Braamfontein Neighbourgoods Market
I’ve always been curious about this little corner in the inner city of Johannesburg. It’s called Braamfontein and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.
The first time we visited it was on my birthday last year, we had gotten into a bad accident. We ended up spending the rest of the day in a garage cleaning up the mess and I had forgotten all about Braamfontein. But last weekend, my friend and I checked it out again.
We discovered a gorgeous weekend market that quickly became my favourite market in Johannesburg. It was called the NeighbourGoods Market.
If the locals hadn’t pointed it out to us, we would never have found it. It was tucked in a carpark in a building at the corner of Juta and De Beer Streets in the heart of quirky little Braamfontein. It was a quiet corner. We couldn’t even see the market, which was behind those vertical pieces of concrete panels.
Walking through a small alley that led to the entrance into the carpark where the market was, we were surrounded by gorgeous tall, old buildings. This was truly a part of Johannesburg with heaps of character. I loved the vibrant urban rejuvenation that has gone on here and the innovative use of spaces to bring exciting spots back into the city.
For the foodie, the market would be a gastronomic paradise. It was all food stalls on the ground floor. And for the fashionista, a selection of funky clothes, accessories and knick knacks by local designers on the upper floor.
I loved loved LOVED the food stalls. It was heaps of fun scouring the stalls for ideas for our lunch.
The carpark lots had been converted into spaces for countless of food stalls. And all sold different things from spanish paella, chinese food, pizza, burgers, wraps and oysters to cakes, health food and crepes. My friend tried to decide on what to eat, while I behaved like a total glutton tasting cheese, duck liver pâté and wine as we moved through the crowd.
The entire place was simple but tastefully decorated. Long tables were everywhere for visitors to dig into their lunch food from the stalls.
We ended up getting way too much food for two persons. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that lunch was oysters, paella, samosas and roast pork. Washed down with sparkling wine. It was extremely decadent. Yummmmm…
For the music lover, the nicest spot was upstairs on the open carkpark deck, where a live band played while people chilled over drinks and food all afternoon. It was a place to see and be seen. Super cool.
We’ve been to several markets in Johannesburg. But since I am a food lover, this one wins hands down.
The Braamfontein Neighbourgoods Market opens every Saturday from 9am to 3pm.
Other local markets worth checking out –
Market on Main – every Sunday, 10am to 3pm
Night Market on Main – 1st Thursday of every month, 7pm to 11pm
Bryanston Organic Market – every Thursday & Saturday, 9am to 3pm