Let’s just say that since the day I arrived a few months ago, I’ve been overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of markets available in Cape Town. And, coming from a girl who’s market-obsessed and has lived in cities her whole life… that’s saying something. Here’s my guide to the bustling winter market scene in Cape Town!
Where and when: Granger Bay (near the V&A Waterfront), next to The Lookout event venue
Saturdays 9am-2pm. The MyCiti bus route 104 stops directly opposite the market!
It’s good for: The most pleasant weekly food shopping experience, as you watch sailboats pass by: veggies, fruit, bread, organic dairy, eggs, honey, muesli, etc. Great to catch up with friends over coffee or a mimosa around the communal tables as well.
Don’t miss: The fresh squeezed OJ and the fresh herbs stand.
Side note: The proceeds from OZCF Market Day each week fund the successful Oranjezicht urban farm in Cape Town. Yay for alternative food systems!
Where and when: Saturday mornings.
It’s good for: Your Saturday morning foodie fix. There’s also a great trio that plays nearly every weekend with a trumpet and guitar… I really wish I could figure out the name of their band because they’re awesome and will forever remind me of these Old Biscuit Mill mornings!
Don’t miss: Ok it seems a bulleted list is more efficient since there is just so much to love here:
- The Love Sandwich made by the ladies at The Kitchen
- The latke eggs benedict with bacon or salmon by the guys at The Test Kitchen
- Rosemary potato bread to take home from the Woodstock Bakery
- Pomegranate juice from the stall right under the Neighbourgoods Market sign
- Korean food (Kim Bap= amaze) from the stand in right corner of the back food tent
- Oysters from Mother Shucker, also in the back food tent
Not amazing selection for weekly produce shopping TBH, as there’s only one stand. But pretty close to perfect for everything else.
The makings of the Love Sandwich: basil and sundried tomato pesto (nut free!), chicken, tomato, lettuce, avo, onion, and their vinaigrette on a seeded loaf. Will probably be trying to recreate this for the rest of my life.
Madeleine and my dad visited this past week so of course we had to try all my favorites at Old Biscuit Mill!
Where and when: Hout Bay (right by Snoekies)-the MyCiti 108 bus stops right outside the market!
Weekly, Fridays 5-9pm (with live music), Saturdays and Sundays 9am-4:30pm
It’s good for: A Friday night concert venue, a Saturday morning food market run, or a gift/souvenir haul with more unique items than you’ll find in the City Bowl.
Don’t miss: Lemongrass Coconut Chicken Soup from Zoop! and Grapefruit Green Tea from TeAwesome. Also check out Linda’s terry-cloth towel sarong stand for a versatile wardrobe addition for only R200.
Where and when: Cavendish Square, Dreyer Street, Claremont. Once a month, usually the first weekend of every month (Friday, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm)
It’s good for: Buying that perfect hostess gift: upmarket scented candles, textiles, baby clothes, and
Don’t miss: Katmelleon Jewellery. Also Milk and Honey’s lemongrass & sweet orange soy candle. Pretty yet fierce enough to cover up the smell when you burn dinner on a relaxed Sunday evening. Not speaking from experience or anything…
I posted about this magical market last week, so be sure to check that out HERE if a tunnel made out of flowers sounds cool to you.
Where and when: Trafalgar Place between Strand and Darling Streets and nestled between the Standard Bank and Golden Acre Mall. Open Monday-Saturday 7am-8pm.
It’s good for: Anything from a bridal floral suite to your weekly countertop bouquet.
Don’t miss: The incredible proteas!
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Happy weekend and most importantly happy shopping!