Johannesburg is one of the world’s great cities. The 10th largest on the continent and the vibrant, beating heart of South Africa, it is a truly cosmopolitan African city with a tremendous number of things to see and do all day long. Here are three of the best ones to do after dark.
The Market Theatre first opened its doors in 1976 and its rich history has made it a cornerstone of Johannesburg’s rich cultural scene. It was a prominent player in the anti-Apartheid movement and became known as the Theatre of the Struggle. Today, it sits proudly within the arts and lifestyle hub that has sprung up around it in Newtown and nearby Braamfontein, and the striking Nelson Mandela Bridge is less than a kilometre away.
The addition of the Market Square development has further rejuvenated this part of the city. The dramatic building won the Architecture for Social Gain Award, and its interior murals alone are worth the trip. It’s not only about the live music and theatre that you can catch here. For only R20, you can go no a guided tour through the historical Market Theatre complex, including stepping behind the scenes at the Market Square. It’s showtime!
The Marabi Club in Doornfontein gives new meaning to “cultural underground”. Its location is one of its many standout characteristics, deep down in the belly of the Hallmark House building, designed by David Adjaye, famous for coming up with the Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.
Outwardly, there is nothing flash about Marabi – all you’ll see is a discreet black canopy above a small metal door – but step inside and be transported. Think Harlem cool in the warm heart of the City of Gold. The sumptuous interiors, sleek service, excellent food and opulent long bar combine to create the perfect backdrop for some of the best live jazz in town. Easy to see what all the talk is about.
Fancy a night on the town without having to go into town? Then head to Melrose Arch. This popular mixed-use precinct is fantastically located and offers state-of-the-art security with plenty of underground parking, leaving you free to enjoy its leisure and lifestyle options – of which there are plenty! Everything from live comedy and outstanding art, to international hotels and some of South Africa’s finest food – you can expect a memorable night out. World-class cuisine, great coffee, the finest wines, spirits and cigars… it’s all here, including an atmosphere of European-style al fresco dining after dark.