What one can appreciate about our city is the fact that it always spoils us with choices, especially when it comes to markets. Regardless of what you’re searching for, there’s always a market waiting for you to explore its goods. Markets Around Johannesburg and I Know A Guy share a variety of markets with their wide range of stalls operated by dedicated small business owners.
The Alternatribe Strange Sundays Alternative Market
Held at Rusty Hook in Honeydew on the first Sunday of every month, this distinctly different market caters for Jozi’s alternative scene – expect handmade goth, punk, vintage, rocker and steampunk art, clothing, jewellery, music, decor, books, fandom and more! The market has been running since April 2019 and is now well established.
Alternatribe features regular vendors such as Solsken Clothing, The Silk Road by Angelique, Dreampunk Steamporium, Wagafa Posters, and Yum-Mee Treats, and if you’re into body decoration you could even visit a tattoo artist.
Rosebank Rooftop Sunday Market
This is the market that has so many people addicted to markets. Spread over the top floor parking deck, it’s huge and the diversity is absolutely out of this world. With over 50 traders, there are literally too many types of stalls to even start mentioning, but I always stop (and spend too much money at) the second-hand book stall (my personal kryptonite) and my guy spends too much time (and money) at the knife stalls. There’s kids’ entertainment, gourmet food stalls, and the local art is a strong drawcard for those looking to invest in an emerging artist!
Bryanston Organic Market
The fact that this market opens on Thursdays, Saturdays and public holidays makes it one of its biggest draws – you can shop when it’s less crowded. The market is insanely popular and sometimes a little pricey, but the quality is incredible. Apart from the organic fruit and veggies, the 90 stalls stock clothing mostly made from natural fabrics, gifts, jewellery, and caters for vegetarian and vegan customers – the vegan bakes are a must to taste!
As one of Jozi’s oldest outdoor market, the Bryanston Organic Market has been running since 1976 and makes a point of supporting local craftspeople and entrepreneurs. Handmade soaps with esoteric names like Lemongrass
and Charcoal draw the crowds, as do the Platteland Naartjie and Mieliemeal soaps. Covid-19 has affected small businesses, so the market can allow in only a limited number of visitors at a time – make sure you’re early.
Vegan Hippie Connection Market
It happens once a month at Pirates Club in Greenside, and the food is fantastic no matter your culinary orientation. Think Jackfruit Nachos, Tofu Bao Bun and the chocolate doughnut. There are also quite a few hippie clothing items (think tie dyed and bright colours), and esoteric stalls. The market dates from 2016, and regular vendors include All Things Soy, Vegeata, the Flipside Café, and many more. Should you think that vegan means no cheese, you need to suss out Irene’s Gourmet – you’ll change your mind with the first bite! So, if your tastes are adventurous, and you’re thinking of giving up meat, this is the market to visit.
A review on the Neighbourgoods Market website speaks of the delight of seeing what society should be – the interaction between folks enjoying the same food, chat and ambience. Like most markets, Neighbourgoods vendors stock a miscellany of goods, ranging from handmade jewellery to clothes in soft wearable fabrics. Food vendors tempt visitors with dishes ranging from mushrooms, seafood, ostrich meat, to Ethiopian, Indian and traditional shakshuka. If you’re at a loss on a Saturday, join the fun at Neighbourgoods and make new friends with Braamfontein lovers.
I am absolutely market mad. I would always rather #supportlocal #buyhandmade and #shopoutdoors than go to a mall, so I wanted to have a space where people like me could find out what’s happening in their local market sphere. It’s also good to think that we’re supporting small local businesses! People have ended up sharing the coolest markets all over Joburg, so we’ve definitely discovered some gems! Mission Accomplished!”Meryl Rosenberg
Markets Around Johannesburg, Group Admin