The Neighbourgoods Market
The new baby on the popular Jozi markets scene is fresh, trendy and is all about organic food and other delicious delicacies
These days, on weekend mornings, Joburg turns into someone resembling a girl we know called Cape Town. What's the similarity you ask? Simply the fact that on every second corner, a market has appeared and the curious, trendy friends of the city are out there exploring this new form of enjoying the daylight hours.
The newest addition to the Joburg market family launched this past Saturday at 33 Juta Street, Braamfontein. Its name is the Neighbourgoods Market and is a replica of its established name-sake at the Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town. The double story space gives off that typical concrete city feeling, but splashes of creativity, like the plants in sacks clinging to the high rise walls assures you that you're somewhere fun and interesting.
We entered into a buzzing environment with stands, aromas and people intermingling and filling the underground first floor to the brim. There we encountered flowers, pesto, crepes, waffles, curries, stir-fries, beer, wine and designer cupcakes fit for royal occasions. All organic or home-made nogal. We grabbed pomegranate and berry smoothies from a passing stall before climbing the stairs to the rooftop second foor for a peek. There, views of Braamfontein met us as well as another tide of people, sitting in the sun, eating and enjoying the vibe. More stalls were undercover there too with wares on offer such as organic chocolate, chilli tequila, cocktails, jewellery, bread, clothes and more. And the people were taking it all in with glee.
The motivation behind bringing the market to the inner- city is to promote the efforts of rejuvenation there and to bring life and vibrancy back to it. The market culture is something that Joburgers have lacked in their social lives and now that it's here for the taking, we are just eating it up.
The Neighbourgoods Market will run every Saturday, in any weather, from 9am-3pm.
Keep an eye on JHBlive and Facebook for special events set to be hosted by the market soon, such as the We Love Beer Festival and the Barrel & Vine event.
73 Juta Street,
Corner de Beer and Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
by Kelly Kidson