Bruma Lake is the end result of the successful conversion of an old sewerage catchment area into a lakeside flea market, ... More
Bruma Lake Flea Market
Bruma Lake is the end result of the successful conversion of an old sewerage catchment area into a lakeside flea market, shopping malls and commercial parks. Designed to resemble a fisherman's village, the area offers a string of restaurants and shopping venues well patronized by bargain hunters and window shoppers alike. While the flea market has a host of stalls selling generic goods, there are also fine examples of African carvings, steel and metal work, as well as some great fast food of various nationalities on offer in the complex.
Bruma is a lovely place to go have a cup of coffee and a good walk. In JHB these types of places are rare. It's not "flash" and you probably won't take a thousand photos while you are there, but it's a little tranquil dam in a city. Don't go alone and keep your wits about you... as you should in all cities... and you'll enjoy.
Within the context of dangerous Joburg one can relax a bit at the Bruma Lake Flea Market. You pay 3 rand to enter (0.50 USD). There are stalls that sell crafts from many places in Africa. The African shop keepers are largely friendly foreigners from East and Central Africa who can not get work permits. Much of the rest of the market is regular goods of no particular interest. Across the highway is East Gate mall where one can get a good meal or go to a movie, also in relative security. So if you have to go to Joburg this is an OK place.
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