The Jozi Food Market, Johannesburg
Did you know?
The trendy village of nearby Parkhurst has many choice restaurants and cafés in one street – 4th Avenue.
The Jozi Food Market is accessibly located on the grounds of a Johannesburg sports club, minutes from the well known row of restaurants in the trendy northern suburb of Greenside. It’s an intimate market you can work your way through in half an hour, if pushed; alternatively, take a morning to really taste and discover all the products.
The emphasis, above all, is on things homemade, using exceptional products. This is where you find upmarket, quality treats at affordable prices.
The Jozi Food Market boasts quite a few standout stalls. Look for the honey table with its eco-friendly raw (unpasteurised) honey provided by a registered beekeeper. The homemade bacon table sells arguably the best pork pies in Johannesburg, and there is a jam stall with lemon curd that is beyond grandma’s best.
Also look for the table with refreshing cordials – organic and homebrewed – and ask to taste till you find what you like (the pomegranate is impressive). The Polish gentleman with his Eastern European smoked sausages and biltong choices is all about quality snacks packed with flavour. The bread stand has loaves bursting with seeds, grains and crusts that pack some serious crunch.
Food markets in South Africa have become more than just shopping venues. Families, couples and foodies support them because they offer entertainment, good food and quality products in one spot.
At the Jozi Food Market, take the time to enjoy a breakfast of fresh coffee matched with a croissant, pain au chocolat or Belgian waffle. After your extensive explorations you’ll be needing lunch, so find the gourmet sandwich stand, the outfit that sells country pasties, or that chap with the pork pies.
There are a few fresh produce, books and crafts stalls, but this market is mainly about glorious food. It’s the ideal market to fill up your baskets for the weekend.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Jozi Food Market
Tel: +27 (0)76 469 8995
How to get here
The Jozi Food Market is held on the grounds of the Pirates Sports Club in Greenside. It’s easily accessed from the main M1 Highway.
Best time to visit
The market is open every Saturday from 8.30am to 1pm.
You can either organise a transfer or taxi from your hotel to Greenside/Parkhurst, or drive to the market yourself.
What will it cost
Entrance to the market is free, and there’s a good selection of products from across the price range to choose from, depending on what you’re after.
Where to stay
There are a number of small B&Bs and guesthouses dotted in and around Greenside and the surrounding suburbs. For bigger hotels, try the nearby Sandton area. Here you’ll find a collection of luxury hotels, including the five-star Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Sun and The Michelangelo Hotel.
What to eat
Try out the homemade breads and tapas.
The picturesque Emmarentia Dam and Johannesburg Botanical Gardens are nearby, as is the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve. For some retail therapy, pop in at the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre or The Mall of Rosebank, or take a trip to Parkhurst, with its dozens of quaint stores and restaurants. There is a good African curio market at The Mall of Rosebank, which is only a ten-minute drive from the Jozi Food Market.