Where to eat, drink and raise capital in Johannesburg

The main LPs to meet? The most jaw-dropping view? Tanya van Lill, chief executive of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, gives the lowdown for first-time visitors.

Tanya van Lill

Which LPs should I visit?

Two South African LPs worth visiting are the Industrial Development Corporation in Sandton, which gives the DFI perspective on South African and regional deals, and has assets of 137 billion rand ($9.72 billion; €8.49 billion) and Public Investment Corporation in Menlyn, Pretoria with assets of 2 trillion rand.

Where’s best to stay?

There are a number of really good hotels in and around the Johannesburg area. To be close to the commercial district of Sandton, Clico Boutique Hotel, Radisson Blu Gautrain, Winston Boutique Hotel or 52 on Bath are all good options. For something more scenic away from the hustle and bustle, consider the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel or Four Seasons Westcliff just on the outskirts.

Which restaurants would impress a client?

For lunch, The Grillhouse Sandton or Café Del Sol in Bryanston are good options. If you want to be seen by the ‘who’s who’ of South African society during lunch, Mastro Antonio in Illovo is the place to be. For something quieter and more private, try the Bellagio in Illovo. For dinner, Qunu at the Saxon or Marble Restaurant in Rosebank are good choices.

Any recommendations for a breakfast meeting?

A lot of the shopping centres in and around Johannesburg, like Melrose Arch or Morningside, offer great breakfast places to meet. Two that stand out that aren’t located in a shopping centre are Olive & Plates in Sandton and the View Restaurant at the Four Seasons Westcliff.

Where should I head for a night out?

Venture to areas such as Greenside, Parkhurst and Melrose Arch. There’s a great choice of bars and restaurants, all within walking distance of each other, that offer a different and unique ambience and signature drinks.

Where do you suggest for a morning run?

In and around Johannesburg Zoo offers great running options. For the best sunrise view in the city, try James and Ethel Gray Park near Melrose Arch.

What’s the most enjoyable day trip?

Spend a day in Maboneng Precinct near the Johannesburg central business district to catch a glimpse of the buzzing entrepreneurial spirit, explore the sights and sounds of Soweto or venture out into nature at the Cradle of Mankind, a World Heritage Site 50km north-west of Johannesburg.

Which building has the most jaw-dropping view?

The Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff has a stunning hillside panorama. Take a ride up the glass elevator for dinner and drinks at the View restaurant.

What safety precautions should I take?

As with any big city, be vigilant and do not walk around alone with all your valuables, especially at night. Know where you are heading and the best route/mode of transport to get there. The concierge desks at any hotel are a great source of information and assistance.

Which local delicacy should I try?

Local favourite for meat lovers is definitely biltong and if you are able to visit the Grillhouse, have the Boerewors, a type of sausage, as the starter.