It seems the Snor[e] city is finally waking up - a fledgling BRT System, an inner city rejuvenation project, and now a monthly downtown market in the vein of Neigbourgoods and Market on Main in Jozi.
Situated in a spacious old warehouse in inner city Pretoria, the Market @ the Sheds is not to be confused with The Sheds in Joburg
. This Pretoria location (situated behind the State Theatre) is a looming display of old school architecture with high vaulted ceilings and large windows, much like the historic Tramshed just around the corner. There has long been a belief that our old capital city may have amazing architecture and history, but can at times be rather dull; a belief which the folks at Capital Collective (the founders of the market) are hoping to shrug off, one red velvet cupcake at a time.
Capital Collective launched earlier this year and has taken on the noble goal of pumping up the sleepy capital city into a bustling hub of creativity and culture - keep an eye on these folks, I predict big things coming from them.
So what can you expect? Your standard foodie fare to be sure, all locally produced north of the Jukskei - meringue-topped red velvet cupcakes, warmly roasted java from Brew Coffee, Ginger & Fig's diet-busting gourmet treats, confectionary from Black Salt (all with an added pinch of salt of course - it works, trust me), organic produce, craft beer (SAB's latest foray into the field 'No 3 Fransen Street' - not a bad attempt), design, art, and enough bits and baubles to satisfy the most avid magpie.
The Market @ The Sheds is definitely worth a visit; and while it may still be early days, the craft beer is cold and the pulled pork sarmies are hot and, really, what more could you want on a Saturday morning?
Where? 385 Helen Jospeh Street, Pretoria Central, Pretoria
Every second Saturday from 09:00 - 16:00. Check out their website
for more info.
by Dominique Baxewanos