1. Neighbourgoods Market, Johannesburg
Inspired by the inner-city's vibrant character and forming a part of Johannesburg's urban renewal project, this market offers a bohemian-style experience in the heart of the city. Set over two floors inside a building on Juta Street, marketgoers can enjoy spectacular views from the rooftop terrace on the second floor while shopping for farm fresh foods and specialty goods. Your nose will guide you to the locally-roasted artisan coffee. Don’t miss the gourmet chocolates, fresh oysters on ice, organic wine, diverse African cuisine and impromptu jazz performances.
Where: 73 Juta Street Braamfontein, Johannesburg
When: Every Saturday, 9am to 3pm
2. Bryanston Organic Market, Johannesburg
This organic market started over 30 years ago when a few farmers gathered round a “bakkie” each week to swop produce. Here the emphasis is on quality, hand-crafted and fresh produce. Indulge in delicious organic pancakes, ice creams, honeys, jams, breads and cakes or stock up on more virtuous essentials like organic teas, flour, grains and pulses. The fresh produce section is impressive and the lemon meringue pie is decadent. Enjoy the live entertainment or strike up a conversation with one of the passionate farmers, artists and crafters who provide detailed information on their produce. All food items are completely natural and free of any additives or preservatives.
Where: Culross Road, Off Main Rd, 21196
When: Every Thursday and Saturday, 9am to 3pm
3. Bamboo Farmers’ Market in Melville
Located under trees in the old parking lot, the stallholders here are carefully limited to suppliers of excellent raw and natural ingredients and accredited members of the international Slowfood movement. Visit the cultured dairy stand for natural butter, yoghurt and cheeses and The Kitchen Gardener for heirloom seeds and unusual vegetables.
Where: 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
When: Open Saturday from early morning to after midday.
4. Market on Main in Maboneng
A flourishing new market that is bursting with stands, this spot is the one to visit when you’re after a cool inner-city experience. Try the bunny chow, snoek on roosterbrood, raw chocolate, and Ethiopian and North African offerings. Especially great if you’re an art love as the market is surrounded by galleries, studios, installations, art films, edgy design work and expensive graffiti.
Where: 286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, 2094
When: Open Sunday from 10am to 3pm and on first Thursdays from 7pm to 11pm.
5. The Sheds@1Fox in Newtown
With plenty of space, this market experience is much more pleasant than many other popular markets. Don’t miss the patisserie for sweet tarts and crêpes, the gelato stand that uses organic nuts and fruits in its intense flavor or the food trucks outside with even more delicious lunch options.
Where: 1 Fox Street, Ferreirastown, Johannesburg, although the entrance is at 1 Main Street, corner Alexander Street (between Fox and Marshall Streets)
When: Open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm and Friday (canopy section) at lunchtime.
6. Fourways Farmers Market
Over one hundred stalls can be found in this lovely garden setting. Sit on hay bales around tables and enjoy breakfast or lunch from the multitude of food choices on offer, including Dutch, German, Belgian, America, Mexican and South African. Then fill your basket with meat from the Karoo, cheeses from the Cape, free-range chickens and eggs, fudge and Propolis honey.
Where: Earth Outdoor Living Nursery C/O William Nicol Drive and Monte Casino Boulevard
When: Open Sunday from 9am to 4pm.
7. Pretoria Boeremark
Dedicated regulars arrive at dawn to stock up on farm fresh fruit and vegetables, the best muffins in town, freshly baked breads, jams, vetkoek and sosaties, pickled peppers, crisp samoosas, pretty cupcakes and nougat.
Where: Pioneer Museum, corners of Keuning and Fred Davey Street, Silverton, Pretoria
When: Opens at 5am every Saturday morning and most things have sold out by closing at 9:30am.
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