Jozi's Market Mecca

Jozi's Market Mecca

Joburg is the commercial hub of South Africa; it's the city that's the industrial, commercial and trend setting capital of the continent. But when Joburgers do take a break from running the engine of the continent, they can usually be found shopping. Blowing all that hard-earned cash.

Stray from the malls for a moment, and check out Joburg's delightful markets. There are craft markets, organic markets, cultural markets, food markets, farmer's markets, flower market's and even proudly South African markets. Jozi has them all. Some banal, some obscure - most worth a visit.

Here's the official JHBLive listing. Print it, keep it, and refer to it when you're at a loss for something to do:

Melville Farmer's Market
What: Tiny fresh produce market, delicious baked goods
Synopsis: All produce is grown naturally or organically, meats are raised humanely on pasture, farmstead cheeses are handmade, eggs and poultry are from free-range fowl. There are fresh flowers, baked goods straight from heaven, great wine and fabulous olive products. Excellent wines. See our JHBLive review here:
When: First Saturday of each month
Time: Early bird catches the worm (from 7am)
Address: Bamboo Centre's roof, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville
Contact: 083-651-0148

Bryanston Organic & Natural Market
What: XXL fresh produce market, emphasis on organically grown produce
Synopsis: Shop, make candles and sand art, eat delicious freshly made food, enjoy the outdoors. Great entertainment and craft activities including candle dipping and pottery painting. Quality handcrafted goods, unique art and photography, clothing made from natural fibres, a deli filled with rich, wholesome foods and, of course, fresh organic and naturally grown produce.
When: Every Thursday and Saturday of the week
Time: 9am to 3pm
Address: Culross Road, Bryanston
Contact: 011-706-3671 or

Northcliff Organic, Natural and Eco-Friendly Market
What: Fresh produce market, emphasis on sustainable living
Synopsis: Find quality handcrafted goods, unique South African art and photography, clothing locally made from natural fibres, wholesome foods and of course, fresh organic and naturally grown produce, loads of entertainment, workshops and talks, kids activities, child care, as well as yoga tai chi. The market, committed to the ideals of wholeness and eco-friendly living, also has a recycling depot for paper, glass, plastic and tins.
When: Every first and third Saturday of each month
Time: 9am to 2pm
Address: Matabele Street, East Town, Northcliff
Contact: 072-988-9734 or

Rietvlei Zoo Farmer's Market
What: Fresh produce farmer's market
Synopsis: A farmer's market with lots of fresh, organic, homemade products for sale. Special kids entertainment on offer, plus bunnies to feed at the zoo farm.
When: First Saturday of each month
Time: 6am to 10am
Address: Rietvlei Farm, 101 Swartkoppies Road, Alberton
Contact: 079-199-8641 or

Blubird Whole Food Market
What: Fine food market, emphasis on eco-living
Synopsis: Known as "The United Flavours of Nations", this market tries to get as close to nature as possible (no additives, preservatives, or colourants). Wherever possible, it tries to keep all ingredients regional, and not import from other provinces. This market also offers the finest selection of exotic orchids and bonsais, earthworms for the kitchen, solar ovens and geyser panels, environmentally friendly detergents, and the opportunity to grow a tree to offset your carbon footprint.
When: Each Sunday of the week
Time: 9am to 2pm
Address: Blubird Shopping Centre, Atholl Oaklands Road off Corlett Drive, Birnam
Contact: or 083-311-4768


The Joburg Market
What: Fifth largest fresh produce market in the world!
Synopsis: This is where retailers, wholesalers, exporters, processors, and informal traders buy their fresh produce wholesale to sell on to us. Also there are shops where wholesale and retail meat, fish, eggs, groceries and provisions are sold. For those in need of cash, banking facilities are available within the Market complex.
When: Monday to Saturday
Time: 5am to 10am (Mon), 5am to 11am (Tues-Fri), 5am to 10am (Sat)
Address: 1 Heidelburg Road, City Deep
Contact: 011-992-8000 or

Mandela People's Market
What: Smaller sister market of The Joburg Market
Synopsis: If you don't want to go through the rigmarole of registering as a buyer at The Joburg Market, then rather shop at its smaller onsite produce market, the Mandela People's Market. Also, they're open all day and prices plummet at the end of each day as traders try to get rid of their stock.
When: Monday to Saturday
Time: 6am to 6pm (Mon-Fri), 6am to 2pm (Sat)
Address: 1 Heidelburg Road, City Deep
Contact: 011-992-8000 or

