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The Linden Market, Johannesburg

the linden market johannesburg

The Linden Market is a veritable feast for the senses.  Real soul food.  If you haven’t been, go!  And if you have been, go again!  They’re open tomorrow for their Autumn Edition.
I don’t often get a gap to just fo walk around a market for a few hours:  due to work (most weekends) and my beloved mountain bike ;-).  But, in December on what was a cloudy Saturday (I think it had rained the day before), the Linden Xmas market was on, and I was able to go exploring.   And boy was I happy I did!!   In my opinion, there are 5 main reasons why this market works so darn well, and why it’s so worthy of taking the time out to go enjoy.
1. the setting : I mean, really guys… set in nature at Emmarentia – what more do you want!?  they have cordoned off a section for the market to keep it “secure” and “business-like” and it just works.  Set amidst the pretty gardens, trees and shrubs.
2. it’s a true “pop-up shop” experience with Zapper and the like and with quality suppliers and a wide variety of goods on sale.
3. the vendors/ suppliers :  let’s just say – handmade/ crafted and local are key words.  And there so many options/ choices, without the overkill or duplicity of products – from clothes, to jewellery to art, decor, food, deli and more.
4. the food section :  this has been made into a “food court” as it were – again so many options from simple to, well, a little more exotic, from vegan to not vegan 😉 champagne, yummy dessert type goodies, gourmet ice lollies and on and on…
5. the vibe and music : this market has such a great vibe (almost like a village setting/ feeling), with areas for people to just sit and chill a bit, or eat/snack, and/ or enjoy the musician(s) on stage at that moment.  And on that note, they always have a great variety of artists sharing their awesome tunes.

I totally loved the time I spent there, walking from stall to stall, chatting to people and suppliers, and enjoying the wonderful tunes playing at that time, by the super talented Awesome Foursome String Band (some of the guys from Runaway Cult Train).  And, yeah I spent too much moola, c’est la vie, right? and only left when I did, because I had a commitment that afternoon.  Guys, this market runs seasonally, so there are only a few opportunities (at the moment) to go enjoy it, so take some time out and head on over – you won’t regret it.

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Re-Trend captivated me for a while.  Mostly because it’s all about retro decor (mid century style/design), and the fact that they set up this amazing “store space” in a park, and managed to give it an authentic “store”  look and feel, that just worked.  Of course all the quirky things were awesome too…. the Frieda cushion, the textures, patterns and colours – I totally loved it!

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and then I was “pulled” towards the Bobby – Yarn stall by the vibey Antoinette (the face behind the brand/ product) and the pretty pretty bags.  Loads of colors and patterns, and truly great story of a start-up business – way to go lady!

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the pear trees were loaded and just looked so in place adding to the market, farm, village, kinda vibe!

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these guys (Awesome Foursome) kept me captivated for a loooong while – their brand of music is just fantastic, and the choice of tunes they played at that time just hit the spot!

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yummy vegan food choices by Keenwa – I’m not vegan but their food choices were incredibly appealing and tasty

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yummy fudges, brownies, rice krispie thingies and more by The Counter – these guys specialize in really different, fun and yummy goodies – go check them out

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Glare Modern Vintage was just another of those stalls that attracts – the fabrics and designs are just so pretty!

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I can’t recall the name of this stall, but it sells clothing and accessories and the stall owner (above and below) was one of the most colorful characters I came across that day.  He jokes, and chats to people in a way that you can help but notice him/ the stall #feelgood

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another stall that I can’t recall the name of, but easy enough to find – they supply the prettiest floral raincoats… I mean, really!!!  Oh and floral brollies – such fun, no?!

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wooden crafted pendants and pins – the detail is astounding, they are just tooo pretty

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cork yoga products by Earth Warrior

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I can’t for the life of me recall this stall either or the lovely lady’s name (apologies).  silly considering I spent a fair amount of time and money there,  on two stunning t-shirts (the green patterned one above and another).  she does a huge variety of really fun and quirky t-shirts – worth stopping by!
UPDATE:  thank you for contacting me Lise – her business is known as L2 LYON

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 The Frozen Foundry stall was amazing.  I walked past at least 3 different times, and there were always people around.  They’re obviously on to a good thing, and their display too pretty!  Way to go guys!!!

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Tea Cakes – another fun, fun, fun concept – they make top quality, authentic mini versions of madeleins and other tea cakes – decandent!

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