The Oyster Box

2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks; 031 514 5000

Description: Description: The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box

This luxurious hotel, with amazing views over the ocean, is all about old-school glamour. There are three bars to relax in and enjoy – Chukka Bar, Lighthouse Bar and, our favourite, Oyster Bar.

Spotted A getaway fit for royalty, the hotel has hosted a number of royals including Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, Prince Albert II, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as fashion royalty, Naomi Campbell.

What to wear Something nautical, a large hat and dark sunglasses.

When to go Many say any time of the year is the best time of year in Umhlanga, but we think it’s best to give the peak periods in Decem and January a miss.

What not to do Don’t sunbathe topless. We suggest classy flats over rubber slip-slops – save those for the beach.

Larney’s Café

Gateway Theatre of Shopping F223, Umhlanga Rocks, 031 566 3410;

Neil Roake’s trendy Italian espresso bar next to the Cinema Nouveau is perfectly positioned for arty types who want to enjoy great coffee before catching a show. It’s laid-back with cheeky décor and funky music.

Spotted Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, plus many local celebs.

What to wear To appeal to the arty crowd, avoid anything too tight, sequined or attention-seeking.

When to go It’s open from 8.30am daily and closes at 7pm on Sunday, 8pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

Your order Coffee, of course, with something sweet and indulgent.

What not to do Don’t expect to spot celebrities the first time you go. Become a regular and you’ll soon see a familiar face or two.


Neighbourgoods Market

72 Juta Street, Braanfontein;

Description: Description: Neighbourgoods Market

Neighbourgoods Market

This Saturday morning market is one of Jo’burg’s favourite weekend outings.

Spotted Flash Republic’s Tamara Dey, three-piece rock band Shadowclub, and Chiano Sky.

What to wear Dress down in cool floral dresses or high-waisted shorts, fedora hats and ankle boots. Don’t forget your Wayfarers.

When to go It’s open every Saturday from 9am to 3pm but the best time for celeb spotting is from lunchtime onwards.

Your order Sample the local produce from the market and sip on &Union craft beer.

What not to do Don’t give up if you struggle to find parking and, if you do spot a famous face, do not act like a groupie.


36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, 011 292 6000;

Description: Description: Saxon Boutique Hotel

Saxon Boutique Hotel

This hotetl is as excusive as it gets. Each room comes with its own butler, the spa is luxurious and the gardens are beautiful.

Spotted This is where former president Nelson Mandela worked on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. It is also rumoured to be where Oprah Winfrey makes herself at home when she visits SA. Other guests have included Bill Clinton and Charlize Theron.

What to wear Make an effort but don’t go over the top. The Saxon is not about showing off.

When to go Any day, any time.

Your order Dine like a star in the kitchen at the chef’s table with its crisp linen and crystal ware, off a menu created especially for you.

What not to do Speak loudly. Think tranquillity.


Shop HL48, High Level Street, 011 481 6000;

It’s all about sophistication and glamour, luxurious de1cor and delicious food.

Spotted Kim and Khloé Kardashian dined here when visiting SA last year.

What to wear A cocktail dress with a pair of heels.

When to go Dinner.

Your order The Pigalle Platter, a delicious combo of prawns and langoustines. The fillet is good too.

What not to do Try not to take pictures using a flash, it’ll ruin the glamour.


Upper Level, Hyde Park Shopping Centre, 011 325 5008;

Description: Description: Tashas Le Parc

Tashas Le Parc

Enjoy a Parisian-style courtyard with its bakery, patisserie and ice cream.

Spotted Jo’burg girls Lee-Ann Liebenberg and Jen Su.

What to wear Keep it casual and chic, although you can get away with flats if you insist.

When to go Brunch, lunch or dinner.

Your order The eggs are delicious, but if you feel like something sweet, try the gorgeous patisseries.

What not to do No tantrums in the queue: the wait will be well worth it.


58 Wierda Road East, Sandton, 072 340 0091

Reminiscent of a Las Vegas poolside bar but with a Jo’burg twist plus hip hop, house and Afro-pop beats.

Spotted Bonang, rapper AKA, The Twins Hlelo and Ntando Masina, L-Tido, actress Samkelo Ndlovu and American R&B sensation Trey Songz.

What to wear Go big, go bling. Wear your heels and dare to go body-con.

When to go Every Sunday night for their Sunset Boulevard parties.

Your order Champagne and cocktails.

What not to do You won’t get away with ordering J.C. Le Roux here.


67 Jan Smuts Avenue, 011 481 6000;

Description: Description: Tea in the “Polo Lounge”

Tea in the “Polo Lounge”

This luxury hotel overlooks the city and Jo’burg Zoo.

Spotted Sting, Robbie Williams, U2, Pharrell Williams, Richard Branson, Snoop Dogg, David Gray, Mariah Carey and Will Smith.

What to wear Your designer jeans and a laid-back sweater or jersey.

When to go Afternoon tea or cockyails.

Your order Enjoy delicious afternoon tea with a selection of scones, cakes and finger sandwiches.

What not to do If you cosy up inside, don’t forget to admire the view.
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