Here’s our list of some of the best markets to find in Joburg and its surrounding areas. We’ll be updating whenever a new market comes our way, so make sure you bookmark this page to stay in the know. Want to see where you can find other amazing markets across South Africa? Go to our online market directory. COLLECTIVE Text Mila Crewe-Brown Photographs Graeme Wyllie Assistant Heather Boting Collective, The Rooftop, 3 Desmond St, Kramerville, Johannesburg, collective-jhb.com WHAT: Collective is open from 10am until 4pm on the first Sunday of each month at The Rooftop on top of Kramerville’s hip 3 Desmond building. Aptly situated in the heart of the city’s décor hub, this pop-up market has been steadily gaining momentum with Joburg’s in crowd. Created to showcase design across the spectrum, a hand-picked assortment of stalls offering all manner of goods spans the small area both indoors and out on the terrace: think hand-printed textiles, an on-trend collection of clothes and homeware with a stylish edge. WHO: A good mix of cool creative types, especially the fashion forward who rock skinny jeans and sunnies. You’ll also find families with young children queuing up at the popular Mud Studio pottery wheel. The vendors, whether established ones such as Suzaan Heyns and Adriaan Kuiters or up-and-coming brands such as The Pickled Fish and Jeankelly, are all eager to network within a fresher, more intimate retail environment. WHAT TO EXPECT: The aim is to offer a non-conformist shopping platform far from the mass-mall experience. You’ll be able to meet the makers behind many of the products while browsing to the tune of ambient beats, which play over the din of the crowd. Collective is the market to head to for those must-have SUPER sunglasses, that bold monochrome print dress and that statement jacket that you’ll wear all season, as well as for those small glazed coffee cups and the zigzag pencil jar that you’ve had your eye on. X-FACTOR: No other market in Johannesburg claims a view like this one, which surveys the treetops and skyline of the northern suburbs from up high. Its focus on design rather than merely socialising draws a more conscious set of visitors, all of whom would rather prefer to interact with the creators behind the merchandise. This article originally featured in the September 2013 issue of House and Leisure. BRAAMFONTEIN NEIGHBOURGOODS MARKET Text Katharyn Williams-Jaftha Photographs Graeme Wyllie Neighbourgoods Market, 73 Juta St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za WHAT: Every Saturday, come rain or shine, the Neighbourgoods Market opens its doors to hundreds of hungry market goers in the heart of Johannesburg’s vibrant Braamfontein district. Following the huge success of the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town, Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro launched a Joburg edition in 2011 and it has since earned its reputation as one of the hottest foodie spots in town. The market covers two floors of a landmark building featuring a large-scale concrete facade by Edoardo Villa. The first storey spreads across an entire basement parking lot while the second level is a vibey rooftop area with cool views of the surrounding city. WHO: Expect a cosmopolitan crowd of young and old from various cultural backgrounds. While in one corner you may find families enjoying steak rolls and iced tea, in another you’ll see groups of friends sipping on cold beers and tucking into just-made paella. Stroll upstairs and folks are soaking up the sun on the rooftop quaffing bubbly and indulging in fresh oysters while hipsters hang out. You won’t find a more diverse crowd anywhere else in the city. WHAT TO EXPECT: The Neighbourgoods Market buzzes from the moment the first patrons walk in at 9am to checkout at 3pm. The space is packed with dozens of food stalls selling everything from Thai and Italian to Argentinian and Mexican dishes, and of course, local cuisine. The rooftop area boasts a trendy bar and a number of vintage clothing and jewellery stands as well as a comfortable chill-out zone. X-FACTOR: The variety of food to taste is magnificent. Whether it’s fresh bread, organic wine, cheese, cold meat, biltong, gourmet pies, sweet treats, hot food, pâtés, tarts, vegetarian cuisine or Belgian waffles you’re after, this is where to find it. It’s almost impossible to get through all on offer so you’ll no doubt go back for more. This article originally featured in the January/February