10 Things to Do near Wits

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EduConnect ambassador Francesca gives the low-down on 10 zesty things to do near Wits. If you’re staying in Joburg, check this out. 

Studying at Wits comes with a lot of perks that go beyond receiving a good and thought-provoking education. When it comes to recreational activities, the areas in close proximity of the University of Witwatersrand are jam-packed with exciting things to do. Most of which, I’d say, should definitely spice up your next date night, time out with the girls, family day or just any moment that calls for an activity with spunk.

  • The Sheds @ 1 Fox Street

Markets have quickly become a trend and The Sheds is no different. This rustic market on the outskirts of Newtown is a genuine treat. The market accommodates a variety of food stands, food bars, design, fashion and craft stalls which are open at different times from Tuesday to Sunday. The entire market however is open from Friday to Saturday. If you’re in the mood for a scrumptious Lebanese wrap, a decadent waffle, a refreshing bubble tea beverage or even just some live music – The Sheds is the place for you. The market is extremely laid back and ideal for some weekend downtime.

10 things to do near wits

Location & Contact: 

1 Fox Street, Ferreirastown, Johannesburg (Entrance at 1 Main Street, corner Alexander Street (between Fox and Marshall Streets)

Email: marketshed@1fox.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)84 057 0015
Web: http://www.1fox.co.za/

  • Moving into Dance Mophatong

Who doesn’t love dancing? Why not spend your Saturday morning indulging in your inner mover, MID is the perfect place for this. With classes in afro fusion and contemporary dance you’re bound to pick up some skills, as well as burn some calories. Dancing exceeds just being a fun activity and has multiple benefits for the body. Shaking it every now and then not only reduces stress but also boosts your memory, enhances flexibility and increases energy. So get your boogie gear ready because this one definitely has more than enough reason to land on your to do list.

10 things to do near wits

10 things to do near wits

Afro fusion classes for adults are on Saturdays from 09:30-11:00, followed by contemporary classes for adults from 11:00-12:00.
Classes are R35 for members and R50 for non-members.

Location & Contact: 

Moving into Dance Mophatong
 1 President Street (Helen Joseph), corner of Henry Nxumalo Street
Newtown Cultural Precinct
Johannesburg, South Africa

Email: admin@midance.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)11 8382816/7
Web: http://www.midance.co.za/get-involved/dance-with-us/

  • Newtown Junction/ Market Theatre

This recently opened shopping mall situated in the heart of Newton is full of shops and restaurants to keep you intrigued. You’ll find tasty fast food shops, a bakery and more stylish restaurants. With a total of about 20 options you’re bound to find something that excites your palate. The precinct is also home to numerous clothing stores that (as cliché as it may sound) could possibly make you shop till you drop.

As a bonus, Newtown Junction is located adjacent to The Market Theatre. It’s the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. The Market Theatre – home of only the best of live performance houses three theatres. As a theatre lover I can definitely say that the market theatre only showcases the best. Theatre dates are never a bad idea and even if you aren’t an avid theatre-goer, give it a try. You might just be thrilled by what you experience.

10 things to do near wits

So there you go, another outing all set; supper or drinks at News Café and then finishing the night off with a lovely piece of art. (You’re welcome☺)

Currently showing at the Market theatre: Johannesburg International comedy festival.

Location & Contact:

Newtown Junction

100 Carr Street, Newtown, JHB
Johannesburg

Email: info@newtownjunctionmall.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)11 492 0105/16
Web: www.newtownjunctionmall.co.za/

The Market Theatre
Cnr Bree and Miriam Makeba, 
Johannesburg 
2001

Email: thulim@markettheatre.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)11 832 1641/2/3
Web: http://markettheatre.co.za[/su_spoiler]

  • 70 Juta Street

In the heart of Braamfontein, this delectable little corner is definitely a must. With the most to-die-for fashion stores like Parooz and The Shop, you will not regret making a purchase here. Not only are these stores extremely trendy, I can guarantee that you will not look like anyone else in these threads. #Winning.

10 things to do near wits

If you like sushi, you’re in luck; Pichi Pichi sushi bar has just moved into 70 Juta. They are on fire. Only good reviews are coming my way about this spot; I am dying to visit. Pichi Pichi is also known for its spontaneous half price special for students so keep your student card handy when you’re in the area; you might just score. Apart from these, 70 Juta is definitely a vibe you should check out.

Location & Contact:

70 Juta Str, Braamfontein, 2000

Email: info@playbraamfontein.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)11 403 0413
Web: http://playbraamfontein.co.za/[/su_spoiler]

  • Wits Arts Museum

This art museum is a gem in the middle of the bustling Braam. With an impressive collection of African Art, both historical and contemporary, this museum is always a lovely idea. With a constant rotation of evocative exhibitions, a leisurely stroll through this museum can definitely inspire. Museums, in my opinion are always a good way to take a moment and reflect on yourself. As the saying goes, “Art reflects life.”

10 things to do near wits

If you’re feeling peckish after all that walking, why not have something yum at Olives and Plates? Whether you’re in the mood for a cooked lunch, a healthy on-the-go meal, a fresh pastry or just a strong cuppa, this little spot will surely deliver and satisfy your stomach. The combination of culture and comfort food is great for a day-time trip, and really just perfect for any sort of weather.

