OFTEN REFERRED TO as the “Rainbow Nation” due to the country’s multicultural diversity in the wake of apartheid, South Africa is the economic powerhouse of Africa. Cape Town, Durban and Kruger National Park have historically attracted the majority of tourists, while Johannesburg’s gritty image made it more of a transit point — until now.
Jozi, or Joburg, as it is affectionately known by locals, is synonymous with apartheid, evidenced by the Apartheid Museum and the rising tourism industry that provides tours to former townships such as Soweto (home of the Mandela Museum) and Alexandra.
Farther afield, the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an anthropological gem, draws history buffs. It has produced some of the oldest fossils ever found, some dating back as far as 3.5 million years ago.
The modern and cultural heart of Joburg, however, is the Maboneng Precinct, an integrated, mixed-use community where people play, live and work. The precinct’s pioneer development, Arts on Main, serves as a hub for the city’s creative community and consists of work spaces, boutiques and galleries. Developed in a converted early- 1900s bonded warehouse, Arts on Main preserves the historic aspects of the building and contributes to Joburg’s urban regeneration.
The most visited part of the revitalized precinct, Market on Main highlights regional foods and local design. Taking place every Sunday, the market features global cuisine and launched to provide a relaxed space for makers to trade and for locals and visitors to spend their weekend leisure time. For traditional South African cuisine, Pata Pata is a lively spot boasting a large wine selection.
Also in the precinct, Main Street Life features panoramic views of Joburg and the POPArt: Theatre, as well as the Bioscope, a 68-seat cinema showcasing local and international independent films. One of the most recent additions to the area, the Museum of African Design offers an urban museum space designed to showcase African contemporary art and design, reason enough to extend one’s stay in Johannesburg beyond a stopover.
A locavore diet consists of food from local places, like nearby gardens, farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants. As lockdowns and the pandemic continue, naturally people have been partaking more in a locavore diet. LawnStarter, America’s leading outdoor services provider, determined 2021’s Best Cities for Locavores.
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Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.