About Jeroen M
Lives in Berlin, Germany
Since Sep 2007
35-49 year old male
Travel editor and writer based in Berlin; I've visited 64 countries, and have lived for several years each in Berlin - Germany, Bucharest and Brasov - Romania, Warsaw - Poland, Prague - Czech Republic, Johannesburg - South Africa and Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia. Currently working on guides and travel articles for Rough Guides, InYourPocket.com, Easyjet, Airbnb & TripAdvisor.
Observation Decks & Towers
Flea & Street Markets
Historic Walking Areas
The tallest building in Africa towers over central Johannesburg, and the 'Top of Africa' viewing deck is a good spot to get orientated in this big city. The views are really good on clear days - all the way across to the FNB Stadium and Soweto to the southwest, and Pretoria to the north - though decidedly less impressive on hazy days. The shopping mall at the foot of the tower has a great mix of shops and locals and is well worth a look as well.
The ultimate must-see museum in South Africa does an awesome job of documenting the terrible history of Apartheid, and how people like Nelson Mandela fought to bring it to an end. The setup and design of the museum are very good, and there's even a lovely rooftop savannah landscape garden.
Inside the charming Stanley 44 complex with its shops, galleries and boutiques, Salvation is a fantastic place for lunch. Their balcony overlooking the small plaza is a great place to relax and plan the rest of the day. Great coffee and cakes too.
Get all your souvenirs and presents in one go at the weekly Sunday art market, on the top parking deck of Rosebank mall. There's a great variety of art, jewelry, fashion and souvenirs on sale here, including animals made from beads. A couple of stands sell food, and there's often live music too.
For a taste of African art, visit this modern city-center museum run by Johannesburg's famed university. The cool state-of-the-art spaces host changing themed exhibitions drawn from their enormous collections of African art from across the continent, plus modern art and photography.
The sprawling township southwest of central Johannesburg is a pleasant and essential trip for visitors to the city. It has several good museums and monuments, and a host of lively restaurants and bars, crammed with fashionable locals at the weekends.
An exciting symbol of the regeneration of the city center of Johannesburg, the warehouses and offices of the Maboneng area have been re-purposed to house art galleries, shops, restaurants, bars, a hotel and a hostel, an art cinema and a museum. It's especially lively on Sundays when there's a food and design market.
Johannesburg is full of bland malls - but this one is special, aimed at the large Indian community living in the area, and although its not as flashy or well-maintained as the malls in the northern suburbs, it's crammed full of shops selling textiles, clothes, jewelry, decorations and much more. There are also several great places to eat local-style 'samosa' and other Indian delicacies.
A bustling, hip restaurant in the popular Parkhurst area north of the center. There are great burgers on offer here, and you can choose from a variety of local craft beers.
Jazz was a major cultural influence for the black community in Johannesburg in the 1930s to 1960s, and The Orbit jazz bar has recently managed to bring some of it back to the city center. There's live music nearly every day here, a cafe on the ground floor and a huge bar with the stage upstairs. The excellent mix of locals and visitors makes it a great place to hang out.