Locals are flocking to a trio of buzzing artisan markets in the South African city
It’s Sunday lunchtime in Market on Main in Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct. The place is buzzing with foodies sipping craft ale from SMACK! Republic’s onsite brewery, and munching on fragrant paella served from enormous pans, and speciality biltong, South Africa’s famous dried meat. Meanwhile, a DJ spins ambient tunes. This is one of a trio of food markets bringing inventive fare to the city’s evolving centre.
On Saturdays, stylish students from the nearby University of the Witwatersrand stream into Neighbourgoods in the trendy Braamfontein area. Its high-rise setting affords a special feature: a rooftop deck where diners can soak up sunshine (perfect for the Christmas season, the height of summer here), while tucking into terrine made from native game and braaied (grilled) burgers, given a Balkan touch with salty kashkaval cheese.