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ABOVE: The Thunder Walker is the most historic banking arcade in the city, dating back to 1904.


JoburgPlaces’ permanent home is the Thunder Walker – an visionary project at the historic Somerset House on Gandhi Square. Here, JoburgPlaces is repurposing the bulk of this landmark bank building (circa 1904) into a city destination comprising the Scatterlings Restaurant, Zwipi Underground, Town Square Banqueting Hall and Balcony Gardens Hotel.

Scatterlings Restaurant is already trading, serving hearty, fresh lunches Monday till Saturday from 11am-3pm. Find Scatterlings in the walk-through arcade, linking Gandhi Square to Fox Street.

Zwipi Underground is also already trading. It is a bespoke dinner restaurant, currently open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. As of 23 April, Zwipi Underground will be open from Tuesday till Saturday every week, with the kitchen serving the most delectable set, tasting menus and more from 6-9pm. The bar stays open till late.

We offer a special daily Thunder Walker Destination Site Tour from 2-4pm (Monday till Saturday every week). This exceptional experience includes a small, 3-course snack menu of true South African foods. Download the brochure by clicking on the link here: Thunder_Walker_Destination_Tour_Promo_2019_04_22

The Town Square Banqueting Hall will open in September 2019 and seat up to 200 guests for functions, conferences and celebrations. It is the ideal wedding venue and pairs perfectly for Scatterlings that can be used for the wedding ceremony whereas Town Square can host the reception.

The Balcony Gardens Boutique Hotel will open in March 2020. JoburgPlaces is currently renovating the top two floors of the Thunder Walker into seven apartments. Six of these will comprise two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge and kitchen each. The 7th apartment will be a single hotel suite. JoburgPlaces is in the process of selling apartments to private investors and will lease these back to operate the Balcony Gardens Boutique Hotel as of 2020.

ABOVE: Zwipi is the most astonishing underground bar, located in a historic bank vault.


Both Scatterlings Restaurant & Zwipi Underground are already available for private event and function bookings. We are also already taking bookings for events in the Town Square Banqueting Hall from 1 September 2019 onward. Download the info, menus and more here:


ABOVE: Zwipi boasts several private rooms, ideals for parties, meetings and more.


For event enquiries or to book, contact or send a text/whatsapp to 082 894 5216.


Find the Thunder Walker on Gandhi Square. Our entrance is behind the Gandhi Sculpture, between Sanlam and Kaizer Chiefs.

If you Uber/Taxify or use a metered cab to us: head to Nando’s Gandhi Square in Rissik Street. From Nando’s walk onto the square past Pizza Hut towards the Gandhi sculpture. Find our entrance behind the Gandhi sculpture between Sanlam and Kaizer Chiefs.

If you are driving here, please be sure to pre-book underground parking with us. Follow the directions at the bottom of the ‘tours’ page on this site.



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