What Is It?

The first collaboration was in September 2018. Market on Main was invited to bring a piece of their downtown home to the prestigious Design Quarter in Fourways. A selection of their favourite stallholders were scattered throughout the centre, activating the space with heart.

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This time, they will be temporarily occupying a dedicated retail space at Design Quarter, giving them the opportunity to provide their vendors with an immense space to trade during retail’s busiest three weekends of the year. Each weekend will start with a night market on Friday night, and continue on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 17:00.

market on main design quarter

Wondering what to expect at these markets? Well, a few highlights will include a Kids Jolly Xmas Workshop, showing children how to make paper art for tree décor and cookie decorating, and a Traditional Wreathe Workshop with celebrated florist, Franz Grabe. Get all the details below:

Kids Jolly Xmas Workshop – Saturday, 05 December 2020

This Kids' Jolly Xmas Workshop is a once off event at Market on Main at Design Quarter, on Saturday 05 December 2020 from 14:00 to 17:00. Keep your kids busy for a couple of hours while you enjoy the market. A colourful, creative celebration of all things festive. Join Pippa from Tinker School for a jam packed workshop for kids – tree decorations, paper art and sculpting and cookie decorating. WhatsApp Pippa on 079 151 9015 for more details if needed. Cost is R250 per child (including materials) and booking is essential. Click here to book your tickets now.

Market on Main Design Quarter

Couture Wreathe Making Workshop – Saturday, 19 December 2020

This Couture Wreathe Making Workshop is a once off event at Market on Main at Design Quarter, on Saturday 19 December from 12:00 to 14:00. Spoil yourself and/or a loved one with a two-hour workshop hosted by Johannesburg's legendary flower couturier, Franz Gräbe. Franz will guide you with his visionary eye, genius skill, and sharp wit to create your own personal Christmas wreathe. For more information, contact [email protected] or 011 022 3894. Cost is R800 per person (including materials) and booking is essential. Click here to book your tickets now.

Market on Main Design Quarter

An important focus will be a push to support small businesses and local makers when shopping during the gifting season this year. Many of their vendors used the lockdown to rethink and rebrand their products, so the offering will be new, fresh, innovative, and most importantly, local.

market on main design quarter

When Is It?

Visit Market on Main at Design Quarter over the following weekends this December:

Market times are as follows: 

market on main design quarter

Where Is It?

Design Quarter, corner William Nicol Drive and Leslie Avenue, Magaliessig, Fourways, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the market is FREE. However, be sure to take your card and some cash along to do some shopping and indulging, and to pay for parking.

market on main design quarter

For More Information

For more information about Market on Main, visit their social media platforms: Facebook and Instagram.

You can also contact them on WhatsApp via 082 868 1335 or email [email protected].

market on main design quarter

Welcome to Maboneng, one of the hippest hangouts in the inner city. On weekends, it filled to the brim with tourists and locals alike. The streets overflow with vendors selling everything from authentic artworks to super cool shades and everything in between. When the sun goes down, the rooftop bars fill up with cool kids who like to dance and have a good time. In between all of this excitement, you will find authentic African restaurants that cover everything from West to East Africa. Maboneng is also home to a handful of art galleries and an independent movie theatre. Recently rated among 12 coolest neighborhoods in the world by Forbes Magazine. Maboneng precinct is a collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle that entices curiosity, encourages exploration, promotes a sense of urban togetherness and provides a creative take on history, architecture, art and nature.

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Hotels & Accommodation
Market On Main


Arts and crafts. That's the name of the game when it comes to shopping in Maboneng. Sure, there are clothing stores that stock indie designers, but it all comes down to the same thing: handmade, artisan type stuff and Maboneng is full of it! Take a look at all the exciting, unique and interesting retail spaces in this vibrant and up-and-coming inner-city suburb. Maboneng is home to the legendary David Krut Bookstore, the community art project I Was Shot In Joburg (which sells AMAZING photo prints taken by street kids), and, of course, Market On Main (which we've dedicated an entire section to on this page). What makes Maboneng a unique place to shop is the street vendors.

Explore Shopping In Maboneng.



One can't simply visit the City Of Gold and not sample some of its cuisines! Laced with restaurants and cafés exploring both local and international cuisine, you are sure to find many restaurants that live up to your palate's expectations. From award-winning curries to pizza and popcorn, Maboneng is a foodie's dream come true. Thanks to the number of hotels and hostels in the neighbourhood, the food services in Maboneng marches to the beat of a very funky drum.

Explore Restaurants In Maboneng.


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Entertainment In Maboneng

Known as 'the other' city that never sleeps, Jozi has got a nightlife so unique that you can't replicate it anywhere else on earth. Maboneng is filled to brim with rooftop bars and night clubs for visitors and residents in the area to explore and enjoy. Whether you're looking for laid back live music and lekker drinks or an all-nighter next to a big sparkling pool, Maboneng has the entertainment you're craving.

Explore Entertainment In Maboneng.

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Hotels & Accomodation

With its ample amount of hotels, hostels, and even AirBnB offerings, Maboneng is the place to lay your head when you're all partied out. From the world-famous Zebra Inn to the legendary Main Street Life, there's a place with a warm bed and a hot shower around almost every corner in this area. Check out Maboneng's accommodation offerings and book your stay soon!

Explore Hotels And Accommodation In Maboneng.

The Maboneng Market On Main

Launched in January 2011, Market on Main has established itself as Johannesburg’s leading urban food and design market. Market on Main was started by design entrepreneurs Jacques van der Watt of fashion label Black Coffee and Bradley Kirshenbaum of Love Jozi – with the vision to give top food and design entrepreneurs a beautiful space to trade weekly. Our goal is to encourage inner-city lifestyle and provide a relaxed and creative space for makers to trade, and for locals and visitors to spend their weekend leisure time.

