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Johannesburg, South Africa: The Coolest Pop-Up Markets in Joburg

Johannesburg, South Africa: The Coolest Pop-Up Markets in Joburg

Joburg, South Africa, is known for its edgy scenes, vintage décor and mouthwatering food. Unlike Cape Town, which is more ‘tourist attractive’, here you will find more of a hipster scene which voices its cultural state of treading the line between traditional and modern. Rich with culture, Joburg’s markets never come short, with a wide variety of delicious food, quirky but homely souvenirs, vibrant garms and trendy jewelry. Although mostly found tucked inside a questionable area, the scenery is always breathtaking, and you will be surrounded by some of the coolest people of the city. The people of Joburg are proud of their heritage but are also hard workers ready to make a change for their city and step into the new era. Here are the perfect markets where you will find the youth winding down from the long working week and mingling in the best spots of the city.

 (Photo by Francisco Anzola)

(Photo by Francisco Anzola)

The Neighbourgood's Market

For your Saturday vibes, Neighbourgood’s is known for its gourmet style food. You will be looping around the room at least twice before you make a decision. If you’re still hungry for more after your first bite, don’t worry. The building has a luscious rooftop to chill on while you sample some cocktails and craft beers until you’re ready for your next eat. I would personally get there early as the crowds come in hard and fast here.

 (Photo via South Africa Tourism)

(Photo via South Africa Tourism)

As things wind down, head to the streets; check out the local vendors for some boho chic goods. On the streets await the bars to help you carry on the afternoon, probably with some friends you’ve made on the roof.

Beer gardens are a plenty on this street, and although the bars aren’t the poshest, their crafty décor give them the rough diamond outlook. Hint: Great Dame is a personal favorite for most, look to the floors for a rich surprise.
 

Market on Main

 (Photo via Facebook.com/marketonmain)

(Photo via Facebook.com/marketonmain)

A Sunday Market which fulfills your Sunday Funday cravings. At first, the drive downtown can feel like a highway to your doom but underneath the bridge signals bold letters on each pillar next to some badass street art that will already put you in the mindset for the cool atmosphere you are about to experience. The space is like a baby sibling compared to other markets in Joburg, but it has a labyrinth of artsy vibes which make the whole experience charming.

Downstairs you can find the stalls with the best eats of the week, and snake up the spiral stairs for craft beers, art, fashion and home décor. But the rooftop (of course) is where all the fun happens. It’s where the DJ spins the crowd into dancing to Latin American music, and salsa is often the dance of choice enjoyed by people of all levels.  Don’t be scared to venture out on the street to Maboneng and get involved with some random tidbits to marvel at. Street art is encouraged, musicians share their sound, and if you are craving more of the local food and a cheaper price than the market, there are many vendors to sample from.

 (Photo courtesy of South Africa Tourism)

(Photo courtesy of South Africa Tourism)

Time to Live it up!

Are you buzzing yet? Or does it sound too cool to be true? Well, believe me, this doesn’t even touch the sides. These markets have been around for years and there are many reasons why they are the favorites. What most believed would be a pop up, turned into the ultimate place to be on the weekend for people from all walks of life. Even with rise of each one’s popularity, they have still managed to stay true to their traditional modern-African warmth. If you think I’ve oversold it, you’d be surprised. Get involved with the movement and see for yourself.

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