1. The Neighbourgoods Market, Woodstock
WHEN: Every Saturday from 9am – 3pm (rain, wind or shine)
WHERE: The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock
The Neighbourgoods Market was set up in September 2006 to revive the community as a social institution.
Woodstock was once a dilapidated neighbourhood that people avoided at all costs. However, now it is a thriving hub of young, artistic individuals trying to make their mark on the world while being home to many of the creative industries of Cape Town.
The Old Biscuit Mill is the perfect location for this market as it is situated in an old, sly-lit warehouse that has become a cornerstone of this area. The Old Biscuit Mill showcases some of Cape Town’s young talent in fashion, food and all round uniqueness. Expect to have your mind blown at the sheer volume of talent that awaits you around every corner. Food, clothing, antiques, fresh produce – anything goes at the Old Biscuit Mill.
2. Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay
WHEN: Fridays from 5pm – 9pm / Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am – 4pm
WHERE: Hout Bay Harbour
Who would have thought that visiting a market in an old fish factory in a working harbour would be fun? Well we have news for you because this vibrant, authentic market screams South African culture and we love it.
One thing that can be said about South Africans is that they are always up for a festive time and the Bay Harbour Market is all about having fun. People of all ages and cultures gather here to sample different foods – from Asian to Mexican, vegetarian to full on calorie overload, everyone is catered for – beautiful clothing, second hand books and antique jewelry, you won’t be disappointed.
What we love about this market is its boisterous, musical atmosphere that sucks you in and makes you feel welcome straight away!
3. Cape Point Vineyards Market, Noordhoek
WHEN: Thursdays from 4:30pm – 8pm in Summer and Sundays from 12pm – 4pm in Winter
WHERE: Cape Point Vineyard in Noordhoek
This market may have one of the most beautiful settings around, which explains why it’s so popular with locals and tourists alike. Set on the hills of the Cape Point vineyard, the mountains is your backdrop and a serene lake sparkles in front of you. This market is perfect for families and kiddies.
The Cape Point Vineyards Market is a food market with a wide selection foods made by all its vendors with fresh, organic produce. From Paella, to authentic Greek cuisine, delicious hamburgers and scrumptious, sweet pancakes – you won’t be disappointed with the wide selection of choices.
4. Chilled Market at the Range, Tokai
WHEN: Friday’s from 4:30pm – 9:30pm
WHERE: The Range in Tokai
Kick back and relax at this chilled market on a Friday evening after a long week. Surrounded by beautiful trees and vineyards this market is the perfect place to have a craft beer and chat with friends and family.
What we love about this market is that there is so much to offer. There is seating indoor and outside, a wide selection of local wines and craft beers, delicious homemade food from a variety of vendors and live music. This market is perfect if you have children because there is an abundance of space for them to run around and enjoy the fresh air.
5. City Bowl Market on Hope Street, Cape Town
WHEN: Every Thursday from 4:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: Hope Street in the City Bowl (CBD)
This market is a foodie must. So, if you fancy yourself a Gordon Ramsay or a Marco Pierre White, this market is an absolute is where you need to be.
With international dish options with only the best, freshest ingredients you are bound to find something that suits your taste buds and dietary requirements. Aside from the selection of delectable treats there is also live music that is bound to get your squeaking some tekkie.
On the last Thursday of each month there is a fashion market where Cape Town’s fashionista’s showcase their latest creations in clothing and jewelry.
6. The V&A Food Market, Cape Town V&A Waterfront
WHEN: 7 days a week from 9:30am – 6pm (check the website for updated trading times)
WHERE: The V&A Market on the Wharf is located on Dock Road at the V&A Waterfront near Nobel Square
The V&A Food Market is a bit of Jack of all trades providing visitors with a variety of options when it comes to food, clothing, jewelry and beautiful art pieces.
Take the family for a stroll through the interesting and authentically South African market while taking in the sights and other attractions that the V&A Waterfront has to offer.
7. Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Cape Town V&A Waterfront
WHEN: Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm (any weather)
WHERE: Granger Bay site at the V&A Waterfront
Although this market doesn’t take place in Oranjezicht, it is a worthwhile visit if you love fresh, organic produce from local farmers.
This community farmers-style market is directed at supporting local farmers and artisanal food producers. This is your chance to do a weekly shop of fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs and honey. If you aren’t only after the fresh produce and delicious food then you can add to your garden at home with some of the plants and seedlings available from the market.
What we love about this market is its dedication to the local farmer and building an alternative food system.
8. Root 44 Market, Stellenbosch
WHEN: Every Saturday from 10am- 6pm
WHERE: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 and Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
What isn’t there to love about this market? It’s huge and choc-a-bloc full with delicious foods, craft beers, local wines and fun activities for everyone to take part in.
If you would like to get your exercise in before indulging in all the goodness then you are in luck. The Root 44 Market joined the worldwide phenomenon of the Park Run – all 5km timed routes that can be run for free by anyone. The Root 44 Market route takes place in the Audacia vineyards and may be one of the most scenic routes in the Western Cape.
Become a Capetonian and explore the many, many colourful and interesting markets!