14 March 2012 by Kate Turkington

A Johannesburg experience with a difference

The Fordsburg experience – history, culture, food and public art on a walking tour of 1 of Jo’burg’s gems.

You probably know about Johannesburg’s major tourist attractions – the Apartheid Museum, Sandton City, Soweto, Gold Reef City and Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind, among many others – but have you heard of historic Fordsburg?

No? Then it’s time for a visit.

Take a Saturday night ‘Spicy Fordsburg’ walking tour and learn about the history, culture, food and public art of this buzzing centre of Indian and Pakistani South African culture.

Shop till you drop at the famous Fordsburg Market, where you can buy anything from a bejewelled sari to a local T-shirt as you breathe in the aromatic perfumes of heady spices and incense.

Shop till you drop at the famous Fordsburg Market, where you can buy anything from a bejewelled sari to a local T-shirt as you breathe in the aromatic perfumes of heady spices and incense.

But you’ll forget the incense when you sniff the food smells.

On a recent visit I sampled fresh Indian snacks (samoosas anyone?), exotic sweetmeats, and sipped a fresh coconut before admiring the colourful statues of Indian deities and assorted religious trinkets in the Hindu prayer shop.

It’s safe to park, and a knowledgeable guide (often the chairperson of the Fordsburg Market) will take you through the central square and talk you through the experience.

Category: Food & Wine

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