Explore The Maboneng Market On Main.


Property In Maboneng

Filled to the brim with young, hip and creative people, this area is where the up-and-coming starter-uppers choose to reside. Thanks to the number of cafes and restaurants that offer free Wi-Fi, the streets are your office. Whether you're looking to rent a studio apartment built out of old shipping containers or looking for a loft with a view, there's something sure to suit your needs. Maboneng encourages the artistic and entrepreneurial spirit, has reasonably priced apartments– priced from around R500,000 – and offers residents an alternative to suburban living.

Explore Property In Maboneng.

airbnb hotels and accommodation in Melville

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What Is Market On Main?

Market on Main in Maboneng is a mainstay on the Joburg food and social scene. First opened in 2011, it continues to grown, welcoming in new visitors each weekend. Join in on this trendy market that has almost everything you need. Food, live music, stalls, fashion and drinks are available at this urban neighbourhood market where residents, businesses, and visitors are part of a growing tribe connecting the heart and essence of the city of Joburg. This is an amazing day out, for the whole family.

Market on Main

When Is It?

Every Sunday. 

Please note: During the lockdown, Market on Main will not be operating or will be offering limited entertainment. But do follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest

Where Is It?

264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Inner City, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry is totally FREE!

For More Information

Follow them on Facebook for more information and updates on events.

Shop up a storm at this bustling suburb in the heart of the Joburg inner city. there's sure to be something that'll catch your eye. You never know, you may just find your new favourite shopping destination right here in Maboneng.

What Are You Looking For?

Arts on Main
Market on Main
Herbert Evans Art
Bridge Books
Vintage Zionist

Shopping In Maboneng: Arts on Main

Arts on Main is a mixed-use arts hub right at the centre of the precinct. Housing artist studios, Canteen restaurant and the Centre For The Less Good Idea, this is a must-visit spot in Maboneng. Here, you can also find the David Krut Bookstore, Love Jozi and i was shot in Joburg!

David Krut Bookstore

The David Krut Bookstore stocks one of the most diverse collections of art books in Joburg. If you have any interest in visual art, print medium, film, theatre or design, then this is the bookstore for you. Adjacent to the David Krut Gallery at Arts on Main, the bookstore is the ideal place to start your shopping journey.

Visit the David Krut Bookstore. 

Love Jozi

Love Jozi is a t-shirt design company that specialises in local flair and unique everyday fashion wear. Using the Joburg skyline as inspiration for almost everything they create, Love Jozi should definitely be on your Maboneng shopping list.

Visit Love Jozi.

i was shot in Joburg

i was shot in Joburg is a community project, started in 2009 with the intention of teaching children living in and around the inner city how to use photography as a means of changing perspectives on Joburg. They now sell photo prints, notebooks, postcards and fridge magnets. They also sell awesome custom t-shirts, canvas bags and cushions. This is a great place to pick up gifts and mementoes from your time spent in Maboneng.

Visit i was shot in Joburg. 

So, what are you waiting for? Visit Arts on Main and get your hands on proudly local literature, prints, t-shirts and touristy mugs, and much more. Visit them from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 - 17:00. 

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Details: 264 Fox St (Cnr Berea Rd), Maboneng Precinct, City and Suburban, Johannesburg | [email protected]

Shopping In Maboneng: Market on Main

Market on Main is the centre of action over weekends, when the precinct sees its most visitors. Also housed within the old Arts on Main warehouse parking lot, this foodie market is one of the most popular in the city, offering culinary explorers a wide array of tasty street-side dishes and sweet treats. Once you have filled your belly, head outside onto the bustling Fox Street. Meander through the multitude of craft stalls, pavement exhibitions and thrift store displays. Be prepared to haggle for a bargain here.

Market on Main takes place every Sunday from 10:00 - 15:00.

Details: 082 868 1335 | [email protected]

Herbert Evans Art

Your favourite art supplies and craft store, Herbert Evans, opened a store on Fox Street in February 2019. This is the perfect place to pick up your basic drawing, painting and sculpting tools. Their stationery is to die for as well, so get ready to shop till you drop. Visit them this Black Friday, 29 November 2019, for 25% off all items in store! It's sure to be a mad dash, so get there early.

Details: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, City and Suburban, Johannesburg | 011 614 0000 | [email protected]

Bridge Books

Bridge Books are proud supporters of African authors. Their store in Maboneng is located at the Cosmopolitan building on Albrecht Street. This Victorian-style club meets art gallery also houses a restaurant and bar, so you can sit back and relax with your new collection of books. Bridge Books also host regular events for African literature enthusiasts, including the Underground Booksellers Tour, which takes you on a walking of the inner city's informal book trade. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Details: 24 Albrecht Street, Jeppestown, Johannesburg | +27 79 708 4461 | [email protected]

Vintage Zionist

Your final stop on this epic Maboneng shopping adventure should be Vintage Zionist. The precinct boasts a number of quirky boutiques, selling thrift items and custom-designed African traditional wear. However, Vintage Zionist is undoubtedly the coolest fashion brand in Maboneng. Using up-cycled leather and suede to produce edgy street fashion, this local initiative is well worth supporting. Check them out the next time you go on the hunt for amazing shopping deals in Maboneng.

Details: Commissioner St & Albrecht St, Jeppestown, Johannesburg.

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Do you have any favourite shopping spree hot spots in Maboneng? Let us know about them! 