issue of House and Leisure. MABONENG’S ARTS ON MAIN Text Lisa Wallace Styling Heather Boting Photographs Graeme Wyllie 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. BRYANSTON ORGANIC AND NATURAL MARKET Text Roberta Coci Styling Heather Boting Photographs Graeme Wyllie Culross Rd (off Main Rd), Bryanston, Johannesburg, 011-706-3671, bryanstonorganicmarket.co.za WHAT: Located on the grounds of Michael Mount Waldorf School, Joburg’s original outdoor market was formed 36 years ago by a group of parents from surrounding farms and smallholdings who sold fresh produce from their car boots and out of the backs of bakkies. ‘Bryanston was rural countryside back then,’ says the market’s COO, Glenda Moore. These days it’s extended to other vendors but still follows a strict selection process, and all products sold are made and crafted from natural and organic materials and ingredients. ‘We offer predominantly South African-made products, organic and fresh natural produce, a selection of delicatessen and bakery goods, and a choice of six coffee shops and eateries,’ explains Glenda. WHO: Health- and eco-conscious Jozi locals and a surprising number of expats flock to this market, held on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm, thanks to its solid reputation of selling only goods that are free from artificial additives, preservatives and colourants. Among the local artisans and farmers at hand to chat about their products and help you with your shopping choices, expect a fair amount of tie-dye and more than your average dose of zealous bashing of all things mass-market and artificial. WHAT TO EXPECT: There’s a touch of old-world charm, with its cobbled walkways and tiled roofs reminiscent of medieval marketplaces. A friendly atmosphere and live music make this an enjoyable outing for the whole family, and regular children’s activities such as sand art, candle making, a gemstone scratch patch and puppet shows mean stress-free browsing for the folks. X-FACTOR: The keyword of this well-established market is quality, so all the food is delicious and nutritious, while the crafts are unique and expertly made. This article originally featured in the April 2013 issue of House and Leisure. FOURWAYS FARMERS MARKET Text Nikki Temkin Photographs Graeme Wyllie Fourways Farmers Market, Longmeadow Farm, Cnr William Nicol Dr and Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Johannesburg, ffmarket.co.za WHAT: Artisanal food markets are popping up all over Joburg as more people take an interest in the origins of their food and what’s in it. The Fourways Farmers Market is the first of its kind in the area. Ignore its too-closefor- comfort proximity to Montecasino and you’re in for a pleasant surprise – and once you’re inside the tranquil nursery grounds the busy main road simply disappears. Open every Sunday from 9am until 2pm, the market showcases locally made, quality products. WHO: Expect an eclectic crowd from families picnicking on blankets to the younger set chilling with a cold beer on the hay bales. It also attracts discerning customers looking for specialty food while walking their dogs, and the odd hippie seeking out healthy fare. WHAT TO EXPECT: Pretty without being twee, the nursery makes it an ideal location. Shaded benches next to a coffee kiosk offer a reprieve from the bright winter sun. Inside, sip on fresh coconut with rum or a smoothie with baobab booster. The passionate vendors are happy to let you taste and chat about their produce. X-FACTOR: Unpretentious patrons come to buy food rather than to socialise, which makes a change from some of the livelier markets in the city. While many markets are noisy, this one is quieter, with a really laid-back vibe. It’s as if time has stopped within its confines. As it’s relatively small, it’s less overwhelming and more child friendly with lots to keep the kids busy. This article originally featured in the July 2013 issue of House and Leisure. MULTI-FLORA FLOWER MARKET Text Katharyn Williams-Jaftha Photographs Simone Davel Multiflora flower market, Multiflora Rd, Johannesburg, 011 -613-4011, multiflora.co.za WHAT: Just south of Joburg, Multiflora is a 50 000mÇ flower market open Monday to Saturday from 6am to 5pm. With over 600 flower growers supplying the bustling market, it provides the widest range of fresh flora available on a daily basis. About 80 per cent of the produce is grown within 300km of Jozi, while the rest comes from