This trendy shopping emporium housed in Newtown’s historic Potato Sheds showcases dozens of the best local fashion, lifestyle, homeware, furniture and design brands. The Potato Sheds were first built in 1911 as part of Johannesburg's original fruit and vegetable market and in 2015 this important heritage building was sensitively restored to create a space that feels both modern and historic.
Cutting-edge South African brands to look out for at Work Shop New Town include Maria McCloy’s colourful accessories made with vibrant African prints and Maxhosa by Laduma’s Xhosa-inspired knitwear in eye-catching geometric designs.
Work Shop New Town is not only about shopping, the centre is also part of a wider project to revitalise the Newtown area. Facing the new shopping mall Newtown Junction and next door to the famous Market Theatre, there’s plenty to keep you entertained for a whole afternoon. For lunch or dinner visit the adjoining Potato Shed restaurant with its extraordinary steampunk-inspired decor and gourmet grillhouse menu or try the trendy cafe-bar Town which specialises in dim sum and has a sunny terrace which opens onto a grassy lawn.
Also look out for special monthly events where cocktails, DJs and a party atmosphere feature such as the Saturday afternoon urban picnic event Pic Nic New Town or late night shopping on the last Thursday of the month.
Hours: Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm