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June 20, 2011

Cape Town food markets

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Photo courtesy Skye Grove

Markets are a time-honoured tradition in Cape Town. In years gone by, they were places where sailors traded goods, veggies and other produce with locals before embarking on their voyages.

In the 21st century, the nature of markets has evolved. Now you can sample and buy fresh, organic produce while simultaneously trying the day’s best dish and picking up a few household necessities.

Try these excellent markets in the Mother City:

The Earth Fair Food Market

Thursdays are Earth Fair Food Market days at St George’s Mall in the CBD. Whether you’re craving something spicy for lunch or need fresh, organic fruit to stay on your healthy eating plan, it’s all available here.

Location: Upper St George’s Mall, Cape Town
Email: info@earthfairmarket.co.za
Website: www.earthfairmarket.co.za

Bo-Kaap Food and Craft Market

Spend the first Saturday of each month immersing yourself in the culinary and cultural delights of the vibrant Bo Kaap community at their charming food and craft market. From koeksisters and samoosas to dried fruit and smoked snoek, you’ll be salivating in anticipation.

Location: Schotschekloof Civic Centre, Upper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 3736
Email: bilqeesb@telkomsa.net

City Bowl Market on Hope

Shop under the warm and secure roof of a historic building in the peaceful suburb of Gardens each Saturday. From custom-made chocolates to chic clothing and more, you’ll find it all at the City Bowl Market on Hope.

Location: 14 Hope Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)73 270 8043
Website: www.citybowlmarket.co.za

Neighbour Goods Market

The mother of all gourmet markets, this is one not to be missed. With over 100 stalls bringing you the best lip-smacking treats and wines each Saturday, you just won’t want to leave.

Location: Old Biscuit Mill, 373 - 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
Contact: +27 (0)82 370 4075
Website: www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za

Rondebosch Village Market

This small dynamic market, held outside the Rondebosch Library, offers you the best in organic produce. So stock up on your reading material and favourite foods this Saturday.

Location: Outside Rondebosch Library, Belmont Road, Rondebosch
Contact: +27 (0)21 696 5749

Bay Harbour, The Market, Hout Bay

Set to fill your weekends with gastronomic journeys of note from July 1, this new market in Hout Bay has more than 100 stalls set up in an old fish factory.

Location: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Contact: +27 (0)82 570 5997
Website: www.bayharbour.co.za

Kalk Bay Fresh Etc Market

Spend every third Sunday of each month sampling the culinary items at this little seaside market housed in a beautiful old building.

Location: Kalk Bay Community Centre, Kalk Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 788 8088

Willowbridge Slow Food Market

Working on the principle that good food takes time to prepare, this market prides itself on offering homemade organic food, including award-winning cheeses, Karoo meat, pastries and more for your edible pleasure each Saturday.

Location: Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, 39 Carl Cronjé Drive, Tyger Valley
Contact: +27 (0)21 886 8514
Website: www.slowmarket.co.za

Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market

Take a drive out to the gorgeous Stellenbosch winelands for a morning of gourmet and shopping pleasure with this fresh goods market.

Location: Oude Libertas Estate, Oude Libertas Road, Stellenbosch,
Contact: +27 (0)21 886 8514
Website: www.slowmarket.co.za


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