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Lovers of good food, contemporary art and trendy shops will enjoy exploring the city's Maboneng Precinct. Known for its eclectic vibe (think New York City's Chelsea neighborhood or the Hackney area of London), the once unsafe Maboneng Precinct now offers an array of quirky galleries, eateries, clubs and stores, many of which are housed in former factories and warehouses. The majority are located inside of Arts on Main, a multi-purpose building that acts as the neighborhood's central creative hub.
Although many of the shops are open during the week, Maboneng is best experienced on the weekend, most notably Sunday. That's when the neighborhood's popular Market on Main is held, which locals and tourists alike flock to for its array of international fare, live music and fun atmosphere. Another popular time to visit is on the first Thursday of every month — excluding January and April — when the area offers a night market, complete with live music and lots of food and crafts.
Maboneng Precinct is located less than a mile west of downtown Jo'burg. Shops are typically open from 10 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m., and many restaurants are open by 11 a.m. When getting to Maboneng (which is easiest and safest to reach by car), stay alert: Though the neighborhood is no longer dangerous, some visitors found the surrounding areas to feel a bit precarious. It is free to visit Maboneng Precinct. Public restrooms and street parking are also available.
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