Shopping in JOZI TOWN

You know when people do blog posts about seemingly random things... I guess this is one of those. This past Saturday, we decided to ditch the malls and the Northern suburbs and go buy Robin (The Best-est Husband) some sneakers in the CBD.

I love walking cities, especially my own (although I really should do it more!). And I really don’t know if I’ll ever be inspired to do a post about chain stores and restaurants in a Joburg mall. But I won’t say never :) Here are some pics we took on our shopping trip around Albertina Sisulu street and some parts of Small, President and Market streets.

Small Street mall – found Robin two pairs of shoes here. Not at Kinky Shoes though - unfortunately ha! Some street sellers’ merchandise coming up: sunglasses, veggies, Mr Mandela rosettes (I just noticed the finger in the corner - it belongs to the seller who held the rosettes so that Robin could take a nice picture), books...

The real deal street food (if you’re not from South Africa, papa is mealie-meal/cornmeal porridge, kind of like polenta, but just kind of).

The collage outside the Good Hope Entertainment movie theatre.

The Park Bokkies in the Ernst Oppenheimer Park (corner of Rissik and Market Streets), a sculpture by Mfundo Ketye, Malakia Mothapo, The Trinity Session and The Library. It’s a quirky stylised reinterpretation of the original and famous Leaping Impala sculpture which used to call the park home and was moved after it was vandalised in the rough 1990s (this sculpture is now located in Main Street).

This is the Standard Theatre by Stone Mabunda also in Ernst Oppenheimer Park. It commemorates the Standard Theatre which apparently used to stand here and was demolished in 1949. There’s a similar sculpture of the Rissik Street Post Office. It was also made by Stone.

Other works in the Park include The Trinity Session and The Library’s Ernest Oppenheimer Diamond Replica and Sipho Gwala’s Park Texts. It’s a cool place to just hang for a bit – and if you’ll look up you’ll see the Rissik Street Post Office’s skeleton clock, which needs to be fixed but that I still love anyway (I wrote about this post office here).

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Posted by Julie on
This park is my faviourate public space in Johannesdburg thanks for sharing it has inspired me to make a trip doown there again some time soon !
Posted by admin on
thanks so much for checking out the post. i love it too :)
Posted by Marika on
Wow!! I worked in city centre years ago and your photo's took me down memory lane! Fantastic and energetic! Love it! Thanks
Posted by admin on
thank you :) and thank you too for reading the post!
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