What Is It?

Looking to take an afternoon stroll through a delightful market filled with all things delicious, creative and interesting? Then make sure you don't miss the latest edition of the Market on Main Pop Up at 44 Stanley. You can expect to find your favourite market vendors scattered around the centre selling their wares, food and gifts. And to make the event extra special, all the shops and restaurants in the centre will be staying open, too. Come and get your festive shopping done early! You can expect gourmet meals, pantry items, local jewellery and fashion, craft and vintage clothing. Don't miss it.

When Is It?

Saturday, 16 November 2019 from 09:00-15:00.

Where Is It?

44 Stanley, Milpark, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry to the market is FREE.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page for more information.

Maboneng has become one of the most vibrant precincts in Johannesburg. Anyone who wants to have a fun experience flocks to the beautiful and artistic inner city. It has also become a tradition to visit the multifaceted venue, Market On Main.

Why We Love This Groovy Area?

The Maboneng Precinct is home to many beautiful places and is blessed with artistic people, crafts and venues. One such venue is Market On Main. The market is open every Sunday.

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The Market On Main attracts many people from around the city to come and enjoy themselves. It has become a hub were you can enjoy almost anything.

The market boasts a diversity of activities, you can be sure that you won't want to leave because of the electric ambience.

As much as they classify themselves as a food and design market, there is much more on offer.

Market On Main Mabonenj Johannesburg


This is the dream of every foodie, the Market On Main offers a world of cuisine to explore. Whether you are vegetarian or a carnivore, you will find something yummy to eat.

In fact, the market will leave you feeling spoiled for choice. It's an awesome place to enjoy different varieties.

At Market On Main, you will find breakfast, brunch, lunch, late lunch, dinner and desserts.


There are many food stalls that cater to different palates, so the drink options are endless.

If you love the craft culture, there are some great craft beers and artisanal spirits to enjoy and pair with the delicious food that you will devouring.

There are also some delicious non-alcoholic light drinks available as well as some coconut delights.

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This market features spontaneous artists playing street music and you can expect some groovy tunes at the market itself.

However, if you want to watch or enjoy some live dancing, then Rooftop Salsa at the Canteen is the place to be.

Market On Main Mabonenj Johannesburg


The Market On Main is a world of art, whether visual, craft or active.

There is always something new and exciting to explore at the market, such as talented designers who sell the best local goods in the country.

So if you want to add a little shopping spree into the mix, this is the best place to get authentic, local products.


Lastly, Market On Main has great ambience. From the moment you walk into the venue, you will feel the electric energy inviting you to come and have fun, surrounded by the views of the inner city buildings.

Check out more about The Maboneng Precinct.

What Is It?

Come and celebrate our unique and vibrant heritage at the Market on Main Pop-up market at Design Quarter this Heritage Day. The popular Maboneng food market is headed north, bringing a little bit of their downtown Joburg magic to Magaliesig. The super cool Market on Main vibe will transform the Design Quarter mall. However, their regular stores will also be trading alongside the market.

So, bring the whole family along to enjoy some delicious South African food fare, as well as cuisines from around the world. The theme of the pop-up market is 'All things South African'. Embrace the fun atmosphere and wear your traditional attire or something uniquely South African. The Market on Main Pop-up market is the perfect way to spend Heritage Day. Food, friends and fun, what more could you ask for? We'll see you there!

When Is It?

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 at 10:00 - 15:00.

Where Is It?

Design Quarter, CNR William Nicol and Leslie East, Magaliesig, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the market is free.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow their social media pages:

Facebook - facebook.com/pages/Market-On-Main/139298972786953

Twitter - twitter.com/MarketOnMainJHB

Instagram - instagram.com/marketonmain

Contact them on 082 868 1335 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Curiocity Hostel and Market On Main are bringing back Sunday Picnics in the Sky. The idea is simple – they provide you with a picnic basket containing some eating utensils and a blanket. Then, you have 30 minutes to peruse the Market On Main food stalls. Add whatever you like (at your own cost) into your baskets.

Once you have purchased your delicious nibbles of choice, get a lift up to the Top of Africa at the Carlton Centre building on the 50th floor. Here, you will experience an inner city picnic unlike any other.

When Is It?

Every Sunday from 23 February 2020 at 11:00 - 13:30.

Check out their Facebook events page to keep track of event dates and times.

Where Is It?

Curiocity Hostel, 302 Fox St, Jeppestown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R300 per person, including a picnic basket, utensils, a blanket and a city guide. Get yours here!

For More Information

Contact them on +27 11 614 0163 / +27 11 027 5257 or via email at [email protected]

Maboneng has to be one of the most love neighbourhoods in Johannesburg and it is no surprise that it has become the hub for tours, good vibes, unique experiences and people. As much as we love all this, we've got to eat right? So let's check out some cool Maboneng restaurants that you can visit.

Why Eat At Maboneng You Ask?

Well! Not only is Maboneng great for expressing our Rainbow Nation's essence and stew of culture, but Maboneng has a lot of diversity even in the restaurants it offers.

You get multitudes of options and can enjoy multiple cuisines, so let us explore the gems where you can find deliciousness.

Rooftop BBQ

Situated on the famous Main Street, sits Rooftop BBQ. They are all about the food and the ambience.

They go back to the roots of the "braai" element of our beautiful country, making mouthwatering meals that bring people together to enjoy lovely dishes.

Their rooftop is definitely a stunning setting, taking in the African sun while enjoying sundowners. They pride themselves in creating the best vibe in the city.

