For the last nine months, an entire block of Sea Point’s Regent Road has been the site of furious activity as the ground floor of the building that houses the Mojo Hotel has been transformed into a hybrid urban street market.
The Mojo Market opened its doors on 27 April 2017 for a long weekend celebration of the energetic new space. Boasting over 80 stalls, the 2000 square meter space unites the bustling roadside and passing pavement footfall with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea and palm-lined Promenade, the Market is set to become an integral part of the Sea Point lifestyle.
The design, in consultation with Indigo Fusion and Jade & Ginja, has borrowed from some of the Art Deco elements of Sea Point’s architecture while also drawing in contemporary metallics and natural wood against the markets open industrial background. The retail area faces both inwards (towards a central bar) and outwards (onto the pavement) on the lower floor with a seating area against the glass sea-facing wall. A small mezzanine adds to the number of stalls on offer.
The owners Graeme Robinson, Robbie Lessem and Tara Lerner (who also own the Mojo Hotel) created the market to extend the experience of their hotel visitors but also to give Sea Point residents an interesting new retail and leisure space.
Says Robinson, “Mojo Market has been carefully curated to offer an interesting mix of lifestyle, food and retail. We plan to keep the space alive at night with events too.”
The market will also offer 24-hour coffee via The Mojo Coffee Collective and it is planned that other food vendors will extend their hours too.
Lessem says the project was inspired by some of the world’s great city markets, “It isn’t a farmer’s market, it has the energy of a city.” In this case, the city is Cape Town and so it’s the ideal base for adventure. GoNow rent bikes from the market and visitors can organize some adrenalin activities with Capextreme Adventure Tours.
The food offering at the market ranges from fresh and healthy to exotic and interesting. Traders such as Manga Sushi, Kubu African Grill, The Mussel Monger, Argies Argentinian Grill, Te Awesome Tea, The Candy Shoppe, IYO Burger, Chilo and Hokey Poke are amongst the vendors.
Cape Point Bakery will be baking on site and fresh health juices and salad will be served by Beet Box. In a first for the Atlantic Seaboard, iconic American ice-cream brand Baskin-Robins will be opening shop at the market too. The Mojo Coffee Collective will showcase the very best of Cape Town’s artisanal roasters including Deluxe, Baseline, Hazz, Truth, Origin, Za Cafe and their very own Mojo Blend, which will be roasted on site.
The retail offering focuses largely on local and international producers who are creating fresh, contemporary wares from clothing to gifts, jewellery and homeware. Confirmed vendors include Dammit Janet clothing, Sexy Bum Bikinis, Shika Africa’s brightly-coloured and Shwe-Shwe inspired clothing and accessories, King Kong’s leather goods, Matsidiso handmade shoes, Just a Rumour beaded jewellery, King of Denim’s ethically created jeans, Vanilla Tree Indo-African clothing, Modern and Tribal’s Turkish-inspired decor, Kwaai Galleries handmade gifts and homewear and many more.
Summer trading hours: 9am to 9pm and food stalls are open from 10am to 10pm.
Winter trading hours: 9am to 9pm and food stalls are open from 10am to 9pm.
The Mojo Market will be open 7 days a week, 364 days a year with Christmas Day (25th of December as optional for traders.
Where: Regent Street Sea Point, between Church and Clarens Roads.
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