Despite Johannesburg - or Jozi as we like to call it - not having the best reputation, it's actually a great place. One area in particular that I love is Kramerville.
Why You Should Visit Kramerville
Bars and Venues
The hype about Kramerville has been around for a while now – so it’s not as if I am giving away any secret insider tips. Yet, it seems the hype hasn’t slowed down yet, as is the case with so many trendy things. Instead there are continuously new places opening and new things to explore.
There are the “oldies” - the ones that started to make Kramerville so hip: Katy’s Palace Bar and its brother, Sir James van der Merwe with their latest edition to the family, the Milk Bar.
Katy’s Palace Bar is open to the public on the first Sunday of the month for their famous harvest tables. Entertainment with a live band is guaranteed. Sir James van der Merve is open once a week: every Wednesday for after-work drinks. Btw.. Sir James van der Merwe hosts a monthly vinyl fair. Guess when: Same day as first Sunday of the month lunches.
Interior Design in Kramerville
Although I have been talking a lot about bars and venues, there is more to Kramerville than just entertainment... there is also design, specifically, interior design. In fact, Kramerville is probably most famous for its density of interior design shops. From fabrics to kitchens, furniture, bathroom tabs, carpets, lighting and anything else in between.
There is a Hertex fabric shop, the only Bulthaup showroom in Johannesburg, a Weylandt’s flagship store (with a café – The Kitchen) and many more.. Check it out.
Underneath Katy’s Palace Bar, you’ll find Amatuli Artifacts. One of my favorite interior stores where you can find deco items from all over Africa and South East Asia.
Go and explore Kramerville... be it on a Saturday morning to check out what shops there are around (there are many more than the ones I mentioned), on a Wednesday after work for a sundowner with a stunning view of a Sandton sunset or if you are looking for a trendy venue for a function, you won’t be disappointed with one of my favourite areas of Sandton.