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Winners 2016

Best Private High School

Nurturing SA’s next doctors, accountants and lawyers is no mean feat, right? That’s why we’ve got to send our kids to the best learning institutions. For a high school that is ready and willing to give your kids quality education and guidance, Joburg voted St...

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Best nightclub

‘Are you a magician? Because when I look at you, everyone else disappears’. Sigh … This clearly isn’t the type of pick-up line that’s been thrown around at Movida (best pick-up spot). We’re putting it down to the bright cocktails, fabulous live show and the...

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Best local band

The Parlotones (best local band) show that they still have South Africans in the palm of their musical hands. Kahn and the boys are still creating, performing and recording. Be sure to follow the band on Twitter (@parlotones) so you never miss a gig, again.

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Best tea garden

There is always, always, always time for a great cup of tea. The Secret Garden (best tea garden) not only offers a great cuppa, the venue will keep kids happy (so much space), parents are able to enjoy their lunch and yes, it’s also available...

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Best butcher

Even though blogger Anne Dolinscheck is a veggie lover, she knew exactly where her friends get their juiciest steaks. ‘My friends usually go to Sloane Meat Market (best butcher), which has good quality meat at good prices.’

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Best primary school

Aw, who can forget their first day of school? Brand new uniform (with that school shirt you’d grow into), school bag packed and shiny polished shoes … Craighall Primary School (best government primary school) and Crawford Primary School (best private primary school) will take the...

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Best high school

Most of us remember our high school days fondly … even though it could be tough at times, it was an era of self-discovery. For the ultimate guidance and growth for your blossoming youngsters, Joburgers loved Hyde Park High School (best government high school) and...

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Best toy store

Looking for the perfect birthday present? The latest toy craze? Baby goods? Or a few new video games? There’s a one-stop shop for all those sorts of things. Say hello to Toys R Us (best toy store) which is still offering the widest selection of...

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Best kid’s party venue

Jungle gyms, a kids’ menu to keep even the fussiest eater happy, party hats, sparklers in ice cream and waiters and waitresses who sing ‘Happy Birthday’ at the tops of their voices. Could there be a better party venue for a kid’s birthday bash? We...

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Best fashionable kids’ gear

Looking good on the playground is what it’s all about these days. Joy has two fave spots where she loves to shop for her littlies. ‘I go to Zara for special occasions and Cotton On (best fashionable kids’ gear) for everyday wear! Make sure you...

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Best kids’ takeaway

‘La la la la laaaaaaaa, Joburg’s still lovin’ it’! Clearly, those happy meals and Ronald McDonald are still enough to keep the kids verrrry happy … plus those yummy McDonald’s (best kids’ takeaway) fries and chicken nuggets are pretty well irresistible.

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Best shop for baby essentials

We know being a first-time parent can be overwhelming … luckily Shannon Greek (founder of modelling agency TMA Management) knows just the place. ‘I’m probably at Baby City (best shop for baby essentials) at least once a week! I will, without fail, go there to...

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Best local TV personality

Bubbly, beautiful and regularly lighting up our screens, Jeannie D (best local TV personality), has a laugh that makes you want to break out in song – we feel it should be bottled and sold! Besides all the giggles, we also just love seeing what...

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Best local TV programme

Let’s be honest, Sunday wouldn’t be Sunday without an episode of Carte Blanche (best local TV programme). Hard-hitting journalism that gets the country talking, brilliant journalists (we’d run if we saw Devi heading our way) with a super production crew. All the reasons why we...

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Best weekend getaway

Sun, sand, slides and a world-class casino … Sun City (best weekend getaway) has something for everyone! Feeling brave? Try the slide of courage or the 2km zip-line for the ultimate adrenalin rush as you fly high above the most beautiful natural surroundings. Need a...

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Best local sports hero

Aaaaah, Chad le Clos (best local sports hero), one of the greatest swimmers our country has ever seen. He’s just fab in the pool. He also looks great on the cover of a magazine (or 12). Thank you for your proudly South African vibe, we...

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Best local radio station

If the Joburg traffic is getting you down, turn the dial and tune into 947 (best local radio station). The DJs are upbeat and know how to create a car karaoke vibe (that’s so on-trend right now). It also supports local bands with plenty of...

