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Arts on Main

With a mix of artists’ studios, galleries, retail spaces and dining, this innovative cultural center aims to unite the artistic and creative minds of Johannesburg. 

Arts on Main is a contemporary cultural space where the creative people of Johannesburg meet to share and develop ideas. Come here to browse an art exhibition, shop for boutique handicrafts, sample innovative food and drink or enjoy live music performances. Opened in 2009 in Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct, Arts on Main is housed in a converted warehouse that was previously a liquor store.

While here, visit some of South Africa’s most revered contemporary art galleries. These celebrate well-known and up-and-coming national artists, including David Krut, Kim Lieberman and William Kentridge. 

Tour the Goodman Gallery to see a showcase of African art. View the photography displays at Bailey’s African History Archives. Look for a variety of sculpture displays as you wander between the galleries.

Purchase one-of-a-kind art pieces from the galleries and studios. Some shops sell home decorations, books and fashion items. Relax in the café shaded by olive and lemon trees. Sample biltong, a traditional Southern African snack of dried and cured meat often produced using beef, game or ostrich. Sample the craft beers and attend brewing seminars at the Smack Republic microbrewery. 

Visit on a Sunday when artisans from the Gauteng province come to sell their food and handicrafts at the Market on Main. An additional market takes place on the first Thursday evening of each month, except January. Other events include August’s Maboneng Art Week, poetry readings, movie screenings and live music.

Located in the urban Maboneng Precinct, Arts on Main is just a 5-minute drive from downtown Johannesburg. The most convenient way to get here is via taxi or rented car. Secure parking is available on the streets surrounding the venue.

Arts on Main is open from Tuesday to Sunday and admission is free. Find the opening hours of the individual shops and galleries plus a schedule of events on the center’s official website.


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Main Street Life

286 Fox St, Johannesburg, Gauteng
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Johannesburg, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arts on Main and Carlton Centre. University of Witwatersrand is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away. Ellis Park Station is 9 minutes by foot.

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    12 Decades Johannesburg Art Hotel

    12 Decades Johannesburg Art Hotel

    286 Fox Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Johannesburg, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arts on Main and Carlton Centre. University of Witwatersrand is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. Ellis Park Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      2nd Floor Fox Street Studios
      2nd Floor Fox Street Studios

      2nd Floor Fox Street Studios

      280 Fox St, Johannesburg, Gauteng
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Johannesburg, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Arts on Main and Carlton Centre. University of Witwatersrand is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away. Ellis Park Station is 8 minutes by foot.

        Curiocity Backpackers £20
        Curiocity Backpackers

        Curiocity Backpackers

        302 Fox Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Johannesburg, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arts on Main and Carlton Centre. University of Witwatersrand is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away. Ellis Park Station is 10 minutes by foot.

          Hallmark Hotel £34
          Hallmark Hotel

          Hallmark Hotel

          54 Siemert Rd, Johannesburg, Gauteng
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Johannesburg, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The AGOG and Carlton Centre. University of Witwatersrand is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. Ellis Park Station is only a 4-minute walk and Johannesburg Park Station is 26 minutes.

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            Brownstone Backpackers

            Brownstone Backpackers

            112 End Street, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Johannesburg, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ellis Park Stadium and Carlton Centre. University of Witwatersrand is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) away. Ellis Park Station is 8 minutes by foot and Johannesburg Park Station is 20 minutes.

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              Troyeville Hotel

              Troyeville Hotel

              1403 Albertina Sisulu Road, Corner Wilhemeina St, Troyeville, Johannesburg, Gauteng
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Johannesburg, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Ellis Park Stadium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Carlton Centre and University of Witwatersrand. Johannesburg Stadium and The AGOG are also within 15 minutes. Ellis Park Station is 11 minutes by foot.

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                Businessburg Hotel

                288 Lilian Ngoyi St, Johannesburg, Gauteng
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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