All You Need To Know About Maboneng Precinct

by Kojo Pocu

Welcome to the most populous city in South Africa’s modern and cultural centre. Main Street Life, the 12 Decades Hotel, Fox Street Studios, and other organizations call it home. In Johannesburg, the City of Gold, the Maboneng Precinct is a refuge for artistic expression and commercial activity. A visit to the Maboneng Precinct is a must if you’re in Johannesburg. A modernized urban way of life can be defined by the growth of an integrated, mixed-use community where people can play, live, and work.

Maboneng is a distinctive collection of constructions that contributes to the city’s vibrant redevelopment. These include studios, art galleries, boutique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops that are fostering business and creativity in an inner-city lifestyle.

The original building in the precinct, Arts on Main, blends artistic office space with some of the best artists’ studios, galleries, and stores. Old warehouses have been renovated by developers into a vibrant area where members of Jozi’s creative community gather to work, play, and exchange ideas. Don’t pass up Market on Main, a weekly market at Arts on Main that sells local crafts and food from the area.

Main Street Life on Fox Street, a housing and lifestyle development with sweeping views of Johannesburg, is also located in the precinct. Residents share this building with eateries, the Bioscope (the city’s sole independent cinema), and the POPArt Theatre on the first floor. Nearby Fox Street Studios has retail space for eateries, clothing and design boutiques, as well as the neighbourhood’s community centre.

Some of South Africa’s best artists and designers, such as Love Jozi, Black Coffee, and Dokter and Misses, conceptualized and designed the rooms of the neighbouring 12 Decades Hotel.

The Main Change, an office building in the precinct, is another new construction. Here, entrepreneurs and inventors can work together in a collaborative setting. This location also has a spa, meditation area, holistic treatment centre, health food café, and clothing and furnishing stores if you’re looking to find your centre.

Another illustration of how the precinct combines living and working spaces is Revolution House. Here, art and fashion shops as well as film and sound studios are housed in the same building as the apartments. The MOAD (Museum of African Design) is an urban museum venue created to display modern African art and design and is one of the most recent additions to the neighbourhood.

Maboneng Precinct Map

Maboneng Precinct is a neighbourhood in Gauteng. Maboneng Precinct is situated nearby to Troyeville, and south of Doornfontein.

Things To Do At Maboneng Precinct

Maboneng Arts On Main


One of the areas in Johannesburg that are undergoing significant growth and change is the Maboneng Precinct. The Arts On Main market, which is held there every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 15 p.m. and offers locals and guests a genuine taste of Gauteng Province and South Africa as a whole, is also located there.

At the intersection of Berea Road and Fox Street, Arts on Main offers a relaxed atmosphere where guests may take in the creativity and ingenuity of Johannesburg-based creatives. People from all across the City of Gold are working the stalls, and they are glad to interact with local customers and share their inspiration. A variety of food and design-related things are sold at the stalls, making for an enjoyable and interesting market experience.

The primary goal of Arts on Main is to promote sustainable living. It attracts young creatives who are enthusiastic about products made from natural materials. A significant portion of this market’s offerings revolve around food, and hungry customers can expect to sample and purchase amazing organic vegetables, home-baked goods, fresh juices, sushi, South African produce, and unique flavours. Craft beers bring a unique element to the market.

Of course, regional designers go great distances to display their amazing wares. These include favourite vintage-style items as well as leather accessories, jewellery, apparel, and designer items.

Join A Pasta Making Class


Participate in an entertaining and educational evening when you will discover the mysterious art of creating pasta. On Friday nights, chef Kevin Joel teaches a three-hour class that promises to be wonderful.

You may sit back and enjoy your meal prepared from scratch with a lovely bottle of wine once you have mastered the art of making pasta. What could be better than using those techniques at home and avoiding store-bought pasta forever? The flavour of your food will completely change when you use homemade pasta instead of anything you may buy.

Smack! Republic Brewery


Innovation, quality, and a healthy dose of rebellion are the hallmarks of SMACK! Republic, an artisanal brewery in the Maboneng neighbourhood of Johannesburg. The Smack Republic is located in an area of east Johannesburg that has undergone urban renewal and is experiencing an increasing amount of a young, vibrant vibe as it develops and rises on the socioeconomic scale

SMACK! Republic is dedicated to giving its distinctive brews “craft royalty” treatment. Hand-selected grains and hops are then mashed and boiled in premium stainless steel brew pots to assure the best flavours and the ideal circumstances for a distinctive, even eccentric, approach to craft brews. Some of these beers include the Bree Street Belle, an approachable golden ale, the Maboneng Maverick, a wheat beer with naartjie and black pepper, the Hillbrow Honey, a pale ale with nuances of rooibos and bluegum honey, and the Braamfontein Brawler. Other beers include the Newtown Nemesis, a milk stout that has been infused with bourbon and vanilla, and the Bre (an Indian pale ale with distinctive citrus and pine nuances).

This brewery, however, does more than just create great beer. They regularly host food and beer pairing events that show what is possible when people who enjoy good food and a nice beverage are open to trying new flavour combinations that bring out the best in both the dish and the amber brew. The best musicians, photographers, and painters from all around Johannesburg congregate at SMACK! Republic once a month to share their originality and inventiveness with one another while savouring the flavours of other uniquely South African art forms.

Eat At Way Bar & Grill

The Way Bar & Grill is Johannesburg’s response to affluent customers seeking a buzzy location with plenty of delicious cuisine and entertainment. The Maboneng precinct, an urban epicentre that captures the essential spirit of the City of Gold, is where it is located.

The Way takes itself in serving some of the best grills in the city, along with accompanying beverages. To satisfy your hunger, pick from a selection of meat meals and treat yourself to the finest, most delectable carnivore fare. Hearty pasta, grilled chicken, and seafood meals are also available, as well as platters and snacks (such as nachos). These are the most delectable pairings with the available beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails.

There are several offers offered during ladies’ and student nights, which creates an enjoyable atmosphere. Every month on the first Sunday, The Way welcomes older people to unwind while enjoying delicious food and nostalgic music. The Way has a fashionable, contemporary appearance and atmosphere, yet it is also always welcoming and welcoming. Each plate of food is artistically presented, with dishes that have an original twist.

How To Get There 

From the M1 south in Johannesburg, around the city and take the M2 east. Take the Market Street off-ramp to your right after taking the Joe Slovo off-ramp. Continue straight and go through one set of traffic lights. Turn right into Betty Street and then immediately right into Fox Street at the next set of lights.

Best Time To Visit 

Maboneng is an all-year-round destination. Bring an umbrella or raincoat in summer as Joburg is famous for its spectacular afternoon thunderstorms. 

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