Are you looking for the best of the best local South African hang outs for your trip? Live the Journey is here with 5 can’t miss iconic places to kick back and relax as you explore everything South Africa has to offer.

  • Shongweni Farmers and Craft market

Don’t be put off by the rather dull name. Packed with almost 100 stalls to browse, this iconic KwaZulu Natal market is a joy for any discerning traveller. Sample farm-fresh produce, indulge in some delicious local dishes and taste the delectable handcrafted beers dripping with exotic fruit. From exquisite local crafts to that delicious beer, you’ll be hard pressed to leave even if you spend the whole day!

  • The shop with the dubious name, Klein Karoo

Ronnie’s Shop in the Klein Karoo was an excellent pub and stop over for visitors in the area, but poor old Ronnie made the mistake of complaining to his friends that business was still slow. As a prank, they altered his sign to read ‘Ronnie’s Sex Shop’…and business boomed! One of the most popular hangouts in the Little Karoo, this is the perfect opportunity to stop for a cold one- and grab a selfie next to the infamous sign while you’re there!

  • Hudson’s Burger Joint, Cape Town

The self-proclaimed home of Cape Town’s best burger, this iconic joint has been influencing Cape Town’s trend-setters for close to a decade. Now open at three beautiful locations, you’re sure to find one near you when you visit the Mother City. With a homely atmosphere, generous happy hour and vibe’s you just can’t miss, this has to be a stop on your tour of South Africa’s top 5 hangouts, for sure.

  • Vilakazi Street, Soweto

Where else in the world can you walk the same paving that once nurtured not one, but two Nobel Peace Prize laureates? In addition to the Mandela Family Museum and the chance to snap a photo outside Archbishop Tutu’s house, this street offers some famous restaurants for you to sit back, sample traditional dishes from the area and bask in the weight of history that hangs over this humble little sidestreet- also the site of the 1976 student uprisings.

  • Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

Part of the old Johannesburg CBD, this is a brand new and vibey arts precinct bursting with things for you to explore. With modern loft apartments perched high above, you’ll discover spectacular entertainment, unique restaurants and a dizzying area of local arts and crafts. Art’s on Main is a can’t-miss hangout, while art galleries, shops and street performers lie waiting for you to discover around every corner. Be sure to checkout the rooftop events area for some local entertainment, too.

Wherever you venture in this beautiful and diverse country, you’re sure to find a hidden hangout bursting with local flavour. Be sure to add these 5 vibrant hangout destinations to your next tour with Live the Journey, and you’ll end the night refreshed and revived- we guarantee it!