Best weekend markets to go to in Gauteng if you’re looking for something fun with the family
There are some really cool markets in Gauteng that offer hand made and bespoke things. You can find so many cool things like home decor, jewelry, craft beer, craft gin, great food stalls live music and much more.
It’s also very family friendly and there’s usually loads of space for your kids to play. Some markets even let you bring your dogs with which gives it this lively atmosphere. I’ve been to a couple of these markets in Gauteng which I will list below. Some of them are great . Some of them are not so great but it depends what you like.
Here are some of the markets in Gauteng that I have visited and that I would recommend visiting.
The Linden Market only happens two or three times a year. They have a winter market, spring market, Christmas market and maybe another one somewhere in March. But it’s really worth going. I had my own stand there once or twice and the people are really nice and it’s something nice to do with your family on a Saturday. The market gets really busy around 12 and they offer things that fall under Home & Interiors, Gardens, Food & Drink, Fashion & Accessories & Kids Entertainment.
Venue: Botanical Gardens, entrance at 45 Thomas Bowler Street, Emmarentia (opposite Roosevelt High School).
Entrance fee is R20 (* This is at July 2018).
Parking: R10 (Roosevelt High School sports field). The parking is safe and they have security guards watching and checking the key in the ignition when you leave.
Irene Village Market
The Irene Market happens on the 1st and last Saturday of every month from 09:00 – 14:00. Because, it’s right after payday. They have live music, fresh local produce, loads of home made stuff like decor and beauty products. The Irene Village Market is at the Big Red Barn @ 7 Nelson Road, Olifantsfontein, Centurion. What nice about it is that you can do some mountain biking in the morning, and then put your bike back on your bike rack and stroll through the market. So it’s safe and they have guards watching your bike and car.
You can also visit the Big Red Barn website for more info and I think they merged with Irene Market.
You only need to pay for parking but the entrance to the market is free. They also have jungle gym activities at the Big Red Barn called Acrobranch where kids can play the whole day.
I’ve been to the Neighbourgoods Market twice. They are more focused on food and drinks where the others include everything from decor to food and drink.
The Neighbourgoods Market is based near the Nelson Mandela bridge in Johannesburg CBD. There is a Johannesburg Market and a Cape Town Market and the market is open from 09:00 to 15:00 every Saturday, rain or shine as they say on their website. I know the Johannesburg one is under a roof sortof in a parking garage so hence the rain or shine.
You can just park in the street right by the market. It’s quite safe.
The entrance fee is free.
I haven’t been to the Pretoria Boeremark but from what I’ve heard it’s quite awesome. You can buy anything from drinks, food and I think they’ve got live music as well.
This market is exactly what you think it would be. It has really awesome food, drinks, meat, fresh produce and handmade products.
But you have to get there early. Visitors start showing up as early as 5am to get their hands on freshly made food and other goods. So you’ll need to get up early even if you wanted to sleep in.
The market is every Saturday and it doesn’t mention anything about an entrance fee. Parking is just around the market on the grounds there.