Market on Main, Arts on Main, 264 Fox St (Cnr Berea Rd), Maboneng, Johannesburg, marketonmain.co.za
WHAT: Joburg – a city in a state of transformation – is yet again pulling the crowds to its once sidestepped neighbourhoods. Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct is one such place. Its weekly Sunday market, Market on Main, opens its doors between 10am and 3pm with a focus on green, natural and locally produced fare.
WHO: As the name suggests, Arts on Main attracts a crowd of young creatives eager to spend a day in an eclectic space, supporting local producers, artists and designers. With the Sunday market and Maboneng’s growing appeal, all kinds of people migrate to this inner-city fairground, and stall owners are proud to be part of the improved development.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Enthusiastic food purveyors are packed into the bottom floor of the old factory building, and a venture upstairs houses handcrafted leather wares, designer goods, jewellery, fashion and vintage apparel. The Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School, situated just opposite, brings in cakes and pastries that would make any sugar-addict swoon. Organic produce, freshly squeezed juices and culinary delights (from sushi and Mexican to a good ol’ South African boerie) can be washed back with a craft beer. (What would a market be without craft?) Come hungry.
X-FACTOR: Located in hip downtown Joburg, the market is a trendy rendition of the traditional town-centre marketplace. It’s a fresh, lively space where an array of people unite in their love for food and local design right in the heart of the city. On the first Thursday of every month, the venue opens its doors for a night market, where stall owners return to sell their goods from the ground floor. It’s a happening spot, which resonates with the buzz and energy that has come to define Jozi – urban, eclectic and bustling with hope and possibility.
This article originally featured in the June 2014 issue of House and Leisure.