Newly renovated with a more edited stall selection, Joburg’s Rosebank Sunday Market has stepped it up a gear.
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 a vast array of goods that speak to 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 tumeric. 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. Rosebank Mall, corner Bath and Cradock avenues, Rosebank. Johannesburg, rosebanksundaymarket.co.za
This article originally featured in the May 2015 issue of House and Leisure magazine.