the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal as well as various African countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe. The market also imports orchids from Thailand and lucky bamboo from China. There are 16 friendly agents who can answer queries, including Netflorist, Flower Zone and Design a Bunch who sell flowers, bouquets and accessories direct to the public. The market also hosts daily auctions, attended by some 400 florists and wholesalers who distribute their stock to nearly every city, town and village in the country. WHO: Shoppers looking for flowers and a variety of handy accessories at a great price – whether in the market for a bunch of blooms or wedding arrangements – will find it here. Party planners scout for bargains to create striking centrepieces; shop owners consult agents to create bouquets for their stores; and SA’s top florists and floral designers come here to pick and choose their stock. WHAT TO EXPECT: Multiflora is the largest flower mall in the southern hemisphere. You won’t find a bigger variety for less anywhere else in the country. Stock is seasonal and varies throughout the year but you’re sure to find everything from proteas to roses and lilies of almost every kind as well as gerbera daisies, sunflowers, strelitzia, orchids and tulips. One thing to remember is, while you can find almost any flower at competitive prices, Multiflora is a fully functional working space. The massive warehouse is dark, cool and spacious. It’s not the kind of place you’d go to socialise, but you can enjoy a light meal at Café Dulce. X-FACTOR: About 300 million flower stems pass through Multiflora’s doors every year – that’s a whopping one million flower stems every day. This article originally featured in the November 2013 issue of House and Leisure. THE LOCRATE MARKET Text Mila Crewe-Brown Photograph Sabie Botha Vilakazi Precinct, Corner Kudu & Moema Streets, Orlando West, Soweto locratemarket.co.za WHAT? From 10am to 5pm on the first Sunday of every month, a dusty tract of vacant land is transformed into a vibrant space where young and aspiring creatives and entrepreneurs meet to vaunt their talent. WHO? You can expect a mixed crowd of mostly young and style-savvy types who hail from the surrounding areas of Soweto. The market’s located just off bustling Vilakazi Street, so you’ll no doubt be rubbing shoulders with local and international tourists, too. It’s also becoming popular among Joburgers who are keen to get out of the ’burbs and discover something new and exciting. WHAT TO EXPECT? With its modest number of vendors and stalls, Locrate (derived from the phrase ‘local creatives’) isn’t as large as the other markets we’ve come to know; it’s intimate and vibey with a focus on food and fashion – the latter boosting as-yet-unknown talent. Delicious eats can be bought from popular foodie pop-ups including the Balkan Burger Bar, Tutto Food Co. and Vuyo’s (famous for gourmet boerewors rolls and bunny chows). Mojitos and other cocktails, as well as craft beer are made available thanks to Roots Restaurant and fashion lovers will also be able to get their hands on a wide range of locally produced attire. Come with cash and get there around midday, just as the place begins to come alive. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT… Buying at least one piece from the many designers showcasing at Locrate. You’ll be spoilt for choice with everything from custom-made gum boots, leather pants, men’s shirts and jackets; as well as vintage jewellery, chic clutch bags and bold African-print dresses and skirts. The chicken wings from Street Cuisine SA are a must-try, as is Tutto Food Co.’s Moroccan chicken and lamb paella. X-FACTOR While you’re satisfying your taste buds with the yummy food and sipping on a cold one, a live band will ensure you’re enjoying yourself. The kiddies play section is also a great inclusion for parents. This article originally featured in the November 2014 issue of House and Leisure. ROSEBANK SUNDAY MARKET Text Lisa Johnston Photographs Simone Davel Rosebank Mall, corner Bath and Cradock avenues, Rosebank, Johannesburg rosebanksundaymarket.co.za WHAT? The recent revamp that has seen the Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg transform from convenient shopping complex into a sophisticated, light-filled retail mecca has extended all the way to its rooftop. On any given Sunday, between 9am and 4pm, the upper level parking lot strums to a new, gentler vibe than before, with plenty