Around Town With Andile Mbete

Six spots you can be sure to spot Andile Mbete’s famous face at

Andile Mbete’s famous face is something of an institution in and around Johannesburg. More than just a cool guy who you should buy drinks for, Andile earns his crust by working as a youth engagement specialist at AndPeople where he and the rest of his team create valuable exchange between brands and consumers through authentic and sustained youth culture engagement. Otherwise Andile is an unashamed pop culture nerd who occasionally writes about his favourite musicians and Internet crushes on different platforms on the World Wide Web.


Warm and Glad

357 Jan Smuts Avenue

Saturday mornings are generally spent at W&G. It's quiet, has great food and the best staff. It's like a second home. W&G is in Craighall Park, the most suburban of suburbs.

Art Fix

Kalashnikov Gallery

153 Smit street, Braamfontein

Generally weekly visitations to the Kalashnikov gallery help keep me up-to-date with all the art happenings in the city. It's great because they mainly feature young artists and have a very democratic approach to the industry.

Outer Limits

8 Main Road, Melville

A little haven for geekery in Melville. The store has been around for some time peddling comics books, hosting game nights and generally satisfying the needs of JHB's best people – the nerds. 

Green Space

The Joburg Streets 

My green space used to be that mecca of the white middle class, Emmarentia Dam. Growing up nearby means that most of my significant moments have happened around there – early romances, teenage attempts at graffiti and my first encounter with the law – so I’ve still got a bit of a soft spot for it. Instead I’ll nominate the motherfucking streets of Joburg! It's the biggest man made forest in the world. To be honest, no it isn't, but the city is pretty green.

Best Kept Secret

Collectors Treasury

244 Commissioner Street, Maboneng

Look I don't think it is much of a secret but the Collectors Treasury is the largest used and rare books store in Africa. It's eight storeys of dead people's shit really, and the best place for hoarders to spend a Saturday. I spend most of my days and money buying records and choking on the dust of old white people shit.

Tourist Trap

Walking tours                                                                            

Cultural walks are probably the raddest tourist traps in Johannesburg right now. If anything they allow you to fully immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural diversity of the city. It’s also a very pleasant reminder that there have been so many different people, cultures and ideas that have played a role in making the country and that should be commemorated rather than reviled.There are walks around Troyeville where you get to see things like Ghandi’s Joburg, and the hospital I was born in. Find out more by joining the Facebook group or giving them a call.


Golden Yolk at 44 Stanley

Corner of Owl Street and Stanley Avenue

Lenin’s Vodka Bar

300 Commissioner Street

Golden Yolk is a wonderful opportunity for my friends and I to spin our favourite records without anyone making requests. It's the only time I get to play Mary Wells in public without some 21-year-old telling me that I'm irrelevant. I don't really club anymore because I’m old, but I do enjoy spending time in interesting bars. My favourite is definitely Joanna’s with its jukebox, great service and a menu comprising of nothing but toasted sandwiches. Other than that Lenin's Vodka bar in Maboneng is cool for me (and all my pseudo-socialist friends out there).