Maboneng – “a place with lights”

Last month the three of us went to the Maboneng precinct in the Johannesburg city centre (264 Fox Street) to visit ARTS ON MAIN. I’ve been back a couple of times and I just love it there!

In a converted warehouse, that is all bare brick and industrial iron, you will find a multi-purpose district with art galleries, a David Krut book and art supply store, studios (including the studio of world-renowned artist William Kentridge) and retails shops such as Love Jozi and Black Coffee.

But the highlight for us was the courtyard, scattered with fully grown olive trees, wrought-iron tables and chairs, and the hip crowd on blankets under the trees drinking freshly roasted coffee. CANTEEN, a fantastic little restaurant looks out onto the main courtyard.

Sundays are the best time to go when Market on Main is also at the venue. Check the Arts on Main website or their Facebook page to see when they have night markets or other special events.

It is truly worth a visit. Just keep in mind that the business hours are a bit unconventional.

And remember to invite me along!

All photography by me

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