There are many pluses to spending time in a mixed-use precinct. Security and convenience usually top this list, but leisure is a close second. As one of the safest public areas in Johannesburg, Melrose Arch is the perfect place to spend a day. What do you feel like doing today? Go to gym, grab a coffee, maybe breakfast? Meet a friend for lunch or sundowners? See a comedy show later? There are so many ways to spend a day at Melrose Arch that it will take you a while before you run out of options.
With ample parking underground, there is the freedom to enjoy fully pedestrianised areas above ground, with the scale and design of the precinct making it supremely easy to walk to wherever you need to go.
Large retailers selling basic essentials, share the precinct with high-end fashion labels and exclusive boutiques. Everything from designer maternity wear to impeccably tailored suits can be found in conveniently close proximity.
The choice of coffee shops, cafés, fine cuisine and everything in-between means you’ll never go hungry or thirsty. On a balmy summer’s evening in Joburg, there’s nothing better to than dining outdoors at one of the many good restaurants that open out onto the piazza.
Melrose Arch is known for hosting fantastic events. From their charity work in support of the Smile Foundation in the shape of the SASFIN Cyclethon and Kiddies Cycle race, to its hugely popular Christmas lights, and Joburg Fashion Week… they create opportunities and environments for people to come together and enjoy the sense of community that only a place like this can offer.
The Melrose Gallery is known for making art accessible by being inclusive and nonintimidating. It showcases works by some of South Africa’s most respected and up-and-coming talents, exhibiting many different mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, prints and ceramics.
Thanks to the precinct being fully pedestrianised, its artworks often “spill out” onto the surrounding streets and sidewalks, becoming even more expansive with pop-up galleries, large sculptural works, performance art, exhibitions and installations in public areas throughout the precinct.
Click here for our blog on places to see fine art in Johannesburg, including the Melrose Gallery.
After dinner on the piazza, you could catch a live comedy show or have a night cap at a fine wine bar – one of the most popular places to be and be seen in town. And using Melrose Arch as your base, you’re conveniently close to some of Joburg’s best night spots.