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Winners 2017

Best Private High School – St Stithians Boys’ College

St Stithians Boys’ College (Best Private High School) is one of the leading SA boys’ schools, and shares its wonderful Randburg campus with a Junior Prep, Boys’ and Girls’ Prep and Girls’ College.  This Methodist school boasts seven pillars ... academics, sport, culture, community service,...

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Best Private Primary School – Trinity House

Trinity House (Best Private Primary School) is a Christian school with a holistic approach to education, allowing children to find their potential, not only academically, but also spiritually, therefore Bible education plays an important role in the curriculum. The Trinity schools are part of the...

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Best Car Brand – Landrover

There’s just something about a Land Rover (Best Car Brand) that makes you want to pack up your leather overnight bag, throw a pair of binocs on the passenger seat and head out for an adventure. It’s that Land Rover Defender ... it’s just so...

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Best Must-hire venue for private functions – The Park House

We’re not sure why more people don’t know about The Park House of Events on 7 (Best Venue). Perched up on the seventh floor of Hyde Park Shopping Centre, it’s a split level space with double volume floor-to-ceiling windows with a view over the city....

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Best Weekend getaway – Sun City

There have been massive renovations at Sun City (Best Weekend Getaway), so if you haven’t been for a while, it’s really worth the drive. There’s a fabulous entertainment centre where you’ll find the incredible South African Hall of Fame (an interactive exhibition where you can...

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Best Theatre – Teatro Montecasino

Known for big, impressive shows like Swan Lake, Evita and Cinderella on Ice, The Teatro at Montecasino  (Best Theatre) really is a world-class venue. Featuring the best of local and international musicals, dance, dramas and comedies, a night out at The Teatro is a special...

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Best Place to watch the big game – The Baron

The Baron (Place to Watch the Big Game) is our top spot when there’s a big game to be watched. Be it rugby or soccer, if there’s a match, there’ll be a festive atmosphere. What gives Baron the extra edge is the food ... during...

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Best Place to take out-of-towners – Wombles

If you’ve got visitors, particularly from abroad, you’ll want to take them to Wombles (Best Spot to Take Out-of-Towners). This colonial restaurant - all high-back armchairs, crisp linen, oversized wine glasses and an exceptional menu - is a proper treat and never, ever fails to...

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Best Local TV programme – Carte Blanche

You know the weekend’s over when you hear that signature tune. Carte Blanche (Best Local TV Programme) is Joburger’s must-watch programme, with Derek, Devi, Bongani and John giving us the right to see it all! Sundays at 7pm on 101, www.carteblanche.dstv.com

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Best Local TV personality – Jeannie D

Vivacious. Larger than life (in the nicest possible way). And with a smile that can light up the room and a laugh that’s totally infectious, Jeannie D (Best Local TV Personality) is a hot fave with Joburgers. Follow on Twitter @IAmJeannieD

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Best Local sports presenter – Marc Lewis

SportsTalk with ... Marc Lewis (Best Sports Presenter), who tells fans about what’s happening on the pitches, talks to sports’ personalities and reviews results. You’ll hear him on Fridays and Sundays on 702, or follow him on Twitter @MarcLewisZA.

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Best Local sports hero – Quinton de Kock

Who’s our readers’ hero? Quinton de Kock (Best Sports Hero) of course. This young (he’s just 24) SA cricketer is known as the best wicket keeper batsman in the world, and has a knack for always scoring quick runs. Go Quinton! Twitter @QuinnyDeKock69

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Best Local radio station – 947

Who keeps our readers entertained on the way to work? Here’s a clue. They’re a laugh a minute, incredibly loud and, they boast, impossible not to love. Yip ... it’s Anele, Frankie, Thembekile, Alex and Cindy of the 947 Breakfast Club (Best Radio Show) on...

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Best Hotel – Four Seasons (WestCliff)

Sitting on the hillside overlooking the Joburg Zoo and the lush green forest of trees that make up the northern suburbs, the Four Seasons The Westcliff Hotel (Best Hotel and Best Hotel Restaurant) is the grand dame of Jozi ... all courtyards and fountains and...

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Best Local estate agent (sales) – Pam Golding

Am Pam. Well, I’m not, actually, but it shows the power of advertising! Pam Golding (Best Estate Agent) has been selling homes to people since 1976 ... and with more than 300 offices countrywide, is well suited to finding you not a house, but a...

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Best Local blog – Joburgs Darling

Got guests? Too busy to entertain them? Lend them your iPad, log them onto Joburg’s Darling (Best Local Blog) and let them find out all about what’s happening in our city. Then introduce them to Uber. You can thank us later. www.joburgsdarling.co.za

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Best Gym – Virgin active

For early morning workouts, the place to get the blood pumping, the muscles working and adrenalin pounding is Virgin Action Alice Lane (Best Gym). You can do body-weight resistance workouts, swim workouts for cardio fitness and strength, anti-gravity yoga and so much more. All with...

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Best Golf course – Rand Park

Birdies, eagles and an albatross. The Randpark Golf Club (Best Golf Course) wins this award year after year. And no wonder. There are two beautifully manicured 18-hole courses, as well as a mashie course and a fabulous club house. Wishing you a hole-in-one! Randpark Club,...

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Best Cinema complex – Hyde Park

When you want a night at the movies .. but the glam version! At the Hyde Park Nu Metro (Best Cinema Complex) there’s plush seating, the very latest releases, plus 4DX (we’re talking water spray, fog, vibrations, scents, wind and more). Plus Paul’s Homemade Ice...

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Best Courier Service – The Courier Guy

Need to send something out of town? Best of Joburg readers swear by The Courier Guy (Best Courier). You can choose to register and sign up for prepaid deliveries (just like buying airtime for your phone), or select the one-off shipping option. www.thecourierguy.co.za

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Best Art gallery – Goodman Gallery

We’re spoilt for choice in Jozi, when we’re talking art galleries and exhibitions. And the Goodman Gallery (Best Art Gallery) is one of the most long-standing. The gallery boasts of representing artists who have shaped the landscape of contemporary art in Southern Africa, and hosts...

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Best Car Dealership – Mercedes Benz sandton

It doesn’t matter where you live in Joburg, if you want a Merc, you should go to Mercedes Benz Sandown (Best Car Dealership), where, our readers say, you get the best service, bar none. Rivonia Road, Sandton, 011-505-5300

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Best Stationery store – Typo

That’s it, Joburgers. You ate out. You partied. You shopped and then you voted, giving a firm (and hugely appreciated) nod of approval to your favourite places in our city. We’d like to thank you. And being the polite, well-brought-up team members that we are,...

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Best Sporting goods store – Sportsmans Warehouse

Honestly, if you play sports, where else would you go? From golf shoes to cardio equipment, running watches to trampolines, active wear to soccer balls, Sportsmans Warehouse (Best Sporting Goods Store) has it all. And more. www.sportsmanswarehouse.co.za

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Best Shopping mall – Rosebank Mall

Every single time we have guests to stay, the first thing they want to do is shop (we’ve got this reputation!). Luckily we don’t mind spending a day or two doing some serious retail therapy at the four storey Rosebank Mall (Best Shopping Centre). Love...

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Best Outdoor and camping shop – Cape union Mart

Get out of town. We live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and if you head just a little way out of the city, you’ll find places to go for a day hike or a weekend camping trip ... time to...

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Best Online shopping site – Net Florist

A bunch of blooms the easy way? Net Florist (Best Online Shopping Site) is perfect when you need to send someone an arrangement, fast! From white lilies in brown craft paper to an elegant orchid to an OTT king protea and rose arrangement, simply go...

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Best Kitchen Essentials shop – Adams Discount Centre

From Alessi kettles to Bosch meat mincers to Russell Hobbs knife blocks ... Adams Discount Centre (Best Kitchen Essentials) has everything - and we mean everything - you need to kit out your kitchen. There isn’t a brand we can think of, or a gadget...

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Best Home decor – @home

Feel good. Live well. With @home (Best Home Décor Store). There are so many reasons to pop into one of these stores. The free UCook voucher when you buy a Smeg. The new Baby Bullet (if you have a babe, you need one of these,...

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Best Hardware store – Builders warehouse

Design the perfect patio. Build the ultimate she shed. Re-tile the guest bathroom. Real handymen head for Builders Warehouse (Best Hardware Store). Luckily, there’s loads for the rest of us who’re just looking to stock up on paint or garden accessories, a new braai and...

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Best Garden centre – Lifestyle Home Garden

We’re not ashamed to admit, Lifestyle Home Garden (Best Garden Centre) is one of our favourite spots in Jozi. Whether we’re there to look for plants for the garden, to get inspiration from the displays at the annual Garden Design Show, to sign up for...

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Best Florist – Dunkeld fruit & Flowers

Massive arrangements of peonies. Armfuls of open roses. Darling bunches of sweet peas. Shower your loved one with blooms ... for no reason at all except that they, and she, are beautiful. We’re huge fans of Dunkeld Fruit and Flowers (Best Florist) ... where you...

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Best Vegetarian restaurant – Leafy Greens

For those (very few) who don’ t know, you’ll find Leafy Greens (Best Vegetarian Restaurant) on the same grounds as Casalinga ... a marvellous farm in Muldersdift. Only open from Wednesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch, there’s a vegan and vegetarian buffet showcasing the...

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Best Restaurant for a burger – Rocomamas

Smash that burger. At RocoMamas (Best Burger at a Restaurant), you kick off with Old Skool - smashed beef with red onion, tomato and RocoMayo. Then go wild. Cheese. You got it. Bacon. Oh yes. Sautéed mushrooms. Bring them on. Chilli. Nothing’s too hot for...

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Best Sushi spot – YuMe

Salmon sashimi. Spicy tuna maki. Crab and avo temaki hand roll. If you’ve a yearning for sushi, you’ll love YuMe (Best Sushi). With an extraordinarily large menu, loads of specials (think 50% off Sushi Mondays or the 3-for- 2 Tuesdays offer) and a handful of...

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Best Furniture / Home Decor Store – Cori Craft

Everyone knows about the classic slipcover sofas at Coricraft (Best Furniture Store). But there’s so much more. From barstools to headboards, sideboards to floor rugs, scatters to planters, there’s a smashing range of home furniture at really good prices. www.coricraft.co.za

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Best Steak restaurant – Turn & tender

Merlot is more to your (meaty) taste, then hotfoot it as fast as you can to Turn ‘n Tender (Best Steak Restaurant). Our readers know their steaks ... and this steakhouse, opened by four brothers in 1977, is the real deal. Exceptional steaks, great sides,...

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Best Spoil yourself restaurant – Marble

If she really loves you, she’ll take you to Marble (Best Spoil Yourself Restaurant). David Higgs’ magnificent restaurant, which you’ll find in Keyes Mile, has a grand wood-fired grill as the focal point and is a celebration of quintessential SA fare. Not inexpensive, but it’s...

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Best Seafood restaurant – Ocean Basket

A platter of prawns. A dozen fresh oysters. A side of battered mussels. It feels like summer at Ocean Basket (Best Seafood Restaurant) ... where the fish is fresh, the mood casual and the prices excellent. What’s not to love? www.oceanbasket.com

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Best Romantic restaurant – Casalinga

The gorgeous dining room with glorious flower arrangements. The piazza which flows onto the lawns. The romantic fireplaces and intimate bar. And the food! Swoon. No wonder Casalinga (Most Romantic Restaurant and Best Country Restaurant) is the place of proposals and celebrations. There are smaller,...

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Best Computer / Electronics store – Dion Wired

We’re a little hopeless when it comes to electronics. Embarrassing, but true. Which is why we’re big fans of Dion Wired (Best Computer and Electronics Store) ... from iPads to TV sets to laptops to those thingamajiggies that save data ... the staff are super-helpful...

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Best Portuguese restaurant – Adega

Adega (Best Portuguese Restaurant) means wine cellar ... and you’ll want to raise a glass of wine in celebration of this win. With favourites like chouriço and trinchado, Prawn Naçional (our fave) and LM-style chicken, this is an obvious choice when you want real Portuguese...

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Best Book shop – Exclusive Books

Who are you reading? Nicci French? Lee Child? Paula Hawkins? All at Exclusive. Cooking, instead? With Jamie from his new 5 Ingredients: Quick and Easy Food. Or Nigella, from her latest (and so lovely) At My Table. At Exclusive. Year, after year, after year, Exclusive...

