Friday Lunch Shenanigans in Jozi CBD

I remember being traumatised by the CBD when I came here for the first time some 2.5 years ago. All the 1 way streets (pre-GPS), taxi’s and pedestrians totally freaked me out.

Now that I work here, I have grown to love it. I can run all my errands on foot- I have a Woolies, Truworths, Drycleaner and Tailor easily accessible. I love walking through the city- it exposes a totally different side to Jozi. No one interferes with me and I feel completely safe.

The 2 things I don’t like about the city. 1: my heels get completely destroyed by the cr*p paving here. 2) it is SUCH a mission to drive anywhere. I first have to walk to my car (2 blocks away from my office), then navigate through all the robots to get to the highway. This takes 15-20 minutes alone, leaving me hardly any time for the errand itself.

This means that I seldom leave the office during lunch hour. This gets a bit “stuffy”, so this past Friday I decided to take a drive out to one of my favourite city spots- Maboneng. It’s a 5 minute drive from my office, so totally doable during lunch.

I started off with a “bespoke yoga massage” from Cocoon. I’ll be giving one away tomorrow, so watch this space!

A bit about the massage:
Harnessing the powerful and tested knowledge of Indian yoga, this massage works with meridians of the body as well as the muscles. Pressure is used on meridian lines to activate the body’s natural energy lines .The body is stretched and gentle pressure massage used, the treatment is then infused with either Intonga sticks or Rose quartz stones”

I’ve never had a thai massage before (I know, I can’t believe I’ve waited this long either). I put one a lightweight linen white “suit”, and my massage was done in the yoga studio on a mattress. Now that I’ve experienced thai, I’m never going back to oil. Seriously. Thai is so much better for stress and muscle relief. Instead of smothering you in oil, the therapist works on each of your pressure points, from head to toe. She used her whole body + “Itonga Sticks”- (at the top right of the pic below) to massage me. This was wayyy more effective than a normal oil massage where all that’s massaging me are a tiny therapist’s hands.

After that, I took a walk around “The Main Change”. This is a building within the Maboneng Precinct. At the top of the building, we have “The Living Room”- a funky restaurant/ bar. I LOVE the setup, and can only imagine how fab it would be when the sun goes down and Jozi’s city lights go on. They seem to have just opened and are still putting things together, but here are a few pics.

The View from The Living Room

Pretty cool vibe, right?

After downing a Milo smoothie (mmm)… I dropped by OPEN, as I’ve heard so much about it. OPEN is basically an “open” working space. They have wifi, desks, coffee machines, meeting rooms, and all the other office supplies you’d need for hire. I think this is such an awesome concept, especially for those who work from home and don’t have the time/space to invest in a home office. It’s also a really cool spot to have business meetings.


And then, it was time to get back to the office 🙂 I drove back in such a good mood- a lunch hour well spent!

If you STILL haven’t been to Maboneng, you need to check it out asap! Go on a Sunday and visit the Market on Main.

All the deets you need to know are below:

Massages are R250 for 30 mins (back, neck + shoulder) or R350 for 60 mins (full body)

The Living Room:

Office space starts at R225 per day.

And for all things Maboneng: visit

I’ll shortly be posting a competition where you can win a bespoke yoga massage at Cocoon, so keep a close eye on Jozilicious.