If I had to choose one thing to do when I go to Joburg – its Neighbourgoods Market. In a nutshell, it’s foodie heaven and a place where it’s perfectly acceptable to have dim sum for breakfast, followed by paella, a few oysters washed down with some pink bubbles and then perhaps by a beignet or two…all before 10am! If you are a bit more traditional, you might prefer to indulge in a crepe with coffee before heading out with pate and bread. You may prefer to hang out upstairs with a craft beer and soak in the vibe. The ‘Sumting Fresh’ guys sing to you while they prepare your food and all around you folks are cooking and hustling and bringing you delights to try, as I said, heaven…
If this sounds like your ideal way to soak up some culture then I would highly recommend The Maboneng Precinct on Fox Street. Go on a Sunday afternoon, find the Mojito guys then wonder about and enjoy food, galleries, vintage and music. Find a spot to people watch and check out all the cool kids. You won’t be disappointed. And don’t forget to stroll around the corner and head up to The Living Room rooftop bar. (The Barman are pretentious but the drinks are cold and the view is fabulous)!
Of course a bit of shopping wouldn’t go amiss, I can squeeze a couple hours in at Sandton like the best of ‘em! I usually have a game plan and try to beeline to a few places but I have to say (sorry Sandton) Gateway is waaaay better. My ‘beeline’ usually involves the following; Zara, Topshop, Lush, Kingsley Heath and Country Road all of which you can find at Gateway; in a much nicer mall. All we’re missing is Kheils but they have that in the Pavillion on the way home along with a Chanel and Dior counter so not a train smash. Here’s another discovery… if I gander around Zara in Sandton, I struggle to find anything I like; whereas Zara in Durban is more like “Must.get.all.the.things” (Insert picture of wild eyed crazy haired shopping fiend grabbing things off rails)! For me they are totally different and I find far more goodies I like in the Durban outlet.
I did of course pick up a couple bits and bobs, mainly Kheils. I was looking for a great pair of ankle boots and a nice top which I couldn’t find. I would highly recommend Zara jeans, love love love! The Topshop bronzer has replaced my Body Shop one, it is lovely and soft and the Kheils Skin Rescue is doing what it says on the tin. Topshop clothing was a bit of a disappointment, their clothes were way too bland for the price tag and everything just looked last season. They did have a beautiful cream handbag that I wish I had bought but that was it…
Zara – ‘Cigarette’ Jeans
Khiel’s – Skin Rescuer, Pineapple & Papaya Facial Scrub, Ultra Facial Cleanser
Topshop – Bronzer, Cream Blush & Panda Cosmetic Bag
Africology – Vitamin Skin Booster Serum & Lip Balm
All in all a bitter sweet trip having to say goodbye to an old friend but a few wines whilst looking at old school photos had me laughing and crying. It’s great to catch up with old friends and reminisce no matter how cringy ones hair was and a hand me down Kate Spade handbag gift did help soften the blow (only a little) of friends moving far far away…