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Best New restaurant – LA ROSA MEXICAN GRILLE & TEQUILERIA

Hola amigo’s! La Rosa (Best New Restaurant) is just the spot to indulge in some serious Mexican magic. Think traditional fare, like tacos, burritos, fajita’s and enchiladas. Oh and the nachos! Delicious, cheesy, diet-abandoned, guacamole, sour cream and salsa-covered nachos ... yummy! If you are...

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Best Neighbourhood restaurant – Mythos

We all know that if we want to live to a ripe old age with gorgeous skin and good health, then a Mediterranean diet is the way to go. And we’re more than happy with that ... particularly if we can eat Mythos (Best Greek,...

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Best Italian restaurant – Café de sol

Mamma Luciana, along with daughter Chiara and son Ryan, have a massive following of Italian food fans ... and no wonder. From the original Café del Sol Classico (Best Italian Restaurant) in Olivedale (which opened 10 years ago and dishes up arguably the finest Italian...

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Best Hotel restaurant – Four Seasons (Westcliff)

Sitting on the hillside overlooking the Joburg Zoo and the lush green forest of trees that make up the northern suburbs, the Four Seasons The Westcliff Hotel (Best Hotel and Best Hotel Restaurant) is the grand dame of Jozi ... all courtyards and fountains and...

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Best Greek Restaurant – Mythos

We all know that if we want to live to a ripe old age with gorgeous skin and good health, then a Mediterranean diet is the way to go. And we’re more than happy with that ... particularly if we can eat Mythos (Best Greek,...

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Best Lunch in the country – Casalinga

The gorgeous dining room with glorious flower arrangements. The piazza which flows onto the lawns. The romantic fireplaces and intimate bar. And the food! Swoon. No wonder Casalinga (Most Romantic Restaurant and Best Country Restaurant) is the place of proposals and celebrations. There are smaller,...

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Best Asian Restaurant – Simply Asia

When Thai national Chai Lekcharoensuk couldn’t find real Thai flavours in SA, he did the obvious ... he set up his own restaurant (Wang Thai, which opened in Cape Town in 1993). Ten years later, he launched the first Simply Asia Thai Food and Noodle...

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Best Business Lunch – Tasha’s

We’re going to be honest. We love a lie in. Even on weekdays. But an offer of breakfast at Tashas (Best Breakfast) has us up with the early birds. From our favourite healthy option - Dr Paw Paw (with yoghurt, chopped almonds & honey) to...

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Best Brunch – Tashas’s

We’re going to be honest. We love a lie in. Even on weekdays. But an offer of breakfast at Tashas (Best Breakfast) has us up with the early birds. From our favourite healthy option - Dr Paw Paw (with yoghurt, chopped almonds & honey) to...

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Best English Breakfast – Tashas’s

We’re going to be honest. We love a lie in. Even on weekdays. But an offer of breakfast at Tashas (Best Breakfast) has us up with the early birds. From our favourite healthy option - Dr Paw Paw (with yoghurt, chopped almonds & honey) to...

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Best Bistro – Nineteen69

Jozi’s got bistros aplenty. Nineteen69 Pub and Bistro (Best Bistro) stands out from the crowd ... not least because of the daily events it puts on, which certainly keep things interesting. Music bingo, 69’ers quiz night, live music and the non-negotiable Saturday sports on the...

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Best Show them off undies – La Senza

It’s dangerous walking past a La Senza (Best Undies) store. There’s not much chance you’re going to stroll on by. Nope ... you’ll pop in, just for a look, and out you’ll go with one of those pretty little bags filled with a slip of...

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Best Shoe shop – Aldo

There’s a really good reason why a new lipstick and a pair of killer heels can make your day. And killer heels ROCK at Aldo (Best Shoe Shop). So, of course, do the new (and so desirable) stack heels, metallic sneakers, summer flats and stylish...

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Best Beat the budget restaurant – Mythos

We all know that if we want to live to a ripe old age with gorgeous skin and good health, then a Mediterranean diet is the way to go. And we’re more than happy with that ... particularly if we can eat Mythos (Best Greek,...

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Best High School – Bryanston High

A really well-thought- of school in Jozi is Bryanston High School (Best High School), whose objective, says principal John Skelton, is to provide pupils with the opportunity to serve, to lead and to fulfil their potential in all spheres. Awarded Top School in the Northern...