Midrand Urban Market
What: Food market, with a handful of crafters
Synopsis: Over 120 traders selling quality goods. Takeaway and deli foods including Dutch cheese, free range chicken and Belgium Chocolates. Kids activities and entertainment. Also a farm style coffee shop.
When: First Saturday of each month
Time: 9am to 3pm
Address: 64 Main Road (corner of Maud), Crowthorne Midrand
Contact: 082-810-8643



Jozi Food Market
What: Fine food market
Synopsis: With more than 40 diverse food stalls at the Jozi Food Market, you'll find all sorts of things to eat. From delicious sweet and savoury treats, gourmet boerie rolls, exotic coffees and pastries, gourmet pizzas, smoked salmon bagels, Persian food, Lebanese food, organic fruit and veg and much more. JHBLive LOVES this market.
When: Every Saturday
Time: 8.30am to 1.00pm
Address: The Pirates Sports Club, Braeside Rd, Greenside 
Contact: 076 469 8995 or



Ethiopian Quarter
What: Authentic Ethiopian products
Synopsis: Also known informally as "Little Addis" this Ethiopian warren is home to lots of little shops brimming with Ethiopian goods, from cotton to coffee, and Ethiopian silver crosses, to indigenous spices -- even a little restaurant where you can enjoy an authentic Ethiopian meal. Read our JHBLive review of this gem here:
When: Normal business hours, and Saturdays. Call ahead.
Time: Normal business hours, and Saturdays. Call ahead.
Address: Little Addis/Medical Arts Building, 220 Jeppe Street, CBD
Contact: 072-493-3380



French Market Morningside
What: French produce and treats
Synopsis: A variety of fresh French produce such as bread, flowers, cheese and much more, as well as French linen and other treats. The market also sells books written in French, which are very difficult to source in South Africa. In addition to the grand Sunday market, Morningside Shopping Centre also hosts a 'petit market' on Wednesday mornings, which stocks essentials, such as yoghurts, bread, and cheese.
When: Each Sunday
Time: 9am to 2pm
Address: Morningside Shopping Centre, Rivonia Road, Morningside
Contact: 087-940-3833 or

Mediterranean Market
What: Fine food market
Synopsis: Food and ingredients from Italy, Greece, Portugal and France. The Mediterranean Market will entice your senses with the visual extravaganza of lively cultures, and it will also offer genuine fare, food, flowers and ingredients originating from Italy, Greece, Portugal, France and surrounding Med wonderlands that make up the charm-bracelet of Europe. Various authentic Med treasures such as antique books, liquors and Champagnes too.
When: Each Saturday
Time: 9am to 2pm
Address: Melrose Arch Piazza, Melrose
Contact: 011-684-1655



Rosebank Rooftop Market
What: A bit of everything - food, clothes, crafts, flowers, art, etc.
Synopsis: Clothing, ceramics, arts and crafts, handcrafted items from all over Africa, furniture and jewellery, an array of mouth- watering delights in the International Food Court and Deli section - all combine to bring you a lifestyle experience like no other. Over 600 stalls under one roof and voted as Joburg's Premier Market for ten consecutive years. Excellent spot for arts and crafts, especially at its adjoining Rosebank African Market where you can buy craftwork from all over Africa including pieces from Zimbabwe, Namibia and the Congo in this double-storey craft market (open daily from 8.30am to 6pm).
When: Sundays and public holidays
Time: 9am to 5pm
Address: 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank Mall rooftop, Rosebank
Contact: 011-442-4488 or

Central African Food Market
What: Central African food
Synopsis: Get your cassava and other Central African foods here. And when you get peckish, feast at the nearby West African restaurants -- Chef Etienne Gaba's fare at House Ivorian is particularly good.
When: Can be erratic, best to call ahead
Time: Can be erratic, best to call ahead
Address: Rockey Street, Yeoville. House Ivorian: 8 Francis Street, Yeoville. 011-487-0885
Contact: 011-487-0885



Oriental Plaza
What: A warren of little shops - indoor and outdoor - in the Indian district, Fordsburg
Synopsis: A permanent flea market that's great for bargain hunting, almost like a souk. You'll find fabric, haberdasheries, authentic Indian food, clothes, takkies, cookware, crockery, perfumes, DVDs, etc.
When: Monday to Saturday
Time: 8.30am to 5pm (Mon-Fri, although closed from 12pm to 2pm on Fridays); 8.30am to 3pm (Sat)
Address: Bree and Main Streets, Fordsburg
Contact: 011 838 6752 or



Fordsburg Square Flea Market:
What: Odds and sods flea market in the heart of the Indian suburb, Forsburg
Synopsis: Fordsburg Square Flea Market stallholders good-naturedly gibe and chide their way into your wallet. Sip a steaming cup of chai (sweet Indian tea) while wending your way through the labyrinthine stalls, which flog everything from Basmati rice to chintzy costume jewellery, heady incense and pungent spices for the pot. Check out JHBLive's review here:
When: Can be erratic, best to call ahead
Time: Can be erratic, best to call ahead
Address: Fordsburg Square, corner Mint and Commercial Roads, Fordsburg
Contact: 011-833-7344

