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Due to renovation work upstairs in our building, the Thunder Walker, our normal restaurant trading hours will be interrupted this week.

Scatterlings Restaurant will be CLOSED for lunch, Monday – Thursday (24-27 June) but open again on Friday 28 June, Saturday 29 June and then as per normal onward (Monday till Saturday).

Zwipi Underground will be CLOSED for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday 25 and 26 June and open again on Thursday 27 June and then as per normal on Friday and Saturday + Tuesday till Saturdays onward.


We are hosting special Thunder Walker tribute high teas and dinners to celebrate Women’s Day on the weekend of 8-11 August.

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: The Thunder Walker with its Scatterlings Restaurant (open for lunch) and Zwipi Underground (open for dinner). The Thunder Walker is located on Gandhi Square, in a significant and historic bank building – a destination worth visiting! Future parts of the Thunder Walker project will entail the 200-seater Town Square Banqueting Hall and the Balcony Gardens Boutique 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) and Jane Plested-Smith (administration). Siphila Hikwa is soon joining us as our front of house manager.

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

  • Private, morning walking tours are available from 9:30am-1pm, guided by Charlie Moyo
  • A daily Thunder Walker Destination tour, exploring our landmark building, is available from 2-4pm.
  • Special dinner tour-storytelling experiences are offered on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Special-interest public tours are hosted on Saturdays.

Our tours are historically intense, based on exceptional storytelling and hosting. Tours are designed to provide a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience of immersing yourself in the Joburg history, culture and vibe.

Click on the link below or tab at the top of the page for more tour info:


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.

JoburgPlaces already operates the Scatterlings Restaurant (open for lunch) and the Zwipi Underground (open for dinner) at the Thunder Walker. We are currently developing the 200-seater Town Square Banqueting Hall, and this will be followed by the Balcony Gardens Boutique Hotel. The entire Thunder Walker is expected to be complete and operational by early 2020.

The Thunder Walker is a must-see visitor destination and JoburgPlaces will be offering daily site tours of this extraordinary building at 2pm as of 23 April.

Click on the link below or the tab at the top of the page for more info:


For lunch in the city, Scatterlings is the destination of choice. We serve a fresh harvest table lunch that is delectable and perfect for the tastiest food, served quickly for those working in town or exploring the city as a visitor.

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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.

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Read our regular blog/newsletter here and learn more about where to go and what to do in Jozi.


JoburgPlaces hosts many private events at is various bespoke spaces at the Thunder Walker. 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 text message.



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