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Caffeine Junkies unite

Caffeine Junkies unite

Caffeine Junkies unite

23September, 2016

You know who you are…. those of you who can’t make it through a morning without your trusty cup of joe… those of you who don’t even own a personality until the caffeine buzz hits your veins. We see you…

But we hear you too. Jo’burg’s trendy Braamfontein neighbourhood is JUST the place to go for a genuine caffeine fix. Check out these top spots to still the craving.

For heavenly coffee roasted on site, Bean There is South Africa’s first roaster of Certified Fairtrade coffee. Located at 44 Stanley Shopping precinct, Bean There sources its single origin unblended coffee from Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The minimalist decor of the store is perfect for savouring the flavour and the smell of freshly roasted beans is heavenly.

Father, on 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein unashamedly boast that their sole purpose is to serve the best coffee in Jozi. Admittedly, they serve a mean cup of Joe, and roast their own beans too. The coffee shop is full of coffee paraphernalia, making it a great spot to sit back and absorb the backwards and forwards of inner city life.

Doubleshot Coffee and Tea, also located in Braamfontein, ranks high on the list of Joburg’s favourite spots to grab a quick takeaway on your way to work or during a lunch break. Since they roast their own coffee beans, this comforting aroma will no doubt draw you in as you rub shoulders with Joburg’s business people, students and creatives alike. 1 Peppermint Place, car Juta and Melle Streets, Braamfontein.

In the mood for some Retail Therapy, we know just the place…

In the mood for some Retail Therapy, we know just the place…

In the mood for some Retail Therapy, we know just the place…

23September, 2016

Grab an insider’s tips on some great shopping spots around Braamfontein’s neighbourhood.

No shopping escapade in Jozi would be complete without a drop-in at the iconic 44 Stanley shopping precinct, which is fast becoming a well-known and well-loved icon in the heart of the city of gold.

44 Stanley Shopping Precinct
Retail, leisure, and art come together in a series of industrial 1930’s buildings, repurposed to create a buzzing district under the greater eclectic Jozi skyline. Speciality health and beauty, food, fashion, furniture and showrooms form the retail backbone of this popular shopping precinct. The ambience is relaxed, leafy courtyards create welcome opportunities to meander through the arcades and savour this inner city oasis. It has been described as the antithesis of consumer tack and a ‘blueprint for future mall development’ (lonelyplanet.com).

Look out for Art on paper Gallery. This gallery opened in 2007 and it specialises in hand-printed, limited edition artworks, drawings and sculptures.

Guillotine by Lisa Jaffee, is a fusion of art and design offering form-fitting and exquisitely tailored clothing. The design style is all about sensual fitted forms, luxurious fabrics, with an emphasis on the architecture of each clothing item. The store also stocks L’mad, Lucy MacGarry’s range of silk printed scarves bearing original artworks.

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Stanley borders on a nearby loft development, The Refinery. Once drab warehouse buildings have been proudly converted and become havens for art directors, designers and producers wishing to stay conveniently close to the nearby Atlas Studios, an important commercial hub for production houses and other independent media actors.

Anatomy for beautiful homeware and other specialist boutiques. The thoughtfully curated retail space specialises in homeware, lighting, furniture and kitchenware. The products have clean and simple lines, but are still chic and stylish, and feature high up on the ‘sought-after’ list.