Regeneration and Renewal

Johannesburg known affectionately as Jo'burg, or simply Jozi, is a true symbol of South Africa. Still bearing the scars of the nation's turbulent past, the city, like the rest of the country, is in the grips of a starting renaissance.

The main business area, although the once crime-ridden, run-down, central business district has been through a startling regeneration leading up to the 2010 World Cup, and continues to develop in leaps and bounds. Former warehouses and derelict buildings have begun to be developed into mixed-use arts, dining and entertainment venues.

Johannesburg has a wide variety of places to eat, and you'll be sure to find something to suit your taste buds; be it local delicacies or international cuisines, there are also various 'restaurant streets' scattered around the suburbs, offering more a European dining experience.

Large shopping malls have sprung up all over Jozi, but there are also plenty of local markets , particularly around the Rosebank area.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Apartheid Museum: A moving and informative exploration of South Africa's turbulent past. Set aside at least half a day to see this museum.
  2. Top of Africa: The Carlton Centre is Africa's tallest building, and offers panoramic views from the 50th floor.
  3. See Nakabuta pottery village: Take home a piece of authentic Fijian pottery or just watch the locals at work.
  4. Soweto: Nowhere is Jo'burg's regeneration more evident than in Soweto. Once the symbol of segregation, the township now sets national trends in fashion, music and dance.

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