The Sheds @1 Fox look set to turn an historic corner of downtown Joburg into the city’s next hip hotspot.
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, artisinal food and drink and quality, home-grown design. The Good Luck Bar Shed begins serving a selection of craft beers and food from 16h00 on Thursdays, with live music kicking off a vibey ascent to the weekend. It opens again at 12h00 on Fridays and 10h00 on Saturday and Sunday, closing at 21h30 on Thursday through to Saturday and 18h00 on Sundays. The Market Shed, food and design market, meanwhile runs from 12h00 to 20h00 on Friday; 8h00 to 18h00 on Saturday and 08h00 to 16h00 on Sundays.
WHO? Braamfontein’s cool kids have yet to descend on The Sheds en mass, 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 amok 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 1 Fox 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 poffertjies, 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 Nik Nacks 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 it’s 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 @ 1 Fox, 1 Fox Street Ferreirastown, Johannesburg, 1fox.co.za
This article originally featured in the April 2015 issue of House and Leisure magazine.