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KwaZulu Muti Museum of Man and Science

You can find this quirky place on the corner of Diagonal 14 and President Street. As the name suggests it is not a museum but a medicine shop. You will find some weird and most bizarre medicines sold here. It is one of the leading stores selling Muti which is a traditional herbal homeopathic medicines. There are wide array of dried herbs as well a some different kind of remedies including monkey skulls, dried crocodile feet and so on. You can even meet a sangoma who practises traditional medicine. Do come for your daily dose of weirdness.

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Liebermann Pottery Gallery

Liebermann Pottery Gallery has everything you could possibly need to turn your front yard into a beautiful garden or spruce up your house with a few pots and urns. Opened in 1956 by Sammy Liebermann, the shop has two branches, one in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg. From Urns, fish ponds and platters to rustic pots and rare porcelain there's lots to explore here. Bonsai enthusiasts will be delighted at their collection.

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Vovo Telo

The aroma of freshly baked breads entices you to walk into this delightful cafe located within the 44 Stanley. The artisan bakery is passionate about its breads and takes effort to ensure a perfect loaf, from sourcing locally to using premium ingredients. From ciabatta to baguettes and foccaccia, bread lovers won't be disappointed. Apart from this, there's a range of light bites like portobello mushroom panini and rare roast beef sandwich on offer. The large selection of breakfast favorites like creamy scrambled eggs and chicken liver breakfast panini, make mornings here, a busy affair. Enjoy with a selection of coffees, teas and other beverages. Drop by for a refreshing break from shopping at the center.

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Art Africa

Art Africa, consisting of two separate sections, specializes in handcrafted African objects d'art and curios. The front section of the store contains mostly contemporary southern African crafts like beautiful hand-painted ceramics, jewelery, picture-frames, lampshades, carved and painted figures, and pewter. The rear section is a delight to collectors of authentic African artifacts, containing, among a myriad of items, Ghanaian Kente cloths, Yoruba figurines, Luba headrests and Xhosa pipes.

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Moemas

Indulge your sweet tooth with the delectable cakes and pastries at Moemas, located in Parktown. Pastry chef and co-owner Danielle comes with a significant experience after working in top bakeries and the same shows in his creations. Apart from the sweet treats, there's a selection of tarts, pies and freshly made salads on offer. For heartier appetites, the restaurant offers a selection of mains that includes such delights as seared beef filet, char-grilled salmon and grilled lamb cutlets. The interior, bathed in white with only the gray floor standing for contrast, is a charming affair. Overhead hanging lamps and an ornate chandelier add a nice touch. There's a delightful outdoor patio as well. Check website for more.

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Dish

Dish offers you beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of art completely handcrafted by the owners themselves. Each colorful and vivid mosaic tile which is sold at this shop is painted by hand and can also be custom-made according to the request of the customer. Ceramic pieces by well-known artists like Julia Keevy and Deon de Lange can also be found here side by side with magnificent pieces of art. If you are interested in learning how to create your own mosaic design, sign up for any of the shop's workshops which shows you a step-by-step, fun and easy way of making your own tiles.

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Wolves

Drop by this chirpy little cafe in Illovo for excellent coffee, delectable cakes and loads of fun. From brownies and fudges to cupcakes and cookies, the dessert selection has enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Savory treats and an array of sandwiches make up the breakfast and lunch menu. The space is abuzz with numerous events ranging from art exhibitions to musical nights, throughout the week. Howl, the weekly music night happening every Thursday, features local musicians and attracts significant crowds. Other prominent events include the 'Beer O' Clock' on Friday. The chilled out and funky vibe of the space attracts a young crowd. Check website for upcoming events and more.

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Fournos Bakery

Locals flock to the madly popular and trendy Fournos Bakery in the suburb of Dunkeld, in Johannesburg, and it's not difficult to see why. This deli-cum-bakery offers the discerning customer an incredible range of delicious and exotic Mediterranean delights. Come in and sample their large selection of specialty breads, nibble on a flaky croissant, or dig into one of the divine quiches on offer. On your way out, don't forget to pick up a fresh pasta sauce, some home-made soup, or a ready made lasagne.

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Thrupps

The enduring popularity of Thrupps, and its ability to thrive in the face of stiff competition from the large grocery chains, is testament to the fact that quality, service, and the personal touch matter to shoppers. It is a pleasure to shop in this clean and intimate supermarket, and the joy of locating that elusive, exotic ingredient or foodstuff, more than compensates for the slightly higher than average prices that the shop charges. The fruit and vegetables, cheeses, fish and meat is of the highest standard, and is absolutely fresh. As an added convenience, Thrupps will also deliver groceries right to your doorstep.

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Belle’s Patisserie

This cozy cafe is located within the Blue Bird shopping center. Take a break from your retail therapy and indulge your sweet tooth with a wide variety of Belle's much-loved cupcakes, pastries and desserts. Loaves of fresh-baked artisan breads and Viennoiserie are enticingly displayed, ideal to carry home or enjoy a quick bite on the go - try their flaky, buttery croissants or the signature caramel-chip croisnut. Light eats like salads and sandwiches make for the perfect lunch or tea-time snack. This cafe is a great place to satiate those hunger pangs at any time of day from indulgent breakfasts, light lunches or evening treats.

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Baglios

Belonging to the popular restaurant chain, Baglios delights you by offering a variety of delectable flavors and topping. Housed at the Nelson Mandela square, this restaurant is the first restaurant of the chain and has been operating since 1994. You can choose from the creamy ice creams or indulge in the fruity sorbets, you are in for a blissful treat. Baglios doesn't let its guests go thirsty and offers a refreshing menu of fresh fruit concoctions. Their warm service and casual ambiance let you enjoy the heavenly treat and truly is a paradise for dessert lovers.

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Amatuli

Beautiful clay pots and other wares lined on the street indicate the entrance into this treasure trove of artisan crafts. Amatuli is a shop which offers handcrafted pieces of art and photography from Africa, China, Indonesia and India. Handwoven cloth, photo prints, furniture, pottery and canvases are only a few of the items found in this shop. Art exhibitions are also organized here wherein each piece is up for sale.

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