It’s been a while since I’ve just hung out in Maboneng on a Sunday. Sure, I’ve done walking tours, wandered around the market and been to theatre, but I haven’t just sat at a table on the sidewalk and people watched.
Maboneng is seriously buzzing, especially on the weekends. It reminds me so much of Soho in New York, except that it is our South African Soho with it’s own special flavour.
For me, Maboneng is much more the hip apartments, rooftop restaurants and funky galleries. Of course the organic vegetables, craft beer and vinyl are all fab, but it’s the people who frequent Maboneng that make it so exciting.
I sat at Eat Your Heart Out and ate a potato latke and had a cappucino. Next to me a family were at Little Addis eating Ethiopian food with their fingers and drinking local beer. On the corner the hip and the beautiful were at Pata Pata, sipping cocktails and rocking to the beat in high heeled high fashion designer shoes.
There are lots of beautiful and very well dressed young people. African street fashion is beyond fabulous and I felt a bit dull wearing my boyfriend jeans and white shirt! It’s all about colour, sheshwe, headscarves, bright red lipstick and heels. And for the men, it’s about skinny jeans and bright colours, hip caps and fedoras, pointy shoes, kaftans and tunics.
Fashion is distincly African and divine.
I dragged myself away from people-watching to go and see ‘Vaslav’ at The Pop Art Theatre. This is my favorite little theatre, in the Twelve Decades Hotel, always showing something ground-breaking and innovative.
Afterwards I browsed the shops, had another coffee, bought some fabric and ordered a hand-made skirt, then took a few photographs and tasted olives. I never made it to the Maboneng Arts on Main market, there is so much happening all around it.
Next week though! Maboneng is a short ten minute drive from our Johannesburg Guesthouses. Take an Uber. See you there.
Check out www.mabonengprecinct.com for a listing of shops, restaurants and galleries.