Melville, Johannesburg

Area Overview

From wall art to hole in the wall wine bars, burger spots, bookstores and thrift shops that will have you lost in knick knacks and oversized blazers for hours. Welcome to Melville! Where the dress code is anything from bohemian to sports luxe. Rub shoulders with a celeb or two after a night of comedy at the Melville Comedy Club. Put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away to the best 80’s jams in the ever-popular Hell’s Kitchen. Amazing coffee? Check! Great pizza? Check! Drinks with the mates? Check! New Tattoo? Check! Whether you are planning on painting the town red or you are just around for a lazy Tuesday afternoon chai latte or even a sneaky dinner date, you’re sure to find your sweet spot right here in Melville.


Although the official home of the trend setting 27 Boxes, a shopping centre made entirely of recycled shipping containers. You’re still bound stumble across a bygone era relic like the Scala Barber Shop, where you will find Fred who is all too willing to fill you in on some 50 plus years of Melville history, from how Melville used to be a little village where you could pick up your fruit and veg or do your laundry. Then as the urban legend goes the first restaurant, Escargot opened its doors much to the shock of the residents, no one thought it would work but as the saying goes, the rest is history.

The People

“I’m lucky to get a lot of inspiration from the community I live in.” Elouise, Graphic Designer

"I love nothing more than to spend the day working from my local café" Nadia, Architect

“Melville’s creativity and charm are second to none.” Adam, Fashion Designer

1. Melville Koppies; 2. Helen Joseph Hospital; 3. Westdene Park; 4. University of Johannesburg; 5. University of Witwatersrand; 6. Milpark Hospital; 7. Mark's Park; 8. Parkview Golf Club; 9. West Park Cemetery
Meet the Neighbours