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Vilakazi Street

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Address: Soweto, South Africa
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27-0-11-536-2253
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History Street

Like many other parts of South Africa, you should visit this place with a guide. There are historical restaurants, houses of Mandela and Tutu and hand craft shops. I found it... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2017
Murat B
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Izmir, Turkey
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Izmir, Turkey
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

Like many other parts of South Africa, you should visit this place with a guide. There are historical restaurants, houses of Mandela and Tutu and hand craft shops. I found it interesting.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

This is the famous street where you can find the homes of Mandela and Tutu plus lots of restaurants serving local cuisine. Very popular with locals and tourists alike and a great walk when you are doing a tour of Soweto.

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

It was depressing. If you ever wanted to feel like a walking ATM, this is the place to be. We couldn't walk more than three meters down Vilakazi street without anybody begging. And not always in a nice way. In the end we walked in the middle of the road, but it was not enough. Souvenir Stalls, beggars, restaurants, people... More 

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Thank Nora W
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

We visited the restaurant after touring Soweto with guests. We were 15 patrons and the staff was so welcoming. Special table arrangement was done to make us comfortable. We were entertained with beautiful live and recorded music.

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Thank 308patiencez
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

It was a good place to shop for arts and craft, eat and visit Mandela's house. One of the must-sees of Soweto

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Kempton Park, South Africa
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world that housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Not many countries can brag with an achievement like this, yet alone cities. The street has been developed into a tourist hub lined with restaurants, stalls, and museums. There are even bank tellers available.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Restaurants, galleries, and more on Vilakazi Street. Almost surreal in the midst of some of the poverty. But people of all stripes are there.

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Thank Joel K
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

A trip to Soweto is not complete without a visit to Vilakazi street. Amongst some of the things you can do there are: 1. A visit to Nelson Mandela's house where he lived a short while after he was released from prison. They offer full tours of the house. 2. Restaurants, some of the more famous ones are Sakhumzi and... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

Both Mandela and Tutu grew up here. Very important location but not much to see now other than some historical residences and the daily lifestyle of the local residents.

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Pennington, New Jersey
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

This historical street was a hotbed of political activity; Nelson Mandela lived on this street in a modest home that is now a museum. Bishop Desmond Tutu, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner still calls Vilakzi Street home. During our visit to Soweto, my wife and I spent a significant amount of time on and around Vilakazi Street. In addition... More 

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