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Destination Guide: Johannesburg

Gold-rush history, hearty meat dishes and open-air art
Trace the gold-rush era from a mineshaft or catch open-air shows at Nelson Mandela Square. Africa is laid out before you from the towering Carlton Centre's observation deck.

Food and Drink

A world of cuisine, tender meat and rich local wines. Order artfully presented fusion food from the award-winning restaurants lining leafy Greenside. Or combine al fresco dining with art performances at Nelson Mandela Square. Stewed, barbecued or grilled, meat is superior anywhere. Couple it with full-bodied South African wines.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Underground museums and 50th-floor vistas. Explore the gold-rush era at Gold Reef City and the beginnings of humankind at the Origins Centre. The Apartheid Museum provides a captivating journey into South Africa's recent history, while Sandton's Nelson Mandela Square vibrates with multi-ethnic art performances. Look down on Johannesburg's skyscrapers from the towering Carlton Centre.

Shopping

International designer items and local tribal artefacts. Browse Sandton's shopping malls to find top international designer tags or browse Rosebank's market for African artefacts. Tribal paintings from all over Africa and beadwork from South Africa make for wonderful gifts; try Parkwood for a good quality selection.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Lively art performances and careless casino nights. Newtown Precinct and Nelson Mandela Square come alive with theatre, dance and music performances, while in Rosebank the crowd sinks into comfortable sofas to enjoy whisky and cigars. Roulette, poker and sleek modern nightclubs make Montecasino the Las Vegas of South Africa.