Neighbourgoods market in Braamfontein and Sci-Bono in Newtown

I went with friends to the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein and what a fabulous day it turned out to be. The market is absolutely stunning and sells fresh and interesting food, wine, beer, smoothies, desserts, biltong, chips, olives, cheeses, relish, breads, raw chocolate and pesto’s – you name it! There are also other things like plants, flowers, clothes, leatherwear and jewellery. We shared the most delicious ciabatta pork sandwich with fresh herbs and apple sauce, a ham and spring onion Flammkuchen which is a type of pizza and for dessert a Barone crepe. While walking through the stalls you can taste almost everything and the quality of the food and drinks are really great. We sat outside on the second floor while enjoying our food and there was a really wonderful vibe with a live band playing. There are people from all walks of life, mixing, sharing communal tables and having a good time.

We were on our way to the car when we walked past Narina Trogon Restaurant on De Korte Street which has the most beautiful contemporary African design. We were looking through the window when the front of house manager opened the door to invite us in and we decided to have some coffee and tea in the bamboo courtyard. The restaurant is stylish with striking and interesting décor and is just around the corner from the neighbourgoods market. They can attract so many visitors if only they were more visible and people knew they were open as they looked closed when we walked past.

On our way home we decided to drive past Newtown to see if anything had changed since we were there last and it was then that I saw the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and as we had nowhere else to be just then we decided to stop and have a look around. We walked around outside to the nearby Bassline which is a live music venue, SAB World of beer is across the street, The Worker’s museum is there as well as The Dance Factory. The Sci-Bono is a science centre and it turned out to be great fun. The entrance fee was only R20 per adult and they have interesting exhibitions with fun games to showcase science and technology in fun ways. We didn’t manage to see all of it as it closed at 16:30 but we managed to play some games and see the inner workings of engines and some machinery. They offer a Seeing in the dark tour guided by a blind person in absolute darkness but one needs to book that – a definite must for next time. There is also a section that can be hired for kids’ birthday parties which is great as the centre is fabulous.

Apparently we haven’t done enough sightseeing for the day so when we drove through Auckland Park we couldn’t help but drive past our old varsity, the then Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) which is now the University of Johannesburg (UJ). We asked the guard if we could go see the campus and he let us in and what a trip down memory lane. My friend and I actually met at varsity so it was fun to see where we had class, drove past her residence, the student centre, library and engineering club where we used to have so much fun. A great deal was still the same.

We ended the day with drinks and take-aways at Thunder Gun steakhouse in Blackheath while catching some interesting rugby when the Lions beat the Sharks. A day that started with a planned trip to the market ended in a compact and fun day with interesting sights and beautiful memories. This was a great day!

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