Cape Town offers an excellent array of local markets. With everything from food markets to craft and antique markets and even specialist gift markets – there really is a market for everyone to enjoy in the Mother City.
· V&A Waterfront Food Market
Located in the Old Power Station at the V&A Waterfront, the V&A Waterfront Food Market is an artisanal retail and street food market that offers everything from fish and chips to dumplings and incredible, vegan-friendly ice-cream.
With over 40 stalls, this market offers shoppers the perfect range of delicious, affordable food and drinks, while also supporting local small business owners and traders.
There is an upstairs and downstairs section, and both indoor and outdoor seating, and the atmosphere within is friendly and welcoming. Over weekends and public holidays, the market also has live music to really set that market mood.
Note: While they trade seven days a week – including on public holidays – they are closed on Christmas Day (25 December 2021).
Monday to Sunday (1 November 2021 – 15 December 2021), 10:00 – 19:00
High season: 16 December 2021 – 23 January 2022, 10:00 – 20:00
24 January 2022 – 30 April 2022, 10:00 – 19:00
· The Oranjezicht City (OZCF) Farm Market, V&A Waterfront
As one of Cape Town’s most consistently popular markets, this vibrant Waterfront-based market needs little introduction. The OZCF market focuses on fresh, local and seasonal healthy produce, delicious, yet health-conscious food and drinks and even a selection of plants, fresh cut flowers and gardening-related items too.
Best of all, all dietary requirements are catered to, including vegan- and vegetarian-friendly and even gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free-options.
Usually held on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), the market has also introduced an exciting, limited Wednesday night market to the mix – perfect for stocking up on all your healthy produce and goodies during summertime (from November to March)!
Wednesday nights (limited market; November – March), 17:00 – 21:00
Saturdays (full market), 08:15 – 14:00
Sundays, 09:00 – 14:00
Festive trading hours:
Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 17:00 – 21:00 (full night market)
Thursday, 23 December – Friday, 24 December 2021, 09:00 – 14:00 (full market)
Wednesday, 29 December 2021, 17:00 – 21:00 (full night market)
Thursday, 30 December – Friday, 31 December 2021, 09:00 – 14:00 (full market)
Note: The market is closed on 25 – 26 December 2021 (Saturday – Sunday) and on 1 – 2 January 2022 (Saturday – Sunday).
· The Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay
Situated in the heart of Hout Bay, this popular market is one of Cape Town’s favourite city markets. The Bay Harbour Market is a place where foodies, music lovers and shoppers can come together to enjoy ‘eats, beats and arts and crafts’ in one authentic space (a fish factory within a working harbour).
The market is as much a warm, welcoming social experience as it is a fun market outing. Here, all ages and cultures come together to celebrate the unique spirit of South Africa.
Friday, 17:00 – 21:00
Saturday and Sunday, 09:30 – 16:00
Festive trading hours:
· Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market, Newlands
This well-loved, longstanding outdoor market, which offers incredible local craft-, food- and designer-stalls, is one of the finest markets in the Mother City.
Here, on the last Sunday of every month, you can shop for everything from original, handcrafted items to tasty food, craft beers and even wine by the glass.
Best of all, friendly, leashed dogs are welcome so the whole family gets to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine in one of the city’s leafiest suburbs, Newlands.
When: Usually on the last Sunday of the month.
Festive and summer season trading hours:
12 December 2021 (bonus date)
19 December 2021
30 January 2022
27 February 2022
27 March 2022
24 April 2022
May 2022 – TBC
· Edgemead Christmas Market
This Christmas market is one of the most well-loved markets around – so much so, that shoppers anticipate its return each year!
Held at the Edgemead Community Centre, this special Christmas market is set to feature more than 200 of the Cape’s finest crafters – with some travelling from as far as George and Montagu to sell their goods.
Products are of the highest quality – and the Christmas lights and festive spirit are sure to set the tone for a wonderful Christmas market.
Daily (including Sundays) from 27 November – December 2021, 10:00 – 19:00
· MOJO Market
Open seven days a week in the heart of Sea Point, MOJO Market has been a consistent hit ever since it first opened its doors a few years ago.
This exciting, indoor food- and lifestyle-market offers the best in live music, food and retail goodies. The Monastery, meanwhile, offers the best in artisanal spirits – from specialty gins to whiskey, brandy and more.
When: Daily (including Sundays), 11:00 – 23:00
· The Neighbourgoods Market, Old Biscuit Mill
Held every Saturday, come rain or shine, this popular market is held at the historic Old Biscuit Mill and is one market everyone visiting Cape Town needs to experience at least once.
Offering everything from designer street food (that aims to cater to all dietary needs and requirements) to chic goods, baked treats, speciality products and so much more. There really is something for everyone here.
As a bonus, this Woodstock-based market is also pet-friendly, provided dogs are leashed and owners clean up after their pooches.
When: Every Saturday of the year (including Boxing Day), 09:00 –
15:00 Website: http://www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za/