This gentrified strip in student-filled Braamfontein once housed an army surplus store. Today it is one of Johannesburg’s main hipster hangouts and every weekend the area throngs with partygoers who come here for some of the liveliest nightlife in the city.
Look up and you will be greeted by a gigantic purple and gold mural of Nelson Mandela painted by famous American street artist Shepard Fairey (also known as Obey), who is best known for designing the iconic Barack Obama “Yes We Can” posters.
For breakfast or a light lunch with a view of the Braamfontein street life, take a window seat at Post cafe, where the music comes courtesy of vinyl on the record player. To the rear is a small shady courtyard surrounded by a small collection of design studios and pop-up shops, while on the rooftop is an urban beach with real sand, a tiki bar and lots of sun loungers (open to the public every Saturday).
Further along the 70 Juta strip is CO-OP, which sells South African-made designer furniture and homeware items by leading design duo Dokter and Misses, and one of Johannesburg’s top private contemporary art galleries, Stevenson Gallery.
The whole area comes to life on First Thursdays (the first Thursday night of each month), when Braamfontein’s art galleries and the popular Neighbourgoods Market, with its plentiful food and drinks stalls, stay open after dark.