Open Tours

We list open tours which guests can join at a per person rate here. The following upcoming open tours are available:

Saturday 1 October:
Money, Banks & Vaults walking tour (9am-1:30pm)
Special price of R450 per person

An astonishing walk, taking in the stories of the colossal financial companies that once dominated the ‘Wiser West’. Starting off at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure with a storytelling on the history of the city, we head to the JHB Culinary & Pastry School, located in what once was the head office of Barclays Bank. We explore the edifices of the historic Natal Bank, National Bank and Volkskas bank before passing through the gigantic Bank City complex (current day head office of First National Bank). Next up is a visit to the erstwhile Johannesburg Stock Exchange at 17 Diagonal Street. Here the highlight of the tour is visiting the historic stock exchange trading floor, still just as it was left in 1996 when the trading floor closed. We then head past the imposing erstwhile Investec and Anglo American offices to Hollard Street – another previous location of the stock exchange and home to many mining giants. Lastly, we visit the current-day offices of Standard Bank, where we descent into the basement, discovering the entrance to the city’s first mine, the Ferreira’s Mine, hidden in a tiny museum below the building. The tour uncovers the remarkable stories of how money, banks and vaults helped shape the City of Gold from its gold-rush inception in 1886 till today.

Saturday 1 October 
Viewpoints & Watering holes tour (2pm-8pm)
Special price of R500 per person

Experience some of Joburg’s most famous drinking spots – from trendy rooftop bars to the coolest hidden spots in the city. Discover the Johannesburg inner-city that is undergoing a remarkable rebirth, a city that offers much more than you would imagine in terms of trendy bars and entertainment. You are guaranteed an exceptional and memorable evening in the city! We take you on a curated tour by bus with storytelling about the history of Joburg at each stop while you get to experience the liveliest, hippest, African city on the way. Tour stops could include, depending on the day, places such as the Anew Parktonian Rooftop, Hallmark House, Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure, First 15 Brewery, Bertrand Café, and Curiocity Backpackers among others.

Saturday 5 November:
Migrant Food Tour: From the Horn of Africa to Middle East by bus (1pm-8pm)
Special price of R850 per person

This food journey starts off in Little Addis, the Ethiopian Quarter of the inner-city. Here you enjoy a scrumptious meal of Ethiopian toppings on Njera (flatbread) and Ethiopian Coffee. Opportunity to also buy Ethiopian breads and beer. Next, we drive to Fordsburg where we enjoy Syrian Shawarma and Indian Mango Lasi, as well as Cape Malay Samoosas. We then travel to Mayfair for a fantastic feast of Turkish foods. This tour uncovers the rich migrant food culture of the city that includes delicacies from East Africa all the way to the Middle East, as well as the stories of how these communities came to Johannesburg in the first place.

Food enjoyed along the way includes:
Ethiopian njera with toppings
Syrian shawarma & falafel
Indian Mango lassi
Cape Malay samoosas
Turkish grills and baklava

Opportunity to taste many other delicacies and to buy food ingredients along the way for your own account. All drinks other than the Mango Lassi for your own account.

To book send a whatsapp to 082 894 5216 or an email to gerald@joburgplaces.com. We will respond with a confirmation letter and payment details.