Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city. Originally a 19th century gold mining settlement, it has today grown into one of the world’s leading hubs for business and industry. James Hill takes us on his business trip to Joburg and tells us all his tips and tricks when visiting this amazing city.
I love Joburg. It is the business destination of South Africa. The people are extremely hard working and the city has the fast paced buzz of so many of the others that i regularly visit.
After a long flight and smooth arrival into Johannesburg airport, I was glad to find that my trusty Uber app also worked. It arrived in 5 minutes and took 30 minutes to drive to my hotel in the centre.
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If you still haven’t booked somewhere to stay for the duration of your trip, I would highly recommend the Gardenia Boutique Hotel. It was an amazing discovery! Being only two steps away from the glorious Hyde Park was a real highlight. On top of that, for a boutique hotel, the rooms were really spacious and the staff were brilliant. I very much felt like I was at my home away from home.
If you are not meeting clients at their office then arrange to meet them at the Hyde Park Mall or Sandton Mall, both have amazing food and beverages and you will be blown away with the South African service, even better than the US. Tipping on your bill is essential between 10-15%. If you are pressed for time, I would take lunch in the Nelson Mandela Square, plenty of very nice restaurants with both inside and outside seating.
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By the time all the days meetings were done, I thought it would be a nice touch to take my clients out for the evening. For a pre-dinner drinks, Sundowners at the Southern Sun Rooftop Bar is an absolute must. The views are absolutely stunning and it’s the perfect place to watch the sun go down on another successful day. The cocktails here were magnificent, I will definitely be returning on my next trip.
For dinner, you must book a table at Marble. It is an exquisite celebration of quintessential South African fare with most of the cooking done on an open fire. It’s acclaimed chef, David Higgs, brings something special to the menu and the atmosphere is just as electric.
If you don’t want the evening to end there and feel like a little night cap, head over to Rockets. There is a good vibe to the place and the music is top notch.
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