Johannesburg

Victoria Yards

  16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville      +27 72 520 7432     22 Nov 2022
Once a derelict complex of light industrial buildings, this sprawling site in Lorentzville in eastern Joburg has undergone a spectacular re-imagining. Underlying this development was the vision for a complex of makers, artists and artisans, that has infused new life into this downtrodden neighbourhood that lies between the downtown Maboneng Precinct and Cyrildene's colourful Chinatown. There is also a commitment to greening that has resulted in a lush urban garden, perfect for winding your way among the artist studios and galleries, retail and food tenants, and regular open day vendors, who call Victoria Yards home.
 
The urban gardens and winding pathways around Victoria Yards.

Lorentzville is also home to the headquarters of homegrown grilled chicken giant Nando's, whose global reach has taken peri-peri chicken to new heights. Their headquarters at Nando's Central Kitchen across the road from Victoria Yards (once Nando's sauce bottling factory) is a model of contemporary South African art and design (closed to the public sadly).

The Victoria Yards complex is home to a number of prominent local artists including Blessing Ngobeni, D.S. Selibe, Hannelie Coetzee and James Delaney. It is also the site of the Daville Baillie Gallery showcasing contemporary art as well as selling South African masters, and the Daville Baillie bookshop with a great selection of art books and other interesting titles.  
Victoria Yards' monthly First Sundays open day event is the perfect excuse for shopping.

Artisans workshops include Tandem Design, owned by Josh and Pia McNally, who design and make custom- hand-crafted furniture; Coote & Wench, a husband and wife team who create magical furniture pieces and lighting from industrial parts; and French jewellery maker Helene Thomas's bijou studio Yol, which is an enticing cavern of exquisite hand-crafted jewellery.
 
The gorgeous bijou studio of French jewellery maker Helene Thomas, Yol.

Another must-stop is Tshepo The Jean Maker's studio. Tshepo's first crafted pair of jeans, the Presidential Slim Fit', kickstarted his denim career in 2015. This was after he abandoned a future in filmmaking for fashion design. His star just continues to rise – and his brand is an iconic Jobrg label. Don't leave without a pair of Joburg-designed denims. Buy off the rack or order your own custom fit. 
 
Denim apparel and accessories from one of a kind Tshepo The Jean Maker.

If you've visited the boutique shopping complex 44 Stanley in Milpark you'll recognise elements of its cool and contemporary industrial aesthetic, as the two sites share a founder. The gardens of Victoria Yards are lush with herbs and medicinal plants. 
 
First Sundays features fashion and design retailers, open artist studios, food and drink, and live music.

We are great fans of Primal Spirit a grain to glass gin label whose distillery is based at Victoria Yards. For a great toastie and coffee head to Foakes Coffee Roastery and for the best fish and chips in Joburg, The Fish and Chip Shop is unbeaten. For some weekend live music there's Bond Society, great for the cocktail hour. 
 
Opening hours are not regulated and many of the spaces are let to working artists so the best time to visit is on the first Sunday of the month when Victoria Yards artists throw open their doors to visitors, for First Sundays.
 
One of the many sweets purveyors at the Victoria Yards marketplace. 

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Open Mon–Fri 09:00–17:00, Sat 10:00–17:00, Sun 10:00–15:00.

Events at this venue

Sunday Feb 5 …
First Sundays at Victoria Yards

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