24 February 2017

Black owned lifestyle spots making waves

The emergence of black-owned lifestyle spots has seen many including the who's who opting to party and be seen in these spots as opposed to the traditional party scene.

These lifestyle spots are classy, elegant, vibrant with an eccentric vibe. They are easily accessible, offer the best local cuisine, local music on the decks and a chance to mingle with people from all walks of life. 

We scoured from Jozi to Lagos to find a few lifestyle spots making waves.

Mash Braai House, Bryanston

Elegant, classy and a break from the usual  is what words that come to mind when Mash Braai House is mentioned. The celeb studded joint is owned by 41-year-old Ngwato Mashilwane from Limpopo.

According to Joburg.co.za, Mash takes pride in its indigenous cooking style of traditional soul food, the order of the day being to cater for everyone's tastes. Customers can relax and watch their meat being prepared on the braai stand. The setting turns into a pub on weekends and holidays with live DJs on set.
Café Neo, Lagos

Neo was founded by brothers Ngozi and Chijoke Dozi. It is the ultimate coffee spot for all the cool kids in Lagos. Cafe Neo is hoping to branch out across Africa and expects to have between 20 and 30 cafes in Lagos alone within the next four years.
Blackanese, Maboneng

Vusi Kunene opened Blackanese restaurant in Maboneng a couple of years ago, after spending years working in restaurants all over South Africa.  He uses people's the love for sushi to draw attention to the business. He also sets up food markets and events for prospective customers to savour his popular sushi.

Eyadini, Umlazi

This is hailed as one of Durban's premium shisanyama and lounge spots. Although established late in 2008, Eyadini rocked up into everyone's newsfeed about a year ago. The highly sought after shisanyama restaurant is popularly known for its "Eyadini walk" where patrons are photographed midwalk as they enter the lounge.

Eyadini, which is owned by Durban-born Mjay Nzama, has been a host to the Durban July after parties. Some of the best DJs in South Africa play at Eyadini weekly.
Signature Restaurant, Sandton

Another black owned lifestyle destination which has been making waves is Signature restaurant. The restaurant boasts lavish furniture and is decorated with state-of-the-art designs. It's owned by Desmond Mabuza and has been open since 2012.

Floor to ceiling windows frame a panoramic view and sets the scene for magnificent sunsets and of course Signature cocktails. Being at Signature is a blend of sophisticated cooking, imaginative ideas and respect for ingredients.

Rands, Cape Town

Owned by brothers Mfundo and Mshayi Mbeki, Rands is not your typical Shisanyama . It is a space where music, class and a helluva good time coincide.

The two-year-old joint which is open seven days a week has attendees dancing until the sun comes up, eat tasty traditional food and mingle with like-minded people in style.
Mahungra Car Wash, Bloemfontein

Home to the spring explosion, Macufe afterparties, SA music festival and a host of other festivities – Mahungra Car Wash is the place to be in Bloemfontein.

Originally from Durban, Power Tshabalala is now the owner of Mahungra Car Wash, which is a well-known spot for the movers and shakers throughout the country. It also has a restaurant and dining area.
So What Lounge, Umtata

Owned by PK Dweba, the lounge is a spacious upmarket party venue that accommodates up to 500 patrons comfortably in a club setting.

It is situated in a non-residential area, so the parties continue until morning. Some of the facilities include pool tables, a dance floor, a bar, and private rooms for VIPs.

Artists that have played at the venue include DJ Zinhle, Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick, Emtee, NaakMusiq and DJ Tira.
Miliswa Sitshwele