My wife told me about this little gem the other day and from the brief description she gave me, I just knew it was going to be huge. Located along the popular Gleneagles strip in Greenside, The Greensider is Johannesburg’s new neighbourhood market joining the likes of the In 2 Fresh market in Modderfontein and the Fourways Famers Market.
Taking on a younger feel than a lot of the other markets, The Greensider boasts a stylish look with a similar pallet-heavy design as the Sheds@1Fox. The walls are lined with local art and the choice of stall holders is phenomenal. You can expect the ubiquitous Balkan Burger, a stunning little fish and chips stand called Cliffe’s Fish Bar, a stand doing wraps aptly named the Wrap Shack who sell some great wraps including a falafel one for the vegetarians. Another store to take note of is Mambo Latino, a South American inspired stall serving up Argentinean, Mexican and Columbian treats and Coconut Kitchen who specialise in organic health foods for those looking to take the healthy option.
The Greensider also is home to a cocktail and craft bar where patrons can enjoy a few drinks while sampling the lovely food. Also, unlike many other markets, The Greensider has more than enough seating as well as joining onto the Mish Mash parking area, where there is more seating and where one could obviously enjoy the fabulous array of wines that Mish Mash are famous for.
It was a little quiet when I visited but I spoke to one of the stall holders who mentioned how things pick up in the evening. I enjoyed the quiet vibe but if you’re looking for something with higher energy I suggest visiting at around 17h00. They are open from Thursday to Sunday between 11h00 and 22h00 so this might even make for a great place to meet friends for a drink and some munchies after work.
Take a trip to Greenside soon, you’ll be surprised at all the new locations there at the moment and don’t forget to pop into The Greensider, my new favourite spot on the strip.
By Byron Marais
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