Since the late 1980s, the Irene Village Market some 40 kilometres north of Joburg has earned wide acclaim both as a superb outdoor shopping venue and as a refreshing escape from the bustle of city life. Such is its acclaim, in fact, that it has been named ‘Best Market in Africa’ by Getaway magazine on numerous occasions.Using our custom trip planner, Pretoria attractions like Irene Village Market can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
The market, that is now held at The Big Red Barn, is a gathering of artists and patrons; crafters and collectors; home industries and connoisseurs from far and wide.
Indeed, its stated mission is ‘to provide a marketplace for the artist and home entrepreneur, a forum promoting art and craft.
This mission is taken extremely seriously, which explains why the market only convenes on the first and last Saturday of each month. Artists, it is felt, should not be pressured to mass-produce as this would unavoidably detract from quality.
Irene Village Market reviews
I have visited the Irene Market for years - missed it in 2918 - often just before Christmas, at Smuts house. Now it is next to the Big Red Barn and was very disappointing. The venue seemed smaller... more »
It´s quite a long drive to get from Pretoria to Irene Market but well forth the journey and getting out of town for fresh air. The sphere is perhaps a bit more "countryside" than the ones in city... more »
Very nice. Alot of nice food stands. Big variety. Live music. If you looking for a unique gift for someone or yourself. You'll get something here.
Great place for the family. Many vendors with unique and creative stuff. Many food and drink stalls. Spoilt for choice!
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