Capetonians are spoilt for choice when it comes to markets selling fresh produce, baked goods, craft beer and more. Here are our 5 Best Local Markets in Cape Town:
The Bluebird Garage Food and Goods Market, Muizenberg
Every Friday from 4pm onwards, a functional warehouse space in the heart of Muizenberg’s village is transformed into the Bluebird Garage Food and Goods Market, where locals and visitors feast on homemade delights at long communal tables. Food is cooked on site – anything from spicy samosas to vegan curries to meaty stews – while you can also take away a range of freshly baked breads, cakes and deserts, as well as organic veggies and lovely flowers. Craft beer, sparkling wine and G and Ts flow from the small bar, there’s a kid’s play area, occasional live music and even a smoking space. Also on sale are select clothing, jewellery and even books. There’s a casual, collectively mellow vibe, and it’s something of a tradition for Muizenbergers to visit on a Friday evening.
The Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay
The Bay Harbour Market, situated in an old fish factory in the harbour, is open every Friday from 5 to 9pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30am to 4pm. It’s a big space with close to 100 traders selling fabby food, art, craft, jewellery and clothing. There’s live music on the KWV sound stage, as well as impromptu busking from time to time. The food ranges from authentic Chinese cuisine, vegan breakfast treats, sushi, paella, lemon meringue pies and even mac and cheese! You can also get a massage, view original art, buy a puzzle, and get a custom-designed carving for your home. For the thirsty, there’s everything from fresh fruit smoothies to designer beer, tangy mojitos to top Cape wines. Sharing table space and making new friends are all part of the experience.
Route 44 Market at Audacia Farm, Stellenboach/Somerset West
The Route 44 Market is on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, and it’s an outdoor event that takes place on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm. You can sit at tables in the massive Downings marquees, surrounded by beautiful mountain and farm views. There’s an emphasis on food and drink – fresh baked breads, homemade jams and preserves, natural juices, cheese and dairy products, wine and beer – but you can also browse the art and crafts section and find beadwork, glass gifts, leather goods and more. There’s usually live music, there’s a fun kid’s play area, and an overall relaxed atmosphere.
Earth Fair Market, Tokai
The Earth Fair Market happens inside a large warehouse behind Builder’s Warehouse in Tokai, and is open on Wednesday evenings from 3 to 8.30pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. There’s an emphasis here on environmentally-friendly trading – no plastic bags! – and you can do your weekly shop for organic fruit and veggies. The market has a strict ethos on all animal products which must be from free range and ethically farmed sources. On the food front there’s everything from cheese, bread and pastry counters to crunchy spring rolls, egg muffins, homemade chocolate and really good coffee. Smoothies are on the drinks menu, as well as craft beer and a good selection of wine. Sometimes there’s live music on a Wednesday evening, which adds to the warm, friendly feeling at this market.
Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Granger Bay
The Oranjezicht City Farm Market takes place every Saturday from 8.30am to 2pm at the V & A Waterfront. It’s styled as a “community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers”, and you can pick up just about all you need in the line of fresh fruit, veggies, dairy products, breads, free-range eggs, honey and more. There’s also a fabulous range of cooked and raw dishes. And you can even buy edible plants! Educational talks, yoga sessions and storytelling for the little ones are on the programme, and you can bring your dog/s – although they must be on a leash, and you need to clean up after them.
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