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Best Burgers in Joburg

There’s nothing as splendid as a succulent burger made from the finest selection of beef; served with a touch of local flavour to have you licking your fingers. Grab a friend, take a trip and experience first-hand the top five spots that serve the best...

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Celebrating in true Jozi style

This might just be the most glamorous event of the year – after all, this is the Best of Joburg Readers’ Choice Awards Winners Party we’re talking about! Held in the magnificent Beechwood Gardens (what could be the equivalent of Joburg’s very own Château de...

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An insider’s guide to the best coffee in Joburg

For most people in Joburg, the morning caffeine fix is a definite essential. The city, with its vast urban sprawl, is home to a number of exceptional coffee shops nestled in and among the high rises. Head on over to any of these amazing spots...

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Best Fish and Chips in Joburg

Crispy and comforting – when well done, a plate of traditional fish and chips is simply irresistible. These five fast-food restaurants are the go-to place for a serving of Jozi's finest fish and chips.   6. Fish and Chips Co. (Randburg) Our current favourite place...

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Wine and dine at Marble

If you’re craving a bit of meat or a good array of enticing vegetarian meals cooked over a magnificent, custom-made wood-fired grill, you probably might want to visit ‘Marble’. Voted by Jozi as the Best Spoil Yourself Restaurant in the annual Best of Joburg Readers'...

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The best of the best!

Our annual Best of Joburg Reader’s Choice Awards was, as always a rip-roaring success! Jozi’s finest celebrated this year’s winners at a sumptuous affair held at the gorgeous Beechwood Gardens in Hyde Park. Sipping on Malfy Gin and L'Ormarins while sampling the delectable treats from...

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Stuffed sweet potato for easy outdoor eating

We stumbled across this amazing recipe from local born and bred blogger Lexi Monzeglio on Whisking It and we just had to share. It’s something a little different if you’re planning an outdoor dine and wine get together with your friends and you want to...

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Garden shopping spree

If your garden is looking a little rough around the hedges, it’s time to head to Schäffler’s Garden Nursery in Lyndhurst to stock up on supplies. Jenni and Lucy – the nursery’s much loved dogs – will greet you on arrival and Bruce, a boisterous...

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Pop-up pizza

Not only is Pionieri Pizzeria the only authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in Joburg, but it’s a pop-up too! Talk about a novel drawcard, though it seems people are returning again and again for more of what is quickly gaining steam as the best pizza in the...

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Kids healthy take-out

Generally speaking, take-out food is seen as a bit of a parenting misstep … but we all do it, don’t we? Every now and then when we’re so tired that the thought of turning the oven on to ‘whip up’ a home-cooked meal is enough...

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Morning socials

Breakfast in the garden Top up on tulips for your flower pots and bring the girls together for another garden party away from the humdrum of the city, all in one place. The cosy tea garden at Schäffler’s Garden Nursery is the perfect setting to...

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Bellissimo

Pasta pioneers If pasta is your favourite pastime, then you absolutely must try Moda’ Ristorante in Craighall Park which arrived at a converted shed in Shepherd Market on Jan Smuts Avenue about a year or so ago. It’s warm and humble ambience is the perfect...

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Boutique baby

You want to choose only the best for your little darling… which is why you’ll probably love the cots, toys and baby accessories at Mamas&Papas. Their products are reminiscent of an earlier era, when things were made to last and be treasured. 44 Stanley Avenue,...

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Warehouse for the win

Forget fitness stores, what we really want is an entire stockpile of equipment in one place and at Sportsman’s Warehouse, we’ve got it. They’ve pretty much monopolised the market as the biggest sporting equipment and sportswear store, with products from major international and local brands...

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3 ways to cheat your dinner party

Hosting a dinner party can be stressful, especially if you have a large party coming round for dinner. Here, we give you three ways to impress even the most dedicated foodie…   Cheeseboards It’s not that difficult to whip up a posh cheeseboard, and it...

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Par for the course

Choose from three highly regarded courses at Randpark Golf Club or tackle a 6 768 meters long course, complete with challenging water obstacles at The Bryanston Country Club. Maye you even want to attempt to conquer every golfer’s arch nemesis at one of Joburg’s oldest...

