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Soweto's LoCrate Market: The Lowdown

Soweto's LoCrate Market: The Lowdown

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Haven't been to Soweto's beloved outdoor market LoCrate? With over 50 stalls selling one-of-a-kind affordable gems, artisanal food, craft drinks and live music, this is a vibrant monthly lifestyle market you won't want to miss out on.

Who doesn't love a good outdoor market? A place to wander and get lost in for hours, momentarily swap retail shopping with bargain-hunting for one-of-a-kind affordable gems, tuck into artisanal foods and craft drinks, soak up the sun and listen to live music. With over 50 eclectic stalls, Soweto’s vibrant monthly lifestyle market offers you that, and much more. 

On the first Sunday of every month, Lebo's Backpackers on the corner of Kudu and Moema street in Orlando West comes alive to a vibey atmosphere as over 500 market goers from around Joburg gather to shop for food, fashion, uniquely handcrafted goods and to simply, hang out. 

Supporting Livelihoods

A brainchild of cousins Sifiso Dlangamandla and Kgosi Rampa, the thriving market doesn’t only provide a good time to the crowds of people who visit, it’s also a rich hub of urban culture that holds an essential commercial space for entrepreneurs in the area.  Since 2014 the community-driven market aims to build a platform for aspiring young entrepreneurs, creators and innovators to showcase and sell their products, thereby doing their part to boost the township economy.  


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Everyone’s Catered For

The market has something for everyone. Discover locally designed pieces, upcycled vintage clothing, handmade jewellery and other novelties. Between perusing through the various items on display, fill up on some tasty dishes and relax in the beer garden while mingling with other market goers. 

The kids are set for a great time too, with their own special areas where they can be entertained with a storytelling corner, an arts and craft section and face painting. 


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The Deets

Where Is It?

Lebo's Soweto Backpackers, 10823A Pooe Street, corner Ramushu Street, Orlando West, Soweto.

When Is It?

The first Sunday of every month

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R30 per person at the gate.

For More Information.

Check out their website or their social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Written by Thami Mbekwa


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