The Cape Corner in Joburg market adds to Gauteng’s growing list of lifestyle markets

What do you get when you take a sizable portion of delicious food, throw in a splash of creative crafts, add a generous dollop of good music, sprinkle liberally with family and friends, and mix it all together in an outdoor space? A fabulous day out, that’s what.

The Cape Corner in Joburg market, which is held at the Spark Gallery in Short Road, Orchards, is a new entrant to Gauteng’s growing list of lifestyle markets and the perfect recipe for a family or friends’ day out.

Held on the last Saturday of every second month, the market brings together vendors who offer the flavours and products of the Mother City – perfect to relieve the homesickness and nostalgia that Capetonians now living in Gauteng may experience; but also a fabulous way to introduce authentic Cape Town products to anyone looking for things to do in Johannesburg on a Saturday.

The market offers live entertainment (a father-daughter duo sings jazz standards, there’s a salsa session and DJs playing old-skool classics), a supervised indoor children’s play area and a vast array of authentic Cape Town-inspired food and products.

From gatsbys, salomies and samoosas to Malay koeksisters and pickled fish, there’s something to tickle every taste bud. And if you’re looking for a T-shirt with a saying true to the Cape Flats (think "Awe masekind"), you’re guaranteed to find it here.

Cape Corner In Joburg Koeksistas
Yummy Malay koeksisters (Image: The Cape Corner in Joburg)

Market co-founder Vikki Harry (who manages it along with fellow ex-Capetonians, husband Shaun and friend, Fayros Jaffer) says stallholders are carefully selected to ensure that market-goers find a wide selection of products that are synonymous with the seaside town.

“The long-term vision is to grow the market in terms of vendors … constantly changing it up to be fresh. We would like to be one of the top 10 markets in Johannesburg,” she says.

“Currently The Cape Corner in Joburg market runs every second month, but as of next year, we would like to have it every month and then, eventually, every weekend.”

Visit The Cape Corner in Joburg on Facebook for details of the next market now so next time you're looking for something to do in Johannesburg, you'll know where to go.