South Africa has been going through a serious market craze. It started in 2006 with the Neighbourgoods Market, held at the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town. Soon after, Market on Main in Maboneng, LoCrate Market in Orlando West and Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein launched in Joburg. Since then, we’ve seen a bunch of new markets spring up, which offer spaces to wind down, eat up, listen to music and generally just pay support to the local creative arts market. We profile some of the more recent markets that have opened up across South Africa over the last year.
Deep Roots Night Market
Deep Roots started out as an online market place where South Africans could advertise their goods free-of-charge, but has since progressed to hosting physical markets that change in location each month. November’s edition is at the Pretoria High School Old Boy’s Club and a night market will be held on Friday, 1 December. Both events are a hotspot of good food, craft beer, live music and local crafters. Pull through to support local entrepreneurs and have a good time!
The Market Alley at Joziburg Lane
Location: 1 Eloff Street, Joburg
Joziburg Lane is one of Joburg’s hottest new venues, with exciting events hosted there regularly, such as a monthly rooftop gig and film screenings, plus more. At the downtown venue’s market — which is proving itself to be one of the city’s most lively cultural hubs — you can take a stroll through the vintage clothing stalls, grab some food at one of the vendors, or just hang out and listen to some live music acts or hear DJs spin.
Location: Sea Point, Cape Town
Mojo Market is a new indoor food and lifestyle market open seven days a week. Based on Regent Road in Sea Point, this quirky and sizeable space is host to 45 retail stalls, 25 food stalls and a fresh produce section. With an all-weather friendly indoor setup, this market is guaranteed to give you a good time all year round!
Baakens Food Truck Fridays
Location: Baakens, Port Elizabeth
Baakens Food Truck Fridays started last November, and has since doubled in size from the 10 food trucks, two deejays and organisers that set up in Baakens Valley. “Today we are not just a food truck family market but also a space for craftsmen to showcase their wares, a platform for local artists to be discovered, and a true reflection of Port Elizabeth’s street food culture,” according to the festival, which also aims to bring people together, and to show off the Baakens Valley Precinct of Port Elizabeth. The festival has free entrance (apart from its one year anniversary event, which is R20), and all of the food is capped at R50. The event has kids activities, a design market and the resident food and drink traders.
Location: Protea North, Soweto
The KAM Experience is a lifestyle gathering that happens bimonthly that takes place on Sundays. Kicked off last year in Protea North, you can expect good music, good food and good people. The aim of the lifestyle market is to bring like-minded youths together to socialise, network and just wind down. The event happens at different location in the area, with the next one set to happen on Sunday 2 December. The name KAM Experience comes from a combination of the partners’ names, Katlego and Amo.
Newlands Spring Market
Location: Newlands, Cape Town
The brand new Newlands Spring Market is located between the iconic Newlands Brewery and stadium, and boasts a beautiful view of Table Mountain as a backdrop. With live music, food and drinks, the market has a line up of artisans that include the likes of Culture Club Cheese, IYO Burgers, Catch Of The Day Wines, and more, according to the Inside Guide. The site also notes that the next market will take place on Sunday, 17 December, with organisers hoping to turn it into a regular monthly event.
LoCrate Market’s Makhelwane Festival
Location: Orlando West, Soweto
LoCrate Market is Orlando West’s answer to the burgeoning market trend. Situated close to the iconic Vilakazi Street, LoCrate was established over three years ago to create an environment where young and aspiring entrepreneurs, creators and innovators could showcase and sell their products. Technically not new, Locrate is however constantly evolving and adding in new aspects, such as the Makhelwane Festival, which transforms homes into galleries and food stalls. The aim is to give food vendors and art exhibitors a new and exciting way to show and sell. The next Makhelwane event runs in December.
Location: 1 Scott Street, Grahamstown
The Rustic Route food market opened in August of this year and features six different food stalls, as well as two pubs. On special occasions they have themed events along with drinks specials, such as a recent Halloween Party. Owner Louis Pieterse said to Activate Online: “We have such a variety of people in Grahamstown. The Rustic Route is a place for everyone. We want to carter to a wide variety of customers. The idea here is that people get together; friends, business colleagues and family. We want them to come here and kuier.”
Location: Observatory, Joburg
Sylvia’s market is a neighbourhood market held at the Observatory Bowl’s Club every Sunday. Expect a range of stalls; from fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade crafts and delicious food options. An addition to Sylvia’s Market is the upcoming Sylvia’s Café, which will be open during the week. According to Joburg.co.za, “The idea behind the market is to give local entrepreneurs and traditional [home-based] stores a platform to showcase their goods – and they’re doing a great job doing just that.”