City Central Food Hall

Opposite the historic Rand Club in downtown Joburg and just a few doors down from the heritage landmark Cornerhouse, this building that is now popularly known as City Central was formerly the headquarters of Barclays Bank in South Africa. Built in the early 1940s by leading architect Gordon Leith, it is an interesting example of the early-modernist style in Joburg mixing an understated neoclassical facade with a towering triple-volume marble banking hall, above which hangs a giant brass-and-glass chandelier.

Upstairs there's a bookshop, Bridge Books, while the main part of the banking hall is occupied by the City Central Food Hall where every weekday you can choose from a collection of stalls serving up freshly baked croissants, doughnuts and cupcakes, gourmet burgers, Indian curries, dim sum and other tasty lunch fare to enjoy on the go or take a seat in the food hall and spend some time. For drinks there's a coffee bar at the book shop upstairs or take the healthy option and order a fresh-pressed juice.


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Open 08:00–18:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

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