Location & Contact:

Cnr of Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Jorissen St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001

Tel: (Mon – Fri): +27 (0)11 717 1365 and (Sat-Sun): +27 (0)11 717 1358
Web: https://www.wits.ac.za/wam/ 

Museum hours: Wednesdays to Sundays 10h00 – 16h00

  • 44 Stanley

This divine little quarter will make you feel as if you’ve just visited a little town in Europe. The romantic atmosphere and vintage yet modern décor of this spot will make you beg that you could take permanent residence here. Each restaurant is so unique and beautiful, the list of choices are endless.

10 things to do near wits

44 Stanley is perfect for any day of the week, whether for a lunch break or a Sunday morning brunch. Its stunning, antique design, fashion and furniture shops are generally full and buzzing. There’s even a charming little bookshop to get lost in for a while. Do yourself a favour and spend a day at this delightful place; there’s something for everyone.

Location & Contact:

44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2092

Email: brian@group44.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)11 482 4444
Web: http://www.44stanley.co.za

  • Marks Park Sports Club

Just before you think there’s nothing for you jocks out there – why not rally up the troops and head to the Marks Park sports club. If you’re into soccer, their indoor soccer will get your blood pumping… literally. Soccer is such a good sport for numerous reasons; firstly it’s a team sport and everyone can benefit from working well in a team. Secondly, it builds good coordination, and thirdly, it increases endurance. Once again it’s the perfect activity; working out while hanging out with your buddies. GOAL!

Location & Contact:

Marks Park: Judith Rd, Emmerentia, Johannesburg, 2195

Email: reception@marksparksportsclub.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)11 486  6011/2
Web: http://marksparksportsclub.co.za/

Contact club for “per team” fees.

  • Melville

Melville has always been such a quaint little area bursting with lots of little treasures for anyone to explore. 7th Street is one of these, alive with bars, restaurants, and antique shops. There are also second hand and thrifts shops.

Then, Melville has just acquired a new jewel waiting to be explored; 27 Boxes has just opened. This innovative setup presents a brand new take on the conventional shopping mall. Made entirely from shipping containers it is fresh and exciting, a truly electrifying shopping experience. With all this delight in Melville, you’d be doing yourself a serious injustice by not stopping by.

10 things to do near wits

Location & Contact:

7th St, Johannesburg, 2109

27 Boxes:

75 on 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg (public parking is accessed on 4th Ave)

Email: info@27boxes.co.za
Tel: 0860 109 237
Web: http://www.27boxes.co.za/

Shopping Hours:

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 9am to 5pm
Sundays: 10am to 4pm on
Public Holidays: 9am to 2pm (except Easter, Christmas and New Year)
(opening outside these hours and on Mondays are up to each store)

  • Braamfontein Nightlife

For all you night owls, Braamfontein has quite a few opportunities to shake up your night. Whether you’re up for lounging around, late night conversations under the moonlight or dancing and partying it up for 10 hours straight, you’re sure to find a hangout that tickles your fancy. Kitcheners and Great Dane are good for anyone who wants to have a chilled and down to earth evening but still wants to dance the night away. Anti–Est and Randlords however can be a little bit more exclusive, although the vibe is still great. Regardless of where you go you’ll most definitely have a rocking evening out. Just remember to be safe and never drink and drive.

10 things to do near wits

10 things to do near wits

Location & Contact:

Randlords:
22nd Floor, South Point Towers
, 41 De Korte Street
 Braamfontein
 2017

Tel: +27 (0)11 403 1833
Web: http://www.randlords.co.za/index.php

Anti-Est:
Cnr Juta St and De Beer St, Braamfontein, Braamfontein

Tel: +27 (0)11 403 1954
Web: http://www.inyourpocket.com/johannesburg/Anti-Est_126863v

Open 12:00–02:00, Sat 11:00–02:00. Closed Sun-Tue.

Kitcheners:
71 Juta St, Johannesburg, 2000

Tel: +27 (0)11 403 0166
Web: http://kitcheners.co.za/ and FBhttps://www.facebook.com/BarKitcheners/

Great Dane:
5 De Beer St, Johannesburg, 2000

Tel: +27 (0)11 403 1136
FB: https://www.facebook.com/greatdanebar/

  • Coffee in Braam

For most busy Joburgers, caffeine is their only source of refuge. Luckily for all you coffee addicts, Braamfontein has some of the best coffee shops in SA. Thanks to spots like Bean There to Father Coffee and Post, your coffee cup should always be full. If you’re not much a coffee person, why not grab a hot chocolate or a delicious tea? Even just a croissant from any one of these will do the trick.

10 things to do near wits10 things to do near wits

10 things to do near wits

Location & Contact:

Bean There:

111 Smit Street Braamfontein

Tel: +27 (0)87 310 3100

Web: https://www.beanthere.co.za/about/roasteries/braamfontein-johannesburg/

Father Coffee:
73 Juta St, Johannesburg, 2001

Email: info@fathercoffee.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)82 513 4258
Web: www.fathercoffee.co.za

Post:
70 Juta St, Johannesburg, 2001

Tel: +27 (0)72 248 2078
Web: http://post-bl.tumblr.com/

So there you have it, 10 things that are an absolute MUST. Don’t say we didn’t give you a heads up, what are you waiting for? Go, go go! Explore!

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