Probably one of the most inspiring things about Johannesburg is its colourful markets. Not only are the crowds frequenting these events interesting and diverse, but the stuff you can eat and buy are top-notch and eclectic. Lazing under olive trees, while drinking champagne and eating oysters, buying bunches of fresh flowers, warm just-out-the oven home-baked bread, a vintage skirt, antique dresser, or perhaps a lovely jar of rooibos marmalade – these are a few of our favourite things.
On a Sunday, you may venture to the fashionable Market on Main in the Maboneng Precinct. You may decide to grab bite to eat, or view art in the Arts on Main complex. Their motto is ‘Made for the people of Joburg by the people of Joburg’ and this is where the artists and musicians hang out.
On a Saturday, Braamfontein’s Neighbourgoods Market in Juta Street beckons with its many food stalls and funky vintage shopping. There is a hip bar upstairs and a magnificent 15-story wall mural by artist Eduardo Villa.
27 Boxes is Melville is a permanent market place with a night market happening every Wednesday evening. There is live music and the children especially love this space with its large children’s play area. Shipping containers are stacked to provide space for the shops, market and pop-up stalls.
If you’re after ‘earthy’ then the Bryanston Organic Market is for you. This first outdoor market in Jozi has been around for thirty-six years, and this is where the barefoot and beautiful do their shopping. Huge bunches of carrots, health breads, handmade toys and even massages are on sale. The market is open on a Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm.
Voted as one of the top 10 markets in South Africa, the Linden Market is in the heart of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmerentia. The first date this year will be on Saturday, 7th April – an Autumn Edition.
A little further afield is the Soweto Arts and Craft Market on the first Saturday of every month. Your guide, and we suggest Peter at Mashaba Tours, can include this market on your Soweto sightseeing, or arrange private visits to some of the artists and sculptors. It has a fantastic African flavour, there is drumming and dancing, and we wish it was open more often.
So, whether you are after a pair of bargain boots or a present for someone, Johannesburg markets are a must. It’s worth planning your visit around them.