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Sink your teeth into a steak at one of Johannesburg's finest restaurants, people watch or indulge in a bit of souvenir shopping.
Melrose Arch is a trendy development in the northern part of Johannesburg. It carries influences of developments in cities such as New York, Milan, Paris and London, all fused into one impressive precinct.
Much more stylish than its nouveau-riche cousin Sandton (which has a penchant for pseudo-Tuscan architecture), Melrose Arch effortly blends European style with African hospitality. The architects and designers have put careful consideration into the design of the precinct. The end result is an eclectic mix of public spaces filled with art, high street shopping and interesting architecture infused with curved lines. If Melrose Arch were a woman, she would be a knock-out.
My favourite place to spend a weekend morning in Johannesburg is at the Melrose Arch Piazza. The public space reminds me of a town square in a European city and has some great restaurants to enjoy a breakfast while people watching. Tasha's does several gourmet breakfasts and offers great value for money.
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If you're visiting Johannesburg, it's the best place to base yourself for a night or two, as it's quite central. The hotels and restaurants are within walking distance of each other and you won't need any public transport if you are staying within the development.
South Africans find the restaurants a bit pricey, but Europeans and Americans will smile broadly when they are charged US$13 to US$17 for an excellent South African grade A, grass-fed fillet steak. If you want fine dining at reasonable prices and wish to take advantage of South Africa's weak rand, this is the place to do so.
The hotels here are also known for their interesting designs. Sample a sundowner at African Pride Melrose Arch hotel's swimming pool, which is surrounded by huge galvanised silver buckets. There is also a nearby bus stop, serviced by the gautrains shuttle buses, should you wish to explore further. (The Gautrain is Johannesburg's version of the Underground and Metro).
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