In a vast, complicated city where cultures collide, hip, restless Rosebank is a modern and multicultural melting pot worthy of South Africa’s Rainbow Nation tag. This smart, affluent shopping and business neighbourhood is awash with some of Joburg’s hottest restaurants, venues, galleries and boutiques, which combine an industrial aesthetic – think, steel-framed windows, brick walls and polished concrete floors – with more urban styling, including some the city’s best street art. Local style is just as eclectic and happily lacking in bling compared to some of the city’s other hoods, with box-fresh sneakers paired with bold prints or smart tailoring with oversize shades providing the uniform for an afternoon’s browsing here.
01. Anatomy Design
Filled with elegant homewares (think, copper lighting, rounded mirrors, tactile crockery), this store focuses on South African design with a refined, super-sleek finish. 19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank.
02. Marigold Beads
These hand-loomed, beaded necklaces are a collaboration between local artist-sculptor Joni Brenner and the Zimbabwean women’s cooperative, Marigold. Kim Sacks Gallery, 153 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood.
03. David Krut
David Krut is widely regarded as one of the foremost South African publishers, and his eponymous bookstore stocks a unique range of local art books. 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood.
This accessories label, started by South African painter Hanneli Rupert in 2008, specialises in hand-stitched leather bags using ethically sourced exotic skins. Trumpet Building, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank.
South Africa’s first streetwear store has pioneered an entire culture and leads the pack in apparel with an edge. Local sneaker-heads love their unique trainers. Trumpet Building, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank.