Shopping: Joburg has no shortage of malls, but the 44 Stanley complex, in Milpark, has the area’s best shopping, thanks to its many boutiques that showcase creative young talent. Be sure to check out the breezy, sophisticated dresses and shirts by local Tiaan Nagel and the retro furnishings—restored record players and old wall clocks—at Vintage Cowboys.
Dinner: It’s 20 minutes up the M1 highway back to Melrose Arch for a pan-African dinner at Moyo (dinner for two $46), where diners order sosaties (curried, skewered beef), braised springbok shank, and Ethiopian beef marinated in fenugreek, a clover-like herb, while taking in live African-influenced jazz and folk music.
Drinks: The century-old Kitchener’s Carvery Bar (drinks for two $5), in Braamfontein, once hosted the titular commander of Britain’s Boer War force; with a dance floor, disco ball and a healthy supply of the local Castle Lager, it’s now a favorite with the design crowd—and the best place for a toast in this vibrant city.
Diane Vadino is a writer based in New York.