Johannesburg’s newest food and design market, held every Sunday from 12-3pm, can be found at Arts on Main. Just like most Joburgers, I am thrilled that there is finally evidence of inner city rejuvenation and a sense of much-needed ‘street culture’. Instead of the sterile, cold malls we are accustomed to, we can now visit eclectic, outdoor spaces and truly enjoy a taste of ‘city life’. ‘[Market on Main] will not just bring the best in local, natural and organic products together but also promises to be a community hub. A place where the best in the industry can connect and share their expertise.’
la Basse-cour specialises in French-style antiques and reproductions. I can spend ages in this showroom, viewing and lusting after it’s linens, glasses, ceramic pots, chandeliers, furniture and everything else it has on offer.
My husband and I recently visited the gorgeous city of Cape Town for our December holiday. We had a fabulous time dining at a wide variety of restaurants, sunning ourselves on the beach and visiting gorgeous coastal towns dotted along the Cape Peninsula. One that stood out for me is Kalk Bay, eclectic and relaxed with an interesting and fascinating history. Originally starting out as a mini-port for the Dutch East India Company in 1742, it’s “harbour and fishing operates at low key and the village has become the centre of antique, art and bric-a-brac shops with many outstanding restaurants who, with excellent food, maintain the unique and special character of this historic harbour village.”
From the 26 - 28 November, the rooftop of the Hyde Park Shopping Centre played host to the Food Wine Design Fair. Visitors were treated to unique, high-quality goods showcased in “magical tent structures, with theatre lighting, specially designed and manufactured dining and selling areas and larger-than-life landscaping.”
L’Elephant Terrible is a charming, Dickensian style bookshop, located in 44 Stanley, Milpark. It has an excellent selection of both fiction and non-fiction books (and records) for you to pore over.
Arts on Main 264 Fox St
Jozi’s new inner city, cultural hub…
I am in love with Wolves Café in Illovo, Johannesburg. My new local haunt is a coffee and cake shop by day - with a great pastry and cake selection (their Red Velvet Cake is unbelievable!) and a bar at night, featuring live music on select evenings.
My husband did this tilt-shift effect in Photoshop on a photograph I took on the border of Cosmo City, Johannesburg. Tilt shift mimics the effect that the real lens creates and fools the viewer into believing a real-life situation is a miniature. I like the way the colours of the subject’s clothing stand out from the background.
There are all sorts of African treasures and artifacts in this arty store, located in 44 Stanley, Milpark JHB. In it’s past life, Stanley used to be a series of industrial buildings and run-down workshops, but now he has been transformed into an urban oasis where you will find restaurants, art studios and a host of fascinating one-of-a-kind shops. Just like the one is this picture…