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Best theatre

Everything’s always better on the big … stage. If you’ve ever been to the Montecasino Teatro (best theatre) you’ll know why this is true! You’ll feel immersed in all the on-stage action as soon as you get comfy in one of its plush seats. From...

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Best local sports presenter

Need the lowdown on what’s happening on the sporting scene? Maps knows just the guy! ‘Robert Marawa (best local sports presenter) is the ultimate consummate professional when it comes to his work. He has years of experience, confidence in front of the camera and on...

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Best local radio show

From 6am, Monday to Friday, the airwaves of Joburg explode with the best news, pranks, music and general BE banter. Basically, the Breakfast Express (best local radio show) team – Darren Simpson, Brad O’Regan, Vin Deysel, Philicity Reeken and Jacob Moshokoa were put together to...

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Best local hotel

When Maps isn’t staying at home in Joburg, you’ll find him at The Saxon Hotel (best local hotel). ‘It has 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...

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best place to take out-of-towners

Keeping out-of-town guests happy can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Entertainment, good food, some great beer, maybe a show or two are all expected. That would require a lot of driving around the big Joburg city! Don’t worry, Montecasino (best place to take out-of-towners)...

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Best seafood restaurant

Sometimes all you want is a portion of great fish and chips, right? Well, Ocean Basket (best seafood restaurant) sees to it that its legendary hake and chips pans are still great value for money and pack a tasty seafood punch. Naturally, the sushi is...

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Best vegetarian restaurant

Veggie-lovers unite! For the most scrumptious vegetarian meals, Chris Jaftha pops into The Greenside Café (best vegetarian restaurant). ‘There are very few vegetarian restaurant options out there, but if you’re on the vegetarian side of things you’ll know why The Greenside Café is great. Why...

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Best steak restaurant

Mmm … there are few things that taste as good as a juicy steak cooked to perfection – and Roxy knows just the place! ‘Turn n’ Tender (best steak restaurant) has fantastic service and I always enjoy its food.’

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Best spoil-yourself restaurant

There are times in life when you either have to go big or go home. Spending an evening at Cube (best spoil-yourself restaurant) for an epic night of all things gastronomic is worth every rand you spend – it’s definitely worth saving for. It has...

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Best Portuguese restaurant

Adega (best Portuguese restaurant) shows just how darn delicious Portuguese cuisine really is, from prawns, to spatchcock chicken, espetada and amazing steak dishes! The dessert deserves a mention too – save room for pudding and be sure to wear your extra-stretchy pants (just kidding!).

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Best romantic restaurant

Is the wedding anniversary coming up? Or are you nearing a special birthday? Either way, you don’t need to search too hard for the perfect romantic restaurant, Pigalle (best romantic restaurant) has been known to woo many a couple with its great mood lighting, fabulous...

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Best restaurant for a posh burger

If you like your burgers smashed (as in an American-style Smash Burger) then Rocomamas (best restaurant for a posh burger) will become your new BFF. With flashy waiters and waitresses, a tick box-style order menu and the best burgers, fries and shakes in town –...

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Best new restaurant

It’s time to get your Mexican fiesta on because Salsa Mexican Grill (best new restaurant) has hit the Parks! Parkhurst finally has a dash of Mexican flair that’s been added to its streets. Think of margaritas (by the jug), the best burritos, tacos and of...

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Best neighbourhood restaurant

Light, bright and airy, Mythos Design Quarter (best neighbourhood restaurant) doesn’t just have a magic venue going for it. The grilled calamari is moreish, the halloumi is worth ordering a second portion and the meze is so good you should order a double platter from...

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Best Italian restaurant

When fashion guru, Ryan Keys, is looking for the tastiest Italian food he only has one place in mind. ‘Café Del Sol (best Italian restaurant) is an incredible restaurant if you’re looking for some Italian food. I always enjoy the dishes and have never had...

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Best lunch in the country

If your love for Italian food runs deep and you enjoy getting out of the city for a leisurely country lunch, best you book a spot at Casalinga (best lunch in the country). The gorgeous surrounds mean the kids will have a blast and get...

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Best hotel restaurant

You know that old saying, ‘quality over quantity?’ … well those words ring true when it comes to Luke Dale Roberts at The Saxon (best hotel restaurant). Luke made a name for himself in Cape Town but couldn’t resist the lure of Joburg. Fine dining...