Rooftop BBQ & Boutique Wine


Chalkboard is a little gem situated below the famous The Bioscope and works hand-in-hand with the cinema and their amazing combo deal.

They have a generous variety of pizzas, nothing quite like a good fire-oven pizza. Not only that, but they also have salads, paninis and beverages.

The best thing about Chalkboard is that you can hit two birds with one stone.

Eat Your Heart Out

The name says it all with this beauty, Eat Your Heart Out will make you want to eat absolutely everything they have on their menu.

They cater Jewish inspired meals and their bakery goods are to die for. Their meals are wholesome, a must-visit indeed. You will be hooked.

Little Addis Cafe

Craving the scintillating tastes of Ethiopia? Little Addis Cafe has become a must in Joburg.

They are introducing everybody to Ethiopian cuisine, allowing guests to explore new flavours with delicious dishes that will keep you coming back for more.

They offer an awesome experience inspired by the Ethiopian traditions and warmth, something you definitely need to try.

Maboneng Restaurants

Market On Main

Sundays should be spent at Market On Main, and many come from all over Joburg to enjoy the incomparable food that they have here.

Here, you can find tons of stalls with different foods and cuisines. The aroma of the food calls you from outside the market. From the moment you enter, you can't help but drool.

Fourways Farmers Market

The Fourways Farmers Market is one of the most popular food markets in the city, welcoming in hundreds of visitors to sample tasty treats from the vendors each Sunday. The market recently announced that they will be moving from their original premises to the former Val Bonne County Estate in Modderfontein. Look out for further news on their big re-opening, which is set to take place in March 2020!

Click here for more information.

Neighbourgoods Market

Braamfontein hosts one of the best foodie markets in town, the Neighbourgoods Market, which takes place every Saturday. From home cured meats to specialty cheese, it's all under one roof. Grab a craft beer and a panini and watch the sun set from the market's roof top.

Address: 73 Juta St, Johannesburg, 2000

Click here for more information.

Market On Main

The Maboneng Market on Main has become known for the wide variety of art and food it offers. If you want to sink your teeth into some North African food, then head to Arts on Main and have a bite or three. There is also an array of Portuguese, Indian, American and South African food to enjoy. After your main meal, pick up a moreish pastry or gourmet ice cream from one of their vendors. With its cool vibe and hearty food options, Market on Main provides an authentic city experience worthy of your company.

Address: 264 Fox St, Johannesburg, 2000

Click here for more information.

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Yeoville Food Market

What used to be an inner city cinema is now the oldest running food market in the country. The Yeoville Food Market is a smorgasbord of African cuisine with Congolese food on top of the menu. Fresh fruit and veg from West Africa can be purchased at borderline cheap prices, so be sure to rock up with a handful of cash and an ample amount of boot space.

Address: Rockey Street, Yeoville, Johannesburg, 2000

Click here for more information.

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For gourmet grub in the heart of the city, head out to The Sheds at the Fox Precinct. Partnering with Mad Giant, Ginologist and The Good Luck Bar, this industrial-style venue hosts a monthly food and craft market. We've tasted some of the smoothest Oreo gelato and yummiest mini sliders here, so make sure to visit them.

Address: 1 Fox Precinct, 14 Alexander Street, Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg

Click here for more information.

Melville Food and Farmers Market

The Melville Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning from 09:00 - 14:00. Offering artisan bread, fresh vegetables, free range chicken, yoghurt and eggs, as well as delicious preserves. This food market is all about celebrating the local community and bringing people together through their love of good, fresh food. This is a real hidden foodie gem worth hunting down.

Address: Cnr Carlow & Rustenburg Roads, Melville, Johannesburg.

Click here for more information.

Night Market at 27 Boxes

Another Melville must-visit for foodies is the night market at 27 Boxes. On First Thursdays, this mixed-use precinct welcomes in hungry guests, offering them an array of gourmet street-style grub. While happily munching on a waffle on a stick or enjoying a moreish smoothie, browse around their stores to find the best crafts and vintage clothing.

Address: 75, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

Click here for more information.

Bedfordview Night Market

The Bedfordview Night Market is one of the biggest multicultural food and craft markets in the city. With over 100 stalls, there is ample entertainment here. Their food vendors offer everything from traditional Greek moussaka, to loaded chips, gourmet coffee and ice cream. Settle down at one of their picnic tables to tuck into a feast for the eyes and the stomach!

Address: 73 Boeing Rd East, Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Click here for more information.

Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

One of the oldest food markets in Joburg, the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market specialises in organically grown fresh produce and delicious deli food, crafts, gifts, jewellery and clothing made from only natural materials. With four eateries on-site, this market is all about good food and family. They recently introduced a Moonlight Market edition on Tuesday evenings between 17:00 - 19:00. Check it out.

Address: 40 Culross Rd (off Main Rd), Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Click here for more information.

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Linden Market

The Linden Market at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens welcomes you with a glass of bubbly and an air of excellence. Follow the scent of gourmet food cooking away until you reach the dedicated food stall area. Here, you will find a wonderful selection of eats, from healthy salad bowls to cooling sorbets. Bring your furry friend along too, as the market is dog-friendly.

Address: 45 Thomas Bowler Street, Emmarentia, Johannesburg

Click here for more information.

Vegan Hippie Connection Market

Finally, we have the much-loved Vegan Hippie Connection Market. With all things vegan, this food market fills a huge gap in the market. Our resident vegan writer recommends that you stop by Vegeata's stall for the best Tofu Bao Bun in the city. Imagine a a fluffy activated charcoal infused bun, topped with wild rocket, creamy mayo, spicy sriracha and deep fried crispy tofu, yum!

