Johannesburg is a truly grand mix of different cultures. South Africa’s largest city attracts millions of travelers from around the world each year, all hoping to experience the blend of culinary treats and experiences that the city has become well-known for.

However, the exciting foodie scene in Johannesburg doesn’t belong exclusively to South Africa. This magical city reflects the cosmopolitan makeup of the continent with something on offer for almost every traveler: food markets with just about every nation and culture on the African continent represented.

Below are eight hidden gems you may not have heard about.

1. Join the Slow Food Movement at the Bamboo Farmers’ Market

The market can be found in Melville and operates on a Saturday. You’ll find tasty naturally produced goods here. Of course, stands at the Bamboo Farmers’ Market are limited to members of the International Slow Food Movement. Let your taste buds go on an adventure as you taste cultured dairy or purchase heirloom seeds and vegetables while you look for your next meal’s inspiration.  

2. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the [email protected]

There comes a point where we all need to satisfy our sweet cravings. At the [email protected], you can do just that. From juicy teas to chocolates and patisseries, there’s no escaping the foodie haven of the market. Aside from the sweet treats,  you can still enjoy the long wine bar and great food trucks if you prefer something a little more savoury. The market operates on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm in Newtown.

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3. The Weekend Market

Operating from 08:00 – 17:00 on a Saturday and Sunday, this market can be enjoyed by the whole family. Located on Rifle Range Road, Baragwanath, you will find just about anything there. From market stalls, a dedicated play area for children and delicious food stalls, you are bound to find something you enjoy. 

4. Night Market at 27 Boxes

Located on 4th Avenue in Melville, the night market at 27 Boxes is sure to be a treat. Every Wednesday the unique shopping complex is converted into a market with live entertainment, gourmet food, arts and shopping. The complex is made entirely out of shipping containers and provides a taste of upcoming local culture. 

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5. Fourways Farmers Market

At the Fourways Farmers Market, you are immersed in rows of fresh local foods and crafts. From handmade jams to fresh juices, artisan coffee and delicious menus: spend the day sitting on hay bales and logs under the pine trees while listening to local musicians and folk bands. 

6. The Neighbourgoods Market

Originally started in the Mother City, Cape Town, The Neighbourgoods Market has now expanded to Johannesburg. It can be found at 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein. Home to some of the most unique products and delicious foods. Here you can enjoy craft beer, the latest seasonal fruit and veg, as well as local clothing and jewellery stalls for visitors to explore.

7. Organic and Natural Market in Bryanston

If you’re looking for an organic market, then the Organic and Natural Market on Culross Road, Bryanston, shouldn’t be missed. Everything at the market, from food right through to the clothing on sale is natural or organic. The one factor putting this market ahead of others is their online store. Should you find something you really enjoy, you can now purchase it online as well!

8. The Jozi Real Food Market

The Jozi Real Food Market is a market which should be included in any trip to Johannesburg. Located at the Pirates Sports Club in Greenside, it also welcomes our four-legged furry friends. The market is all about allowing visitors to taste some of the best artisan food products Jozi has on offer. On the first Sunday of every month, the club also hosts a Vegan Market where you’ll find environmentally friendly products and meals. 

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Contact Explore Sideways Today to Get Further Information

If you are planning a visit to Joburg and looking to get a real taste of this cosmopolitan African city, then contact the team at Explore Sideways to share with you some of the hidden gems and unique local places that Johannesburg has to offer.