Markets are great places to spend time with friends and family, especially the best December markets around the country. They’re also a great place to spend money, boosting the small business owners that bring value and a vibe to these awesome environments.
With the local scene flourishing like never before, supporting local entrepreneurs isn’t the only reason to embrace SA’s vibrant market culture, here are a few more:
- They’re family friendly.
- Many markets sell fresh produce from local farms for delicious home cooking.
- The wide range of drinks, eats and treats ensures that everyone can find something that hits the spot.
- Live entertainment is a feature at many markets.
- The unique clothing, crafts and collectables make markets a great place to do some gift shopping.
Here’s a quick list of a few markets worth checking out this festive season – and beyond.
457 Mr551 Rd, Shongweni Resource Reserve, Shongweni, 3650.
Every Saturday from 6:30am – 1pm.
What began with 12 humble vendors in 1998 has become a 150-stall institution. With the goal of helping people buy local, the Shongweni Farmers Market is a wonderful collection of fresh produce and craft goods. It attracts fans from all over KZN each and every weekend.
Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, 4000.
From 9am – 2pm on the first Saturday of every month.
Durban’s I Heart Market is a true community affair. Everything sold must be local, creating a unique platform for Durban-based artists, artisans and entrepreneurs. With the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium as a backdrop, the self-styled anti-mall is a fantastic place to be.
Yoco Merchants to look out for at Durban markets
A brand new player in the boutique fashion game, Kerry Goddam is all about luxury and class. These timelessly stylish garments are gorgeous and elegant.
Colourful, customisable towels made from microfiber fabrics built for the beach. Made by Durbanites that know what they’re doing. Towels don’t get cooler than this.
73 Juta St, Cnr De Beer & Juta St, Johannesburg, 2000.
Saturdays from 9am – 3pm.
A source of speciality food and goods, this market possesses all the energy and enthusiasm that Joburg is renowned for. Since opening in 2011, people have gathered every weekend to enjoy the craft food and boutique fashion that make this venue an institution.
40 Culross Rd, Bryanston, Sandton, 2191.
Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am – 3pm.
A staunch supporter of conscious and sustainable living, this market is a must-visit for anyone passionate about the environment. On top of the amazing food and fresh produce, it’s also famous for art, clothing, curios and children’s toys and events.
C/O William Nicol Dr & Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, 2191.
Fridays from 3:30pm – 10:30pm and Sundays from 9am – 4pm.
Located on the original Fourways Farmstead, this beautiful venue is home to 107 stalls. stocked with everything local, artisanal and delicious. Live music and a sprawling playground for the kids tops off a wonderful experience for people of all ages.
Yoco merchants to look out for at Joburg markets
Gourmet street food specialists with a big personality that matches the flavour of their chicken and cheese. Their signature slang is almost as famous as their food.
Jozi Dim Sum
Bringing South African flavour to the bite-sized Chinese cuisine, Jozi Dim Sum offers a unique take with levels of deliciousness that even purists can’t argue with.
Leefi Haute Design
Locally handcrafted accessories made from cork and synthetic baobab leather. Kind to nature, their beautiful bags, purses, wallets and bowties make great gifts.
Creators of some of the most elegant, tasteful planners and notebooks you’re likely to see. High quality and meticulously designed, they provide a great gifting opportunity.