Trendspotting: January’s most popular features

Every month we look back at the most popular features on our website to bring you the past month’s biggest highlights in case you missed ’em.

Here’s a look at what captured our reader’s attentions online this month.

Trending this month: With parks and beaches temporarily closed across the country, everyone was searching for those beautiful outdoor spaces which we were allowed to legally enjoy. The impatient wait for the latest alcohol ban to end was another major trend, although the alcohol ban didn’t seem to stop people from planning their next romantic Joburg date and studying this year’s best new restaurants list for ideas for their next dinner out.

2020’s best new restaurants

Every January we look back over our reviews and pull together a guide to the best new bars restaurants and cafes visited by the In Your Pocket team during the past year. While 2020 was a difficult year for the hospitality industry with many closures, lots of restaurateurs made the brave step to open new businesses too.

Catch up on the best new Joburg restaurants from 2020 here.


The search from romance in lockdown is real and month on month we find readers scouring our website for fresh date night ideas. Of course with Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away our Romantic Joburg feature was a source of inspiration for many. To keep our readers well stocked with new ideas for where to mark February 14, we also brought together a guide to great Valentine’s Day special events to book this year too.

Need some romance in your life? Find inspiration here.

Booze is back

From late December through January South Africa underwent its third alcohol ban in a year. It always pays to plan ahead and our famous guide to pre-ordering booze online for delivery after lockdown was another big hit the third time around.

Want to put in some online wine orders? Check out our guide here.

Beautiful Joburg walks

Joburger’s were desperate to get out to the park in January although those parks without ‘controlled access points’ were temporarily closed. We took a look at what public parks and nature reserves within the city were open and found plenty of places to get out and enjoy a summer stroll.

Get your walking shoes on and enjoy a stroll in one of these five beautiful places.

Responsible travel during a pandemic

When South Africa’s restrictions on travel and tourism began to ease in late 2020, as a tourist guide publication we gave some serious thought to how as travellers we can safely navigate this new travel landscape. Increasingly, it is becoming clear that we will be living alongside this virus for some time to come and our tips on being a safe, courteous and responsible traveller during the pandemic, is as relevant as ever.

Read our thoughts on responsible travel in the time of Covid and share your thoughts with us!


The Westcliff Steps

Perhaps it was something about those incredible sunsets Joburg was enjoying at the start of the year, or maybe it was that New Year fitness bug kicking… either way, it seemed everybody wanted to visit The Westcliff Steps in January. 210 steep steps that climb straight up the Westcliff Ridge, it’s a great attraction at any time of year. Plan a visit to the Westcliff Steps.

Hiking trails

Joburg’s passion for hiking shows no signs of ending and we have to admit we’ve also become addicts ourselves. We are constantly in search of new trails to add to our ultimate guide to hiking Gauteng, read it online here.

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