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The business brunch elite

Ditch the boardroom setting for an on-board experience at Grand Central Café in Melrose Arch and steam your way through the Express Line Breakfast or a scrumptious Croque Madame. 38 Whiteley Road, The Piazza, Melrose Arch. Details: 011-684-1506. Don’t you hate when you miss the...

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One-trip wonder

If you’re looking to wow some out-of-town friends or family, you might want to find an area with a few worthwhile sights within walking distance. A good collection can be found in and around the arts and culture precinct of Newtown. Visit the SAB Miller...

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Sparkle up that complexion

If you, like us, aim to look fabulous to the max every single day, you’ve probably experienced the downsides that come with frequently wearing a full face of make-up. Miss London Salon is one of our favourite beauty meccas and now we’ve got yet another...

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Pamper par-TEA!

We love how a visit to Youbar in Illovo for a quick-fix skin treatment or power pedi always makes us feel like heiresses with their luxurious chairs, copper foot soakers and platinum-grade pampering. But most of all … we love the tea. Exclusive to the...

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Geared up for success

Our one-stop-shop for business gadgets and tech? The Gadget Shop. Computers and computer accessories, phones and tablets, Wi-Fi routers, earphones, voice recorders, and wearable tech … this store’s got it all. It also stocks a few items that are not exactly business appropriate – drones,...

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Burger basics

It doesn’t get better than the fuller and fresher taste that grass fed, free range meat can provide which is why we’re pretty besotted with Braeside Butchery in Parkhurst at the moment. Details: 011-788-3613 or 011-442-6614. Then there’s the Gourmet Butcher who takes it one...

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Beer, Biltong and Boerewors

We’re giving a nod to a few of our favourite places … like Bert’s butchery for award winning Free State style boerewors. Details: 011-782-4919. The Brewery is an online store with one of the largest selections of both local and imported craft beers we’ve ever...

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Deli-sh jams and preserves

Take jam and preserved tasties off your supermarket shopping list because it’s time to trade up, especially if you usually buy the tinned kinds. Don’t you know everything tastes better in glass, darling? If these artisanal jarred goods from some of Joburg’s best cafes and...

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What’s your hamburger persona?

Trust us – nobody can turn down a good burger. Find the right one for you. Heart attack Jack You love living life to the fullest and won’t compromise enjoyment for caution or calories. So you’ll love the Big Bad Wolf from The Wolfpack (find...

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Batsile’s best Joburg spots

Hang out with Batsile Ramasodi and find out about his fave radio station, sports presenter and theatre (and that’s just the start!). Best local estate agent Pam Golding is my favourite – it sells the kinds of houses that I’d love to live in one...

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Pizza party

We were more than excited the day Jamie’s Italian arrived on our shores, how about you? And now, to add to our delight, they’re celebrating a month of pizza! The restaurant will be serving a unique pizza each week this March – think a new,...

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See the city with Ricci-Lee

The stunning, Ricci-Lee Kalish tells us about some of her fave places around Joburg – think restaurants, art galleries and more! Best Asian restaurant I absolutely love Thai Cafe in Greenside … it’s perfectly priced and super authentic, and you can find me there most...

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Cocktails for days

Before we say our final goodbyes to summer … we’re going to see the most sizzling season of the year off in style with a few vibrant, colourful cocktails from News Café’s new menu. The new cocktail menu from Joburg’s best cocktail bar offers a...

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Anna-Belle’s fave stores

Blogger, Anna-Belle Mulder knows exactly where to go for the best buys in Joburg … and she’s sharing them with us! Best book shop A shop on 44 Stanley, L’Elephant Terrible Bookshop, is my pick for best book shop in Joburg. It offers a whole...

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Go Greek!

We’re craving a bright green salad with lettuce, ripe tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta and Kalamata olives, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and oregano … or perhaps home-style meatballs cooked in a fresh tomato salsa and flavoured with herbs and a touch of garlic...

