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Best Local Scene in Johannesburg

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Neighbourgoods Market

Housed in a 15-story building, the Neighbourgoods Market's structure impresses you with the mural artwork by Eduard Villa. Open every Saturday through the morning and afternoon, the Neighbourgoods Market is a nice place to spend a warm morning, whether you want to enjoy browsing through local artisan products, sample the various delicacies cooked up by local chefs or get fresh food fresh from the farmers' produce. Besides the fresh produce, the market comes alive during the various festivities like the We Love Real Craft Beer Festival, the Barrel and Vine Festival Festival and so on that happen throughout the year.

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Newtown

Located in the center of the city, Newtown became a hub of activity from the late 20th Century when several trading offices, brick-laying companies, fisheries, breweries and banks opening in the area around this time. After an initiative by the government to clean up this city center, this area has become a trendy hub with bright lights and well-maintained buildings. Newtown is home to several restaurants, cafes and shops as well as Mary Fitzgeral Square where concerts and public performances are held on a regular basis.

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Nelson Mandela Square

Formerly known as Sandton Square, this hub of city life in Johannesburg was renamed Nelson Mandela Square in 2004 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the birth of South Africa's democracy. Also the home of the Nelson Mandela statue, which was unveiled when the square was renamed, the square serves not only as a tribute to the famed president's historic efforts to bring peace to the nation, but also a focal point where visitors and locals alike can contemplate the country's turbulent past. An Italian-style piazza full of shops, restaurants, and galleries, located near world-class hotels and the city's financial district, this is a must-see for any visitor to Johannesburg.

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Panorama Flea Market

Panorama Flea Market makes for a one-of-a-kind experience in Johannesburg. You will find more than 300 stalls selling a range of articles like jewellery, clothes as well as food items. But it's not just a place for pocket-friendly shopping, since you can also enjoy live entertainment or relax with drinks and friends in the beer garden. Children are also well taken care of here, and they can enjoy in the kids playground where fun games can be played. The market is also open on public holidays.

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Soweto

This is the historic heart of the freedom struggle that took place in South Africa. Soweto (or ‘SOuth WEst TOwnships') is replete with schools, squares, cemeteries and other memorials that carry now-famous names. Both ex-President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have homes here. It is recommended that visits to Soweto are undertaken via a reputable firm, for reasons of security. Tour operators offer a variety of packages, most including the Soweto Shebeen (local drinking houses) Route, which allows one a genuine taste of the warm hospitality that fills life in the township. Never dull, this township offers the wonderful experience of seeing how past incidents have impacted on the lives of residents today.

Soweto, South Africa
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