Top 10 Things To Do In Joburg When It’s Raining

Don’t let the one of Joburg’s infamous storms rain on your parade. There’s still plenty of fun stuff to do in the city when the heavens open up… just check out our top picks. 


Watch A Movie At The Bioscope

The Bioscope is a great place to kick back, relax and catch an interesting film. They show a range of movies here, from local productions to niche international film festivals – check out their schedule to stay in the loop. The best part about this place is that you can bring food from the neighbouring Chalkboard Café into the cinema with you… let a warm pizza comfort you from the miserable weather and you’ll be golden.

Where: 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

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Visit A Restaurant With A Fireplace

Warm up and grab a bite to eat at a restaurant with a fireplace. There’s something oh-so-comforting about indulging in a hearty meal while huddling up around a fireplace, don’t you think? Check out our list of top 10 restaurants with fireplaces… stay warm!

Go Ice Skating

There’s just something about ice-skating that makes you feel like a kid again, right? And I mean that in the best way possible, of course. So, on that note, how about heading to Northgate Ice Rink for a couple of hours? It’ll be a blast for adults and kids alike! You can rent skates there so don’t worry if you don’t have your own pair.

Where: Northgate Shopping Centre, Northumberland Road, Northriding, Johannesburg.

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Have An Ice Cream

Now, we know many people will disagree with us on this particular point but hear us out… there’s just something about having an ice cream when it’s cold and rainy that makes the treat taste a bit better than usual. If you’re into that idea (as you should be), then it’s your lucky day because we’ve got a list of the best ice cream spots in Joburg.

Drink Something Warm 

Perhaps you firmly disagree with the ice cream in rainy weather option… and that’s fine. If that’s the case, then what about something hot to drink? We’ve got a list of the best places to get a cup of coffee here and a list of the best hot chocolate spots in Joburg here. One sip and you’ll forget all about the less-than-perfect weather!

Go Bowling

Round up a crew and head on over to Bramley’s X-Treme bowling for a fun-filled session. This place has been going for years and it’s as cool as ever! The neon lights and retro décor really make the experience all the more fun. If bowling’s not your thing, they’ve got a couple of pool tables, arcade games and a bar… check it out!

Where: Midways Mall, 280 Corlett Drive, Bramley, Johannesburg.

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Visit The SAB World Of Beer

Why not sign up for a fun and interactive tour at the SAB World of Beer? Here, you will learn everything there is to know about beer, from how it’s made to how it would have been served in shebeens way back when. You will get two complimentary beers after the tour and can end things off with a hearty pub lunch afterwards!

Where: 15 Helen Joseph Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.

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Have High Tea

Who’s to say the rainy weather has to stop you from indulging in a decadent high tea? No one, that’s who! There are plenty of places that offer high teas in Joburg… we’ve listed the best ones right here. Take your pick and have a blast.

Have A Pamper Party

It’s raining. So what? Just because you can’t hang out outdoors, doesn’t mean you have to mope around the house doing nothing. Why not treat yourself to a little pamper party? Get your nails done, have a massage or go for a facial (yes, guys, you too!). There are some great places to treat yourself around Joburg. Check out Sorbet for the gals and Hines and Harley for the guys (girls are welcome here, too).

Go To The Theatre

How about going to the theatre to escape the downpour? There’s always something showing so just call ahead to find out what’ll take to the stage and check it out. From the National Children’s Theatre and Theatre on the Square  to the Civic  and the Market Theatre, there are so many to pick and choose from!

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