So I have been partially living in Jo’burg, South Africa since 2014, and I went back home after freshman year kinda ashamed that I never once visited the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein. Well, in February campus started up again so naturally I HAD to go to Neighbourgoods. It was so worth the wait. It is literally just FOOD FOOD FOOD. And I love food.
I moved up to campus before my friends so I went to the market with my parents. After circling for a good parking space we walked into the alley entrance and up a ramp. Everything was dark thanks to load shedding (looking at you Eskom) but that did absolutely nothing to kill the vibe inside. People bustled along, looking at what each stall had to offer their taste buds. Not only were the people an eclectic mix of ethnicities, the food was too… From cupcakes and coconut juice to paella and real Durban curries.
Everything looked simply amazing but that was only the first floor, the second level was more of a space to eat with tonnes of tables and a few actual shopping stores, we didn’t spend too much time there but the view was amazing!!!
And while there are so so many reason as to why I love neighbourgoods and can’t wait to go back, there was one particular thing that stole my heart/stomach. That was the Goujon Chicken (I could be spelling this very very wrong). Imagine some really good crumbed chicken over curly fries, topped with this amazing cheese and a tangy broth kind of sauce, served with watermelon on the side… If my narrative failed to paint a yummy enough picture for you hereeeeeeeee
To make the experience even better the first floor eating area was just one long table in the middle, you sat next to and opposite strangers who become friends as you smile at them then comment about the food and place, sometimes by needing to scooch over to make room for someone new. I absolutely loved the idea of the communal table.
And of course I cannot forget about the part where I got to drink coconut juice straight from the source, there was also coconut juice and rum #justsaying
After getting some amazing gelato, strawberry and coconut if you’re wondering (2 separate flavours) we headed of to do some shopping after a morning well spent.
TIP: get there as early as possible