Address: Pirates Club, 25 Breaside Road, Greenside/ Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

Click here for more information.

Do you know of any other awesome food markets in the city? Let us know about them!


With so many things to do in Johannesburg, there’s no reason to be left out in all the wonderful happenings and trends in and around our diverse city. Check these top 10 cool hangout spots for students.

Neighbourgoods Market

An obvious one for choice is this market. Set in the trendy town of Braamfontein, every Saturday the Neighbourgoods Market covers two floors and is filled with craft beer and cocktails, finger-licking food and plenty of things to buy. This is where you will find artisan trend-setters, foodie fans, design extravaganza, and so much more!

Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein

Market On Main

Second up is Market On Main. This is a weekly market that trades in regional foods and local design. It takes place every Sunday at Arts On Main between 10:00 and 15:00, and the first Thursday of every month between 19:00 and 23:00, Market on Main is open for you to get your fix of fine food and great design. From stunning clothing and must-have accessories to gourmet eats, they’ve got it all, which makes Market On Main a great place to spend time with friends and family.

Where: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct

Student Hangout Spot

Mary Fitzgerald Square

Set in the hub of the city, situated under the M2 Highway lies Mary Fitzgerald Square. It is a vibrant, unique, and cultural complex that is home to three theatres and two art galleries and on Saturday mornings a flea market continues at the theatre. Across all this lies the Newtown Junction Mall, where you can always get what you’re looking for!

Where: Miriam Makeba Street, corner of President Street

Maboneng Precinct

One may feel overwhelmed at the number of things there are to do in this trendy area. Maboneng is a gentrified precinct filled with creatives, a day and night market, fine food, drinks, parties, movies and so much more! This is a stop for everyone – no matter what your tastes or preference.

Where: 286 Fox St & Kruger St, Johannesburg


Being a residential area to most WITS and UJ students, the bustling 7th Street on Melville is filled to the brim with restaurants, bars and shops – it’s the place to go! Melville is also home to 27 Boxes, an innovative shopping centre made out of shipping containers. More and more people are flocking to this super-trendy area for food, drinks and a bit of retail therapy in this bustling centre. The best part is that its FREE!

Where: 7th Street, Melville

Student Hang out 2

Campus Square

To all the students around Auckland Park, this is your convenience centre for almost everything. From your daily necessities, monthly groceries, retail shopping, yummy takeaways, to grabbing a quick drink with a friend, this is the square where you can get all that done and more!

Where: 39 Kingsway Ave, Auckland Park

Zoo Lake

For a peaceful and sunny afternoon grab your mates and head to Zoo Lake. This is one of Johannesburg’s most popular outdoor spaces and certainly one of the safest, particularly over weekends. On the first weekend of the month, there is the ‘artists under the sun’ art market, which draws the crowds. You can enjoy picnics, riding, jogging and mouth-watering meals and drinks from close by restaurants.

Where: Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street

What Are You Looking For? 

Recreational Activities


The Bioscope

The Bioscope is an independent movie cinema where you can catch all kinds of film – from foreign film festivals and locally-made movies to specific events like Noodlebox Cinema, where you get to watch kung fu movies while eating noodles. Pretty rad, right? The chairs are repurposed car seats so get comfy and settle in for a great film. You can also bring food and drinks into the cinema from Chalkboard Café, which is just next door. Although they have found a new home in Milpark, sdoesn't mean you can't play them a visit when you're around town.

Visit The Bioscope Independent Cinema

Image from The Bioscope.


The Living Room

The Living Room is a rooftop bar and café that serves up healthy food and has regular Sunday gatherings. Pop in and enjoy the smooth sounds of a DJ while you sip on a cocktail and take in the amazing city views! You’re bound to meet some interesting characters atop this roof so head on over and get some dancing in.

Visit The Living Room. 

Recreational Activities

Curiocity Backpackers

Curiocity Backpackers situated in the heart of the Maboneng Precinct, is not just for travellers - while it offers cheap accommodation, Joburg locals are welcome to hang out and take part in one of the many tours and activities that take place here.

Visit Curiocity Backpackers. 

Market On Main

The most obvious attraction when you head to Maboneng is to visit Market on Main - this is for good reason, so don’t look away. If you’ve yet to pay them a visit, what are you waiting for? The market goes down every Sunday from 10:00-15:00 and is filled to the brim with all kinds of goodies you’ll want to eat and take home with you – from Ethiopian food and cakes in jars to stunning jewellery and unique vintage clothing, they’ve got it all.

Visit Market On Main. 

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Smack Brewery

This artisanal brewing company can be found inside the Arts on Main building. Not only does Smack craft their own unique brand of beer, but once a month they also host local photographers, artists and live acts so check out their Facebook page to stay in the loop. It’s safe to say that if you’re a lover of beer, you’ve got to try Smack soonest!

Visit Smack Brewery. 

Time Anchor Distillery

Time Anchor Distillery is located in a new development in Maboneng called Aerial Empire. Here, Time Anchor produces small batches of artisanal spirits. The distillery offers tours and tastings on weekends but you’ve got to make a booking if you want to join in so be sure to give them a call before you drop in.

Visit Time Anchor Distillery. 

Time Anchor Distillery Johannesburg

Image by Shawn Greyling.

Neighbourgoods Market

In the heart of the city is the Neighbourgoods Market. Open every Saturday, come rain or shine, this market covers two floors and is filled with craft beer and cocktails, artisanal food and plenty of things to buy. Why not grab yourself a Balkan Burger before heading upstairs to browse  through Asseblief's rails and see what second hand gems you can take home with you? Or simply head over early, secure yourself a table and admire the stunning views of our city from the rooftop area!

