Top 10 Places To Go In Newtown


Newtown is a bustling suburb, located just over the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge. There’s so much to do in the area but we’ve rounded up our top 10 picks… have fun!

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And is an underground club that mainly specialises in techno and drum ‘n bass parties. Every Thursday night, they host an event called Addictshun, which is a drum ‘n bass party. It’s a rad way to spend a Thursday night but just be warned: this place can suck you in and before you know it, you’ll have stayed way longer than you planned to! On Friday nights, And hosts Toy Toy, a techno bash where resident DJs include Digital Rockit (G-Force, Fabio and Dogstarr), Sound Sensible and Andi Dill. Parties vary on a Saturday night so be sure to keep your ear to the ground to find out what’s going down here.

Where: 39a Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Carfax

Carfax is a super club that hosts all kinds of events – from live bands (both local and international) to DJs and themed parties that sometimes spill out onto the streets. You can be sure that whatever Carfax is doing, they’re doing it well. Carfax also hosts exhibitions as the property is shared by artists who rent studio space here.

Where: 39 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Craft Coffee

Craft Coffee is a roastery located in the heart of Newtown. The next time you find yourself in need of a pick-me-up, Craft is where to go! They serve it all – from espressos and flat whites to hot chocolate and freezochinos. They also offer a range of sweet treats like red velvet cupcakes, should you feel peckish.

Where: 50 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Newtown Junction

Newtown Junction is a huge shopping complex where you will find a wide range of stores, from Foschini, Identity, Mr Price and Bogart to American Swiss, Edgars and Sportscene. After a spot of retail therapy, you can head to their Ster-Kinekor cinema to catch a film, grab a bite to eat at one of the many options, or work out at the Planet Fitness gym on-site.

Where: 100 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Work Shop New Town

Work Shop New Town is an innovative retail concept that’s taken up shop in Newtown Junction. It is home to a whopping 100 local fashion, design and lifestyle brands! Augustine Clothing, Butter Pudding, Crystal Birch, Famke, Pichulik and Smith are just some of the brands you will find under Work Shop New Town’s roof. Go on, shop ‘til you drop and support local while you’re at it

Where: In the Potato Sheds at Newtown Junction, 100 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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The Potato Sheds

The Potato Sheds is so called because, back in the day, it was quite literally a potato shed. Of course, the menu taps into the restaurant’s history and serves up potatoes in all shapes and forms. On top of that, they make smokehouse-style dishes… so you can expect to sink your teeth into a lamb poker, pulled pork belly and crispy calamari, to name but a few items on their menu. Try it out!

Where: Newtown Junction, 100 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Bassline

Bassline has hosted over 3 000 gigs since its inception in 1994 and it continues to play a vital role in Joburg’s music scene. It’s a concert venue that has hosted famed international acts and celebrated locals alike. Every Thursday, they host Ragga Nights, a themed party that celebrates reggae music. They also host comedy evenings so be sure to keep an eye out to stay in the know.

Where: 10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre was founded in 1976, and was constructed out of Joburg’s old fruit market. The theatre then became known as the country’s Theatre of Struggle as it challenged the apartheid era and has since become a huge complex that hosts a wide range of productions.

Where: Corner Bree and Miriam Makeba Streets, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Sci-Bono

Sci-Bono is a discovery centre that manages to make learning about science fun for kids. It’s an interactive museum where kids get to explore the subjects of maths, science and technology in a wonderful way. Hint: it’s a great place for kids’ birthday parties too. Sci-Bono also hosts exhibitions.

Where: Corner Miriam Makeba and Helen Joseph (formerly President) Streets, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Museum Africa

Museum Africa tells the story of our continent and is a fascinating place to visit. It’s full of artefacts and photographs and home to permanent exhibitions that showcase how the gold rush affected South Africa. The museum often hosts contemporary exhibitions that revolve around our country’s socio economic history so be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming shows.

Where: 121 Bree Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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