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Things to do in Johannesburg

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Johannesburg. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Johannesburg attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Johannesburg to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Johannesburg.

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  • 44 Stanley

    The 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 b... More
  • Apartheid Museum

    The museum, south of the city center, is an invaluable primer on apartheid-era race divisions, as well as the 19th-century gold rush that brought p... More
  • Canteen

    Snag a table in the tree-shaded central courtyard for the "Canteen breakfast," with eggs, lamb sausage, mushrooms, and tomatoes. More
  • Chocolats Marionettes

    Alongside the Toblerone and Belgian Cote d’Or treats at this duty-free emporium, you’ll find the justifiably famous Chocolats Marionettes—handmade ... More
  • Circa on Jellicoe

    The gallery, known for contemporary South African art, is surrounded by 400 thirty-foot-tall variegated aluminum "fins" that reference a protective... More
  • David Krut Art Resource

  • Exclusive Books

    The Barnes & Noble of South Africa carries international fashion magazines, novels, story collections, cookbooks, and more. Among the greatest hits... More
  • Gallery 2

  • Goodman Gallery

  • Indaba Lifestyle

    For handcrafted African-motif housewares and curios with contemporary style, head to the airport outpost of this upmarket South African chain. The ... More
  • Kitchener’s Carvery Bar

    The century-old Kitchener's Carvery Bar, in Braamfontein, once hosted the titular commander of Britain’s Boer War force; with a dance floor, disco ... More
  • Letsema Xpress Spa

    A full range of spa services—from express mani-pedis, facials, and waxing to full-body table massages—is offered at this sanctuary. Fight off jet l... More
  • Maker

  • Makgala’s Jewellers

    The glittering necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets displayed at this high-end jewelry shop are all designed and made in South Africa. There a... More

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