I feel antsy when I go too long without blogging about something in Joburg. So last week during a brief hiatus between trips to Cape Town and Mozambique (more about my Mozambique trip in the next post), I headed to Rosebank and had lunch at the new Keyes Art Mile.
If you’re a Jozi enthusiast, you’ve probably been hearing buzz about the Keyes Art Mile for the last few weeks and wondering what the heck it is. The name has an interesting air of mystery. Is it a mile-long mall? An outdoor market? A massive art gallery?
Even after my visit, I’m not sure how to explain the Keyes Art Mile. But here is my best attempt.
What is the Keyes Art Mile?
The Keyes Art Mile is located at 19 Keyes Avenue at the corner of Jellicoe Avenue in Rosebank, a cosmopolitan suburb halfway between downtown Joburg and Sandton. Jozi art lovers will be familiar with this corner as it houses Circa Gallery and the Everard Read Gallery, two of the best art galleries in Joburg. (Circa featured in my Jozi Top Five Museums and Galleries post.)
Next to Circa is a huge new building called the Trumpet building. Trumpet is the heart of the Keyes Art Mile.
Trumpet has a huge, cavernous entry hall. It’s very arty and avant-garde.
A fancy interior design shop inside Trumpet. There are lots of expensive condos springing up in Rosebank, because of its proximity to Rosebank Mall and the Rosebank Gautrain station. I guess the wealthy condo owners will furnish their apartments at places like this.
Trumpet has several fancy design shops and galleries inside, as well as a “curated members’ club” called Mesh and a hot new restaurant called Marble. Marble is the newest restaurant by David Higgs, of Saxon five hundred fame, and I am eagerly awaiting my chance to eat there. (Invitations are welcome.)
I haven’t yet visited Marble, which is on the top floor of Trumpet, but I did get inside Mesh recently for a media launch. This is the bar area at Mesh, which seems to be a fancy events space/coworking space.
Trumpet is grand and innovative and all, but it’s a little pretentious for my taste. The best thing about the Keyes Art Mile, in my opinion, is the little strip of shops on Keyes Avenue next to Trumpet.
This little strip has a couple of high-end accessory shops that I didn’t have time to investigate, and a “premium sneaker and accessory store” called Shelflife.
I confess this this is the real reason I went to the Keyes Art Mile last week: I craved a burger. BGR recently moved to Keyes Art Mile from its previous location in the petrol station around the block.
The Milk Bar’s new location at Keyes Art Mile. I wrote about the Milk Bar’s downtown branch — which has since closed, sadly — in a recent post. I’m sure this new branch is equally awesome.
Unless I missed something during my brief exploration, this is the Keyes Art Mile in a nutshell. Arty, pretentious, delicious, and a little weird. I like it.
Check it out and let me know what you think.