Joburg – a city in a state of transformation and gentrification – is yet again pulling the crowds to its once sidestepped neighbourhoods. Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct is one such place. Its weekly Sunday market, Market on Main, opens its doors between 10 am and 3 pm with a focus on locally produced food.
Arts on Main attracts a crowd of young creatives eager to spend a day in an eclectic space, supporting local producers, artists and designers. With the Sunday market and Maboneng’s growing appeal, all kinds of people migrate to this inner-city fairground, and stall owners are proud to be part of the improved development. Enthusiastic food purveyors are packed into the bottom floor of the old factory building, and a venture upstairs houses handcrafted leather wares, designer goods, jewellery, fashion and vintage apparel. Organic produce, baked goods, freshly squeezed juices and culinary delights (from sushi and Mexican to a good ol’ South African boerie) can be washed back with a craft beer. (Because let’s be honest, what would a market be without craft?) We recommend you come hungry.
You absolutely cannot leave without a steaming portion of paella, cooked on massive paellera from Tutto Food co., Ethiopian flavours served atop and lapped up with injera (sourdough flatbread), coffee from Northcliff coffee roasters iKhofi and a Nutella crêpe or red velvet, Oreo and chocolate brownie waffle to end off this permitted Sunday indulgence. Pay a visit to Origin Coffee Roasters adjacent to the market and on your way out grab a freshly baked loaf from M’Kay’s Artisanal Breads.
Located in hip downtown Joburg, the market is a trendy rendition of the traditional town-centre marketplace. It’s a fresh, lively space where an array of people unite in their love for food and local design right in the heart of the city. It’s a happening spot, which resonates with the buzz and energy that has come to define Jozi – urban, eclectic and bustling with hope and possibility.
Photographs Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace (adapted from a feature in House & Leisure)