June 20, 2011
Cape Town food markets
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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