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Best Primary school – Montrose Primary

We’re a little biased when it comes to this win, since a few Best of Joburg staff have been to, or had children at Montrose Primary (Best Primary School). It has an excellent academic programme (with extras like mathematics for all students) complemented by an...

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Best Shop to buy kids toys – Toys R Us

Party time. Boys, girls, babies, toddlers, preteens. It really doesn’t matter who you need to buy a gift for, you know you’re going to find it at Toys R Us (Best Toy Store). Join the RewardsRUs programme for super savings, download the App for easy...

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Best Nail bar – Sorbet

Short and squared off. Long and oval. Racy red or no-nonsense nude or dazzle-the-bejazzle-out-of-them shine ... Sorbet (Best Nail Bar) is the place to go. Choose between Quickie (file, buff, paint), Mini-Me (no fuss manis and pedis for gals-on-the-go) or Power (the real deal, with...

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Best Kids takeaway – McDonalds

Oh ... the excitement when kids see that big yellow and red M. We’re loving the healthier options of fruit juice and corn cups at McDonald’s (Best Kids’ Takeaway), but admit our children’s fave is still the Oreo McFlurry. www.mcdonalds.co.za

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Best Jewellery store – Browns

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. One ... diamond tennis bracelet. Two ... Tanzanite Guardian Angel. Three ... The Protea Collection. So many, many ways to show your love at Browns Jewellers (Best Jewellery Store). And boys ... a little hint...

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Best Lipstick & Lashes – Mac

Girls will be girls. And girls love MAC (Lipstick and Lashes). From sexy high-gloss lipsticks in kiss-me shades to wink-wink mascaras and eyeshadows that add a little va-va voom to your eyes, we’re all made up and ready to play. www.maccosmetics.co.za

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Best Place to have a party for kids – Sandton Indoor Action Sports Arena

There is bucketloads of fun to be had at Sandton Indoor Action Sports Arena (Kids’ Party Venue). Mini Simphiwe Tshabala fans would love the Action Bubble Soccer Party ... with real refs and party umpires. The Action Sports crew do everything, including giving you invites...

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Best Hair salon – Tanaz

There’s just so, so much more than simply booking for a colour, cut and blow these days. There’s Balayage and Foilyage, there’s perfect bleed and unicorn colours, there are Olaplex and Smartbond and Brazilian treatments. Which is why we’re so with our readers when they...

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Best Store for kids clothes – Cotton On

For the cutest, most fashionable kids’ gear in town, you can’t go wrong with Cotton On Kids (Fashionable Kids’ Gear). This summer your little ones will look über cool in floral boardshorts, the sweetest little frill rash vests, swim trunks, and pool slides. Lovely enough...

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Best Clothing store for him – Markhams

From classic golfers to biker jeans, bomber jackets to hi-top sneakers, Markham (Best Clothing for Him) is the store our readers think hits the mark for everyday style. You can go classic-office-nerd or bad-boy-rock ... great choice, great quality. And really great prices. There’s a...

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Best Clothing store for her – Woolworths

There isn’t, we bet, a single reader in Jozi without something from Woolies in their wardrobe. From a basic white T to a classic Studio W dress, or a Trenery trench to a Country Road jersey and a pair of RE-skinny jeans (best fit ev-er!),...

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Best Shop for baby essentials – Baby City

There’s just so much more to having a baby than choosing a name and Instagramming your first scan. There are special Bamboopaedic pillows and burp cloths, deluxe nappy disposal systems and carriers, buggies and pacifiers and, good grief, ventilated breast shells and nipple correctors (we...

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Best Spot to go for pizza – Debonairs

When you have a houseful of teens, takeaway pizza is the only option. Debonairs (Best Pizza) has loads of promos and specials, and a great new SlimFit range for those who want the taste without all the calories. If you’re a regular, download the new...

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Best Chips – Steers

Whether it’s Perfect Four for Sharing, a buy-one- get-one- free on Wacky Wednesday, or simply a packet of good old South African slap chips loaded with vinegar and spicy seasoning, our readers are raving about Steers (Best Burger and Best Slap Chips). We admit, after...

