Capetonians are known for their laid back attitudes and love of great food and drink, especially if it’s locally produced. And with the recent surge in popularity of community markets, there’s something for every taste and flavour, every day of the week.
Food markets in Cape Town are a big thing, with markets of all types in virtually every neighbourhood across the city’s metro area. No matter what day of the week, you’ll find a market serving up some of the freshest, most delicious food offerings Cape Town and its surrounding areas have to offer.
Here’s a look at just some of the markets worth a visit in the Mother City.
The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill
Popular with tourists and locals alike, the Neighbourgoods Market in Salt River is simply known as The Biscuit Mill market, and serves up fresh products and delectable gourmet goodies every Saturday between 9am and 2pm.
Address: Old Biscuit Mill Complex, 373 – 375 Albert Rd Woodstock.
Bay Harbour Market
Another one of Cape Town’s popular markets is Hout Bay’s Bay Harbour Market. Located in an abandoned factory and next to Hout Bay’s active fishing docks, the market is abuzz from Friday nights between 5pm and 9pm and between 9am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The market’s various stalls sell everything from delicious meals and treats, to local arts and crafts.
Address: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town.
Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day
Originally held at the Oranjezicht City Farm on the edge of Table Mountain, zoning restrictions forced the market to move to its current location in Granger Bay, next to the V&A Waterfront. A number of independent local farmers sell everything from fresh fruit and veggies to organic dairy, free range eggs, honey and home baked bread. If you can’t wait to get home to cook the lovely produce, there are also food traders offering delicious artisanal food fare.
Address: Granger Bay
Blue Bird Garage Food & Goods Market
If you want to hang out with some of Cape Town’s locals, this market is for you. Situated in sleepy Muizenberg, the Blue Bird market is where locals hang out on a Friday night between 4pm and 10pm, getting their fill on delicious food, fine wine and craft beer while listening to live music and perusing the craft and clothing on display.
Address: Blue Bird Garage, 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg
Good Company Farmer’s Market
With majestic Table Mountain keeping watch, the Company’s Garden Paddocks area is the place to find fresh produce and great food, as well as local arts and crafts in the heart of the CBD. The market is held every Saturday between 9am and 3pm during the summer months.
Address: Paddocks Area, 19 Queen Victoria Street, Company’s Garden, Cape Town
The Palms Market
Fabulous locally produced food and drink, quirky local art and live music greets you every Saturday from 9am to 2pm at The Palms @ Woodstock. The market’s covered location makes it the perfect place to hang out when the Cape of Storms is living up to its name. There’s even covered parking for your car to boot.
Address: The Palms, Woodstock
Earth Fair Food Market
Situated in Tokai, the Earth Fair Market runs on Wednesdays from 3pm to 8:30pm, Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, and in St George’s Mall on Thursdays from 11am to 3pm. The market’s strict standards for traders ensure only the best fresh food is served up, including cheeses, breads, free range meats, fish and even pet food.
Address: Tokai: 333 Main Road, Tokai, next to Builder’s Warehouse / St George’s Mall: Upper St George’s Mall, opposite the Cathedral
City Bowl Hope Street Market
Simply known as the Hope Street Market, this market serves up delicious food, drink and local crafts every Thursday and Friday evening from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.
Address: 14 Hope Street, Gardens
V&A Food Market
Situated in the Pumphouse Building just off Nobel Square in Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront complex, the V&A Food Market is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 7pm in summer, and 10am to 6pm during the winter months. Pop in for a great selection of finely crafted food and drink.
Address: V&A Waterfront
For a great family vibe, the Woodstock Market is the place to bring the kids and mingle with the local community in the heart of Woodstock. Here you’ll find delicious local food and drink, including crafts, entertainment for the kids and live music. The market takes place every Sunday from 9am to 3pm.
Address: Trafalgar Park, Searle Street, Woodstock, Cape Town
For more information on these markets and many more, head over to www.capemarkets.co.za
Please note: Most of these markets are closed during the Festive Season with the exception of the V&A Food Market. Please check listings for more information.