The Westcliff: Four Seasons Hotel
If you’re craving something a bit more suburban and modern, then The Westcliff might just be the perfect venue for you. The hotel boasts five modern restaurants, bars and lounges but if you’re looking for special places with magnificent outlooks, then Flames and View are it – they both offer incredible 240-degree views of the city. View serves contemporary dishes, and the urban-casual menu at Flames features upscale fare filled with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients.
Details: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue / 011 481 6000 / http://www.fourseasons.com/johannesburg/
The San Deck: Sandton Sun
Loved by many Sandton residents, The San Deck is the perfect rooftop spot for summer and winter. Summer is best for enjoying the warm sun with some incredible cocktails under the fabulous umbrellas, while winter is great with the outdoor heaters and glorious firepits to keep you warm in the evening. Either way, you’ll be mesmerised by the Sandton skyline while you tuck into food prepared by Executive Chef Garth Shiner.
Details: Corner Fifth and Alice Streets, Sandton / 11 461 9744 / https://www.tsogosun.com/san-deck
The Living Room
Take a drive down to the Maboneng Precinct and enjoy the sunset and hipster buzz with a cocktail in hand at The Living Room. This nature-inspired and vibrant rooftop venue is perfect for sundowners, indulging in a meal with friends and sharing some good laughs while enjoying the incredible panoramic vista of the city. The food – homemade deli-style meals, eclectic tapas and weekly specials – is fresh and delicious, so arrive hungry!
Details: 20 Kruger Street, Main Change Bdg, Maboneng Precinct / 084 529 9006 / http://www.livingroomjozi.co.za/
For meat and flame enthusiasts in love with fine dining, Marble restaurant on Keyes Avenue in Rosebank is the best place to go. You can look forward to quality food full of culture unlike any other restaurant – it’s authentically different and scrumptious all at the same time. The menu selections are to die for, and don’t even get us started on the dessert and cheese options… And as it’s situated at the top of the building, you can expect one of the best views of the city.
Details: Trumpet on Keyes, Corner Keyes & Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank / 010 594 5550 / http://marble.restaurant/
Higher Ground Restaurant
Situated on the St Stithians College grounds in Bryanston, Higher Ground Restaurant is the perfect spot if you’re looking to sit back and enjoy the stunning vistas of the city while indulging in fabulous cocktails and delicious food. And as they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can appreciate the views at all hours of the day.
Details: St. Stithians College Property 40 Peter Place / 011 024 3433 / https://highergroundrestaurant.yolasite.com
And if you’re keen for a dining experience like no other, then get your tickets now for Sky Dining, which is on at Higher Ground on 24 June.
This 1905 Edwardian gem is located on the highest point of the highest ridge in Parktown North, which means – you guessed it – unbelievable views of Joburg. The Terrace, which offers an a la carte menu and Sunday brunch, is the ideal place for cocktails and a delicious meal after a long day. Nothing beats ending off the work week with a glass of vino and a gorgeous sunset to appreciate.
Details: 15 Jubilee Road, Parktown / 011 544 6900 / http://www.emoyeniestate.co.za/
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