Victoria Yards is the ultimate destination for art lovers, foodies and yogis. Located just on the outskirts of the inner city, this mixed-use precinct hosts weekly Sunday markets and the annual Night of 1000 Drawings exhibition. Their artist studios are home to some of Joburg’s top artisans, designers and visual artists, including Ayanda Mabulu, Blessing Ngobeni, James Delaney and Roger Ballen. The restaurant offerings at Victoria Yards aren’t to be ignored either, with Foakes Coffee, IMPI Brewery and the famous Fish & Chip Shop on site.
Level 3 Lockdown
During hard lockdown, Victoria Yards halted all events and temporarily shut their studios to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Now, as we move into advanced level 3 lockdown, this urban hub is welcoming back its most loyal patrons, as well as new visitors. While their weekly market and yoga sessions will still be on hold for the time being, you can now visit Victoria Yards to mull around their lush gardens, for a quick cup of coffee or to admire their artist’s exquisite work. Here are some of the must-visit stores and restaurants open at Victoria Yards in level 3 lockdown:
All retail stores will be open at Victoria Yards in level 3 lockdown. Come through to find a fantastic selection of home and decor goods, clothing, jewellery and bespoke accessories from their top traders.
- Coote & Wench – Metalwork/Upcycling/Jewellery/Building
- David Krynauw – Furniture Manufacturer
- Drybone Co – Clothing Manufacturer
- Eco Smart – Handmade Gifts & Accessories
- Enth Design – Bespoke Furniture & Homeware Design/Manufacture
- IMPRINT ZA – Afro Futuristic Luxury Brand
- Norris Interior & Carpentry – Carpentry
- Tshepo The Jeanmaker – Designer
- Whippet Bicycle Kitchen – Community Bicycle Workshop
- Wrapt – Knitwear – Design & Production
- Yol Jewelery – Jewellery Maker
Find the full list of Victoria Yards’ retail tenants and artist studios here.
Victoria Yards Online Shop
Even if you’re not quite ready to step out into the real world, you can still support your favourite local artisans and traders. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown, Victoria Yards debuted their VYBuy Online Shop. From handcrafted mugs to bespoke jewellery, artist prints, tea sets and notebooks, this online shop has a wide range of trinkets and treasures to collect. There’s even a selection of nifty face masks to help you keep looking stylish while preventing the spread of the virus. New customers receive 20% off on their first purchase, so get shopping!
Takeaway food and beverages will be available from Victoria Yard’s top eateries in level 3 lockdown. Come and stroll around the Yard’s chic urban gardens while you nibble on some tasty treats. Some of their tenants are also offering ready-made meals to take home with you. Yummy and convenient, what more could you ask for?
Foakes Coffee Roaster and Bakery
The newly revamped Foakes Coffee Roaster and Bakery is open for takeaways on their premium coffees and delightful breads. They are open from 08:00 from Monday to Saturday, so be sure to stop by for an early morning treat on your adventures around Victoria Yards. Call them on 072 211 1281 to pre-order your baked goodies.
Food I Love You
Food I Love You is an experimental dining studio and catering venue. During lockdown they’ve been offering ready-made family style meals. These Sunday home feasts feed up to a family of four and are made with whole ingredients without sacrificing on bold flavour. WhatsApp your orders to 081 835 0115 before 10:00 on Saturday to enjoy a fabulous feast delivered straight to your home the next day. Follow Food I Love You on Instagram for weekly updates on their menu.
Support local beer making by paying a visit to IMPI Brewery at Victoria Yards. Their Homestead Lager is the stuff of dreams after months of alcohol restrictions. Pick up a case or two of their craft brews on your rounds about the Yards. Unfortunately, IMPI Brewery cannot sell alcohol over weekends due to level 3 lockdown restrictions, however you can join them for a tasty wood-fired pizza on Sundays. So get yourself up off the couch, out of the house and into the lush sunshine of the Yards this weekend.
The Fish and Chip Shop
Fish Friday anyone? If you’ve been missing the classic tastes of the Fish and Chip Shop at Victoria Yards, you’re in luck, because they are now open for takeaways. Get yourself a generous helping of battered hake and salty chips to go or be sorry that you missed out. Call them on 060 713 0279 to place your order for collection.
For More Information
Visit www.victoriayards.co.za for more information or follow Victoria Yards on social media to keep up to date with their offerings in lockdown:
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