The Neighbourgoods Market is an independent initiative founded in 2006 by entrepreneurs Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, whose aim is to revive and reinvent the Public Market as a civic institution. This award-winning market features over 100 specialty traders every Saturday, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs, and micro enterprises. The market is housed in an old sky-lit brick warehouse and courtyard at the Old Biscuit Mill in the industrial neighbourhood of Woodstock, Cape Town.”

I have been a long time foodie fan of the the Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg. The Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg was exported to the city from Cape Town. Knowing this and being in Cape Town recently, I quickly dived on an opportunity to visit the Cape Town version of the Neighbourgoods Market. I decided to take non-foodie pictures of the market and compare my experiences at both markets. I am going to use standard mathematical symbols to show the relationship between the two places with “>” meaning greater than and “>>” meaning much greater than.

Variety
Cape Town >> Johannesburg
I thought that there was a greater variety of foods at the Cape Town market but that may be because I was dazzled at the time. Some of the foods that caught my attention were Korean sushi and latkes. I happened to settle for a potato pancake with hollandaise sauce, two poached eggs, bacon and chives. There was a smoked salmon version of this dish.

Size
Johannesburg > Cape Town
The Johannesburg market seems bigger but I’m taking into account that we have a fairly big shopping area and there are more tables at the Johannesburg market.

Atmosphere
Johannesburg >>> Cape Town
The Cape Town market seems a lot more family orientated because I saw quite a few children at the market. I can be glad that I rarely see kids at the Johannesburg market. However, there were far more foreign people at the Cape Town market. This almost made the atmospheres comparable. However, Cape Town lacks one great factor, the stylings of Johannesburg’s youth. Art scenes look the same all over the world, except in Johannesburg. With this in mind the atmosphere in Johannesburg trumps Cape Town by far.

There is a question of bias affecting the results but I think Johannesburg wins this one. Well done Johannesburg, well done. 

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