This article was first published on 19 April 2016 and was updated on 8 August 2018.
Plan your weekends around local country markets and stock up on fresh, homemade treats. These are our favourites in and around Gauteng…
1. Irene Village Market, Pretoria
This well-loved market has become an institution since its inception in 1989. Near the slopes of Smuts Hill, near the village of Irene and on the banks of the Hennops River, there are more than 250 stalls with original arts and crafts (hand-picked for the market), clothing, antiques and curios. Chill out in the licensed tea garden with a glass of Chardonnay, and listen to live music while the kids run loose in the entertainment area.
- When: Every first and last Saturday of the month
- Where: The Big Red Barn, 7 Nelson road, Olifantsfontein
2. The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market, Johannesburg
This was one of the first markets in Joburg and has become an institution. Shop for grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, sourdough bread, organic farm veggies and herbs spilling out of wooden crates, as well as deli items free of artificial additives, preservatives and colourants. It’s also a great place to buy gifts like beautiful silver jewellery and alpaca wool jerseys. Try a slice of apple cake and a frothy cappuccino at Bettina’s coffee shop.
- When: Thursdays, Saturdays and public holidays 9am to 3pm
- Where: 40 Culross road, Bryanston
3. Fourways Farmers Market, Fourways
This popular market has visitors thronging to stock up on artisan breads and cheeses, home-made condiments – highly recommended are the harissa and chimichurri – fresh dairy products from farms in Harties and Magalies, and charcuterie. Then comes the difficult choice of what to have for lunch – there’s an array of stalls that offer gourmet hotdogs, lamb on the spit, curries and burritos to mention a few. There’s a great play area for kids, the adjacent nursery is open and there’s also live music, wine, craft beer and bubbly. The market also welcomes dogs.
- When: Sundays 9am to 4pm
- Where: Opposite Montecasino on William Nicol Drive, Johannesburg
4. Cowhouse Market, Pretoria East
Situated near the Silver Lakes golfing estate, this relatively new, all-weather, gourmet food and craft market is rapidly gaining popularity. Browse the ‘street café’ stalls where you can sample delicious titbits, then try the local Hazeldean craft beer. There’s even craft whiskey. Looking for custom-made wooden furniture, wirework or jewellery? This is where you’ll find it all and many more gift ideas. This market is pet-friendly with ample seating and great live music. Young ones are also catered for at the large play areas.
- When: Every Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm
- Where: Corner Ridge Road and Oukraal Boulevard, Pretoria East
5. Walkerville Farmer’s Market, Walkerville
A family orientated, dog-friendly and community-supporting market where local and outlying microfarmers come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Only quality handmade, home-grown and home-made products are featured alongside artists and crafters in all mediums. The wooden stalls are under thatch, lending a real countryside feeling to the market and you can stock up on honey, boutique beers, freshly baked and bottled goods. Get great gift ideas at the woodwork, jewellery and embroidery stalls. Pick up a good book and buy your pooch something cute at the pet accessory stall. Then take a break at the food court or have a cold one at the pub while the kids enjoy pony rides and face painting.
- When: Every Saturday, 9am to 3pm, rain or shine
- Where: 112 Main Road (on the R82 between Southgate & Vereeniging)
6. The Stables Village Market, Chartwell
The newest kid on the block in Fourways, this former horse abode has been given a new lease on life and transformed into foodie heaven. On the menu are succulent racks of ribs, make-your-own sushi, freshly squeezed juices, Latin American food and cocktails, artisanal choc and cheese, the Banting Barn and more. You can even ‘buy and braai’ with grass-fed meat or boerrie from the deli. Do the braaiing yourself on site or the chefs will happily cook your meat in the wood-fired oven. The outdoor area has a small stage for live music (on weekends), hale bales and wine barrels for your chairs and tables and a kiddie jungle gym.
When: Open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, and every Friday and Saturday from 9am to 9pm
Where: 212 3rd Rd Chartwell (behind the Broadacres Shopping Centre)
7. Country Market at the Country Pub, Kyalami
Since this family-and-dog-friendly market launched in April 2016, at the Kyalami landmark of the Country Pub, it has grown hugely in popularity, both with visitors and vendors. Expect a vibey atmosphere with live music, handmade soft toys, woodwork and crafts, unique jewellery, hearty food and pet products. Every month there are new, interesting stallholders, there’s ice-cold beer on tap, a kiddie play area and the firepits are lit as the sun goes down.
When: First Sunday of every month from 11am to 4pm
Where: 35 Cedar Rd, corner Main Rd, Kyalami