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Shannon Greek on mommy matters

Mom and TMA Management founder, Shannon Greek tells us about her fave spots to shop for or treat the little ones. Best shop for baby essentials I’m probably at Baby City at least once a week. I will, without fail, go there to buy one...

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Chris’ dining faves

We had a chat with Top Billing’s Chris Jaftha about his fave dining spots … check it out. Best place to get an English breakfast Fournos in Dunkeld has great service and food and it’s a breakfast spot I frequent only with my parents …...

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Out and about with Abby

Abby Nurock gives us her take on Joburg’s best bars, bottlestores and more! Best bottlestore to buy wine Wine Concepts in BluBird Shopping Centre has an amazing selection of award-winning wines, which is why I’d say it’s the best boutique bottlestore. Best cocktail bar Anti...

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All things glam with LeAnne

LeAnne Dlamini shares some of her fave beauty and fashion finds with us.  Best accessory shop For contemporary pieces, I love Lovisa. The accessories are current and on trend! Best beauty mecca (spa)  Life Day Spa in Fourways – I just love the ambience, and...

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Richard talks essentials for the kids

Looking for the best toy store or kids gear? Richard Laskey gives us his top picks. Best shop for baby essentials I have always shopped at Dischem for the essentials – the variety is massive and everything is under one roof, making my life easier....

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Tasty fare from Tiger’s Milk

We paid Tiger’s Milk a visit recently and we’re super happy to say that the food is nothing short of fantastic! A juicy cheeseburger topped with a three cheese sauce. Succulent pork ribs served with a side of crispy chips. Roast leg of lamb pizza...

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Angie’s best places to shop

Angie Batis Durrant gives us some insight into her fave spots to shop … get out your credit cards, girls! Best book shop Exclusive Books in Hyde Park has a very extensive book selection which is why it’s my pick for best book shop. The...

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Dining in Joburg with Jen

Jen Su dishes on some of her favourite restaurants (and why you should love them, too!).  Best Asian restaurant For Chinese, Fong Mei in Rivonia, Sandton … think yummy, authentic, down-to-earth and Candy Liu, the owner, always looks after her customers. Best beat-the-budget (inexpensive) restaurant...

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Taryn’s top party spots

Taryn Louch tells us about her fave places to hang out with friends and have a good time. Best bottlestore to buy beer The best bottle store is Norman Goodfellows in Illovo. Whether it's a case of beer or a bespoke bottle of very expensive...

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Explore the city with Matthew

Matthew Mole tells us more about his fave hangout spots in Joburg. Best art gallery I live across the road from Wolves Cafe. Although it’s not a formal art gallery, they always have different exhibitions there, and it's always the kind of art that I...

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Glam it up with Gina

Gina Myers gives us the lowdown on her fave beauty and shopping spots in Joburg. Best accessory shop This is quite a tough decision. I usually enjoy statement pieces, nothing very over the top, just bold and different! But I also like to dress up...

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It’s all about the kiddies

The lovely Joy Liedke tells us all about her fave places to treat the little ones. Best shop for baby essentials Kids Emporium have luxury items but for general must-have’s, Baby City stocks it all. Best fashionable kids’ gear Zara for special occasions and Cotton On...

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Food talk with Cara-Lisa Sham

Get excited – the lovely Cara-Lisa shares her fave foodie spots with us. Best Indian restaurant Thava Norwood is my favourite Indian restaurant. It serves the most authentic Indian cuisine I’ve ever tasted in Joburg. I also love the ambiance, which adds to the experience...

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Maps’ Joburg bests

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...

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Check out Anne’s top food picks

Anne Dolinschek was more than happy to share her fave eat and drink spots around the city with us … thanks Anne! Best bakery The best bakery in Joburg is Knead in the Michelangelo Towers. It has anything you’re looking for if you’re in the...

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LBV Bistro is must-try food spot!

For food that’s oh-so tasty and a wine list that would leave any connoisseur starry-eyed, visit LBV Bistro in Bryanston. Okay, we admit it – the way to our heart is through our stomach. Just give us scrumptious food, wine and divine company and we’re...

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Shop at Nicole’s fave stores

Looking for the best garden centre or home décor store? Just ask Nicole Olwagen! Best book shop I love second-hand book-shopping and finding little gems for little cost, so I'll mission around Melville (Bookdealers Melville) or Randburg. For a great selection of new and local...

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Danielle’s fave shopping spots

Explore our pretty city and be sure to pop by some of Danielle de Souza’s fave stores when you do. Best book shop I love Exclusive Books in Hyde Park. Not only do I get to unleash my inner bookworm, but it serves a delicious...

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Capturing Joburg one moment at a time

Attention, attention! The Best of Joburg photo comp is over and a winner has been picked … congrats to Imaan Sulieman Darsot!  Needless to say we were blown away by the stunning pic that she took of the city (see above). 'The city of Johannesburg...

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Ryan’s best divine dining spots

Joburg is a foodie’s paradise … just ask Ryan Keys! He gives us the lowdown on his fave places to chow down in the city. Best Asian restaurant When I’m in the mood, I love going to Kai Thai in Rivonia! You have to try...

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Roxy’s foodie faves

Dine out in style at some of Roxy Burger’s fave food spots in Joburg. Best place to get an English breakfast Nice on 4th in Parkhurst is my favourite spot for an English breakfast. The breakfasts are unique and original – especially the sweet and...

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Ryan’s best ‘be merry’ spots

Celebrate life and have fun at Ryan Hignett’s top ‘be merry’ spots in the city! Best bottlestore to buy beer: TOPS in Lonehill. It’s literally in the same street where I live and open until 8pm so it’s perfect for those unplanned house parties I...

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See Shashi’s top picks

There’s so much to try and see in our city, right? That’s why we caught up with Shashi Naidoo, to get her top ‘be merry’ picks. Best bottlestore to buy beer: Norman Goodfellows is the place I’d go if I were in the market to...

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Kevin’s must-visit glam spots

Looking for fab accessories or boutiques? Check out Kevin McLennan’s top picks here. Best accessory shop: Brands Luv U is my absolute essential spot when it comes to getting new accessories for my wardrobe. What’s great is that it has tons of international brands on...

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Cara Frew’s beauty bests

The stunning, Cara Frew recently let us in on her fave beauty stores and fashion spots … and we’re definitely taking notes. Best accessory shop: Pichulik has the most beautiful African-inspired pieces, extremely unusual and absolutely exquisite. I’m lucky enough to have a few of...

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Get to know Sese

Sese Tetiwe gives us the lowdown on her foodie faves. Best bakery: I love Fournos bakery – it’s my favourite. What makes Fournos so special is that I think the owners give away a lot of the unsold food – everything is baked in the...

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Stevie’s top foodie spots

Want to know more about Stevie French’s fave eat and drink spots? We’ve got all the answers here. Favourite bakery: Patisserie de Paris in Blairgowrie is great for its cheese croissants, dark Belgian hot chocolate and sandwiches. In fact for anything with carbs, this is...

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Weekend retreat

Must love Magaliesberg. One minute you’re hooting your way through Joburg traffic, the next you’re on a quiet twisting road and find yourself in the middle of the countryside. That’s right, you’re just one Josh Groban CD (60 minutes more or less) away from a...

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Match-made in heaven

Could this be your next fave shop for all things swimwear? We’re loving Vilebrequin’s range, because there’s nothing sweeter than a seaside father-son duo in matching swimming cozzies! This season we’re head over heels for Vilebrequin’s super-stylish swimsuits, trunks and leisurewear for men and kiddies...

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Top 3 spots to dine with a view

No one is as passionate about world-class coffee as Ian and Ro Ziervogel of 4th Avenue Coffee Roasters and The Fat Zebra … and they’ve once again created a stir with the opening of their newest restaurant, Ferguson’s 5th Floor. At this über-trendy rooftop eatery,...

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Three thrilling reads

 Three great thrillers for weekend reading … all you need is a warm spot, a comfy chair and a vast glass of your favourite wine. Bliss. The Couple Next Door will have you checking on your children! When Anne and Marco are invited to their...

