Johannesburg, South Africa
Ricci-Lee, 27
Writer & Fashion Blogger
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What are the Johannesburg spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

There are so many but if I had to break it down it would be Maboneng, Juta Street In Braamfontein, the Bolton Road corner in Rosebank and 7th Street Melville.

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

Be vigilant, be aware and most importantly be kind to EVERYONE. From the beggars to the waiters and managers. It's a city of hard-working people trying to make their dreams come true. You can make friends in a second if you give everyone a chance.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a freelance writer and a fashion blogger. It all stems from needing my own voice to be heard. I love the power of the pen. Writing gives me a chance to explore every and all industries. It's been quite the ride.

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

It depends on the area you are in. In the North it will be upwards of R450. In town/ central Joburg it will be quite a bit cheaper.

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

I love the Co-op in Melville with all the local designer brands. The Storer in 44 Stanley is also spectacular with boutique brands from all over the world. We also have some fabulous shopping centres, namely Sandton City.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Erykah Badu, Al Green and The Rolling Stones.

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

During the day it would be Parkhurst, Rosebank, Melville and Maboneng (especially on a Sunday). The evenings in Parktown North, Juta Street, Illovo and Melville.

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

Kempton Park - unless I'm at the airport.

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

The Fourways Famers Market.

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

Ant Cafe in Melville. It's a tiny little pizzeria, cosy and intimate. Once dinner is over we then have a number of bars to choose from.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Johannesburg?

Hmmmm, Tough one but I would have to say andiccio's.

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

go to Wobbles for their delicious steak, red wine and fireplace. or Casalinga, inside is intimate, cosy and the restaurant is surrounded by a beautiful, sprawling garden. You could also go to Parrereinha, this 40-year-old restaurant has an indoor area that’s warmed by a scrumptious fire which, when paired with some of Mama’s homemade peri peri is hot!

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

The Living-room rooftop bar. Restaurants like Saint and Marble are some of the most beautiful in the world, Kalashnikovv Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery really talk to our culture and 44 Stanley for a quick shop.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Glenda's, Pablo-eggs-go-bar, Salvation Cafe, The Whippet, and Naked Coffee.

Your perfect night out in Johannesburg includes:

Drinks at 'A Streetbar named Desire', Pizza at the Coalition, Cocktails at SinTax and some naughtiness at Testament bar or The Tennis Club (if there's an event going on).

Which local creators do you admire?

Seth Pimental, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, the boys behind 'I see a different You', Mj Turpin and Jonathan Freemantle

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Top of the Ponte Tower or Northcliffe Ridge.

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

Nandos.

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

A Boozy Breakfast at Salvation Cafe with my closest family and friends, a walk around/shop at 44 Stanley. Then lunch at Pablo-eggs-go-bar in Melville. Some much-needed cocktails at Mootee Bar, a quick visit to Kalashnikovv Gallery and then a huge farewell blowout at Testament Bar.

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

Our Public Transport is in desperate need of work!

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