Cape Town’s vibrant culinary scene just got even more exciting with Time Out Market Cape Town set to open to the public on Friday, 17 November 2023 at 11am at the V&A Waterfront.

Time Out Market is a food and cultural market that brings the best of the city together under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences. Time Out Market Cape Town – the first Time Out Market to open on the African continent – will offer across 30 000 sq ft a curated mix of 13 homegrown culinary concepts spanning many cultural influences and flavours. It’s going to be a celebration of the best local talent – from award-winning to up-coming – and guests will get a real taste of the city while coming together with family and friends to enjoy their meals, on china with flatware, at communal tables and surrounded by top chefs and their teams in action.

Time Out Market opening times:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 11am – 10pm
    Thursday to Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sushiya Time Out Market Cape Town
Sample food from Sushiya at Time Out Market Cape Town

Further additions to the all-star lineup

Chef Peter Tempelhoff, of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, FYN, partners with Chef Shin Takagi, of two-star Michelin restaurant Zeniya in Kanazawa, Japan, to offer authentic contemporary Japanese sushi with Sushiya to Time Out Market Cape Town.

Sushiya, meaning ‘sushi shop,’ is a testament to the chefs’ joint commitment to sustainability, high-quality craftsmanship, and authentic ingredients. From small-scale suppliers in Japan, to ethical fishermen in the Western Cape and organic farms from the Cape region, every element of Sushiya’s menu is carefully curated. Notably, the rice used is grown in Shin’s native Ishikawa is nurtured by fourth-generation rice growers and aged for up to two years before being cooked in Cape mountain spring waters.

Sushiya’s menu at Time Out Market Cape Town will comprise a series of small dishes with classic pickled and preserved Japanese-style vegetables, a variety of modern nigiri platters, a platter of maki, and temaki and gunkan maki infused with local and classic Japanese flavours, among other delicacies available for diners to enjoy.

Chefs Tempelhoff and Takagi, both esteemed members of the World Culinary Council for Relais & Châteaux, have nurtured a strong friendship through their culinary endeavours. A testament to their knowledge and skills, Tempelhoff and Takagi’s flagship restaurants – FYN and Zeniya, respectively – both further enjoy an admirable Relais & Châteaux membership. The two came up with the Sushiya concept in the back of a taxi, discussing their love of sushi and the craft behind it, and right there decided to take the plunge and open a restaurant in Cape Town, which Time Out Market Cape Town is proud to be home to.

Kapoochka Time Out Market
Kapoochka fare

Indian street food

Chef Hitesh Panchal will introduce Indian street food with a contemporary twist with Kapoochka. An unmissable hidden gem amongst the city’s finest, it brings Indian street food with a contemporary twist to Time Out Market Cape Town, inspired by the street foods found throughout Chef Hitesh Panchal’s home country.

Chef Hitesh is the creative architect of Kapoochka, working alongside his sons Tushar and Hriday, and together they bring this carefully curated street food menu to the Market for all to enjoy.

Their menu highlights pani puri, considered to be the king of street food across India, which is a crispy hollow ball filled with potato, lentils, three chutneys and a spiced water. These puris are best enjoyed thrown into the mouth in one bite, creating a sensation that can only be described as an explosion of flavours. The concept will showcase various meats from the tandoori oven, and the creative minds behind Kapoochka have sworn not to burn anything by design unless it is required to enhance the taste. Furthermore, the exciting menu will also introduce a twist to the savoury puris they are known for, also offering mouth-watering dessert puris.

Bar programme, activations

Not only will the market showcase the city’s top chefs and much-loved restaurateurs, it will also boast local wines, beers, cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks at three bars as well as art and cultural experiences from Capetonian and South African talent.

The market is fully licensed, and the 13 food concepts are complemented by three bars offering premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages – keeping with its mission to bring the best of the city together under one roof, the curated beverage programme will include:

  • Dry Dock Bar: Located on the ground floor and the heart of the Market with a wide offering of premium beverages that include cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Pumphouse Bar: This is where craft beer dreams meet classic favourites. With 12 taps on offer – nine of which are dedicated to local artisanal craft ales – this is the grand assembly of brews.
  • Studio Bar: This quintessential cocktail bar is located on the mezzanine level, known as The Time Out Studio which doubles as a cultural event space. Located in the cultural pulse point of the Market, it welcomes anyone with an appetite for ambience.

A curated programme of cultural activations and events will also be offered all year round, including jazz evenings, comedy and DJs. Spread across the Market, guests will be able to enjoy art and installations from the Zabalaza Art Faktory and ALFA.

To select the talent and curated mix showcased at Time Out Market Cape Town, the team has trawled the city in search of the best chefs and restaurateurs, and then invited the very best to join the lineup. This curated selection offers an incredible range of local cuisine and in addition to the just-revealed Sushiya and Kapoochka, the following culinary concepts haven been previously announced: Chef Bertus Basson’s De Vrije Burger; MLILO by Chef Vusi Ndlovu; The Melting Pot Seafood by Chef John Van Zyl; Unframed Ice Cream by Yann Rey; Chef duo Matt Van Den Berg and Carla Schulze with How Bao Now; Peter Tempelhoff’s Ramenhead; Chefs Anwar Abdullatief and Yolani Abrahams’s Barakat; Eugene Smith will bring YARD; and Culture Wine Bar by Chef Manning.

What: Time Out Market Cape Town
Where: Time Out Market, Old Power Station Building 19, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
When: From Friday 17 November 2023
Parking: V&A Waterfront – Portswood