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Market in Braamfontein
Written by Swathi on May 26, 2020 Share on

Braamfontein in Johannesburg: A cultural extravaganza

The birthplace of Nelson Mandela, South Africa is a beautiful country located in the continent of Africa. The country is one of the most populated in the African subcontinent with three capital cities specifically, Pretoria Bloemfontein and Cape Town. From adventure sports to shark cage diving and island hopping to tasting the local cuisine, South Africa is one such country where you can expect a plethora of experiences if you are planning a vacation. The country of South Africa has to its credit over 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is also regarded as one of the most culturally diverse nations with varying ethnicities. The largest city in South Africa is Johannesburg and interestingly, it is a widely visited tourist destination even though it is not one of the capitals of South Africa. If you are visiting Johannesburg, you should definitely pay a visit to the central hub, Braamfontein. Read on to find out more about what it has to offer.

What to expect

The History of Braamfontein dates back to almost the mid-1800s, wherein a farm by the name Braamfontein existed in this suburb after which the suburb adopted the name and retains it till today. Braamfontein is home to the Constitutional Court of South Africa and also houses many of the corporations and municipalities of the country. It is largely a cultural hub and you can look forward to a lot of entertainment, mouth-watering food, and fashion wear authentic to South Africa.

Skyline of Braamfontein
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A few notable eateries include the Kitcheners, the Great Dane bar, and 86 Public Pizzeria all of which exist in the heart of Braamfontein. These places are a must-visit if you are a true foodie. Be rest assured that your hunger pangs will definitely be satisfied in Braamfontein. You can also enjoy a quiet little picnic in the Johannesburg botanical gardens for some peaceful laid-back time, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

While visiting Braamfontein, it is impossible to leave the place without indulging in a bit of authentic shopping. Some of the noteworthy shopping spots include the ‘Neighbouring market’ and the ‘Arts on Main’ market where you can indulge in some souvenir shopping and also get to understand the local culture of South Africa. Another interesting activity that you can take up while in Braamfontein, is visiting the Johannesburg zoo which is only around 10 or 15 minutes away from the city.

Market in Braamfontein
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How to reach

You can take the public transport option of a bus or even a train to reach Braamfontein from Johannesburg which will take you approximately 30 minutes. If you have taken a self-drive option during your vacation in South Africa, you can also drive down to Braamfontein from Johannesburg. Located only a few kilometres away, the entire journey should not take you more than 15 to 20 minutes.

Useful tips

There is no entry fee or timing as such to visit the bustling Braamfontein. Once you are at the shops or restaurants you will have to pay for the services or products that you utilise by yourself. For a better understanding of the place, it is recommended that you take a guide along with you to get the best experience. Do keep in mind that you cannot litter or smoke in public places while in Braamfontein.

Feel like visiting this happening city already don’t you? Pickyourtrail recommends that you spend a day or two exploring this place in its entirety and add it as a must-do in your itinerary. Speaking of itineraries, have you planned your vacation to South Africa yet? Look up some of the best South Africa tour packages and pick the right trail for a memorable vacation. Happy exploring!

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