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Best Tea Garden – Silver birch

A cup of tea? Yes please, dear. With one of those delicious scones, simply overloaded with strawberry jam and whipped cream. Year after year our readers vote Silver Birch (Best Tea Garden) as the most loved tea garden in Jozi. And no wonder. Lovely inside...

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Best Exclusive boutique – Nicci

There’s a definite Nicci (Best Boutique) look ... and it’s one our readers obviously love. Offering contemporary fashion - wonderfully fashionable clothes, bags, shoes and accessories - Niki Breger and her team have a brilliant relationship with their customers, who prove their loyalty by voting...

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Best Pizza with avo – Angelo’s

When you have a houseful of teens, takeaway pizza is the only option. Debonairs (Best Pizza) has loads of promos and specials, and a great new SlimFit range for those who want the taste without all the calories. If you’re a regular, download the new...

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Best Place to buy beauty products – Body Shop

Why is it that The Body Shop products are just the most welcome gifts ever? We have no idea ... but we know if you’re going to buy us a gift, we want something from The Body Shop (Best Beauty Products). Please. Not only does...

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Best Patisserie – Belles

We love a treat. And not much beats a treat from Linda Lipschitz’ Belle’s Patisserie (Best Patisserie). Never mind the macarons and brownies, the Ferrero Rocher cake (just the most perfect cake ever!), the artisan breads, for those who are a little more health conscious...

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Best Beauty mecca – Life day spa

Board meetings and school lifts. Book club and dinners with friends. Sports days and agendas. Whew! No wonder we need a little spoil time. Which we’ll spend, thank you very much, at Life Day Spa (Best Beauty Mecca). Kick off with a little relaxation in...

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Best Take-Away Burger – Steers

Whether it’s Perfect Four for Sharing, a buy-one- get-one- free on Wacky Wednesday, or simply a packet of good old South African slap chips loaded with vinegar and spicy seasoning, our readers are raving about Steers (Best Burger and Best Slap Chips). We admit, after...

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Best Accessory shop – Lovisa

Take global fashion trends and turn them into affordable fast-fashion accessories, and what to you get? Lovisa (Best Accessory Store), of course. This accessory brand is aimed at women who are stylish, fashion conscious, confident, on-trend, and globally aware. Sound familiar? It should ... that’s...

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Best Frozen yoghurt – Wakaberry

It’s summer time. And we need to cool down. Wakaberry (Best Frozen Yoghurt) is where our readers love to get their fix of soft-serve frozen yoghurt. Strawberry, chocolate, cream soda, peanut butter, bubblegum ... choose your fave, top with fresh fruit, nuts or something sweet...

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Best Food Market – Jacksons

Oh yes! This win is one we’re behind all the way. Gary Jackson opened Jackson’s Real Food Market (Best Food Market) a little more than three years ago ... a tiny corner shop across the road from where you’ll find his flagship market that opened...

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Best Fish deli – Seven seas

Fresh fish. And prawns and mussels and clams and crab and caviar. Anyone who’s planning a seafood extravaganza knows to head to Seven Seas (Best Fish Deli). The store adheres to SASSI (SA Sustainable Seafood Initiative) guidelines, there’s an exceptional sushi section as well as...

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Best Indian restaurant – Raj

When only curry will do, our readers vote for The Raj (Best Curry) ... where they’ll order lamb seekh kebabs, paneer tikka butter chicken, Mombay aloo, and prawn bhuna. Fabulous side orders (think mint and coriander raita, sweet peach chutney, deep fried chillis). The garlic...

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Best Continental deli – Thrupps

Oh joy! We’re huge fans of Thrupps (Best Deli), and have spent more hours than we’ll admit to browsing through the deli section. The pâtés and charcuterie are unbeatable, the local and imported cheeses swoon-worthy and the cold meats and breads just wonderful. Add olives...

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Best Doughnut – Krispy Kreme

Raspberry Glamour Glaze. Caramel Kreme Crunch. Nutty Cocoa Ring. Red Velvet Cake. Cookies and Kreme. Krispy Kreme (Best Doughnut) has been keeping doughnut lovers happy since the first store opened in North Carolina in the USA in July 1937. And since it opened in Rosebank...

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Best Coffee Shop – Seattle coffee company

Ethically sourced. Artisan roasted. Lovingly prepared. What’s not to love? Our readers get their caffeine fix at Seattle Coffee Company (Best Coffee Shop) ... from a don’t-mess- with-my- coffee order of a Single Tall or Americano, to the more indulgent Butterscotch Latte with a choc...

