In the cultural arc of Johannesburg, you can find a wide variety of music, fashion, and food. Braamfontein, a central suburb that is home to artists and musicians, has become one of the main creative hubs.
Every Saturday, the Neighbourgoods Market is open, welcoming an abundance of flavour and diversity. Although you can find clothes and accessories, the main attraction of the market is definitely the food.
1. Spring Rolls and Samosas
From vegetarian to a variety of meat, the spring rolls and samosas are the perfect snack whilst continuing the hunt for food. However if you can’t make it to the market, making spring rolls yourself is an easy way to bring its wonders into your kitchen.
2. Fresh Oysters (and Champagne)
Oysters are not for everyone, but what if you add a little tequila? If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, drinking champagne is apparently good for your brain. Take a glass and some oysters and bring the market to a new level of class.
The endless amount of cake is not only beautiful to look at, but the exciting combinations of ingredients will force you to take at least four boxes home. Make your own lemon olive oil cake and add a bit of rosemary to make it a little more interesting.
4. Vegan Coconut Fried Rice
Although South Africa is a mostly a meat country, there are still many opportunities for vegans and vegetarians to splurge on food. Walking past the vegan coconut fried rice without grabbing yourself a plate is something that simply cannot be done.
5. Gourmet Sandwiches
6. Sushi and Rice Burgers
When your regular maki orders won’t do, explore some new flavours in the sushi corner of the market. Try the salmon in the rice bun, a sushi burger, or if you’re bored of the regular roll, check out these new ways to enjoy your sushi.
Aside from food, the market also serves a variety of drinks. From artisanal coffee to craft beer, they have it all. The large range of smoothies is definitely to be recommended, especially with the country’s famous fresh produce.
9. Gourmet Hot Dogs
Ditch the cheap hot dog carts and try one of these babies. Sausages wrapped in bacon and smothered in jalapeños and fun sauces.
10. Seafood Paella
When you’re done scavenging, sit outside on the terrace accompanied by friends, live music, and Mandela.