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Top 2 new picks for dining out…

We’d love to keep Banchan our little secret, but it’s simply too good not to share! This Korean restaurant that’s just popped up in the hot foodie district of Parkmore boasts a simple yet sleek interior along with a menu that combines authentic and fusion...

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Summer veggie garden

This year, we’re sowing loads of delicious summer vegetables. According to Kirchhoffs Seeds, October is the best month to sow and plant bush and runner beans, beetroot, brinjals, carrots, chillies and sweet peppers, all the different kinds of squash and melons, sweetcorn, Swiss chard and...

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Scenic dining

New York (quite literally) meets Joburg at Maximillien Restaurant, an old-fashioned steakhouse-style restaurant and whisky, wine and cigar lounge. Boasting an elite and exclusive feel, this hidden gem inside the DaVinci Hotel & Suites doesn’t only offer a cutting-edge and totally delish Mediterranean-inspired menu, it...

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Raspberry and rosewater gin rickey

Sometimes we like to let our creative side loose by making a refreshing cocktail at home … where do you go to get all your ingredients? Ingredients: 2/3 cup gin of choice 1/3 cup lime juice 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp rosewater 2 cups...

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Cool off…

Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream is popping up everywhere ... and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Haven’t heard of it before? It’s seriously the most decadent, flavourful, smooth, creamy (we could go on…) ice cream you will ever taste. The latest store is at the Sandton...

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Italian charm

We now realise after years and years of therapy (we kid! we kid!) that we’re probably never going to live in a villa in Italy. But if we ever want to escape for a night, The Palazzo at Montecasino is where we'd go! From the...

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Must-try cocktails

The cosmopolitan may have been the queen of the cocktails in the ‘90s thanks to Carrie Bradshaw and her New York girl gang, but no longer. We’re turning the classics on their heads and praising the local spots that offer us something a little more...

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Fab fire-starters!

David Higgs. Need we say more? Not really ... but we will anyway. The award-winning chef who’s well-known for creating culinary magic at Five Hundred at The Saxon has just opened Marble, his very own ‘live-fire’ restaurant in the über-trendy hub of Rosebank. It’s impossibly...

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Let’s get gardening

  We’ve got some great gardening tips for you to do this summer … where do you go for all your gardening must-haves in the City of Gold? The five best summer flowers for sunny beds are alyssum, bedding dahlias, bedding salvia (Salvia splendens), marigolds...

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Joburg’s best cocktails

  We have tried and tasted Joburg’s most delish and one-of-a-kind cocktail offerings … and here are some of the best! Is your fave on the list?   For the fashionista – Licorish Bistro’s GUCCI Martini lives up to its name – it’s the most...

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Décor desires

Décor desires Have you seen Robert Thomson’s contemporary furniture online page? It’s all modern American glamour … and we’re ready to add a touch of art deco (read: modern Great Gatsby) to our rooms. This gorgeous range has a new addition from major US brand...

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Sweet tooth spoil

Sweet tooth spoil We’re drooling over the cakes at Chateau Gateaux ... can you blame us? And we have the best news ... it recently opened another branch (we’re regulars at the Illovo spot) at Cresta Shopping Centre. If you’re throwing a summer soiree decorate...

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Brinjal stack

Brinjal stack   Ingredients 1 large brinjal 1 cup chunky cottage cheese 1 bunch wild rocket 2 tomatoes, finely chopped 1 red pepper, finely chopped 50ml white balsamic vinegar 150g castor sugar 1 Tbsp mustard seeds 1 Tbsp tomato paste 1 tsp rosemary, chopped 1...

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Blue cheese gnocchi

Blue cheese gnocchi   We got this delish recipe from Ritual Café’s chef, Sean Ackermann. What’s your fave meal from this Linden hot spot? Ingredients 1 cup cooked gnocchi ¼ cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled ¼ red pepper, sliced ¼ cup basil, chopped ¼ cup clarified...

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Add a little fizz

Add a little fizz   We all know you should drink 8 glasses of water a day. But sometimes you just need to jazz it up a little! Which is where flavoured, fizzy water comes in. If you’ve got a Sodastream, it’s easy. And for...

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