August 12, 2014
11 Urban Markets You Have to Visit this Spring
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As whispers of Spring get more excited over the next few weeks life is stirring in everything Cape Town.
The city's fresh produce comes alive in ways both unexpected and fashionable. If you're a food lover these next few weeks are the ideal time to start exploring the organic amazing that is Capetonian market cuisine. But where to find it? We've curated a top 11 list of the most delicious and stylish venues out there!
Here are our top 11 urban markets you have to visit this Spring for the best and freshest produce:
Over 100 trendy stalls offer the finest in Capetonian lip-smacking treats, craft beers and wines each Saturday. Around the market is the Old Biscuit Mill, one of Cape Town's hubs of design, food and fashion stores. Don your cool clothes and feast with your friends in the fresh sunlight!
Location: Old Biscuit Mill, 373 - 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
Open: 9H00 - 14H00
Contact: +27 (0)82 370 4075
2. THE EARTH FAIR FOOD MARKET
Earth Fair Food Market at St George’s Mall in the CBD is famous for its good vibes, healthy energy and organic and ethically produced food that is unfailing delectable.
Location: South Palms, 333 Main Rd Retreat, St Georges Mall (btwn Wale and Church St) , Cape Town and South Palms Centre, Tokai
Open: Every Thursday from 11:00 – 3:00pm at St Georges Mall and Every Saturday from 9.00 am – 2.00 pm and every Wednesday from 3.00 pm – 8.30 pm in Tokai.
3. CITY BOWL MARKET ON HOPE
From designer clothing to designer chocolate, go exploring in pretty suburb of Gardens and find delicious foods, live music and warm, happy crowds at the ity Bowl Market. This one's a perfect family event set in a prestigious old historical building.
Location: 14 Hope Street, Gardens
Open: Thursday 4.30PM -8.30PM Saturday 9AM - 2PM
Contact: +27 (0)73 270 8043
4. RONDEBOSCH VILLAGE MARKET
This cute little market outside the Rondebosch Library is the place to get your bookworm into some favourite new books and stash up on fantastic fresh produce.
Location: Outside Rondebosch Library, Belmont Road, Rondebosch
Open: Saturdays 7.30am – 12 noon
Contact: +27 (0)21 696 5749
5. KALK BAY FRESH ETC MARKET
Another beautiful old building hosts a culinary adventure in a warm and feel-good setting in the quant town of Kalk Bay. Go say hello to the seals afterwards!
Location: Kalk Bay Community Centre, Kalk Bay
Open: 10h00 to 15h00 on the 3rd Sunday of every month
Contact: +27 (0)21 788 8088
Over 100 stalls are set in a old fish factory in one of Cape Town wealthiest suburbs, combining art, fashion and crafts in a extravaganza of bustling creativity.
Location: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Open: Fridays: 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30am to 4pm
Contact: +27 (0)82 570 5997
7. STELLENBOSCH FRESH GOODS MARKET
A scenic drive through the immensely beautiful Stellenbosch winelands can culminate in a morning of gourmet and shopping festivities with this fresh goods market, featuring over 100 specialty suppliers.
Location: Oude Libertas Estate, Oude Libertas Road, Stellenbosch
Open: Saturdays 9am – 2pm
Contact: +27 (0)21 886 8514
Priding itself on its homemade organic food, award-winning cheeses, Karoo meat, pastries and more, the slow food market harks back to the ancient festivities of fresh food markets done the natural way.
Location: Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, 39 Carl Cronjé Drive, Tyger Valley
Open: Saturdays 9am – 2pm
Contact: +27 (0)21 886 8514
9. V&A MARKET ON THE WHARF
Set in Cape Town's crown jewel of tourist locations, The V&A Waterfront, this culinary market tantalising fresh produce as well as designer appliances and a food bookshop.
Location: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Open: 1st June – 31 Oct 10.00 am – 17.30 pm and 1st Nov – 30 April 10.00am – 19.00 pm
Contact: +27 (0)21 276 0200
10. BO-KAAP FOOD AND CRAFT MARKET
Famous for the quirky culture and specialty foods, the Bo-Kaap brings koeksisters and samoosas, dried fruit, smoked snoek, pecan nut pie and melt tert into the equation - it's a perfect way to explore South Africa's vibrant Cape sub-cultures.
Location: Schotschekloof Civic Centre, Upper Wale Street, Bo-Kaap
Open: 10AM TO 2:30PM
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 3736
11. Blue Bird Garage Food And Goods Market
From the butcher to the baker to the T-shirt maker, the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods market is stocked to the brim with burgers, crafts, arts, beer and creativity, as well as a kids area.
Location: 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg
Open: Fridays from 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Contact: 082 331 2471
Are more into crafts and arts than food? Check out The Hout Bay Craft Market, The Alphen Antiques and Collectables Fair and the Kirstenbosch Craft Market. Love information like this? You should follow us on Twitter for more of the same!