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Click on the link below for more info on our 33% OFF specials available on bookings made for selected Wednesday storytelling dinners in August, or restaurant table bookings on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in August. Only valid for payments made before 31 July 2019:


JoburgPlaces is a Johannesburg, inner-city based tourism initiative. We pride ourselves in exceptional inner-city walking tours, experiences and events. We operate our own venue right in the centre of the city on Gandhi Square: The Thunder Walker with its Scatterlings restaurant, Zwipi Underground restaurant, Town Square Banqueting Hall and soon also the Balcony Gardens Hotel.

The JoburgPlaces team comprises passionate inner-city regeneration activists. Led by Gerald Garner, our management team comprises Chalie Moyo (tours), Bulelwa Mbonambi (head chef), Siphila Hikwa (front of house) and Jane Plested-Smith (administration).

First and foremost in our operation, is our bespoke tour offering. We offer a series of opportunities to explore the Johannesburg CBD on foot:

  • Public, morning walking tours of different inner-city districts are available from 9:30am-1pm, guided by Charlie Moyo
  • Private walking tours of inner-city districts are available on weekday afternoons.
  • Weekend storytelling dinners and special interest tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

Our tours are legendary, exceptional, astonishg and regarded as a must-do experience for anyone visiting or living in Jozi.

Click on ‘Tours’ on the black tab at the top of this page for more info on tours.

home is the Thunder Walker on Gandhi Square – a historic bank building with an impressive Edwardian Arcade and underground vault, built in 1904 and currently being refurbished as the Thunder Walker.

Click on ‘Thunder Walker’ on the black tab at the top of this page for more info on tours.

Scatterlings is temporarily closed for renovations and improvements but will reopen on 1 August for breakfast and lunch with a wonderful menu inspired by the city’s migrant cuisines (6am – 3pm).

Click on ‘Scatterlings’ on the black tab at the top of this page for more info on tours.

Zwipi is the choice destination for bespoke dining. For serious foodies, keen on an exceptional meal in an extraordinary, historic bank vault, this is a must-do Joburg experience. Zwipi is open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights (booking essential) and on any other night for private bookings but with a minimum spend required to open the venue especially to host your group.

Clink on ‘Zwipi Underground’ on the black tab at the top of this page for more info on tours.

Our 200-seater banqueting hall on the first floor of the Thunder Walker building is under construction and will be ready to host its first wedding on 7 September. Town Square is available for bookings of weddings, conferences, year-end functions and more. Events can also be booked in Zwipi and Scatterlings. For more information, download our events prospectus here:

Best is to contact Gerald Garner via e-mail on Gerald can also be contacted on his cell number + 27 (0)82 894 5216. However, Gerald is often busy with tours or staging events, so it may be more effective to send an email or a whatsapp message.



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