Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Places: 27 Boxes, Melville, Joburg

I spent last Saturday with my dear friends Aamena and Mikaal.  Aamena and I have been friends for about 10 years.  We are so close and have the type of friendship where you can pick up where you left off after months of not seeing each other. Time passes and things changed, she lived in Cape Town for a while when we moved to Pretoria but we've stayed close over the years.  She now lives in Joburg and it's great to see her more often.

Last Saturday, we visited a park / shopping and food market space called 27 Boxes in Melville, Joburg.  Given the complaints one constantly hears about Gauteng, the lack of open space and its preoccupation with malls for recreation, we were pleasantly surprised and excited to come across 27 boxes.

27 Boxes is characteristic for being constructed with striking red shipping containers which stack in a way that allow container spaces to be used as shops.  The space also has plenty of outdoor areas, park furniture, and playground furniture for children to play.  Mikaal had a wonderful time climbing the containers.

The shop mix is quite exciting - we found some lovely designer clothing and d├ęcor as well as sweets, children's products, cosmetic products and an urban gardener where you can get plants which are grown from clippings.  We ate at Ritual - the potato curry was a complex balance of Indian flavours and the coriander garnish was nothing like I've tasted before - spicy & delicious!

It was a happy, sunny afternoon and I suggest you give it a go!  If you have kids, they will have a great time as well.

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