Check out these food and craft markets in Johannesburg.

Markets in Johannesburg are undoubtedly a great way to discover the city and its culture, and I’m sure this growing list will take you on an authentic culinary and shopping journey in Johannesburg.

1.Fourways Farmers Market

Where: Cnr Monte Casino Blvd and William Nicol Rd Fourways
When: Fridays 1530 – 2230 and Sundays 0900 – 1600
Entry Fee: R10

You can expect a different vibe at this market depending on which day you go. With a variety of food stands on Friday nights and live music, you can be sure to have a lot of options for your Friday night market dinner. During the winter months, there’s enough fire around to keep you warm, and the music will make sure you’re on your feet dancing so you won’t feel the cold. One of my personal favourites is Sumting Fresh. They serve tasty coated chicken strips dipped in a secret “love sauce”, with fries and watermelon, topped with parmesan cheese. There’s a great wine bar too. Nothing like a glass of wine to drink the weekly stress away.

On Sunday, there are a lot more people at the market so try to get there around midday. The parking gets really full too. You might need to park at Monte Casino which is across the road. There are more food stands available on a Sunday and craft stands too. It’s also perfect for indulging in some ice cream! Whichever day you decide to go, Fourways Market will not disappoint.

2.Market on Main

Where: 264 Fox St, City and Suburban,Arts on Main Maboneng Precinct
When: Sundays 1000 – 1500
Entry Fee: Free

A quick google search on hip areas and markets in Johannesburg will show you that Maboneng is probably one place you should visit during your time in Joburg. Sundays are certainly the best day to go, with an upbeat vibe making sure you stay there as long as possible! Market on Main is a market in Arts on Main that runs on Sundays and has some incredible food options. From fresh vegan food, to sticky sweet treats! I will say though, the seating space is very limited, so make sure you’re early if you expect to get a table. Other than that, great food, great vibe!

3. Waterfall Market

Where: Magwa Cres, Halfway House, Midrand, 1686 At waterfall Park
When: Sundays 9am – 5pm
Entry Fee: R10

Having opened just under three months back, this is certainly the new kid on the block. But there are already some incredible stalls to visit here. The market is just across from the restaurants at Mall of Africa. If you’re driving, you can make use of entrance E and drive right up to level 5. The market is more open, with a lot more seating areas. There is a large stage setup there as well.I personally found that the setup is not as intimate as other smaller markets. But as the popularity of the market grows, we can expect more people to occupy the space!

4. Neighbourgoods Market

Where: 73 Juta St, Johannesburg
When: Saturdays, 0900 – 1500
Entry Fee: Free

Possibly one of the most popular markets in Johannesburg on a Saturday. I love Neighbourgoods and so do many other Joburg folk, judging by the numbers that turn up every week. The food is definitely the highlight, and the live band on the intimate rooftop space creates a vibe that keeps drawing people in. There are some great crafts to choose from, with jewellery pieces being a personal favourite. You can watch the video for this market on my YouTube channel.

5. Bryanston Organic Market

Where: 40 Culross Rd, Bryanston
When: Thursdays 0900 – 1500 and Saturdays 0900 – 1500
Entry Fee: Free

This market truly lives up to its name by providing fresh, organic produce and locally sourced crafts. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for some unique. They also have plants and fresh vegetables. A  lovely Peace Lily pot plant for my living room was my buy from the plants stand. I found a great stand that sells beautiful, soft and warm shawls! I didn’t get it but I will next time! There are some great food options as well; from vegan food to baked pies and decadent sweets! It’s a great place to go if you want a more laid back market experience.

6. Sky Food Market

Where: 12 Decades Art Hotel, Rooftop, Maboneng
When: Saturdays 10am – 10pm
Entry Fee: Free

It’s been less than a year since 12 Decades Hotel opened up it’s rooftop to this market, but it’s already one of my favourites markets in Johannesburg. Situated in Maboneng, it’s a great excuse to head out to the hip area on a Saturday. Most people know Maboneng for its Sunday vibe. But Saturdays are a great excuse to head out there now thanks to this market! If not for the amazing food, head out for the incredible views of Joburg. And the best part is, you get the best of both worlds, for free!

Have you been to any of these markets? What’s been your favourite?Remember to follow @tinguafrica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Check out my travel videos on Tingu Africa.

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