spaces to rolling lawns and views of the farm, Casalinga (Lunch in the Country) holds a special place in all our hearts. And the food ... hearty, home-made-style, Italian cuisine at its best! It’s the perfect excuse to momentarily...

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Best Greek – Mythos

Greek food features high up on our list of favourite dining options ... hummus, tzatziki, olives, pita bread, halloumi, moussaka and all those dishes that have us dreaming of hot Greek summers beside the Med. Another reason we’re such massive fans of Greek fare is...

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Best Breakfast- Wimpy

Bacon, eggs, sausages and grilled tomatoes ... that’s one way to have us up bright and early. And when we can get a quick and delicious brekkie on the run, we’re even happier. With Wimpy (Best Breakfast) you’re always guaranteed a tasty start to your...

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Best Local Band – The Parlotones

Still Jozi’s favourite band, The Parlotones (Best Local Band) continue to top the charts, stages and dance floors with their rock ‘n roll-inspired sounds. And in celebration of their 20th anniversary, they’ve just released their latest album, China. Give it a listen – we’re sure...

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Best Nightclub – Booth Night Club

Get dressed in your Little Black Dress and your glitzy stilettos for a night out on the town. Booth Night Club (Best Nightclub) is Jozi’s hottest spot when it comes to DJs, music and fabulous performances. Set in the heart of Sandton, this elite club...

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Best Neighbourhood Pub – Jolly Roger

Sometimes the only thing you feel like is a laid-back atmosphere, a beer and a pizza with your crew. At Jolly Roger (Best Neighbourhood Pub) you can do just that ... in slip-slops and all. Plus, this spot always has some seriously fab specials on...

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Best Bachelors’ Spot – The Grand

So, you’re getting married and it’s time for one last hoorah! Our readers voted The Grand (Best Bachelors’ Spot) as the place to hang out with the boys. Whether you’re going for the dining options, the drinks or the dancers, you’ll have a fantastic time....

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Best Beer – Castle Lite/ Windhoek

Long day? Beer! ... Braai? Beer! ... Post-work drinks? Beer! ... As South Africans, there’s one thing we all love and that’s beer ... an ice-cold one, that is. No wonder we have two favourites this year, Castle Lite and Windhoek (Best Beers). We’ll have...

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Best sporting goods store

Summer is coming and the tennis court is calling! And so is your running club. That’s great, except you don’t have a tennis racquet. Or running shoes. Now what? That’s easy, Sportsmans Warehouse (best sporting goods store) has everything sports-related under one roof. It’ll have...

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Best shopping mall

Shop ‘til you drop! And Angie knows just the place… ‘Sandton City (best shopping mall) is my favourite shopping mall. It has anything and everything your heart desires all under one roof and it’s well designed, which is a bonus.’

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Best stationery store

For all her stationery must-haves, Danielle de Souza loves one store in particular… ‘Typo (best stationery store) obviously! It has the best stuff, and it’s easy to find something that suits your style and personality.’

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Best online shopping site

You know that feeling when you receive a big ol’ bunch of roses? It’s great, isn’t it? But when those roses arrive with a box of choccies, the cutest teddy bear and a bottle of wine … love, pure love is in the air. That’s...

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Best shop for life’s little luxuries

When life hands you lemons, beat the blues by indulging in … well, life’s little luxuries. What better store than Woolworths (best shop for life’s little luxuries) – from gorgeous soaps and perfumes, to luxurious sleepwear and the tastiest range of choccies and gourmet foods.

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Best outdoor /camping store

If you prefer your camping with a side of glamping (that’s glamorous camping, guys) then Cape Union Mart (best outdoor /camping store) will ensure that your time outdoors is as comfortable and as fabulous as possible … Danielle de Souza swears by it too. ‘I...

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Best kitchen essentials shop

If you want your kitchen to look as chic, sleek and on-fleek as your wardrobe … well it’s a good (read, great!) thing that @Home (best kitchen essentials shop) proves why it’s been whipping the kitchens of Joburg into shape, one kitchen counter at a...

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Best hardware store

When things need to get done around the home, Angie takes a trip to Builders Warehouse (best hardware store). ‘The name of this shop says it all … it’s a warehouse full of things that you can use to build stuff. It’s a home/D.I.Y enthusiast’s...

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Best home décor store

Looking for that perfect lounge suite? Need a rug that will add a bit of extra flair to the dining room? Is your guest bedroom just screaming out for a much-needed makeover? Relax. Just relax, because @Home (best home décor store) has all your décor...

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Best furniture store

Life is too short to be sitting on uncomfortable furniture … and blogger Danielle de Souza (of The Kitchen Thief) knows just the place to spruce up your home! ‘I’m a Coricraft (best furniture store) addict. I love its stuff. The raw, natural beauty of...

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Best florist

Anna-Belle Mulder can’t get enough of flowers, so when she needs a bunch she pops into Dunkeld Fruit and Flowers (best florist). ‘I go there at least once a week because it always has fresh flowers every day and you can make your own bunch...

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Best car dealership

Looking for a new ride? Look no further than Fury Sandton GM (best car dealership). With a great selection of vehicles to choose from, the right car is just waiting for you. Knowledgeable staff make the process of purchasing a new car easy. This category...

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Best computer/ electronic store

Are you looking for a new iPad, laptop, fridge or TV? Joburgers know just the place ... best you head down to Dion Wired (best computer/ electronic store) for all your technology & appliance needs. If you aren’t sure of which make or brand to...

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Best book shop

Nothing beats the smell of a new book ... know what we’re talking about? Angie does and has a one-stop spot to buy all her new reads, namely Exclusive Books (best book shop). ‘Exclusive Books in Hyde Park has a very extensive book selection, plus...

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