I got my first taste for a market at the Stellenbosch route 44 market. Ever since then if I am in another city I always look for a market. In Joburg it’s the Farmers, Maboneng (still need to go) and the Neighbourgoods market. A few Saturdays back I got to finally attend the latter rooftop market with a difference.
Set in Braamfontein the Neighbourgoods market is open every Saturday come rain or shine between 09:00-15:00. On arrival you might be fooled into thinking this is just another trendy building in Braam. On entry you soon discover how wrong you are when all the flavours hit you. My Friend and I decided we should get a Gin Spritzer and walk around and see what was on offer, gin helps with thinking.
There were so many options of food, we got tasters where we could. Whether you want something savoury or sweet they have you covered. There is fresh produce, healthy smoothies. For the more refined palate there is oysters and Champagne, you name it they have it, they cater for all diets.
We finally settled that the best thing to do would be to each choose something we want and then share. We couldn’t take huge meals like biryani or the shawarma with falafel (no matter how delicious) as they would be too filling. Do not go to a market with me if you are on a diet, I carry an extra stomach, this is what my friend said as I just ate and ate.
On the rooftop you get the other part of the market, the craft market. Here too I found there was a variety of things on offer. Whilst perusing I met designer Annitta who’s been at the market for two years. We had a lovely chat whilst she was busy selling some of her craft.
There are tables set up everywhere. The ones inside have a very rustic feel and you are surrounded by the aroma of all the food. If you sit on the rooftop there is a live band that provides for great atmosphere. Later on we found that there was a marimba band playing at the entrance. Yes some embarrassing moves were displayed
I would definitely suggest that when next that when you are next in town do yourself a service and attend this awesome market. It was such a relaxed vibe filled with a diverse set of people, even some of the most urban trendy people I have seen in a minute. Ah to be to be back there at my happy place the food court. What is your favourite things about markets? Would love to hear from you. Do not forget to subscribe (its free) and be the first to know when we host giveaways and post