Johannesburg is filled to the brim with adventures, history, culture, fine dining, music and art experiences. It is also filled to the brim with people. Sometimes, you want to avoid the major crowds, and find a lesser-known gem to frequent. 

Here are 5 of the best kept secret gems in and around the Randburg area:

1) James and Ethel Gray Park

The James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose is the perfect sightseeing spot. With hills that rise to create a view over the city and sunrise, the gardens and trails are a perfect place to walk, sit and contemplate or take a photo at any time of the day. Founded on a bird sanctuary, the park is filled with birdlife to take in and marvel at. 

2) WITS Planetarium

The University of Witwatersrand doesn’t only educate but it also entertains. Offering shows for only R55 per adult, the planetarium is the perfect spot to learn about the stars, planets and galaxies as well as be entertained and amazed by the beauty and performance of the show. The planetarium also offers a shorter children’s show that teaches kids about space through a story journey on a rocket ship. 

3) Momo Baohaus

If you are looking for an underrated restaurant spot near Randburg, look no further than Momo Baohaus. Serving boas, sushi and Asian tapas, the food here is impeccable. Momo serves spring rolls, tacos, noodle and ramen bowls, and so many more options. For the adventurous and the conservative of taste buds, Momo is ready to serve and please. 

4) Rosebank Sunday Market

On the rooftop of the Rosebank Mall, each Sunday brings the perfect morning at the market. With live music, food, bric-a-brac and clothing, there is something for everyone. Although this might entice a larger crowd, the allure of the market is its unique offering and once a week opportunity – don’t sleep on this one!

5) First Thursdays

Another opportunity not to be missed is the First Thursday experience. Also attracting a larger crowd, this gem is truly worth its salt. Galleries across the city open their doors with free entry, and usually a glass of wine/beer, for city-dwellers to walk through and take in the art. You can pop in at the larger more well-known galleries or amble down the side streets and avoid the crowds by visiting the smaller spots. Whenever and wherever you go, First Thursdays will give you the cultural evening you won’t regret.

Is your interest piqued?

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