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Located beneath the famous Carlton Centre, Africa's tallest building, this underground shopping mall connects the Carlton Centre and the Carlton Hotel (currently closed). With 180 shops, including retail and fast food outlets, as well as an ice skating rink, this is one of the city's major shopping destinations due to its location and convenience. So after a visit to the center's 50th floor, Top of Africa, observation deck, head underground for some great shopping.
Perched atop the 50th floor of the old, non-functional, yet beautiful Carlton Center, Top of Africa is an observation deck located on the Commissioner Street in downtown Joburg. The apex of the tallest building in all of Africa, the deck is among the most popular attractions in the city. The glamorous observation deck and hotel once hosted many a celebrities who often frequented for the stunning panorama that comprises of diverse scenes - lush green thicket, several high rises, low-pro suburbs and of course, the gold mines and reefs and lots more.
View the landscape of Johannesburg from the 50th floor of the tallest building in Africa. This is an ideal orientation experience for visitors, contrasting the old and the new parts of this metropolis. Originally a mining town, "Jo'burg" is characterized by the ever-present mine dumps that look like hills and add to the city's distinct silhouette. A valuable educational outing for children, a visit here demonstrates the structure of a city and its evolution through the years. Call ahead for hours.
The Johannesburg City Hall is a colonial architectural jewel in the heart of the city. It boasts a beautiful pipe organ which, until a few years ago, was the largest one in the southern hemisphere. After implementing a charter of cultural heritage in the inner city, the council has refurbished the city hall to accommodate music events and meetings. This is a wonderful symbol of a city that has come alive again.
Built in 1937, Ansteys Tower was formerly the home of Norman Anstey & Company department store, famous for its beautiful window dressings that could be seen through its plate glass shop fronts. Today, the first three floors have been modernized, losing the elegance the building once had at street level, but its majestic past can still be seen in its upper floors. As well, the inside also retains some of its former splendor with wall-to-ceiling mirrors and decorative brass. The building is now a national monument.
Literally meaning a place of light, Maboneng is an urban neighborhood which has been privately developed in eastern Johannesberg CBD. With several independent retail, restaurants and entertainment venues as well as loft apartments, offices, hotel, a museum and creative factory spaces, the place is a thriving cultural hub. For more information on neighborhood properties and events, visit their website.
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.
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.