Top picks: hot summer sunset spots in Joburg

We’re doing things a little differently now. Daytime parties are the new nightclubs, sunsets now come with a slumber party, picnics are pre-booked in the private gardens, and cognac cocktails are the sparkling new. We’ve rounded up some of the best places in Joburg to cook and toast for your special moments.

Codfather Waterfall

The Codfather Waterfall located at Polofields Crossing in Midrand is the new addition to the portfolio, which includes Bowl’d in the Masingita Towers, the Riboville Boutique Hotel & Restaurant in Waterfall and The Collective on West Conference Center. The impressive new space has been beautifully designed with high ceilings, hanging wooden fish sculptures, and a spectacular backlit staircase that takes guests up to the private dining room. Indulge in steak, sushi, fish, shrimp and tapas, and toast the holiday season while listening to the fresh beats of summer. Open from 7 a.m., seven days a week.



Step into Bowl’d for an instant mood lift and head straight to the pool deck where you can sit at a table with your toes in the water, and enjoy Mediterranean, Asian and African cuisine with your favorite summer cocktail. Resident and guest DJs will soon have you jumping and dancing as the sun sets.


Sin + Tax

Best known as an intimate after-hours getaway and a prime choice for cocktails, Sin + Tax’s renovated space features an outdoor courtyard, allowing more guests to enter and play – from. from 2 p.m. Part of its charm is its speakeasy style – and you might be lucky enough to witness live jazz while you’re at it.


Edge of glory

If you’re not ready to call it a day after a mid-morning coffee or a cheeky mimosa before noon at Morning Glory, drop by its sister restaurant Edge of Glory. You understand?! Nextdoor is the newly rebranded Peeping Tom, where you can soak up the sun at Bolton’s popular site cnr Jan Smuts. You’ll love the Miami-style kitsch decor, flamingos and all. Its collaborative drink partner is Sin + Tax, so you can bet the cocktails are top notch. Ask them to make you the French Twist: Courvoisier, Orange Curaçao or Triple Sec, syrup, lemon juice and club soda.

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Pablo’s house Melville

One of Melville’s best-kept secrets is this lovely boutique guesthouse. Pablo is perched on the highest point of the suburb overlooking the Koppies and the great Joburg, where you can book Dos Manos for pizzas and wood-fired grills and relax with a cocktail on the terrace. Better yet, book a night or two and unlock access to the pool where you can sip cocktails in a more private setting.


Beachwood Gardens

Take your picnics to the next level in these exquisite landscaped gardens, where safety is not a concern. Created by landscape artist Joanne Pym in 1945 and maintained by owners Christopher and Susan Greig for decades, the 1.4ha botanical garden is a true gem in the heart of Hyde Park with magnolias, a rose garden, a lake of water lilies, waterfalls and vegetable gardens – all suitable for wheelchairs. You will need to book and pay in advance – no tours are allowed. Arrive with a prepared gourmet picnic basket, accessories, and a fully charged phone battery, as you’ll be going through the day.


Atholplace House & Villa

Located in the affluent suburb of Atholl, the house and villa, which was once a hotel, is now a nine-bedroom house with a four-bedroom villa providing a respite from the hustle and bustle of Joburg. The house bar, lush green lawns and picturesque swimming pool are for residential guests only … did anyone say group stay? A Christmas or New Year’s Eve maybe?



Nothing sexier than sipping a cocktail overlooking the Johannesburg city skyline from the balcony of Marble Bar. Or sit in the restaurant while the setting sun is refracted by the glass of the majestic cellar. The space exudes modern elegance and effortless chic – from the beautiful marble bar, to the custom wall panels by Damien Grivas, to the photographs by Krisjan Rossouw and to the ceramic Dolos figurines by Peter Mthombeni.


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