Joburg's best market food and where to find it

more than a year ago
created 06 Jun 2017
For a choice of global cuisine and a lively local atmosphere, head to one Joburg's many food and craft markets. Here's our guide to the most delicious dishes and food stalls to look for at Joburg's many weekend markets.

On Saturday mornings drop into the 27 Boxes Market in Melville where there’s a regularly changing selection of stalls serving up a range of cuisines. While you are there try the Thai dishes from Kwan Phayao’s Thai kitchen on the first floor of the 27 Boxes centre and treat yourself to a decadent cronut from the XO Patisserie.

Also on Saturdays hipsters, students and urban trendsetters throng Neighbourgoods in Braamfontein jostling for space in the queues for frozen mojitos. For lunch Sumting Fresh, with their chatty servers and crispy crumbed chicken goujons and Yum Cha Dim Sum are our favourites.

On Thursdays and Saturdays visit Bryanston Organic Market, also the best place to shop for homemade farmhouse foods and organic fruit and vegetables. Stop for lunch of sweet or savoury crepes at La Cuisine du Jardin, vegan soul food at Organic Leaves, gluten-free South Indian dosas from Meera’s and for organic Fair Trade coffee at Bettina’s Café.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the foodhall-style 1 Fox Market opens downtown. Taste the Neapolitan-style pizzas at Pionieri’s Pizzeria, Korean fried chicken from Chilli Mania and decadent pastries and desserts from Heroin(es) beautiful stall or book in advance for a high tea made by Great South African Bake Off contestant Ted Zaki who runs a patisserie called Just Teddy (call +27 82 348 6135 to book).

At Rosebank Sunday Market, a great shopping destination for locally made crafts, vintage items and accessories, there’s plenty of food stalls to choose from, including Andy Choo’s Chili Padi serving irresistible and spicy Malaysian rendang curries, Portuguese-influenced Santana Gourmet for Mozambican prawns and spicy prego rolls, and King Arabic Sandwich, run by a charming Palestinian family who make excellent hummus and falafel.

Also on Sundays the trendsters flock to Maboneng’s Market On Main, where fashion, craft and second-hand book stalls spill onto the street, while inside there’s a huge range of food stalls. Favourites include Soul Souvlaki and Mama Mexicana (both now have restaurants in Maboneng), and try the pastries from the JHB Culinary and Pastry School.
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