I love Joburg! I love the very friendly people, the energy that the city generates and the millions of trees. I love that almost everyone drives well and with purpose. There is little dilly dallying around which suits my A type personality perfectly. The people work hard, the people play hard and the people like to interact and engage. I love the dramatic summer thunderstorms, the jacarandas that turn the place purple every year and I love how they have created very creative spaces out of derelict and unused inner city areas.
When I was there last week I visited the Market on Main, which is at Arts on main in the eastern precinct of down town central Johannesburg. They converted a large construction parts company into an edgy space housing art galleries a restaurant, offices and residential properties.
They are developing the block adjacent to it into a hotel, a skateboard park and more residential properties.
Every Sunday there is a food market with about 40 traders. Much like the Neighbourgoods Market at the Biscuit Mill, this is more of a lifestyle market, where the hipsters can hang out and eat lunch, and drink beer or wine.
I got there before the crowds.
This is what its all about:
As a tap water activist I particularly liked the awareness created by a project ‘refresh, refill, repeat’, where you buy a funky glass bottle and lid and can fill up and keep.
There is an upstairs section which sells art, clothing, jewellery, ceramics etc
I wasn’t particularly blown away by what was on offer food wise. Perhaps because I am used to the high quality and wider selection of offerings at the Cape Town markets. I was certainly blown away by the development, the art galleries and the use of the space in what can be considered a very dodgy part of town.
Market on Mainis open every Sunday from 10am – 2pm