The beginning of June brought about Joburg’s winter nights; which simply translate – tucking into bed earlier, ensuring that the heaters are on and having a cup of hot chocolate on standby. However, this cold weather won’t stop Joburg people from having their utmost fun celebrating Jozi’s nightlife. On Thursday the 4th of June 2015, Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein held their second night market for the year thus far and the turnout was remarkably packed for a chilly evening. The night market prides itself as a “central hub for the first Thursday”; that being the first Thursday of every month. You are sure to expect the fun and social vibe, decadent and garnished foods, fashion by young designers and crafted goods with an added entertainment to round off a perfect evening.We were inspired by the work of designers such as Vintage Zionist, Somerset Jane and Asseblief; we were a bit surprised to see Vuyo’s food truck there but loved it as it fitted in well. Shout out to “Balkan Burger” for the enticing cheese burger that we thoroughly enjoyed and most definitely liked the originality of presenting a burger. We then moved on to the markets breath-taking rooftop and at an entrance fee of R30 got entertained by: Abby Nurock, Desmond & the tutus, P.H.fat and Half & Half.
As awesome as the evening was, it had its flaws. The event was advertised to be open from 5pm to 11pm; which surprised many when doors were closed at 8:30pm. A complain by a local resident and Neighbourgood regular said that she “stood in long queues to try and get upstairs only to find out that the guy who was supposed to be there selling tickets had gone AWOL” as quoted from her Facebook comment to the event’s page. We can verify her allegation as we too were pushed and pressed in the line leading to the rooftop. Great suggestions were proposed by disappointed customers to ensure that such poor planning does not become a trend for Jozi’s favourite market; one of them being to prepare pre-sale tickets to help with crowed control. Based on the concept and the venue of the night market we give it a four star rating but in regards to the experience Thursday night it sits at a disappointing two stars. Hoping that the organisation of future night markets at Neighbourgoods is set to be improved we would definitely go back for more of the delicious food and energetic atmosphere.
*Pictures were taken on the night and can be found at www.facebook.com/MyJozi