Neighbourgoods Market began at the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town and is now on the list of must-do’s. Every Saturday morning it comes alive with the buzz of vendors and shoppers, offering the finest artisan food, fashion and design.
The Neighbourgoods concept was contagious and spread to the streets of Joburg, with similar success. What used to be an office space in Braamfontein now booms with activity. Choose from freshly baked breads, matured cheeses, seasonal fruit and veg, gourmet pastries and quiches, and a handful of worldly delights, think Mexican nachos, Asian dim sum, Dutch poffertjes and Spanish paella. Enjoy a pint of craft beer from Darling Brew or home brewed Everson’s cider to wash it all back. With beautiful views overlooking the city, it creates an urban hub that keeps local foodies, families and international guests returning for more.
A trendy addition to the Joburg food culture, it was one of the starting points to the spirit of regeneration this city of gold has seen. Admirable for its role in this revival, Neighbourgoods is proof that one simple idea can reap great reward – for the vendors who are given the opportunity to sell their goods, the patrons who enjoy that steaming hot nutella crépe made by said vendors, or the friends who bond in its bustling ambience.
Relax on large wooden benches and tables in the main hall, or meander up to the rooftop that overlooks the city. Spread across three floors, the market highlights the fact that anybody can be an exponent of a wholly admirable art – food.
Photographs Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace