You can’t go to Braamies without popping into 86 Public. Craft pizza is the name of the game here and they pull it off very well. From butternut and blue cheese on a beer base to prosciutto, Gorgonzola, pear and caramelised onions on sourdough, 86 Public knows how to combine flavours. It’s no wonder they opened a branch in Illovo.
A coffee shop during the day and a romantic dinner spot at night, Velo wears many masks. We suggest the paninis and pregos paired with a beautiful bottle of Cab Sav. What more would one want? Velo is the kind of place you meet up with old friends or take that special someone for a date that won’t break the bank.
The Bannister Hotel
One of the coolest places to have breakfast in Braamfontein is at The Bannister Hotel. And there’s a very good reason why we love it so much: for breakfast you choose from a set menu or the buffet and the coffee is bottomless. Yip, bottomless. The cool thing is you don’t have to stay at the hotel to dig in at the restaurant downstairs.
Smooth jazz and great food are what attract people to The Orbit jazz lounge in Braamies. It’s known for entertaining crowds with various underground and international acts. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that if an act performs at The Orbit, they will make massive waves on the jazz scene.
One of the oldest pubs in the city, Kitcheners serves great toasted sandwiches – and they throw one helluva party. As Kitcheners hosts live music, DJs and comedy shows almost every night of the week, your best bet to find out what’s going down at this joint is to keep an eye on their Facebook page. If you’ve never partied in Braamies then Kitcheners is a great place to start.
Continuing on what we’ve said above: if you’ve never partied in Braamfontein before then Great Dane is a great place to end. They open late and close early if you know what we mean. Some of the country’s biggest music acts (think Die Antwoord) have performed here. On some nights there’s a password to get in and the only way to get the password is to scour their Facebook page for it. Great Dane is owned by the same dude who ran Town Hall in Melville and owns Brian Lara Rum Eatery in Linden, so you know it’s a good place to party.
The Bannister Hotel
Twice in one article, eh? Well, The Bannister Hotel offers comfortable beds, awesome decor and brilliant service. From single to double sleepers and everything in between, if you’re going to visit Braamfontein after dark then The Bannister Hotel is the place to rest your head for the night.
Once In Joburg
Once In Joburg is a hostel built in the shell of an old hotel, boasting four-star facilities. One of a kind, Once In Joburg is a great place to stay whether you’re passing through, crashing for the night or looking for a central hub to run your Joburg holiday from. Seeing as Braamfontein is a student village, there’s wild nightlife to enjoy and many hipster hangouts, bars and restaurants. Once In Joburg is close to Wits University, Constitution Hill, the Civic Centre and Newtown. Other points of interest include Museum Africa, the Johannesburg Zoo, Carlton Centre (with the Roof of Africa) and the South African National Museum of Military History (which is next to the zoo).
Yeah, sure, it’s not quite Braamfontein but it’ll have to do. Besides, there’s always an Airbnb around every corner these days. The Devonshire is a beautiful inner-city hotel situated at the top of Jorrison Street (close to Constitution Hill). This inner-city hideaway boasts secure parking, room service and even on-site babysitters. The Devonshire offers easy access to the city and is the perfect distance from Braamfontein’s party centre.