I spent my Sunday under the Pretoria sunny skies listening to the tunes of Glen Hartmann at the Capital Urban Market. Now, knowing that there is big competition out there in the world of awesome Gauteng markets, this one is especially cool. The Capital Urban Market is the most unpretentious of all the markets I have ventured to. In all seriousness it is not very hipster or too focused on aesthetics, which is what makes it a relaxing place to just enjoy great company, sunshine and food.
The stalls are all Pretoria locals you would find out and about in the city, such as the Ginger and Fig café based in Brooklyn. Some online-based designers have an opportunity to open their range at this monthly stall. This was a really nice change from experiencing a recycling of the same vendors at different venues that happens at a lot of other markets. My favourite shops were most definitely the jewellery shops, notably Story Bubble, Jewels and Lace and Rings and Things. I also loved Swagger Products which is a simply a beautiful store that offers the most inventive household decor that I have ever seen!
Swagger Product’s laser cut atrium
Pretty Jewellery from Rings and Things
Amazing flower crowns from Jewels and Lace.
hand-crafted earring’s from Bubble Story
My friend Glen was the entertainment for the day—which was pretty awesome. Glen’s music was a nice ambience for an outdoor day. This also forced my friends and me to stay for three hours. Usually we tend to be spectators at these sorts of events just taking a look around and grabbing something to fill our hungry bellies and then leave. For a change, we sat down on stuffed hessian bags under the shading cloth and chatted over lunch. We all got the Pulled-pork sandwich from Pretoria’s Street Chef bus that was exceptionally yum. I am pretty convinced that pulled-pork is a Pretoria thing, as three of the vendors offered it as a meal. It also happened to be my sandwich of choice when I was last in Pretoria. Roast Re:public was also there serving up some awesome coffees, and my favourite legitimate ice-coffee (which are really hard to come by).
To sum it up, The Capital Urban Market is a great excuse to lounge in the sun listening to music with friends and other pretty things, which is basically the best excuse to get out and explore it!
Visit the Capital Urban Market:
The First Sunday of every month from 10:00 – 15:00
130 Corobay Avenue