Monday, October 27, 2014

South African Market Showcase: We Couldn't Choose Just One!

As you may well know, here at Robin Street Market we love a good market. They offer the perfect place to sample local cuisine, browse local handcrafted items and take in the cultural atmosphere of the area. South Africa is home to many flea markets so we’ve decided to showcase a handful of the most popular ones in the country. With so many great options it was quite difficult to decide, but we finally settled on the Panorama Flea Market, the Green Point Flea Market and the Hillfox Flea Market. Read on to learn more!

Panorama Flea Market 

Located in Mulbarton, the Panorama Flea Market is the busiest in the south of Johannesburg. With almost 400 stalls and regular live entertainment, this particular market repeatedly draws a good-sized crowd. The market’s history spans 22 years and is now known as one of the top markets to visit whether you are in search of clothing, jewellery or an exceptional variety of food stalls.

There’s plenty of time to visit this market, since it’s open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9am to 4pm. And for those with little ones in tow the Panorama Flea Market also has a Kids Zone, which provides adult supervised entertainment at a minimal cost. Fun for kids, shopping for the adults – there’s something for everyone!

via Panorama Flea Market

Green Point Flea Market

Held at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, this market is about the same size as the Panorama Flea Market. Green Point Flea Market is open on Sundays and public holidays from 8:30am to 5pm.

The vendors at this market carry a wide range of clothing, electronic goods, antiques, and bric-a-brac, but what makes this market a stand-out is its selection of second hand books (apparently it is not uncommon to find first and second edition classics!) The food vendors are also rumoured to be pretty spectacular. You can find anything from local South African dishes to traditional Dutch street cuisine!

via Green Point Flea Market

Hillfox Flea Market

Known for its great bargain buys, the Hillfox Flea Market is held in the Johannesburg suburb of Roodepoort. This market is smaller than Green Point and Panorama, as it only hosts about 250 stalls, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in stellar deals. The vendors also provide a great selection of wares – you should be able to find everything from well-known brands to locally handcrafted items.

Hillfox is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and holds regular free Sunday concerts. The relaxed atmosphere and great selection of live entertainment are big draws to both locals and tourists. Sounds like a great place to spend some time!

via JHB Live

Have you visited any of these markets before? Or know of any other great markets in South Africa?  Let us know in the comments below.