Johannesburg, South Africa
Aaleya, 27
Social Strategist and Event Organizer
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What are the Johannesburg spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The Oriental Plaza, Woodmead Retail Park and Sandton City Mall. (I like food and shopping, can you tell)

Do’s and don’ts in Johannesburg: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Biggest thing is always be aware of your belongings and surroundings. Don't trust anyone with anything, try double check with another local before you say yes or just agree. Try take ubers. Tips are never included on your final bill amount, please always make sure you pay them 10-14% of the bill as a tip.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I do social strategy and events, because I love understanding the consumer mindset, I am also a big shopper and I love a good party, so to know how to throw them you need to know what is liked. I like understanding it from both perspectives.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Depends R200-R400

Which Johannesburg shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Usually Sandton City mall if the budget is a bit tight then, Woodmead Retail.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Diplo, Khalid, Years & Years, Drake, Majid Jordan, Mura Masa, GanjaBeatz, DEEP$, Shekinah, Kaytranada, Halsey, G-Eazy, TheWeeknd, Goldlink, Travis Scott (IS THIS SPACE BIG ENOUGH FOR ALL THE MUSIC I LOVE?)

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Sandton, Rosebank, Illovo, Norwood - Most areas are safe at all times, be aware Jhaof going into Jozi Central at all times, especially with your belongings.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Hillbrow!

What’s the one place in Johannesburg you think is underrated?

Norwood

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Saint Restaurant, Sandton.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Johannesburg?

Akhalwayaz! Best Drunk food ever.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Get Take out from Kung Fu Kitchen, Thai Cafe, Bismillah or Andiccios.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Marble

Your go-to brunch spots:

Nice, Lexis Eatery, Knead and POST

Your perfect night out in Johannesburg includes:

Great Dane, Kitcheners, The Royale or the latest festival/party - usually thrown by UNTIL UNTIL

Which local creators do you admire?

Until until, Klikbait, Rich Mnisi, FAKA, K$ and Cassandra Twala.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Munro drive, Northcliff Hill and Higher Ground.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Kung Fu Kitchen and Akhalwayaz.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Johannesburg. How do you spend it?

I spend it having breakfast at Nice, wondering around the city of maboneng, having a dance at the living room, dinner at Saint or Saigon Suzy!

You’re meeting the mayor of Johannesburg - what constructive criticism would you give them?

More safe outdoor activities that is not a party.

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