Congo Corner Market, Johannesburg
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The Congo Corner Market in Johannesburg is the place to source authentic African produce and to enjoy a pan-African experience. It dominates the main drag (Rockey Street) of Yeoville, traditionally a polyglot melting pot in the eastern part of the city.
Yeoville has gone from being the home of artists and alternatives to a South African home for the African diaspora.
West Africans speaking ‘Franglais’ (French English), Zimbabweans, Mozambicans and Malawians come together in this market that sells mainly fresh produce. However, cloth, masks, sculptures and crafts also feature. Haggling is expected.
The Congo Corner Market is where you go hunting for items such as hot chilli sauce, plantains, yams, sweet potatoes, amadumbe (a popular starchy tuber – think African potato), cassava leaves, fresh peanuts and cashews, homemade breads, and hard-to-find spices and oils.
The atmosphere is very informal and the prices invitingly good. The attractions here are the grassroots, true African atmosphere and the colourful goods. You’re in Africa, not just South Africa.
This market is not so much about produce transformed as is the case at most other markets around Johannesburg. Rather, it is about raw and affordable items that can be transformed. African immigrants looking to cook traditional dishes come here to find the right spice blends, sauces, greens and starches to keep their cuisine authentic.
Food markets in South Africa generally offer an ethnic experience, but none more so than the Congo Corner Market.
It can be a bit bewildering for a first-time visitor so it would be a good idea to take a guided walking tour to introduce yourself to the market and have the reassurance of someone in the know explaining what you’re looking at and how it should be used or cooked.
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Tel: +27 (0)11 678 3905