When: Opening times: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00 and the first Thursday of every month – 17:00 until late.

Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Market On Main

Every Sunday at Arts on Main between 10:00 and 15:00, and the first Thursday of every month between 19:00 and 23:00, Market on Main is open for you to get your fix of fine food and great design. From stunning clothing and must-have accessories to gourmet eats, they've got it all, which makes Market on Main a great place to spend time with friends and family.

When: Every Sunday – 10:00 to 15:00 and the first Thursday of every month – 19:00 to 23:00.

Where: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Rosebank Finders Keepers Market

Rosebank’s rooftop flea market is filled to the brim with African crafts, international foods, clothing, hobbies, collectables and antiquities and crafts. You can literally spend the entire Sunday walking in and out of the rows of stalls, just browsing. There really is something for everyone here!

When: Every Sunday – 09:00 to 16:00.

Where: Upper Level, The Mall of Rosebank, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Jozi Real Food Market

As the name suggests Jozi Real Food Market is filled with everything food-related, offering you the freshest and finest produce from local small producers. From organic foods and ready-made meals to meat, condiments, spices and sauces, you’ll find everything you need for a healthy fridge and pantry at this market. Take a break from your shopping and relax under the trees with some coffee while the kids play on the lawn.

When: Every Saturday – 08:30 to 13:00.

Where: Pirates Sports Club, 4th Avenue Extension, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Bryanston Organic Market

Being Joburg’s original outdoor market, Bryanston Organic Market offers you interesting art, natural fibre clothing, handmade crafts, the freshest organic and naturally grown fruit and vegetables, and wholesome foods. You can have a relaxing day browsing through all the stalls, do a little bit of shopping, indulge in some freshly baked treats from the on-site eateries and listen to some live music. Sounds like a perfect day out, don't you think?

When: Thursday and Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

Where: Culross Road (off Main Road), Bryanston, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Bamboo Farmer’s Market

With a range of fresh produce straight from the farm, visit the rooftop Bamboo Farmer’s Market and do a bit of healthy shopping. From local and organic produce, farm milk and butter, free-range eggs and chicken to fair-trade coffee, preservative-free bread and sugar-free baked goodies, this market promotes a healthy lifestyle.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 13:00.

Where: Bamboo Farmers’ Market, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

For more information, visit their website.


Hazel Food Market

Offering new and exciting tastes, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, sweet treats, freshly baked breads, ready-made meals for you to take home, herbs and flowers, and much more, visit the Hazel Food Market on Saturdays in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. Kids can play on the jungle gym and jumping castles while you relax in-between shopping with a sweet treat and frothy cappuccino.

When: Every Saturday – 08:00 to 14:00.

Where: Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria.

For more information, visit their website.


The Shed on R59 

If you are looking for a great place to take family and friends on a lazy Saturday afternoon, then be sure not to miss out on The Shed on R59 Market. There is something to tickle everyone’s fancy, from a safe kiddies play area to keep the little ones entertained, an artisanal brewery if you are a fan of beer, loads of tasty food stalls if you’re feeling a little peckish, and last but not least, plenty of stalls offering a selection of wares ranging from art and carpentry to clothing and stunning gifts (Christmas ideas before it’s too late!).

Where: 109 Malcolm Road, Daleside.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.


Fourways Farmer’s Market

If you’re looking to escape the dreaded routine of shopping in supermarkets for your groceries, then be sure to head to the Fourways Farmer’s Market. Set outdoors in the fresh air, they have carefully selected a number of traders who bring you the best products for you to take home! Enjoy browsing and shopping through at 50 stalls offering nothing but the finest foods, from organically grown veggies, herbs and eggs to locally made cheese, cured meats and indulgent baked treats.

Where: Montecasino Boulevard and William Nicol Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg.

When: Every Sunday – 10:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.


Walkerville Farmer’s Market 

For the best and freshest farm produce, be sure to head to the Walkerville Farmer’s Market, where only quality homegrown, handmade and homemade products are sold! Not only do they offer the best farm fresh produce, from veggies and fruits to nuts, herbs and honey, but they also offer a great variety of home-crafted products, antiques, woodwork, glass ware and other exciting merchandise! There is plenty to keep the kids entertained from fun children's activities like pony rides and face painting. Also, your four-legged friends are welcome, too!

Where: 112 Main Road (R82), Walkerville.

When: Every Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.

For more information, visit their website.


In2Fresh Farmer’s Market 

Set in a fresh and relaxing country setting, the In2Fresh Farmer’s Market in Modderfontein is an artisanal market which offers a variety of high quality, fresh foods and produce. Browse and shop through stalls filled with farm fresh veggies, free-range eggs, cheese and honey, decadent cakes, pickles, sauces and a whole lot more! The neighbouring restaurant makes a mean cup of coffee, too!

Where: Corner Main and High Streets, Modderfontein.

When: Open on the last Saturday of the month – 08:00 to 14:00.

For more information, visit their website.


Irene Village Market 

Irene Village Market is full of crafts, vintage items, antiques and good food! The setting makes you feel as if you are walking through a forest, and there is a vast selection of goods for sale that will leave you in awe! You will be blown away by all of the creativity on display at this market. There's plenty of entertainment to keep the kids happy and if you are looking to grab a bite to eat or something to quench your thirst, they have a fully licensed tea garden and food stalls for Africa!

Where: Jan Smuts Museum, Jan Smuts Avenue, Centurion.

When: Second and last Saturday of the month – 09:00 to 14:00.

