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Slow it down around town: activities that press the pause button

Aug 7, 2019, Author: Candice May

Sometimes Joburg seems locked on turbo setting. From earning rent and squeezing in fitness classes, to studying and maintaining a thorough knowledge of celeb feuds, there just aren’t enough days in a week! Luckily, there’s a whole load of activities that press the pause button hidden among the speed and stress of Jozi. We’ve rounded up some slow-paced things to check out (no rush though!). 


Breathe in, breathe out 

It’s not surprising that you can find so many different styles of yoga in Joburg – the City of Gold has a reputation for diversity to uphold (greatest city in the world, you know). But there’s truly something for everyone and anyone – even those who prefer to take outdoor fitness classes can try yoga on the upper level of the pool deck at the DaVinci Hotel and Suites on the first Saturday of every month from 08h30 to 09h30. Tickets cost R115 each and include an invigorating outdoor yoga session plus a lavish complimentary breakfast at Maximillien. Grab your water bottle, pull on those spandex pants and hit the mat! Mindfully, of course. 

Time spent: a one-hour-long yoga class followed by an hour or two at brekkie and you’ll feel well and truly unplugged. 

Nelson Mandela Square, corner of 5th & Maude Streets, Sandton 

011 292 7000  

Facebook: @davincihotelsa 

Twitter: @davincihotelsa 

Instagram: @davincihotelandsuites 

Learn cheesemaking 

Joburgers are quite happy to invest time in the kitchen, whether baking sourdough or home brewing. Cheese has got to be the next big make-at-home trend and, as the courses offered by Cheese Making Shop prove, all you need is time and patience. The team presents fun and chilled-out courses all around the country and teaches you to make gouda, cheddar, feta, halloumi, mozzarella and ricotta as well as yoghurt and amasi on request. Whey to go! 

Time spent: courses take two days, so you can really go slow here. 

084 626 4931 

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Linger over a tasting menu 

If you want to dine at a halfway civilised tempo, book a table at Grei at The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, where you’ll get a series of small plates to spend some time with. The new six-course Hibernal menu (which we gave the full, five-star verdict) is a good shout. The menu features the smell and flavour of herbs running through it and dishes are paired with a combination of international and local wines. There’s also a non-alcoholic pairing option and vegetarian and pescatarian suited menus. From springbok with caviar and buck leaf sorrel and sweetbreads with scallop and wild garlic, to short rib with black olive and watercress and banana with passion fruit and barley, savour every moment! 

Time spent: a long, slow, leisurely evening. 

36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst 

011 292 6000  

Facebook: @thesaxonhotel 

Twitter: @thesaxonhotel 

Instagram: @thesaxonhotel 

Browse some bookshelves 

With stacks and stacks of used books piled from floor to ceiling and that glorious old book smell, Kalahari Books is as much an immersive experience as a retail one. This charming true book lover’s store has a quirky atmosphere and is a haven for used, hard-to-find and generally out-of-print editions. With an estimated 70,000 titles, it’s just the place to find back titles of your favourite fiction authors. That’s not all – the armchairs are comfy and owner Richard will treat you like gold. 

Time spent: take a full afternoon and include a break at Radium Beerhall, a historic pub that’s been in its spot since 1929. No hurry, then! 

2 Dunottar Street, Orange Grove 

082 678 8619 

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Facebook: @kalaharibooks 


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