#WinterWonders: 5 fun things to do in Joburg this winter

2016-07-03 13:53 - Twiggy Mollison, Sleepless in Soweto
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Looking for something new and unique to try in Mzansi's city of gold? Sleepless in Soweto's Twiggy Moli gives us a round-up of her must-do things in and around Jorbug this winter... take a look.

As a blogger who has recently moved from an adventure filled city like Cape Town, finding interesting things to keep me active and inspired in a busy city like Johannesburg has proved to be difficult.
Johannesburg is a fun and vibrant city with some of the best places to eat and drink but when it comes to day time activities, you can find yourself quite stuck, especially during the chilly winter months. Day or night, I have put together a round up of a few unique experiences and activities that you, your friends and family can get up to as we wait for the warm, summer days to return. 

1. GROOVE: Taboo Nightclub, Sandton

Most people will be the first to complain about how it is too cold to leave the house to go to a nightclub but as I always say, "It's never cold in the club", especially when you have the top local DJs pumping the latest tunes every Friday and Saturday. This upmarket nightclub nestled in the heart of Sandton caters to all and is known for hosting local and international musicians, celebrities and socialites on a very frequent occasions. International Hip Hop artist, J.Cole and BET Award winning DJ Black Coffee were seen there not so long ago. How insane?

Perfect for a boys night out or birthday celebrations, Taboo nightclub offers its elite guests the perfect dancefloor to work up a sweat on and numerous VIP booths that are available upon booking requests. 

At Taboo the champagne flows and you are more than likely to find yourself only leaving the place in the early hours of the morning, so pacing yourself is essential. With a variety of parties, events and themed nights, there's always a reason to go to Taboo in Winter.

Dress up, look the part and show up as the bouncers are very strict on dress code. Taboo also opens its big red doors on Wednesday nights for a weekly a comedy night, another activity to add to your 'To Do' list. 

Contact: 011 783 2200

2. EAT: La Santa Muerte,Mexican Restaurant & Bar, Mellville

It is literally impossible to find a real, authentic Mexican place in Johannesburg but newly opened Mexican restaurant, La Santa Muertemay have the answers for all you if that is what you have been searching for. Situated in Melville next door to trendy hotspot Hell's Kitchen, the sister venue, La Santa Muerte is perfect for group dinning and drinks. 

New places have been putting up in and around Melville since the inception of 27 Boxes so the opening of this restaurant is of no surprise. It has been said that La Santa Muerte focuses mainly on aspects of Mexican dishes that have been overlooked by other Mexican restaurants which makes it the place to eat right now. Closing at midnight, this places allows for late dinning and drinking which isn't very popular in Johannesburg, it is literally impossible to find a place with a kitchen that closes after 10pm. 

La Santa Muerte is edgy and rock, elements that echo rock bar Hell's Kitchen quite well. What I love about the place is that not only is it a restaurant but you can see that there is some sort of recreation of the cholla lifestyle - the Mexican youth culture lifestyle 

Contact: 076 609 0383


3. CHILL: PDL Carwash, Buy & Braai, Pimville

Ideal for an afternoon day out to soak up the Winter sun, PDL makes for the perfect chill spot for a cold beer and freshly Braai'd meat and pap shared with friends as a Sunday lunchmeal. Situated in the popular suburb of Pimville in Soweto, PDL also doubles up as a sports bar and trendy car wash so you can pull up and you get your car washed, watch the game while your shisa nyama (braai) is being prepared for you by the PDL patrons. 

It might get chilly in the evenings but PDL has that sorted with the fire bowls that get lit outside if you are still enjoying your time there as the evening approaches. It is quite easy to lose track of time as the resident DJs take turns to spin their deep house playlists, but it always makes for a good time to let the good times roll and let the music takeover. 

It's an unassuming hotspot. If you don't know any better you would just think it's a car wash like any other. Unlike a lot of shisa nyama's hangout spots, it doesn't get super packed (unless there's a legit event but even then it doesn't feel like you can't breathe.

Contact: 072 314 4941


4. ADVENTURE: Hint Hunt, Illovo

If you are looking for an activity for the whole family, Hint Hunt is a new and fun place that involves mountain climbing, puzzles and mysteries.

First established in Cape Town, Hint Hunt has now been brought to Johannesburg for us to enjoy. The aim of taking part in Hint Hunt is to do something as a family or a group and to also get away from your everyday life. Hint Hunt has been described as "the ultimate mental challenge", its aim is to challenge each group into figuring out how to escape an unfamiliar room.

Mysteries, puzzles and riddles are there to be solved and this can only be done through a group effort. It is very engaging and interactive and promises fun for the whole group involved. It is literally perfect for those with a competitive streak 

Contact: 021 448 9864


5. GET ACTIVE: Bounce, Midrand 

A great family activity that will help everyone get fit during the Winter time. A trend borrowed from The States to get active while also having fun, Bounce has over 50 interconnected trampolines where you can bounce to your heart's content, play dodge ball and perfect your slum dunk with your friends and family. Running up a wall or launching into a big bag, anything goes. 

This place allows for fun bouncing and also bouncing to get fit in a fun way, perfect for those of us who aren't into the traditional ways of training. Student and family specials are also available which is ideal for the school holidays.

Contact: 011 517 2500


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