Walking, man why don’t we do it more? My lungs feel glutinous in the abundance of air that they get to consume while strolling the streets. A little while ago my adventure companion and I decided to hit Braamfontein on a Monday morning just to walk through the streets, drink coffee and catch up. We both have a flexible schedule so we literally didn’t pay attention to the time, a privileged rarity. This was refreshing, because unlike my other walks, this was not pre-planned.
Braamfontein on a Monday morning is pretty quiet, but you get a true representation of its weekly inhabitance. De Kort Street workers are busy and ample while Juta resembles a strangely slow pace. Dressed warmly with our adventure kicks on, we experienced the icy winter of Braamfontein in the shade of its concrete trees. We opted for a cup coffee and bite to eat at POST to start the morning. I have actually never sat down at POST before. I loved that we could sit looking out at the street while the sunlight rays that escaped through the gaps of the buildings warmed the room. POST is unbelievably unpretentious; a greasy over-easy egg and bacon is served up on a glass plate with zero garnish. Breakfast is what it should be, a fried cafe bacon and eggs. The coffee was very good too (I had two cups), no sugar needed.
After POST, we just walked around the blocks of familiar territory up to Wits, down to Hotel, across to Motherland, into Puma, up to Ameshoff Street and into Love Food. The tiny week-day cafe was busy with suits, creatives, and passer-by’s. Amazing food was laid out on the main banquet table ready for the lunch bustle. I seriously recommend having a meal at Love Food. It offers crafted spreads of salads, sandwiches and vegetables; the options change every day which you can check via FB or on their website.
Some new discoveries include the City Kitchen, Hotel’s restaurant. This is the relatively new neighbour of The Great Dane. The most amazing part is their menu that has fried chicken on a waffle – American style. That’s on my list for next time!
I have blogged about this part of town a lot, so it was nice not to focus on the usual attractions, but actually just walk. Braamfontein wasn’t too busy, it wasn’t New York or some European city, but it was pretty cool to have a taste of that experience. The idea of walking isn’t just about moving forward it is about the motion that enables my eyes to see clearly, think deeply and experience a place in a new way.