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Mia Ziervogel, founder and editor of Dossier Magazine, shares her Jozi hotspots!
What do you love about Jozi?
Of all the many places I have visited, people in Johannesburg are the nicest and easiest to make friends with. I love the weather. And I love the trees. The newer suburbs really should plant more trees.
What do you do in Jozi?
Eat out – sit in cafes – love going to art galleries. I love looking at shops, one day when the economy turns I might even buy something again.
Are you a morning or evening person?
I am grumpy in the morning, I need coffee and can’t do any morning meetings before 11.00 – I think raising two boys alone made me allergic to morning madness. I love sunsets – no matter how corny it is, I still take sunset pics, it remains the most beautiful time in Jozi.
Describe a typical or ideal day in your life?
I am basically working on my Mac all day. Writing mails to plead my case or retouching or writing stories. Planning trips is the highlight of my job. Writing reviews is actually not as easy as people might think. I spend a lot of time on social media to see what clients are up to. I used to go to launches of new products and I miss that a lot. Damn covid.
What makes someone a JoziStyler?
I think the thing that sets us apart is a crazy work ethic – we work damn hard.
How do you spend your weekends in Jozi?
My days are all the same – sometimes I do not know what day it is – the perks of having your own business! But I really miss the time before covid – the 5.00 movie (art movies) and dinner after. I am also a big eggs Benedict fan. Looking for the perfect eggs Benedict is a tradition with my husband.
What’s your favourite season in Jozi?
Not spring- the hay fever spoils my spring fever even though I love seeing everything turn green again. Rainy summer days are just bliss. I don’t like our dusty, dry winters. It’s depressing. We had a drought one December in the ’80s and our lawn turned to sand, it was so hot and dry, I now have a drought phobia.
Your number one reason for people to visit Jozi?
Personally, I don’t think it’s a tourist destination. I think its a great place to live and work but not convinced it’s a great place to visit- oops sorry!
Your favourite hotel in Jozi for a #Staycation?
I would never say no to the Four Seasons and The Houghton Hotel. The Peech is my favourite place in Jozi though. Beautiful rooms great food great owners!
Your favourite holiday spot outside Jozi?
Oh, you can take me anywhere, I am a travel junkie.
Your favourite restaurant in Jozi?
For the past 3 decades, it’s been Tortellino D’Oro and Basalt at The Peech. My favourite place to have lunch is The Old Ducky – it’s very close to my heart as I adore the owner and I am besotted with anything French.
Describe yourself as a cocktail?
A negroni – bitter, sweet and complicated but colourful, and not too serious. ( Bitter only due to this covid mess)
Favourite spot for sundowners with friends?
Describe your ideal date night in Jozi?
I love Parkhurst – I am not mad about eating in a mall. I hate noisy places – I like to have a conversation. Anything that takes hours, I am like a European I like to eat for hours.
What do you do to relax in your spare time?
I don’t ever relax. My mind will not let me. I will relax when I die. I am always thinking or conceptualising. I exhaust myself. But I am a Netflix fan especially documentaries.