African Craft Market in Rosebank: Explore the vibrant African craft market for unique souvenirs 

Beautiful African dolls available at Rosebank African Craft Market

Africa is such a vast continent that presents various ways to explore its authenticity, even within its most civilised parts. Rosebank is one of South Africa’s most sought-after and well-established neighbourhoods. It is very popular with the elite, conveniently located and exudes a calming atmosphere. It is in this very same space that the African Craft Market has found a home.

Why is this market unique? 

It’s a testament that Africa lives within us, despite where we are from. It brings multiple African countries under one roof for an ultimate African experience. The atmosphere gives a sense of community and unity; you cannot help but feel at home. 

The market presents a great way to experience a piece of each country without the actual expenses and logistics of travel.  Countries include Zambia, Congo, Malawi, Kenya, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Mali, Ghana and, of course, South Africa.

What to expect 

A wide range of handmade artefacts are made from responsibly sourced local materials, each unique to its region. Enjoy the tales of African stories told through paintings, sculptures, wall art, music and dance. 

You can own a piece of this majestic continent in the form of personal items such as handbags, jewellery or gifting products. However, your visit to Rosebank African Craft Market would be incomplete without mouthwatering authentic African cuisine. 

Food, lounging and bar

Choose from a wide range of biltong, from beef, ostrich to game meats. ‘Country-hop’ and keep an open mind; there are plenty of options. Make sure to sit comfortably for the mains; dishes come in generous sizes. Pap and a variety of braai meat served with vegetables are a popular choice for a sharing meal. Wash them down with a locally brewed cold beer while enjoying the sounds of African music. 

A noodle dish available at the market.

Dance away your worries with a group of performers or enjoy the special performances. Remember to bring your camera so you can document ‘Africa the Jozi way’. Meet like-minded individuals, make friends and learn a new culture. You can choose to arrive in style by renting a car from a reputable provider, perhaps one that matches the vibe of the market.  A convenient choice for those coming from outside the province and looking to explore the city at their own pace.


The market is a tremendous boost to the economy; vendors deal directly with manufacturers and proceeds are shared accordingly. Many vendors, who have been a part of the market for many years, have managed to make a life for themselves, and it’s an opportunity cherished with warmth and smiles for each customer. For you, it’s the memories, lessons and fulfilment that come with making a positive impact on everyday people’s lives.

The next time you visit ‘Jozi, make sure to reserve a day for the African Craft Market,  where you will be serenaded and fed, experiencing the true spirit of the Motherland right in the heart of the city.

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