Restaurants, shops and tenants
From formal business lunches to casual engagements with friends, and on-the-run coffees, breakfasts and scrumptious sandwiches, Constitution Hill's dining options offer an exceptional experience. While eating and drinking are not permitted in the museums and exhibitions, you are still welcome to enjoy some refreshment in a place seeped in history and heritage.
To host your own private or public event at Constitution Hill, please visit our Host an event page.
If you’re in need of refreshment during your time at Constitution Hill, be sure to visit The Hill, our on-site restaurant.
Located in the Old Fort parade ground, The Hill is a full-service cafe, restaurant and bar that allows you to take in your surrounds as you take your pick from their innovative and flexible à la carte menu with items made from fine, locally sourced and seasonal produce. Take a sneak peak at their menu before you arrive.
The Hill is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
The Old Fort Mess Hall
Efforts are currently under way to reinstate the Old Fort Mess Hall at Constitution Hill. Award-winning architect Kate Otten, who worked on the original restoration of the Old Fort, is behind the project. Her task is not only to pay homage to the site's historic value and to preserve it accordingly, but to create a unique dining experience that will serve as an attraction in and of itself.
The Constitution Hill Development Company will shortly be advertising for a restaurateur to take occupation of the restored mess hall. The vision is to fuse cuisine and heritage, to create a menu and an environment that speaks to the soul of the site, its people and the rhythms of life in Johannesburg and South Africa. The tender will be advertised in late 2016 and the restaurant is expected to open in early 2017.
Fixin Diaries creates custom-made and refurbished fixed-gear or "fixie" bikes. More than that, however, they are trendsetters, leading the way in promoting cycling culture in Johannesburg.
In late 2016, Fixin Diaries will be opening a new store at Constitution Hill, where both original and collaborative pieces can be viewed and purchased. The fusion of heritage and creativity is intrinsic to the Constitution Hill philosophy and we look forward to welcoming the Fixin Diaries team to the precinct.
Today, Constitution Hill is home to the offices of several entities, including Chapter 9 institutions and non-governmental organisations, that occupy the space once used by the zinc shacks that were part of the Women’s Jail’s isolation cells.
In different ways, these organisations all serve to promote constitutionalism, human rights and development in South Africa.
The Commission for Gender Equality
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is a Chapter 9 institution established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. The CGE works to advance, promote and protect gender equality in South Africa by undertaking research, public education, policy development, legislative initiatives, effective monitoring and litigation.
For more information, visit the CGE website.
Probono.org is a young, dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor. Section 34 of the Constitution gives everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court or other independent and impartial tribunal or forum. This right, however, has no meaning if the individual concerned is unable to afford legal representation. ProBono.Org has as its goal the creation of sufficient free legal representation for all who need it.
For more information, visit the ProBono.org website.
The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) of the University of Johannesburg is a leading research centre in South Africa. SAIFAC’s vision is to be an internationally recognised centre of research excellence in its key focus areas of constitutional, human rights, public and international law. SAIFAC’s mission is to produce advanced research in its focus areas; to foster collaboration and engagement between academics and members of the legal community across South Africa and internationally; and to advance constitutionalism, human rights and the rule of law in Southern Africa.
For more information, please visit the SAIFAC website.
The Awethu Project
The Awethu Project is an entrepreneurship development company that was started in 2009. Over the years it has grown from a R60,000 start-up to a company with hundreds of millions of rands to invest in its vision. The Awethu Project has incubated hundreds of entrepreneurs and positively impacted the lives of thousands of people.
For more information, visit the Awethu Project website.
The South African History Archive
The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive dedicated to documenting, supporting and promoting greater awareness of past and contemporary struggles for justice through archival practices and outreach, and the utilisation of access to information laws. Established by anti-apartheid activists in the 1980s, SAHA was closely connected in its formative years to the United Democratic Front, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the African National Congress.
For more information, visit the SAHA website.