Dragon City
What: A bit of everything Oriental
Synopsis: Ferret out fireworks, kimonos, Chinese crockery, and other Oriental knickknacks from Joburg's foremost Chinese market. Also known as China Mart, it's the launch pad from which huge shipments of cheap Chinese-imports make their way to South African pavements and flea markets. There are trendy ladies sandals for R25 a pair and lustrous blouses, the price of which can plummet to as low as R10 if you are a regular customer. Sate your appetite on dumplings, noodles and spring rolls from the food vendors while you browse.
When: Daily
Time: 9am to 3pm
Address: Corner Press Avenue and Renaissance Drive, Western outskirts in Crown Mines
Contact: 011-830-2446

Friday Night Food Market
What: Food market
Synopsis: A fabulous food market in a cobblestone courtyard sells a variety of breads, cheeses and other delectables. A live jazz band plays in the background while you shop. Expect a superb selection of wines, beer, cheeses, preserves, relishes, curries, samoosas, freshly baked breads, chutneys, jams, pickles, honey, and coffee.
When: Every Friday
Time: 4.30pm to 8pm
Address: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark



Multiflora Flower Market
What: Wholesale flower market
Synopsis: Anyone can register as a buyer, from hawkers and informal traders to established florists and resellers. One million stems are auctioned daily. If early mornings aren't your bag, the onsite florists, about twenty of them, are reason enough for a visit. Close to the Joburg Market. Check out JHBLive's review here:
When: Monday to Saturday
Time: 7am to 11am
Address: 3 Marjorie Street, City Deep
Contact: 011-613-4011 or

Panorama Flea Market
What: general flea market, including fresh produce
Synopsis: 450 exciting stalls, including a farmer's produce market. You'll find us to be the best location for great family fun. You can listen to some live entertainment, or just relax in our covered beer garden and let the kids play in the playground.
When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Time: 9am to 4pm
Address: The old Panorama Drive-in, Klipriver Drive, Mulbarton
Contact: 011-682-2222

Bruma Lake Flea Market
What: Flea market -- everything from clothes to crafts
Synopsis: Don't bother unless you like cheap Eastern junk. Seriously. If you do find yourself stuck in this neck of the woods, all is not lost! Head over to Cyrildene for an authentic Asian meal that wont break the bank. Cyrildene is officially Joburg's lesser China Town. We recommend Sai Thai, here is JHBLive's review:
When: Tuesdays to Sundays
Time: 9.30am to 5pm
Address: Corner Ernest Oppenheimer and Marcia Avenues, Bruma
Contact: 011-622-9648

The Market Place
What: Flea market - bit of everything, including pedigree puppies (which shouldn't be bought when our SPCAs are overflowing!)
Synopsis: An array of goods can be found at this permanent flea market. Credit card facilities are also available.
When: Daily
Time: 10am to 7pm
Address: Cross Street entrance, Brightwater Commons, Republic Road, Randburg
Contact: 011-886-0208

Hillfox Flea Market
What: Flea market
Synopsis: Home to 250 traders; don't bother unless you like awful pop stars like Kurt Darren and Patricia. Lewis. Seriously.
When: Weekends and public holidays
Time: 9am to 5pm
Address: Hillfox Power Centre, Hendrik Potgieter Road, Weltevreden Park
Contact: 011-442-4488

Hospice Charity Market
What: charity market - bric-a-brac, second hand items
Synopsis: Raising money for charity work, the main focus of the Hospice Market is bric-a-brac and collectibles.
When: Monday to Saturday
Time: 9am to 4.30pm (Mon-Fri), 9am to 12pm (Sat)
Address: Corner 9th and Louis Botha Avenues, Orange Grove
Contact: 011-728-0737

Market Theatre Flea Market
What: Flea market
Synopsis: The "original flea market" at the Newtown Cultural Precinct in the inner city, this lively market features a little bit of everything, including designs from up-and-coming designers, arts and crafts, and ethnic jewellery. Worth a visit for people watching.
When: Mondays to Saturdays
Time: 9am till late
Address: Newtown Cultural Precinct, Bree Street
Contact: 083-586-8687

East Rand Flea Market
What: Flea market
Synopsis: This market offers a wide variety of any and everything from clothing and shoes to car sound.
When: Tuesdays to Sundays
Time: 9am to 5pm
Address: North Rand Road, Boksburg
Contact: 011-823-2601



Body, Mind, Soul - Holistic Fayre
What: Roaming holistic fayre
Synopsis: A roaming monthly fair for people interested in complementary remedies and alternative healing, holistic lifestyle and physical well-being. Entrance is R10 per person, which gives you free access to the talks, séances, demonstrations, as well as a public 'live contact with the other side' sessions.
When: Once a month
Time: 9am to 4pm
Address: Alternatively hosted in Blairgowrie, Midrand, Benoni, Edenvale, Boksburg and Pretoria
Contact: 011-976-4932 or 083-417-7236.

