Johannesburg

Directory – French Johannesburg

26 Feb 2018

Eléonore Godfroy-Briggs has lived in New York, Sydney and London before settling in Johannesburg in 2006 where she worked at the French Institute of South Africa. An enthusiast about yoga, culture, and travel she now publishes the French online digital daily lepetitjournal.com/johannesbourg. This is her little black book of Johannesburg à la Francaise.

BEAUTY
Relax, get pampered and stay beautiful at Clarins Beauty Salon where you can choose from a menu of facial, massages and body treatments. Out of the city, at Ukuthula Bush Spa located in a game reserve, a one-hour drive from Joburg, you will be welcomed by French hostess Gaelle and her pampering Ndebele staff. Find French beauty products at branches of Clicks or Dis-Chem such as Avène, Vichy and Bioderma skin products.

CONNECTION
Meet up with Frenchies. This monthly get together to share a meal or an experience welcomes Francophones and Francophiles. Contact lesfrenchiesjobourg@gmail.com.
Tune in to Voice of Wits, the University of the Witwatersrand’s radio station, which recently launched a regular Francophone programme in French (88.1FM) that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 19:30-20:00.

ARTS AND CULTURE
For French movie fans Le Movie Club screens a new film every last Thursday of the month at The Bioscope. Dance the day away with live music by French, local and African artists at the annual Fête de la Musique in Newtown on June 18. Enjoy street performances as well as food stalls and art and crafts.

LIVE IT!
Stay in touch with the French Institute of South Africa whose events programme offers the best of French and Francophone artists. From crime novels to comics, essays and children's books, take your pick and choose from the wide selection available at Dibuka, the French multi-media library at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, who organise regular cultural events with a French theme. Otherwise go online and connect to Culturethèque (www.culturetheque.com) an online French library, from the comfort of your home. You can access hundreds of thousands of resources with a few clicks of your mouse and if you are a member of Dibuka, registration is free.
You can also learn French at Alliance Française and enjoy delicious coffee and treats from Pâtisserie de Paris who runs the on-site café.

GASTRONOMY
Don’t miss aperitif time (also known as apéro). Taste a wide selection of French wines from Riverside Liquerstore in Bryanston or for connoisseurs, buy top-notch French wines through Great Domaines (www.greatdomaines.co.za). Cheese with wine is a must. Buy your camembert or brie at Thrupps Shopping Centre, at the Bryanston Organic Market or at Cheese Gourmet in Linden. You can also find typical French products like Crème de marron (chestnut paste) and Rosette de Lyon (cured saucisson) at the Spar in Broadacres.

Joburg has plenty of good French restaurants and cafes including:

Les Délices de France
The menu at this restaurant co-owned by Robert Baxa and Claudette Gourjux has a wide selection of starters and mains but certainly bears its name for the delicious desserts.

Bread & Roses Café and Bistro
Set in the vibrant main street of Melville, this café-bistro offers healthy food in a relaxed atmosphere and of course bread!

INDULGE IN SWEET TREATS
Get your breakfast croissant at French Corner in Bryanston and the best baguette in Joburg at Pâtisserie de Paris in Blairgowrie. Try the colourful and delightful macarons at Rivonia's Patachou Pâtisserie, or browse food emporium Petits Fours in Northcliff and Bryanston.

SHOPPING
Visit Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre for the crème de la crème such as Longchamp, Lacoste, L’Occitane, Jacadi, Bensimon, Le Creuset, or MaxMara. The French clothing brand Le Temps des Cerises is sold at the shop Frankie & Delilah at Dainfern Square.

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