Maboneng, is a Sotho word meaning “place of light”, it is a fitting name for a district that has fast become a centre of creative energy for Johannesburg’s urban artists. With a mix of restaurants, coffee shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, retail and studio space, the precinct draws the inner-city public as well as the chic, art-going crowd of the city’s suburbs, bringing life back to this downtown Johannesburg neighbourhood. The area also drives Johannesburg tourism within the local and international tourist markets.
On Sundays Arts on Main hosts Market on Main, a lively and stylish shopping and eating destination for locally produced design items, vintage clothing and a wide variety of food options. It's also the day to join the salsa dancers on the rooftop of Canteen, the courtyard restaurant.