A Valentine's Gift Guide #2 - activities to do together

Want to do something together but not necessarily the normal Valentine's thing? We've got some ideas..

Spend a Chocolate Adventure evening together at Chocoloza. Yes this is a thing. You'll taste chocolate, try your hand at chocolate making and receive chocolates! Book asap to avoid disappointment.

Have brunch together (during the week) at Salvation Cafe. We think having breakfast together is always romantic so why not take time out during the week to do it together. Try one of the benedicts, or the breakfast burrito. You can thank us later..

Spend a morning learning together at one of Bean There Coffee's cupping mornings. You will learn about the process of coffee from crop to cup and get to taste some delicious coffee. The next one takes place this Saturday, the 10th February and they are limited places. Be sure to book your spot soon.

Have a picnic at one of Joburg's beautiful green spaces, our new favourite is the Wilds which is experiencing an amazing revival largely due to the amazing efforts of artist, James Delaney. Not sure what to eat? Impress your partner with something completely delicious from The Leopard. They can also help you with food to enjoy at home - who needs a fancy restaurant anyway?

A Valentine's Gift Guide #1 - The Big Gesture

We're shaking things up a little and suggesting some things for Valentines Day that are a little different.

Here are some ideas for those of you that want to make a BIG GESTURE for either the person you've been with for years or someone you've got your eye on.. 

So bling is always big - but if you're going to really spoil the person in your life, choose something extra special like a custom designed piece by Sirkel Jewellery. The design and workmanship is just exceptional.

So who can forget this scene from 'Say Anything'? (If you're too young - it was an 80's classic rom-com). No big money, but there was no denying his intentions. Choose some great music - play him or her a song and of course, it's always more romantic on vinyl. Mr Vinyl has a huge selection of music from classic jazz to the latest releases. 

A custom shirt from five8ths is just that - made for only one lucky person.  Perfect for any man or woman who appreciates quality and attention to detail.


What's happening this weekend - 44 Stanley

We've survived January! Well almost.. and the last weekend of this month is always a lovely one. So let's see what's happening this weekend?

On Friday, Salvation Cafe are resuming their Friday night evenings again. Pop in for drinks after work or for a family friendly early supper. Charles Leonard will be playing a vinyl tribute to Hugh Masekela at the Stanley Beer Yard. Starting at 7pm.

On Saturday, Bean There are hosting a cupping morning at 10am - booking essential and Little Something will be playing at the Stanley Beer Yard from 2pm.

On Sunday, Beukes and Co will be playing at Il Giardino on Sunday from 12.30

And.. don't forget it's a great weekend for shopping with lots of sales on. Vendange have their relocation sale, and if you're looking for fashion - Hse of Bespoke, Guillotine, Lunar and Dr Pachanga all have great discounts.




Gift Guide # 4 - Men

Men are not so hard to buy for - but if you're at a loss we have a few suggestions.

Leather accessories from Colony Design, all things vinyl from Mr Vinyl, menswear and accessories from Odrin, cook's cloth or towels from Mungo

Gift Guide #3 - Kids

Last minute - but so lovely. We've picked some great items for kids available at #44Stanley

The Clumsy Monster a playbook by UK indie publisher Owl & Dog. Available at Brunch

From left:

Little Pine Tree toys available at Kuna Kids (along with their signature clothing range)

Pencil cases available at Love Jozi

A great selection of Djeco items from the Atelier (there last trading day is the 20th)


Staying in Jozi and not sure what's staying open? Check out our detailed guide to manage your shopping and (most importantly) you're leisure time this December. Remember unlike previous years we're staying open until just before Christmas with a couple of restaurants and shops remaining open between Christmas & New Year.

First Fridays - the Holiday Edition

It's the last First Friday of 2017 and the shops will stay open later than usual which means you can come straight from work get some shopping done and enjoy a beautiful, music-filled evening in our courtyards. 

There's so much to explore - from art, photography, fashion and design to amazing food, gifts and music - celebrate the end of the year with us. Don't miss out and don't forget to book at your favourite restaurant. For more info on what's happening read more here.

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Res Studio at 44 Stanley

Ricardo Fornoni of Res Studio will be curating a photographic exhibition of work by Michelle Loukidis and Ryno de Wet. This exhibition comprises photographs that capture moments of both stillness and movement and mostly focus on the photographers' impressions rather than traditional settings or themes. Open till 21st December 2017.

Left: ‘Haroun’ Michele Loudikis, Edition: 1 / 7 + 2 A/P’s, Paper Size: 1000 x 1010 mm, Print on Photo Rag 305 gsm

Right: ‘Untitled II’ Ryno de Wet, Edition: 1 / 15 + 2 A/P’s, Paper Size: 580 x 580 mm, Print on Photo Rag 305 gsm