favourite public places
Beyers Naude Square
Address: Cnr Simmonds & Market Str Johannesburg, South Africa
The construction dust will soon settle and Johannesburg residents will be able to savour the open-air square in the centre of town.
“Beyers Naude Square is a heritage site formerly known as Market Square and was traditionally a rallying point for strikers,” says Paul Arnott-Job, a senior development manager at the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA).
Address: Corner Miriam Makeba and President streets, Newtown
Diagonal Street marks the original “uitval grond”, on which Johannesburg was established. When gold was first discovered, a piece of state-owned triangular land that lay between privately owned farms was laid to house the mining town. Diagonal Street used to be home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. 11 Diagonal Street was built in 1948 in the form of a diamond. The 80m-high skyscraper was designed by world renowned architect Helmut Jahn
A quick walk through Newtown allows you to see the architecture of the district and see the Diva Brenda Fassie - known to her fans as MaBrr - sits on a barstool with a mic in front of her. Another stool alongside is empty, an invitation to take a seat and relax
Address: 286 Fox Street
Eastern side of the CBD. Gallerys, Bioscopes, performing arts, rooftop bars, skating the streets and markets. It all happens here as you walk Fox, in down town Joburg