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Considered the wealthiest square mile on the continent, Sandton’s Central Business District is home to some of the country’s biggest corporate players. And the battle for the tallest, widest and shiniest office park is well underway. We just can’t help wonder who puts their hands up to wash all those windows. If you haven’t taken a drive and crisscrossed over Fredman Drive or Alice Lane lately, prepare for a double take.
Driving this big business trend to the Sandton CBD over the last two decades has been a combination of access to facilities that range from world-class conferencing to hotels and dining and of course transport – like the Gautrain Station. A lifestyle Mecca when it comes to shopping and fine-dining, those looking for the finer things in life are like moths to the Sandton CBD flame.
There’s so much to do, we know, so we picked a few things for you to do first
Make your Marc
Brand new to the precinct and ever so shiny comes the multi-purpose development on Maude and Rivonia Corner –known as The Marc. This shopping and lifestyle mecca opened its environmentally sustainable doors last month – well Tower B anyway. Tower A should make its appearance in March next year. With spots to shop, eat and workout, the base of the towers is worth a visit with the likes of Tasha’s, Starbucks and Food Lovers Market waiting for you. And if you think this could be a super cool place to work out– hello quick 30 minutes on the treadmill at Planet Fitness before lunch – then check out the leasing opportunities for your business as well.
129 Rivonia Rd, Sandown
011 775 1000
READ MORE ON DINING OUT HERE.
When in Italy, or not, eat good Italian food right? The Eatalian restaurant offers a classic, vibrant, fun feel and is owned by two Italian brothers, Fabio & Marco, who incorporate modern Roman inspired cuisine with traditional flavours. If you’re one of those “don’t talk to me before my first cup of coffee” types, then start your day with some freshly brewed beans from The Eatalian’s own roastery. Their ethically sourced coffee is roasted on site to create a great cup of coffee that is partnered with the most delicious breakfast this side of town. We highly recommend the thin based pizza or spaghetti bolognaise for lunch or dinner. If you’re keen on an early, light dinner, you can’t go wrong with the steak tartare.
126, 11th St, Sandton
011 326 8786
More at Benmore
Never have change for parking? We love Benmore Centre for many reasons one of which has to be Admyt – the cashless parking system that makes you feel like a VIP with number plate recognition technology that opens the boom as you arrive at the mall and debits your credit card. When it comes to stores, Benmore has everything you need from Woolies and Pick n Pay to Simply Asia and Col’Cacchio, but if there’s one thing that Benmore has that no one else does, it’s Lavana Beauty Spa – possibly one of the best Thai massages you’ll have in Jozi #justsaying
Grayston Dr & Benmore Rd, Benmore Gardens
087 233 7220
READ MORE ON FOOD AND DRINK HERE.
The Bull Run
Part of the institution that is the Balalaika Hotel, The Bull Run was only opened in 2000 but has become part of the legacy of the hotel that is now 70 years old. This year the restaurant was redone with a New York Stock Exchange style – totes approps for the precinct we think. There’s also some bullish chatter that a 3.2m long and 2.2m high bronze bull will be installed outside the restaurant, reminiscent of a bull located outside the New York Stock Exchange. Prize for the first person to send us a pic when that happens!
20 Maude St, Sandown
011 884 1400
Grillhouse, Alice Lane
The Grillhouse really needs no introduction – unless you’re a vegan, in which case sorry for you. We reckon if the walls of The Grillhouse Sandton could talk, we’d have a winning SA podcast on our hands about the art of the business deal over a sirloin and good malt. This is one of Jozi’s corporate go-to spots for local and international business folks, politicians and celebs – so if you like meat and people spotting, this is your jaunt.
Building 1,11 Alice Lane, Sandhurst
011 783 6132
READ MORE ON OUR TOP 5 HERE.
Liza’s Capital Café
Never mind the house on the hill, have you tried Liza’s at Capital Hill? This is everything the corporate bunnies working in the CBD ever dreamed of. Having a quick breakfast meeting? Sorted – we suggest the paw paw power or healthy kick start. You missed lunch because of meetings and need something comforting? How about an old-school Sloppy Joe #truestory. New business opportunity and forgot the catering? How about a corporate platter? Liza’s menu is convenient, healthy and yum!
6 Benmore Rd, Benmore
011 568 3335
Carly has a decade of wild, weird and wonderful experience in the media industry. After graduating from Rhodes University with an honours degree in journalism and politics, she tried to change the world as a journalist. She helped launch the country’s first integrated newsroom at Times Media (then called Avusa). After getting bored of politics and news, she joined forces with a brand activations and event company before joining a global PR agency – WE Worldwide as a Senior Account manager. This is her dream job but she still loves to be fancy with words and interview cool people so she writes for Hello Joburg.