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Best Chocolate – Lindt

Sometimes (okay, often) only a chocolate will do. After a break-up. When you’ve had a tiff with your bestie. Just before you start your diet. When you’re off your diet. Hell ... during your dratted diet. And if you’re going to eat chocolate (damn right...

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Best Cake Shop – The Tart

It’s someone’s birthday somewhere. So we will unashamedly eat cake. Preferably from The Tart (Best Cake Shop). Nadine Waner whips up cakes like Banoffee cheesecake, Oreo and Lindt chocolate cake, Lemon Pecan Praline, Spicy Carrot, and an Orange Chiffon that’s just heaven on a plate....

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Best Caterer – By word of Mouth

From a romantic wedding to a glam business brunch to a fairy tale kid’s birthday party, if you’re looking for the best, you’ve found it in By Word of Mouth (Best Caterer). Believe us, there’s nothing these experts can’t do ... impressively. www.bywordofmouth.co.za

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Best Butcher – The Butcher Shop & Grill Butchery and Deli

Fans of the The Butcher Shop and Grill know to get that restaurant taste at home, you need that restaurant meat. So no wonder The Butcher Shop and Grill Butchery and Deli (Best Biltong and Best Butcher) has just scooped two awards. It boasts mature...

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Best Bakery – Fournos

We do love a good bakery. And when we’re looking for a French baguette, a chocolate croissant, a summer quiche, we (and our readers) don’t hesitate ... it’s off to Fournos (Best Bakery) we go. This bakery has the best rosemary and salt focaccia ever,...

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Bottlestore to buy beer – Norman Goodfellows

Whether you’ve joined the gin revolution (who hasn’t?), need a bottle of something very special for a dinner party, or are stocking up on craft beers for a Sunday braai, Norman Goodfellows (Best Bottle Store) is where it’s at. Stockists of your fave brands, as...

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Best Beer – Castle Lite

What’s a braai without a beer? A sad braai indeed. And equally as sad? A warm beer. Which is why we’re raving about the Castle Lite (Best Beer) Quick Chill 12 Pack, which contains extra cold booster technology which dramatically improves the cooling power of...

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Best Cocktail bar – News Café

We don’t drink pink drinks. Oh yes we do! And we drink them at News Cafe (Best Cocktail Bar). Cocktail heaven ... with some fairly handsome barmen to flirt with when you’ve had a few. www.newscafe.co.za

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Best Craft beer pub – Beerhouse

There are 99 bottles of beer on the wall. Maybe not on the wall, but there are 99 beers to try at Beerhouse (Best Craft Beer Pub), which has been included in The 21 Best Beer Bars in the World. Cheers! Corner Witkoppen and Sunset...

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Best Drink – Jägermeister

Take two tots Jäegermeister (Best Drink To Get The Party Started), half a tot tequila, half a tot simple sugar syrup, one tot grapefruit juice and shake well with ice. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice, garnish with a slice of grapefruit...

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Best Local band – Parlotones

The Parlotones (Best Local Band) are still rocking SA and being voted number one by our readers. Follow Kahn, Paul, Glen, Neil and John on Twitter @parlotones, and make sure you get to their next gig. We’ll be there! www.theparlotonesband.co.za

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Best Neighbourhood pub – Hogs Head

Craft beers on tap. A burger and grill menu with traditional smoked meat dishes. A big screen TV for sports. Free WiFi to keep in contact with your mates. Gather together some friends, order a couple of cold beers and a platter, and settle down...

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Best Nightclub – Movida

Little-Black- Dress girls’ night out. Bachelorette parties. Floor shows, and tequila parties and cabarets. There may be some corny pick-up lines, but there’s never a dull moment at Movida (Best Nightclub and Best Pick-up Spot). Get your glam gear on! www.movida.co.za

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Best Pick up spot – Movida

Little-Black- Dress girls’ night out. Bachelorette parties. Floor shows, and tequila parties and cabarets. There may be some corny pick-up lines, but there’s never a dull moment at Movida (Best Nightclub and Best Pick-up Spot). Get your glam gear on! www.movida.co.za

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