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The trendy suburb of Melville is situated just west of Johannesburg and is well known for its trendy coffee shops and lively nightlife. Melville is the cultural hub of Johannesburg. Its trendy coffeehouses and upscale shops dot this vibrant neighborhood.

Melville is the perfect location for all sorts of exciting and unique restaurants all offering foods for different tastes. In fact, some of the most popular restaurants and bars in South Africa are situated right in Melville. One of the most popular restaurants/cocktail bars is Buzz 9. It has been awarded as one of the best and boasts an industrial-style interior with a vast cocktail selection. Hip locals sit in sofas or chairs inside or take tables by the pavement and watch street life go by. Their forte is of course the Beach Buzz house special which is a must to taste!

Melville boasts a rather peculiar but pleasant exception. Situated just a short distance from Park City, this suburb’s neighbourly atmosphere is mainly due to its chaotic mix of residential and commercial properties, which sometimes mingle to a point where one may just find oneself mistakenly settling down in a gorgeous private home wondering where the waitress has got to.

The main streets, particularly bohemian Seventh Street (which was the setting and title of a local TV drama), are well worth wandering along! Here you will find yourself exploring the second-hand bookshops, antique dealers and body-piercing salons, or sitting in one of the superb pavement cafés watching people pass by.

Many of Melville’s nicest homes, some of which date back to the 19th century, have been converted into charming B&Bs and guest houses, which are increasingly popular especially among foreign travelers - see Melville Guest Houses. Melville also boasts an exquisite reserve known as Melville Koppies Nature Reserve situated just north of the suburb. This spectacular nature reserve protects an extensive area of typical highveld vegetation and includes archaeological remains of both Stone and Iron Age settlements, including iron furnaces.

Situated close are 2 universities namely the University of Johannesburg and University of the Witwatersrand). Melville, therefore, is a meeting point and general hangout for many students. There are trendy restaurants, clubs, pubs and theatre. Melville is definitely a lively, trendy and unique suburb. It promises all an entertaining and unforgettable evening out!

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average visitor rating: 5/5"Very beautiful rooms, very comfortable stay end very friendly staff. The breakfast was great and my overall stay was excellent. I do recommend Saffron ..." - Calinda, Johannesburg

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Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Beginning in 1948, the white elected National Party government initiated a process which turned over 20 million people into 2nd class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse. Their liberation in ... more information

Constitution Hill

Nowhere can the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at Constitution Hill. This national heritage site has witnessed a century of South Africa’s history. From rebellious British soldiers who fought with the Boers at the turn of the century, to the ... more information

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, known locally as Melville Koppies, isn't just a pretty green space really close to one of the trendiest suburbs, and the city centre, of Johannesburg, it is also a World Heritage Site and of major historical significance, given that people have lived here since the Stone Age, and the ... more information

Turffontein Race Course

In Johannesburg when you speak about ‘going to the races’ you’re usually referring to spending a day watching horses race at the Turffontein race track, one of the oldest horse racing venues in South Africa, built in 1887. Set in the southern suburbs, Turffontein is easy to get to from the M2 highway, has plenty ... more information

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Cocktails or Breakfast at Catz Pyjamas

Where: Melville
How much (per person): R1 to R100

Have a late night meal or a very early morning breakfast at Catz Pyjamas. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Catz Pyjamas is the place ... more information

Visit the Thompson Gallery

Where: Melville
How much (per person): Free to browse

The Thompson Gallery is situated in the heart of Melville, occupying a turn of the century converted home. The gallery overlooks the stone-a ... more information

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Xai Xai Lounge

Where: Melville

Have Fun the Jozi way @ Xai-Xai Lounge! Xai-Xai, named after a Mozambican beach resort is positioned on the trendy and all to familiar 7th Street, Melville. It is labelled the Mozambican Shebeen b ... more information

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