The Markets in Johannesburg are a melting pot (or rather a *potjiekos pot) of South African flavours.
The market scene in Johannesburg is a mix of worldly cultures and cuisines with a dash of hip, a pinch of nature and a heap of trendy. It’s a blend of inside and outside – urban and suburban – sprawled out over the city; over a weekend or on a weekday. It’s a meeting place for the foodies, the hungry, for family and friends, the chatterboxes, the locals and the foreigners. It’s the cherry on top, cooked to perfection, cream of the crop of Jozi.
The markets in Johannesburg are definitely worth a visit and here are a few to whet your appetite.
Urban and Suburban Markets in Johannesburg
Urban: Market on Main
Market on Main, located in the Maboneng Precint with its colourful street art and developments, is a space oozing with creative energy. Over one hundred traders share their unique artisan talent with visitors in the artistic hub that was once an old warehouse from the 1900s. Here market goers get the chance to browse through vintage clothing, galleries and crafts while world-class culinary delicacies, from local gourmet *roosterkoek to international cuisine, pave the way to multiple foodgasms.
When: Every Sunday, 10am to 3pm (the night market is on the first Thursday of every month, from 7pm to 11pm).
Where: 264 Fox Street.
Don’t miss: The street art.
Urban: Neighbourgoods Market
In the heart of Braamfontein lies Neighbourgoods Market. The market is located inside an old parking lot in an almost vacant high-rise building. It’s a place to recharge your batteries, update your mind and download your worries. Here you can find anything from paella to pasta, fudge to fish and cocktails to coffee; all to be enjoyed in the comfort of the bustling market or on the roof with a view of Johannesburg while Madiba keeps a watchful eye over *Mzansi.
When: Every Saturday, 9am to 3pm.
Where: 73 Juta Street.
Don’t miss: The roof.
Suburban: Fourways Farmers Market
Fourways Farmers Market is a favourite for many and extremely popular (especially when the sun is out). The market gives visitor a picnic-in-the-park kind of feeling with its dog-friendly policy and child-friendly atmosphere. Here you can bring a basket and shop for fresh produce, deli goods, crafts, jewellery, flowers and even get some *braai gadgets.
When: Every Sunday, 10am to 3pm.
Where: C/O William Nicol Drive and Monte Casino Boulevard in Fourways.
Don’t miss: Get there early for a good parking spot and a good place to camp out.
Suburban: Bryanston Organic Market
Bryanston Organic Market is probably the place where Dr. Atkins and Tim Noakes will meet for a cup of coffee. Or for a glass of carrot juice. This outdoor market has been attracting visitors for more than 30 years. It’s a real-food-clean-food haven with gluten-free goodies, fresh produce and health products. And besides all the raw, organic and crisp treats, visitors can also browse through the wide selection of handmade items. Bryanston Organic Market is a great spot in the middle of the city to hang out during the week, under the shade of big old tree, to stock up on healthy treats, healthy conversation and healthy advice.
When: Thursday and Saturdays, 9am to 3pm.
Where: 40 Culross Road, Bryanston.
Don’t miss: The treats without the guilty conscience.
Do you have a favourite market in Johannesburg? Comment below and tell me about it!
*potjiekos – a stew.
*roosterkoek – bread baked on open coals.
*Mzansi – South Africa.
*braai – barbecue.