of space to move between the food, crafts and souvenir vendors. WHO? The market is a family-friendly place with an array of goods for all ages. Parents can take their time browsing through bric-a-brac, books, antiques or clothing sans the bleating of ‘I’m bored’ or ‘Can we go home now?’ by dropping the kids off for play and entertainment at the kids zone. WHAT TO EXPECT? Long-term fans of the market will still find a number of the stalwart craft vendors in place, but many of the cheap-and-nasty-plastic-goods type stalls appear to have been weeded out and the offering on the whole is of far better quality than in the past. The food area now offers comfortable seating where family and friends can gather for a meal while listening to live music. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT… Given the variety on offer it’s unlikely anyone will be leaving without an armful of purchases. The spice stall is a firm favourite where you can pick up some cooking tips along with your aniseed, breyani mix or turmeric. The Panama hat store also turns a good trade and, if you want to add a cute pair of pumps or an authentically South African laptop bag to your purchases stop past shwe.co.za, which sells a range of products made from upcycled billboards and shwe shwe fabric. THE X FACTOR The new layout of the Rosebank market is far more considered and easy to move through, which makes browsing a pleasant experience rather than a rugby tackle through a thick crowd. It’s still a great place to take overseas visitors who might want to pick up some African souvenirs, masks or beading. And there’re always a number of buskers about for added entertainment. There are also a number of arts and special events scheduled throughout the year. This article originally featured in the May 2015 issue of House and Leisure. THE SHEDS@1FOX MARKET Shed cred The Sheds@1Fox looks set to turn a historic corner of downtown Joburg into the city’s next hip hot spot WHAT? Joburg’s latest inner-city offering is becoming a weekly highlight, coaxing the throngs out of suburbia and into historic Ferreirastown for live music, artisanal food and drink, and quality, home-grown design. The Good Luck Bar Shed begins serving a selection of craft beers and food from 4pm on Thursdays, with live music in the evening kicking off a vibey ascent to the weekend. It opens again at noon on Fridays and 10am on Saturdays and Sundays, closing at 9.30pm on Thursday through to Saturday and 6pm on Sundays. The Market Shed, food and design market, meanwhile, runs from noon to 8pm on Fridays; 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 8am to 4pm on Sundays. WHO? Braamfontein’s cool kids have yet to descend on The Sheds en masse, making it a pleasantly easy-going and spacious venue to explore without rigorous attention to one’s own street cred. The market has great potential as a family venue for brunch, lunch or something a bit later on – there’s room for the kids to run around and the high roof is gentle on acoustics. The party crowd, meanwhile, can get a laid-back buzz on in the adjacent bar area, where ample seating is provided. WHAT TO EXPECT? The raw, industrial space has a New York vibe, which is augmented by the fresh, interesting offerings from the traders. Having only opened late last year, 1Fox is still running shy on design stalls, but as far as food vendors go there’s no shortage. Whether it’s champagne and oysters, fresh organic salad greens, Belgian waffles and poffertjes, falafel, or fresh smoothies, you’ll find your fill here. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT? Something fun and quirky from Recycle Nation, be it a purse stitched from Niknaks packets or an old billboard turned tablet sleeve. The pulled pork paninis from Black Sam Smoque are delicious, but if your tastes lean more towards vegetarian, head to Contessa La Cucina for fresh salad and antipasto. Grab a bunch of flowers from Florisan on your way out. THE X FACTOR? The Sheds is still in its infancy so it’s going to be exciting to see which new traders it attracts and crowds it pulls. But with its industrial inner-city appeal and loads of open space to roam around, it has a bright future ahead. The Sheds@1Fox, 1 Fox Street, Ferreirastown, Johannesburg, FB 1Fox – The Sheds, 1fox.co.za This article originally featured in the April 2015 issue of House and Leisure magazine. Want to see where you can find other amazing markets across South Africa? Go to our online market directory.