The Playground (formerly Neighbourgoods)
Covid-19 forced the shutdown of the popular Saturday Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein. Now, its opening again for a triumphant return. On 29 January 2022, The Playground opened at the same location (73 Juta Street) and once again changed the way that weekends are spent in Joburg.
Here you'll find a menu of gourmet street food and cocktails, and live music performances on Sundays. The Playground aims to be a showcase for the best up and coming young designers in South Africa. It will feature a new talent incubator pop-up that will bring exciting and surprising elements to the mix each week. Music is an integral part of The Playground experience – and top musicians, including the likes of Black Coffee and DJ Euphonik are part of the weekly musical festivals programme.
Opening times: Saturdays, free to enter from 09:00 – 11:00 | From 11:00 – 18:00, a R20 entry fee will be payable at the door by card only. Please note that this will be a cashless environment.
The Fourways Farmers Market
The Fourways Farmers Market has always been a gem of a market that attracted visitors from all over the city to Fourways. And their move to the old Val Bonne Estate in Modderfontein Reserve last year brings FFM lovers plenty of fresh countryside views, new tenants, as well as a new lineup of experiences and thrills!
You and the family can enjoy some delicious and wholesome food, soak up some lovely sunshine and happy vibes, and take a stroll through a plethora of interesting and unique stalls offering carefully selected products that are local, artisanal and oh-so delicious.
Tip: They're renowned for hosting additional events, including popup cafés, night markets and more. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest events, news, information and more.
Opening times: Open every Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00.
The 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, unique and interesting clothing, cool hobbies, intriguing collectables and antiques, and so much more. It's a true expression of South Africa’s vibrancy and dynamism. There are over 300 stalls so explore, so you can literally spend the entire Sunday walking in and out of the rows of the market aisles, just browsing, exploring and even doing some shopping.
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.
Opening times: Every Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00.
The Bryanston Market
Being Joburg’s original outdoor market, the Bryanston Market offers a wide selection of goodies and delights, ranging from interesting art, natural fibre clothing and handmade crafts to the freshest organic and naturally grown fruit and vegetables. Here, it's all about conscious living. 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.
Even the kids will have a great time getting creative and hands on with a selection of crafting activities, and thrill in the kiddies play area.
Don't forget to follow their Facebook page for the latest updates, news, market info and more.
Opening times: Open Thursday and Saturday – 09:00 to 15:00.
Prison Break Market
Prison Break Market is one of the newest hot spots on the market scene. Although the name makes us think of that old drama series starring Wentworth Miller, this market is certainly a must-visit if you happen to find yourself in Midrand over the weekend. It is the perfect place to break out of your daily routine!
Stop by StarFood for the ultimate gourmet food experience! Breathe in the heavenly smell of freshly baked bread coming out of their onsite bakery. Pop into the lovely Euro Meat's a German Butchery and Deli to get your meat groceries. Shop fresh fruit or veggies from their local farmers. And don’t miss the most authentic dairy at Dirla Homestead, who stocks fresh homemade yoghurts, cheeses, and the old-school farm fresh milk stored in glass bottles.
And to tantalise your taste buds, head to the Yard Eatery, that offers a variety of delicious food and beverage stalls, giving visitors a unique mix of flavours and experiences.
Opening times: Wednesday: 09:00 – 17:00 | Thursday to Sunday: 09:00 – 21:00
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, lots of unique and interesting market stalls, live entertainment and of course, a food area jam-packed with tantalising goodies.
Also, the kids will have a blast enjoying the super slide, carousel rides, jumping castle, foam pit, rocket rides, and much more. Entry to the water park costs R60 per adult and R90 per child, and includes access to all the rides and water slides
Opening times: Saturday and Sunday: 08:00 – 17:00.
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 to keep the scene lively and energised, and an adult-supervised Kids Zone to keep the little guests entertainment and preoccupied. 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, the live entertainment lineup for the weekend, news and products.
Opening times: Every Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 – 16:00
The Linden Market
The Linden Market is a seasonal market that takes place at the Botanical Gardens at Emmarentia. This is not a fixed market that happens every weekend, but when it has set dates, you can expect their tickets to sell out fast. It keep in loop with upcoming markets, it's best to visit their website or to follow them on Facebook.
This is a family-friendly outdoor market that's all about supporting our local entrepreneurs. Here, you can expect some of the best local designers, makers and creators showcasing their products. Also, if you're feeling a tad peckish to simply just want a refreshing drink to cool you down, you'll find great craft drinks and food trucks there, too.
And as for other entertainment other than shopping and eating, there's also fun-filled thrills and activities to keep the kids busy as well as live music showcasing the local musical talent.
Tip: Get your tickets early! Cost is R30 per person and kids under 12 get in FREE. Click here to get tickets to the Spring edition happening in September 2022.
Opening times: Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 – 16:30 when the market happens (March, June, September, and December).
The Field Market
If you're in Sandton and you're looking for a market to explore, stroll through and enjoy, then be sure to catch the Field Market. Held once a month, this market has everything you need for a lovely and relaxing day out in the city: scrumptious gourmet food, creative and inspiring arts and crafts, locally-made goods, refreshing drinks, a wide range of deli products, live entertainment and much more. To keep in the loop on the dates of upcoming markets, be sure to like and follow their Facebook page.
Tip: They host a lovely night market at Ferndale on Republic every now and then. Keep an eye on their Facebook events page to see when you can enjoy the next one.
Opening times: Once a month, usually a Saturday, from 09:00 – 15:00.
The Night Market
Are you a fan of night markets? Then you'll definitely love what The Night Market has to offer! Once a month, this market brand hosts a lovely evening market within two suburbs in Joburg – Bedfordview and Benoni. Visit their website to see when you can catch them over the next few months.
Expect plenty of delicious cuisine that'll delight your palate, refreshing mocktails and cocktails, craft beer and wine, live entertainment to set the scene, artisanal crafts, kiddies entertainment, food trucks with only the best in local street food, local fashion, and much more... all located under the stars of a Jozi night sky. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? It's a lovely way to spend your evening out and about in the city.
Opening times: Once a month, between 17:00 and 22:00.
The Locrate Market
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 Locrate 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.
Opening times: Every first Sunday of the month from 12:00 – 19:00. Tickets cost R30 per person at the gate.
The Stables Village Centre 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. Just watch out for the free roaming chickens!
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.
Opening times: Sundays from 10:00 – 16:00
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