Maboneng Precinct
Maboneng Precinct
4.5
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
The Maboneng Precinct is a connected Urban neighbourhood in downtown Johannesburg. Maboneng is fast becoming Jo'burg's most unique and innovative area, offering live / work and entertainment opportunities within a fully integrated urban environment. Completed developments include Arts on Main and Main Street Life, Revolution House and more. Maboneng is also home to flagship fashion stores and diverse eateries and entertainment spaces.
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Lucas H
Goettingen, Germany3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We booked thinking it's a hipster place, bit mixed, authentic. Looking a bit further we heard many safety concerns, on the plane a woman from Johannesburg said "oh no" when we told her where we're staying..
So we were scared to go out and when we did we left all valuables at home. It was okay, we had lunch at pata pata which was good. But people definitely gave us weird looks, the overall feeling wasn't good. I'm sure you can find nice street art and cool bars, but nothing special..
Next day we almost got scammed. People in security uniforms told us we needed a walking pass und walked us to an ATM, we left just in time.. it was broad daylight and there were many people around, no one tried to warn us... Shameful!
Also there was loud music every night, you can't even comfortably just sleep there..
Written 29 May 2024
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MiniverM
Asheville, NC205 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The stores that open there don't seem to make it, so every time I go there to see something I enjoyed in the past....it's gone.

There are too many hustlers in the streets and not enough to keep you there. It all happens in just one block.

Personally, I only like going there on Sunday mornings when the food market at Arts on Main is happening.
Written 16 February 2020
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Hello There, Thanks for the review. We appreciate the feedback. The neighbourhood is in a state of expansion. We will welcome the lovely Jewel City soon ;)
Written 17 February 2020
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karensusanperry
Sydney, Australia286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Ok so my sister lives in JHB (Midrand)...I frequently visit her but she doesn’t venture too much further than Sandton city. I love to explore and my best friend who also lives in JHB had suggested we visit Maboneng. The suggestion was initially met with horror “there are shootings there every day!”...”if you are scared in South Africa why would you go there?” We stripper off all our jewellery, tried to dress down and took an Uber into town. Well if you are wanting to do something interesting on a Sunday morning this is a must! So much more interesting than the Rosebank market. It’s so African and don’t worry you won’t feel like you are the only “whitie” ....don’t flash your phone around be relaxed and stay in the Maboneng precinct.
Written 12 January 2020
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Hello Friend! Thanks for taking the time to review us. We appreciate the feedback. Glad you took the leap of faith and decided to visit us! This neighborhood is always changing and showcasing what the future could look like. So do pop by soon again :)
Written 13 January 2020
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Go17416198921
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It was really sad to see this once vibrant location gone to the dogs.It is now like a sewer. 80% of the shops are closed and some are closing. Lots of drug addicts and homeless. The streets are littered with garbage.So folks stay far away.
Written 2 May 2023
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Canadian Globetrotter
Toronto, Canada515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
I stayed for three days at an awesome guesthouse in Maboneng. I spent my first day for safari but spent the remaining two days exploring Joburgh and Maboneng district. From the very get go, I found the neighbourhood charming and fascinating. I was told this neighborhood was in a state of run down ghetto for many years until community/government driven gentrification took place. The neighborhood is not that big but it is filled with high quality restaurants, eateries, clubs and cafes. The area seems to have a great vibe at night although seems to quiet down by around 10 PM. The only downside is that you are safe from robbery and thieves within a few blocks of the area patrolled by private security guards. Should you venture outside of this protected area, you are on your own. Hopefully the gentrification process continues and this hip and trendy area extends entirely over the Maboneng district to make it safe for both local South Africans and travelers to enjoy.
Written 11 December 2018
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Laurence A
26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
This part of downtown Johannesburg is in the early stages of gentrification and as such is really not safe unless you are accompanied by someone who knows the area. There have been several cases of hijackings and attempted hijackings in this area - especially minibus type vehicles. There was a murder incident at the Zebra Inn during June 2017.

The precinct is about two small city blocks with a smattering around them. Within these two blocks is nothing that one couldn't find in any other part of the city without having to travel through a undesirable part of the city and leave your vehicle where it has a fair chance of being stolen.

On a Sunday one part of the area becomes a clothing and food market. The clothing is generally overpriced hippie-style while the food is cheap but generally mediocre, with the exception of that sold by the Beyers patisserie school (located in the precinct).

There are a handful of street vendors selling items found everywhere else in the city. There are a few cafes. Cube Tasting Kitchen has moved into Maboneng precinct. I have visited the old Cube but not this one.

The area might improve in the future but at the moment it is best avoided.
Written 20 July 2017
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Martin M
Reading, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Business
Found Maboneng in a travel magazine review and lived up to my expectation. Very nice neighbourhood though there still some building that need attention. The cafe culture is young but exciting. The only downside is that it doesn’t have public Wi-fi and free Wi-fi in restaurants and cafes. The security presence give some assurances but there should be more police patrols.
Written 19 October 2017
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mawe733
Cambridge, United Kingdom92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
It was strange for me to spend time in this area which from when I knew Johannesburg you wouldn't have entered - but it's a cool place. We were unlucky with our choice of cafe and I think in generaly cleanliness can still be improved, but it's nice to see such a mix of people here (especially at the market which we loved!) and feel safe walking around which isn't the case everywhere in Johannesburg.
Written 8 August 2019
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Hello There! Thank you for taking the time to review us. We appreciate your feedback in helping us to better improve on our product and this bustling city! Do feel free to pop by and see all the new developments!
Written 17 August 2019
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Will E.
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
Don't let people scare you away from Maboneng and Joburg CBD. They're perfectly safe if you're walking during the day and keep your wits about you. If you're white you may feel out of place because everyone around you is black. But that experience shouldn't make you fearful. People are just living their lives.
Written 2 February 2019
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Suetyler
Johannesburg, South Africa39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
I had the pleasure of working in Maboneng for 4 months. No issues, loved the area, loved the diversity, the restaurants and of course the market is always a plus. then on my very last work day there I was robbed! Not cool, security and police just look the other way. As much as i love the place, I won't be back until Maboneng ensure security is of the upmost for visitors and workers. The shops will loose business if this is not sorted. I'm not the only victim.....:(
Written 7 November 2018
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