Jozi’s ’burbs are slowly undergoing a transformation from area to area. Whole main streets are taking on a Cape Town vibe with restaurants spilling out onto pavements and talented designers opening furniture, jewellery and other crafty stores to display and sell handmade products.
While Linden legends like The Whippet, serving their tantalising legendary dark chocolate and salted caramel cake, and Ceramic Factory have been drawing more than locals into the suburb, a new quarterly market has sprung up at Hoërskool Linden.
And what a market it is! Specially curated to offer stylish, handmade luxury lifestyle items, all the vendors’ products are of high quality. With an abundance of variety from Nguni hides, bouquets of local proteas, ceramics, to handmade Shweshwe children’s clothes – there is something on offer for everyone in the family. Pick up unique and quirky gifting items from the Linden local Gonk’s stand before indulging in some ceramic jewellery from the talented Picnic Ceramics. For the fur babies, who are welcome too, Benji + Moon offers beautifully tailored
items for pets – from leather collars to doggie beds. The stalls are arranged around the sports fields, providing ample space to enjoy the wares on display while grooving to live music on stage. Wooden pallets and inviting cushions offer a peaceful spot to recline for a minute or two as you make your way around and watch the hustle and bustle and laughter of people having a good time. Entrance is R10 per person and off-street parking is
available at R20.
Feeling peckish? The market extends out onto the road behind the school where table upon table of
folks sprawl out, enjoying the warm weather under the canopy of trees, while sipping on bubbly or a pint
from The Rolling Beer Bikers. Here, market-goers are spoiled with an array of food trucks as well, serving Mexican or something healthier from Fraiche – Health on the Go. Suddenly our nostrils are filled with the distinctive aroma of wors on the braai and our eyes are caught by the powder-blue vintage car from Pop and Wors. Like zombies, we are drawn in and we have to gobble one of their indulgent gourmet boeries. Paired with a glass of Miss Molly from Môreson, food market heaven could not get any greater! The Linden Spring Market, scheduled for 3 September, promises to be bigger and better – definitely not to be missed.
By Taryn Das Neves