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Best Greek restaurant

What’s the next best thing to a trip to Greece? Eating some of the local cuisine in our gorgeous city, of course! Mythos (best Greek restaurant) is keeping locals happy with authentic Greek flavours, plenty of great wine and the most gorgeous restaurant interiors.

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Best sushi restaurant

The Love Roll, Kiko Roll and Lion King are but a few of the more unusual sushi items on the YuMe (best sushi restaurant) menu. Everybody is well catered for at YuMe – there’s even a dedicated section of the menu for the ‘veganese’ sushi...

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Best restaurant for a business lunch

When one is business lunching, the food must be good, the coffee must be strong and the service needs to be speedy. Salads, sandwiches and burgers should always be on offer and the option of wearing a suit should be optional. Thank you Tashas (best...

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Best brunch

Brunching is a wonderful thing. Not quite breakfast and not quite lunch, you’re basically getting the best of both worlds at Tashas (best brunch). Eggs should always make an appearance and coffee is still required, although we wouldn’t say no to a glass of champers...

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Best bistro

Socialite Jen Su has two picks for her fave bistro … and Joburg clearly agrees! ‘I love the Pink Flamingo Room of Tasha’s (best bistro) Nelson Mandela Square — and also Bellini’s in Illovo, if they can both be counted as bistros!’

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Best beat-the-budget restaurant

Sometimes we all lose track of our budgets (whoops!), but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a fab meal at one of Joburg’s top restaurants! Mythos (best beat-the-budget restaurant) has a yummy range of tapas that won’t have you regretting that last pricey shoe purchase...

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Best English breakfast

Two eggs, bacon, two Italian sausages, grilled mushrooms, tomato ... and don’t forget the toast! Looking for the perfect spot for an English breakfast? Joburg has spoken and Tashas (best English breakfast) has come out tops – morning hunger, sorted!

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Best neighbourhood pub

What do you mean you don’t have a local? We’re talking about a pub here – everybody needs one of those! That place where a drink magically appears before you’ve even ordered one. Hogshead (best neighbourhood pub) won the title ahead of the Jollys and...

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Best drink

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… we know how the rest goes. Joburgers voted for tequila (best drink) as their go-to drink on a night out. We have to mention that most of the votes went to Olmeca – clearly the brand seems to be...

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Best pick-up spot

‘Are you a magician? Because when I look at you, everyone else disappears’. Sigh … This clearly isn’t the type of pick-up line that’s been thrown around at Movida (best pick-up spot). We’re putting it down to the bright cocktails, fabulous live show and the...

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Best beer

Summertime and the living is easy. Throw some boerewors on the braai, whip out the sunscreen and ensure there’s a cooler filled with Jozi’s favourite beer. Castle Lite (best beer) trumps the best beer card yet again. We don’t blame you. What’s better with a...

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Best boutique bottlestore

Red, red wine … Shashi has a fave spot in Joburg to stock up on her vino. ‘The place I go to buy my wine is Norman Goodfellows (best boutique bottlestore). It’s close by and the staff who work there really know their stuff. They’re...

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Best craft beer pub

For the best craft beer around, Joburger’s love Craft Beerhouse (best craft beer pub). Who wouldn’t with a selection of 25 beers on tap and its legendary ‘99 bottles’ of the best local and international beer? One day, we’ll have tasted them all!

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Best cocktail bar

Is there anything better than a drink with a red cherry in it on a Friday evening? Well, if cocktails of all varieties (pink, blue, green and yellow) are what make you happy, then News Café (best cocktail bar) is the place you should be...

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Best supermarket for all your essentials

Milk, bread, butter, tea, coffee, peanut butter ... ummm ... toilet paper. Essential items in any home. Clearly Woolworths (best supermarket for all your essentials) is doing things right because Joburgers chose it as their top pick!

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Best pizza with avo

The thing about avo is that it’s such a celebrity in the fruit world, it really should have its own national day. Creamy, delicious and super-healthy, one food that requires it like no other is the humble pizza. Some spots are beyond stingy with their...

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Best patisserie

For all her sweet treats, Cara-Lisa Sham’s fave place to pop into is Belle’s Patisserie (best patisserie). ‘I absolutely love the red velvet cupcakes and cheesecake from Belle’s Patisserie. They’re always such a hit when I take them with me to dinner parties as well....

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Best takeaway burger

We just have one thing to say – hello Wacky Wednesday! OK, so getting two burgers for the price of one is amazing ... but to be honest we (and we know you would too) would happily indulge in Steers (best takeaway burger) on Monday,...

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Best spot to go for a pizza

Thick crust pizza really is a culinary thing of beauty and nobody does it better than Pizza Hut (best spot to go for a pizza). Cheesy goodness with any topping you can imagine and that deep-dish crust – hello delicious!

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Best chips

Golden, crispy, crunchy and spiced to perfection. Steers (best chips) chips are a thing of beauty (do you have that slow motion shot of chips falling in the TV advert running through your head too?). Yeah, okay, we all know everybody orders a second portion...

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Best gourmet-to-go

Good old home cooking is great, nothing quite beats it – but sometimes the days are long and the week has been hard. The last thing you feel like doing is hitting the kitchen. Woolworths (best gourmet-to-go) will become your culinary lifesaver when you need...

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Best frozen yoghurt

The hot days are rolling in … we’re ready to get our hands on some yummy frozen yogurt! Sese Tetiwe knows just the spot. ‘Wakaberry (best frozen yoghurt) is my favourite place for frozen yogurt! I don’t have a favourite flavour, I just go there...

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Best place to buy fresh produce

Fresh herbs, tomatoes, salad greens, fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese and dairy. Everyday items used for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nobody wants to serve up a limp salad with that delicious mature steak. And you don’t have to, thanks to Woolworths (best place to buy fresh...

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Best continental deli

Anne Dolinscheck regularly pops into Fournos (best continental deli) for its amazing range of meats, cheeses and baked goods. ‘Fournos is definitely my favourite continental deli … I love the croissants and muffins. The carboholic in me is resurfacing here! The food is divine and...

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Best doughnuts

Who’d have thought that a bit of dough with a hole in it would gain a cult following all of its own? Well the doughnut is a much-loved sweet indulgence and the doughnut connoisseurs of Joburg have spoken and Belle’s Patisserie (best doughnuts) was the...

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Best fish deli

It’s a known fact that Joburg has some of the best and freshest seafood around. If you want to get your hands on some excellent produce, best you head straight to Fisherman’s Deli (best fish deli). From oysters to whole fish, salmon to hake, let...

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Best food market

Fresh, quality produce, artisanal bread and baked goods, quality condiments, BluBird (best food market) has it all. So grab your empty basket and be prepared to purchase way more than you originally planned on getting because market shopping really is the best kind of grocery...

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Best chocolate

Like most of us, Stevie can’t resist a good piece of chocolate, especially if it’s Lindt (best chocolate)! ‘I’m very extreme when it comes to chocolate – I enjoy expensive chocolate or the more affordable variety. I especially love all the Lindt flavours ... I...

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Best caterer

If you need caterers for your next glam get-together, look no further than By Word of Mouth (best caterer). It’s no wonder it’s the best in the business with 22 years of experience and excellence – you’ll be guaranteed a perfectly polished party!

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Best coffee shop

We don’t know about you, but we can’t live without our morning cuppa! You voted and loved Belle’s Patisserie (best coffee shop) for the perfect morning brew … its delish range of decadent pastries is a great way to accompany your caffeine fix too!

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Best place to buy biltong

There are a few certainties about South Africans that are … well … certain. 1. We love our sport. 2. We love a cold beer(s). 3. Biltong is everything. Repeat, biltong is everything. There was a tight race to be crowned the shop with the...

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Best bakery

Socialite Sese Tetiwe has a one-stop shop for all her baking delights. ‘I love Fournos (best bakery) – it’s my favourite! What makes Fournos so special is that everything is baked in the morning … which means it’s always fresh! It has really great doughnuts,...

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Best Indian restaurant

Who doesn’t love a good spicy curry? When Stevie wants to satisfy her curry cravings she knows just the places to go. ‘Now we’re talking. I have a passion for Indian food and Ghazal (best Indian restaurant) would be my first choice. My favourite meals...

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