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December 23, 2013

Lazy nights at the Cape Town Summer Market

Spend the last few days of the year at the annual Cape Town Summer Market at the Company’s Garden. One of the newish traditions of festive season in the Mother City, this market is the ideal place to get your retail fix on, indulge in market food and listen to the sweet sounds of local music.

You might know it as the Adderley Street Night Market, where kiosks and stalls line the two parallel streets that make up Adderley in the CBD. But the last few years have seen the market move to the leafy gardens, and the stalls of about 200 vendors line the pedestrian roads and lawns all the way up to the Iziko National Art Gallery. In my opinion, it’s such a more peaceful setting and the ambience creates that nostalgic summer vibe. The market is always high up on my personal to-do list every summer.

Grab your family and friends and take a leisurely stroll under the trees at the Cape Town Summer Market.

Shopping in Cape Town is so much fun; especially shopping at markets. This guy makes all his own leather trinkets and arm-candy. I bagged a few leather hippie bracelets that you can check out on the last photo.

For someone with a major sweet tooth, this Italian ice-cream truck had to be my next stop at the market.

Candyfloss and popcorn, all at one cute little store. Can it get better than this?

I definitely got my retail fix on with these awesome goodies: a cardigan, handbag, sunnies and arm-candy.

So if there’s nothing else on your radar this week, I highly recommend visiting the Cape Town Summer Market. The main entrance is on the corner of Adderley Street and Wale – but you can also enter from the side at Queen Victoria Street and then follow the music through the rose bushes to find the market. It is open every day from 12pm to 11pm until Monday, December 30 2013.
This year, expect to find the following at the market:

• Live music and entertainment by emerging local performers
• A tasty food court including cute cotton candy and waffle vans the line the street
• The Company’s Garden Party with craft beer and wine

While you're here, pop on over to Adderley Street to see the festive city lights come to life at night. This is festive season in Cape Town.

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