Things To Do in FordsburgFordsburg Flea Market
Where? Fordsburg Flea Market, Mint Road, Fordsburg, 2092 Johannesburg, Gauteng
How much? Free to browse
The historical suburb of Fordsburg comes alive in an explosion of colours, flavours and the friendly smiles of the vendors at the Fordsburg Flea Market. This market is a vibrant hub in the heart of the Johannesburg suburb, one that celebrates the cultures, sounds, history and tastes of all things India.
During the day, the covered market is occupied by a number of spice traders and stalls that showcase some stunning clothing. On Friday and Saturday nights, however, the little square comes into its own. Twinkling lights illuminate the square as it is abuzz with traditional ingredients, Bollywood music and DVDís, clothing, costume jewellery, exotic teas, and delicious Indian food to tantalise and tempt the taste buds. The colourful textures of fresh ingredients, the warm welcome of vendors ready to haggle over the best prices, and the non-stop bustle of an authentic Indian market combine to create a space of fun and festivity.
The food stalls are particularly alluring. The streets are flanked by folk grilling spicy chicken kebabs and traditional tandoori chicken, while the local restaurants offer an array of Indian-inspired dishes to keep shoppers well sustained during their time strolling around the stalls.
Meeting the local South African Indian people is always a memorable experience, as they engage in friendly banter and are more than happy to share stories of their lives and families. This is more than just a flea market or a shopping hotspot. The Fordsburg Flea Market is an experience, a glimpse into the unique South Africa of today and the wonderful variety of cultures and heritage that make it so special.