Rosebank Roof Market

On the only Sunday morning in Johannesburg, we walked over to the rooftop of Rosebank Mall where we were greeted with a huge market. What a delight! The spice table was our favorite. We were able to sample quite a few of the combinations. The Biltong Spice in the back was scrumptious! It is rubbed on raw meat so that the flavors soak in as it dries. (Biltong is a dried, cured meat similar to beef jerky).

Rosebank Roof Market Spices

There were handicrafts and souvenirs everywhere – an explosion of color! Loved the fabrics used on these cuff bracelets. There was quite a bit of beadwork such as shown on the coasters. The colorful giraffes are from a painting.

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Amongst the handmade items, were these adorable knitted stuffed gnu and other “wildlife.”

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Gogo Olive was born in Zimbabwe to empower local women – each product is lovingly handmade and is as individual and cheerful as the lady who knitted it! Hope (v.): to trust or believe. Knit (n.): to join or be joined together closely.

These farm-friendly animals are shaped with strong wire and then beaded. Love the sheep! Unfortunately, he did not fit in my suitcase.

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These baskets are woven from telephone wire. They are so colorful and the swirls are mesmerizing.

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There were various fabrics ranging from bright and bold geometric patterns to the more modern interpretations below. (That second set of fabrics is from the Neighbourgoods Market).

Traditional colors and patterns.

A modern twist to fabric designs.

I enjoyed absorbing all the colors and smells of the market. If you ever make it to South Africa, I highly recommend the Rosebank Sunday Market.

9 thoughts on “Rosebank Roof Market

  1. I have a keychain with a elephant made from beads and telephone wire that a family friend brought back from Africa (but I forget which country), and it’s a lovely work of art. Those baskets are amazing.

    1. They had keychains like that in the shape of various animals! I brought home a lion and a hippo for my niece and nephew. Thought they could hang it from their backpacks.

  2. Amazing photos. You captured the air and essence of the market wonderfully.
    I get my fresh cooking spices from this guy, it is simply the best. My most favourite is a spice he has for Rice, with dried onions, that I add to my rice while cooking it. Makes for a very fragrant and delicious pot of rice.
    🙂

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