Eat.Drink.Travel: Neighbourgoods Market (Johannesburg)

After our first Eat.Drink.Festival, Folly and I looked up a couple of different festivals around the world to get a proper understanding of what we were trying to do.

That’s when I stumbled on Neighbourgoods Market and it has been on my bucket list ever since.

Well, South Africa, in general, has been on my bucket list to be fair. The food scene is so vibrant.

Begun with a vision of reviving the community market as a social institution, The Neighbourgoods Market was held for the first time in September of 2006.

Housed in the historic sky-lit warehouse of The Old Biscuit Mill, the market quickly established itself as a catalyst for - and celebration of - the urban renaissance that has seen the once dilapidated neighbourhood of Woodstock become the thriving heart of the city’s creative industries.

Every Saturday from 9 AM - 3 PM, Jozi locals are in there like swimwear. For something so frequent, I couldn’t believe the turnout.  If we tried this in Lagos, everyone would get fed up after a month.

The area is a little bit dodgy, so it's best you take an Uber. My Uber driver told me a guy got shot some blocks down about a week ago. On the bright side, that's a testament to the authenticity of the neighborhood.

Last thing, do NOT take your kids.