Killarney Mall Mzansi Market
What: South African products
Synopsis: The Mzansi Market at Killarney Mall has everything and anything proudly South African on offer. The stalls feature everything from craft to cuisine.
When: Saturdays
Time: 9am to 2pm
Address: Killarney Mall, 60 Riviera Road, Killarney
Contact: 011-646-4657

Ngwenya Glass Village
What: Glass craft village
Synopsis: Ngwenya Glass Village offers shoppers the chance to buy handmade recycled glassware or watch the art of glass blowing in action. There are 12 shops to browse around and you can have breakfast in the restaurant, Zest.
When: Daily
Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Address: Shady Lane, off Diepsloot R114, Muldersdrift
Contact: 011-796-3000

Crafters Market
What: Craft market
Synopsis: Specialises in African crafts and curios, which make perfect gifts for tourists and locals alike.
When: Daily
Time: 9am to 7pm
Address: Clearwater Mall, Clearwater
Contact: 011-475-8644

Little Gift and Craft Workshop
What: Craft market with food stalls
Synopsis: Fun day at the white house in Mulbarton. Enjoy this fresh approach in a beautiful setting. Various arts and crafts for sale as well as a variety of food stalls.
When: First Saturday of each month
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Address: 3 Daffodil Street, Brackenhurst. (Close to Dischem at the corner of Hennie Alberts and Delphinium Streets), Alberton East Rand/Ekurhuleni
Contact: 084 550 8522

Bokkie Park Crafters Market
What: Craft market with food stalls
Synopsis: Shopping in a beautiful, enclosed park. Established over nine years ago. Stalls with a colourful arts and crafts and distinctive goods. Treat yourself to tea in the tranquil tea garden, grab a snack from one of the many food stalls or head off into the beautiful park for a picnic or braai.
When: First Saturday of each month
Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm
Address: Southvale Road, Parkdene Boksburg
Contact: 011-896-3890 or 083-294-1817



Zasekhaya Market
What: Contemporary South African craftwork unlike the work seen at traditional craft markets.
Synopsis: Zasekhaya meaning 'brewed here at home' is a craft market selling proudly South African handmade goods. Net yourself a pair of unique earrings, or a quirky necklace made of Marmite labels - the perfect icebreaker to the rigmarole of dinner party dialogue. Expect jewellery, mosaic, bead, wire and leather work, handbags, children's toys, clothing and more. Read JHBLive's review here:
When: First Saturday of each month
Time: 10am to 4.30pm
Address: The Craft and Design Centre, corner Rivonia Road and West Street in Sandton -- just off Nelson Mandela Square
Contact: 072-721-1953 or

Kwa Mai-Mai Market
What: Cultural market
Synopsis: A glimpse into the exotic world of ethnic medicine, but be warned, you need a strong stomach for some of the more unusual tonics. Get a sangoma, or traditional healer, to throw the bones for you, and afterwards treat yourself to a steaming plate of shisanyama (braaied meat) and mieliepap, while hobnobbing with the lively locals. Read JHBLive's review here:
When: Daily
Time: Best call ahead to be sure
Address: Corner Anderson and Berea Streets, Jeppestown.
Contact: Metropolitan Trading Company on 011-833-7344



Faraday Market and Taxi Rank
What: Cultural market
Synopsis: The shrouded and secretive world of ethnic medicine in the open here. Lots of sangomas and traditional healers, but they may be shy (tip: try get a tour guide). Very exotic. Not for sensitive stomachs. Read JHBLive's review here:
When: Daily
Time: Best call ahead to be sure
Address: Corner Wemmer Jubilee and Eloff Street, Joburg CBD
Contact: Metropolitan Trading Company on 011-833-7344

Artists under the Sun
What: Art market
Synopsis: Over 100 artists exhibit their paintings, sculptures, ceramics and pottery.
When: First weekend of every month
Time: 9am to 4pm
Address: Zoo Lake, off Jan Smuts Avenue
Contact: 011-432-1482

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by Laura Banks
When Joburgers take a break from running the engine of the continent, they can often be found blowing all their cash. Try it yourself at one of these markets.


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