For more information, visit their website.

The not-so-dated eruption of craft beer culture into South Africa’s beer-loving communities has no doubt caused a pleasant stir, with Joburg city positioned right at the centre of this phenomenal outburst. The work of art that is the craft beer has accelerated the extraordinary evolution of beer, and any regular old beer enthusiast is probably inclined to a natural yearning for the best of the most unique flavours. That’s where we come in … with an awesome list of the Top Craft Beer spots in Joburg.

Social On Main

Social On Main is a spectacular cocktail bar and kitchen in Bryanston is a complete crowd-puller, offering an innovative range of craft beer ... tap and bottle options are both available. Sip on a refreshing full-bodied ale or crisp, golden lager while you socialise in a fun and vibrant atmosphere. Great company sure makes beer taste better! This funky spot offers some really scrumptious bar and snack food to couple with your choice of beer, resulting in some very special combinations exclusive to the social hotspot. Don’t miss out!

Details: Shop 1, Posthouse Centre, corner Main Road and Posthouse Street, Bryanston, Johannesburg


Pop into Parktown North’s little gem for a glorious fusion of tasty bites and the craftiest of beer. Part bistro and part bar, the two worlds meet in the middle to form a beautiful balance. Out of their tap flows Lumberjack Amber Ale, Darling Slow Beer, Jack Black Reserve Lager, Naked Mexican and Franky Four Fingers, to name but a few. Their fabulous beer-inspired dishes make Foundry stand out from most spots. You should definitely treat yourself to a dish of mussels in a beer, leek and celery sauce for a delicious burst of difference. Foundry is the perfect joint for sundowners with colleagues after an irksome work day.

Details: 21 3rd Ave, Parktown North, Johannesburg

Neighbourgoods Market

Braamfontein, once a dull little student village, is fast becoming one of Joburg’s lifestyle sensations and I for one have had the pleasure of witnessing its transform from ugly duckling to swan in a short space of a couple of years. The central suburb’s newfound recognition is due largely to the ever-so-popular Neighbourgoods Market on Juta Street. I certainly consider Neighbourgoods to be the market that teaches markets how it's done, from service, ambience and fashion right through to food and drink. Spanning two floors, variety is definitely the name of the game and whichever direction you turn your head, you’re bound to spot a craft beer in hand. So, head out to the fantastic market this weekend for an amazing shopping experience and a taste of the best artisanal alcohol under the sun.

Details: 73 Juta St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Anti Est.

Juta Street in Braamfontein wins again! No, seriously, this street deserves an award. Anti Est. is an intimate playground where lovers and friends congregate in search of good music and great company. I must admit, it can get annoyingly crowded on Friday and Saturday evenings and tables are in stark shortage so it would be in your best interest to get there early. Alternatively, you could just hit the dance floor all night while you linger on the taste of well-crafted Touro Tripple Blonde or Crystal Weiss beer. One thing is for sure – Braam is taking over Joburg one incredible craft beer bottle at a time.

Details: Corner Juta St and De Beer St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Market On Main

Still keeping with that effervescent central Johannesburg beat, the much-renowned Maboneng Precinct offers a calm and comfortable environment to kick back with pals in Market On Main. Expect an impressive selection of diversely-flavoured foods and unique fashion finds from vintage to modern. Boasting a grassy central courtyard on location, this is the perfect spot to unwind over a bottle of impeccable craft beer on a relaxed Sunday afternoon. They also have a night market that takes place on the first Thursday of every month.

Details: Arts on Main, 264 Fox St, Maboneng, Johannesburg City Centre


Boycott the urban vibe for an exciting township adventure with the first lifestyle market in Soweto. Situated just a short distance from the famous Vilakazi Street with its splendid attractions such as the Mandela house, this is one special market! Created as a platform for young and upcoming entrepreneurs, a visit to Locrate is an opportunity to experiment with new flavours and styles in the food, fashion and beer departments. Couple your alcohol with the electric sounds of street poetry and live music, or go on a fun bike tour around Sassy Soweto.

Details: Corner Kudu and Moema Streets, Orlando West, Soweto


In search of the best craft beer? They’ve got it! They are not called Beerhouse for the mere fun of it. Boasting 20 taps and 99 permanent bottles of distinct tastes and aromas, this is home away from home for beer lovers. The best thing about this spot is the freedom to enjoy as much beer as you please at very reasonable prices. Isn’t that the dream? Their great selection of ales and lagers from around the globe (English, Belgian, Indian, American and Scottish) affords patrons the experience of cultural diversity all under one roof.

Details: 1 Sunset Ave (Corner Witkoppen Rd), Fourways, Johannesburg


I, much like the okes over at Craft, am a great believer in all things handmade because they exude creativity and care, so a place like this one speaks my language fluently. I love an eatery that is willing to go that extra mile to create a very personal experience for the guest, even if they don’t always get it right. Craft’s cuisine gets really mixed reviews but you can affirmatively look forward to a satisfying array of craft beer. The design is also a real winner with industrial light fittings, and the gleam of the tiles adds that tangible sophistication to the restaurant’s personality.

Details: 33 4th Ave (Corner 12th Street), Parkhurst, Johannesburg

Stanley Beer Yard

As a former Milparkian (I know I know, my made up term sounds terrible but I’m on a quest to belong here so bear with me a little), I know 44 Stanley all too well as it is the main social firework and a total must-visit in a somewhat bland suburb. Inside stands one of Joburg’s most exquisite beer gardens dedicated to the trade of sapid craft beer, Stanley Beer Yard. The range is not extensive but is well-crafted to suit a number of tastes. Pair your choice up with one of the yummy German-inspired bites on offer for maximum enjoyment.

