Constitution Hill: Once the site of a feared prison that held Gandhi and Mandela, Constitution Hill is now home to the country's highest court, a museum and popular venues for events.
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Brunch at the Westcliff: The luxury hotel -- recently bought by the Four Seasons -- serves decadent meals with views over the city's northern suburbs.
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Yeoville Dinner Club: This tiny 18-seat restaurant serves the most expansive African menu in the city around only one table with 18 seats.
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Lebo's Soweto Backpackers: The hostel in Orlando West has become a center for visitors exploring the streets of the township.
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Vilakazi Street: This is the only street in the world home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners -- Nelson Mandela and Archbiship Desmond Tutu.
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Hector Pieterson Memorial: Named after the young student who was shot dead during a peaceful protest demanding better education in 1976, the memorial explains what life was like in the township during the dark days of the past.
Apartheid Museum: The Johannesburg museum offers an insightful look at the devastating history of the apartheid in South Africa.
Neighbourgoods Market: The market fills a parking garage with innovative foods, handicrafts and craft beers from across the city every Saturday.
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Market Theatre: The theater -- located in a former fruit market -- was known for employing mixed-race casts during the apartheid and its anti-apartheid plays. It was nicknamed the "Theatre of the Struggle."
Liliesleaf Farm: Now a museum, this farm was once the heart of the underground liberation movement led by Nelson Mandela and other leaders.
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Melville Koppies for hiking: Located in the middle of Johannesburg, the Melville Koppies Hill is blanketed with indigenous plants and rocky outcropping (those are hoppies). Church groups gather on the hill on Sundays for worship.
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Arts on Main / Maboneng precinct: Under a massive urban renewal project, the neighborhood has successfully lured top street artists as well as interesting shops and restaurants.
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Keyes Art Mile: This new collection of shops and restaurants links some of the city's finest art galleries in the Rosebank neighborhood.
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The Grind Coffee Company: The most famous espresso at the coffee shop is served in a chocolate-lined ice cream cone.
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Soweto Derby: FNB City, the calabash-shaped stadium built for the 2010 World Cup, hosts the country's top soccer matches.
Emirates Airline Park: Fondly known as Ellis Park, this stadium hosted the 1995 rugby World Cup final, where Nelson Mandela donned the Springbok jersey to present the South African team the trophy in what became a symbol of reconciliation after the fall of apartheid.
Gandhi House: Mahatma Gandhi's one-time home is now a guest house and museum known as Satyagraha House. Visitors can go on a tour or book a bed for the night.
Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind: The remains of some of humanity's earliest ancestors were discovered in this region, now preserved as the Cradle of Humankind.