Details: 44 Stanley, Cnr Owl St and Stanley Ave, Milpark, Johannesburg

By Brigette Madiba

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There's A Variety To Choose From!

What we love most about the city is the fact that we're always spoiled with variety when it comes to markets. No matter what you're looking for, there's always a market waiting for you to take a stroll through their wide selection of stalls.

Treat your four-legged, furry bestie to a lovely walk through these dog-friendly markets in Joburg. And if you live out in the East, here's a list of the best East Rand markets you need to visit.

There's also amazing markets that cater to the "green" side of life. Stock up on everything vegan at these vegan markets in and around the city. Or, how about something a little different? These alternative markets are filled with all things steampunk, rock, geek, weird and wonderful.

The Stables Village Market

You don't need to leave the city to experience the country way of life. All you have to do is head to The Stables Village Market- the ideal spot to help you wind down from the hustle and bustle of the city. The venue boasts some of the most unique and original items around. Plus, you can tuck into some delicious food while sussing out all the arts and crafts, leather products, unusual gifting ideas and more.

Tip: This market hosts a variety of different markets that offer a different experience every time, such as the Moonlight Markets, Summer Night Markets, karaoke and Salsa nights and Car Boot Sales. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information.

Details: www.facebook.com/TheStablesVillageMarket | 082 048 9024 | [email protected] | 212 3rd Street, Chartwell (off Cedar Road, Broadacres), Johannesburg.

The Weekend Market JHB

As the name suggests, the Weekend Market JHB is just that, a WEEKEND market, which is open every Saturday and Sunday. This lifestyle market is the perfect family weekend hangout, filled with everything from plenty of entertainment for the kids at Kids World, good food, lots of unique and interesting market stalls, and of course, a food area jam-packed with tantalising goodies.

Details: Opening times: Saturday and Sunday: 08:00 - 17:00 | 01 Rifle Range Road, Baragwanath, Johannesburg South.

weekend market jhb

Fourways Farmers Market

The Fourways Farmers Market has always been a gem of a market. And their move to the old Val Bonne Estate in Modderfontein Reserve bringing FFM lovers new views, new roads and new experiences! You and the family can enjoy some delicious and wholesome food, soak up some lovely energy and happy vibes and take a stroll through a plethora of vendor stalls with carefully selected products that are local, artisanal and delicious.

Tip: They're renowned for hosting additional events, including popup cafés, night markets and more. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details.

Details: www.ffmarket.co.za | Located at the old Val Bonne Estate in Modderfontein Reserve.

Sylvia's Outdoor Market

Sylvia's Outdoor Market ensures a creative and fun day out for the whole family. You can spend every first and last Sunday of the month just browsing around the stalls, doing a little shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or just relaxing before the new week starts. This one is certainly a breath of fresh air among the buzz of the city. Visit their Facebook page to keep up-to-date with events.

Details: Opening times: Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00 | 27 George Avenue, Fairmount, Johannesburg.

sylvias outdoor market

Market Shed @ 1 Fox

If you happen to be in the inner city, make sure you pay 1 Fox Precinct a visit. Not only is this a dynamic cultural hub that's home to the hip and happening Good Luck Bar & Restaurant, the unique Fox Junction Event Venue and popular Mad Giant Craft Brewery, but it's also a great place to indulge in all things Jozi and delicious, especially at the Market Shed. They offers all things arts, crafts, music and foodie and best of all, there's ample parking! Visit their Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news and events happening at the precinct.

Details: 1 Fox Street, Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg.

Market on Main

Every Sunday of every month, Market on Main, now open at Jewel City is open, ready and waiting for you to visit and have a lovely relaxing Sunday with them. Check out this trendy and lively spot in town while indulging in tasty goodies and browsing through stunning designer stalls. They promote inner city living and is a great place to spend a Sunday with friends and family.

Details: Opening times: Every Sunday: 10:00 – 15:00 | 201 Main Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

Rosebank Sunday Market

This one is an oldie but a goodie! The Rosebank Sunday Market is filled to the brim with African crafts, international food, clothing, hobbies, collectables and antiques. It's a true expression of South Africa’s vibrancy and dynamism. You can literally spend the entire Sunday walking in and out of the rows of stalls, just browsing. There's also plenty of craft stalls, live music, kids entertainment and gourmet food traders. Arrive hungry! Visit their Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the latest news and information.

Details: Opening times: Every Sunday – 09:00 to 16:00 | Upper Level, The Mall of Rosebank, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

rosebank sunday market

Panorama Flea Market

The busiest flea market in Joburg South, Panorama Flea Market has over 370 stalls for you to browse and buy from, live entertainment and an adult-supervised Kids Zone. The featured stalls cater for every taste imaginable, from clothing and jewellery to food and crafts. This is a great place to hang out, unwind and shop 'til you drop on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest stalls, news and products.

Details: Opening times: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays - 09:00 to 16:00 | Kliprivier Drive, Mulbarton, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 682 2222

Bryanston Organic & Natural Market

Being Joburg’s original outdoor market, Bryanston Organic & Natural Market offers you interesting art, natural fibre clothing, handmade crafts and the freshest organic and naturally grown fruit and vegetables. You can have a relaxing day browsing through all the stalls, do a little shopping, indulge in some freshly baked treats from the on-site eateries and listen to live music. Don't forget to follow their Facebook page for the latest updates, news, market info and more.

Details: Opening times: Thursday and Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00 | Culross Road (off Main Road), Bryanston, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 706 3671

bryanston organic and natural

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