The idea is for local farmers to sell their produce directly to the public, cutting out the middle man. In truth, very few of our food and produce markets are purely farmer-driven, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious and fun! Here’s a round-up of the best markets in Cape Town. If we’ve left out any, please let us know in the comments section below.
1. Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day
Located under tents and trees in the Granger Bay section of the V&A Waterfront, this local farmer’s market is managed by a group of adults and young people working together to promote small-scale food production in the city. It celebrates local food, culture and community in support of the educational mission of the nonprofit Oranjezicht City Farm.
When Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Why you’ll love it It’s a wonderfully relaxing place to do your weekly food shopping – you’ll find fresh-from-the-patch veggies and herbs, fruit, bread, organic dairy products, free-range eggs, raw honey, muesli, and ethically sourced meats and seafood. Plus, there’s a wonderful array of artisanal food stalls selling amazing cooked and raw dishes for all palates and preferences, from carnivores to vegans, chocoholics to diabetics. There is plenty of outdoor seating, space for the kids and dogs, and a family-friendly vibe.
Stand-out stall/s The OZCF’s veg tent; Spades & Spoons’s vegan and raw prepared food; Happy Hens’s free-range chicken, duck eggs and yoghurt; and Woodstock Bakery’s baked goods.
Contact 083 508 1066 (Kurt), firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront
2. The Lourensford Market
Set on one of the most renowned (and picturesque) wine estates in the country, this market has over 70 vendors selling a vast array of fresh produce, art and crafts.
When Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Twilight markets happen on alternate Fridays, 4pm – 9pm
Why you’ll love it Its layout is one of the nicest around – with food, craft and fashion stalls arranged in a horseshoe shape around a tree- and umbrella-shaded court with plenty of seating. The new roof structure means it’s open every weekend, no matter the weather. With beautiful, award-winning gardens surrounding it, a kiddies playground (with a rocket bungee and a train), there is little this market doesn’t have. It’s even dog-friendly. Oh, and the coffee is excellent, according to the coffee fascist in the office.
Stand out stall/s Tunisian Delight’s tapas; Grilltong’s antipasto platters; Ghenwa’s Lebanese treats (paired with Lourensford’s award-winning wines); Burger Devine’s winning burger combos; Boerseuns’s homemade boerrie and biltong with craft beer from Abru or cider from Eversons; Sunshine Foods’s stacked bunless vegan burgers; and Dr Juice’s fresh fruit and vegetable juices.
Contact 072 284 1654, email@example.com
Where to find it The Lourensford Market, Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road
3. Noordhoek Community Market
This weekly community market is where South Peninsula locals flock every Thursday evening in summer. It takes place in the restaurant area and Bedouin marquee of Cape Point Vineyards (CPV).
When Thursday, 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Why you’ll love it The views at sunset are breathtaking – especially with a glass of CPV sauvignon blanc to hand. There is ample parking and long stretches of open grass with a jungle gym for kids.
Stand-out stall/s Al’s Schwarmas’ free-range chicken, beef and lamb schwarmas; Peter Geoffe Wood’s Kitchen Cowboy’s; Mel’s Flowers for the freshest and brightest blooms around; and The Lamb Man’s killer lamb salad!
Contact 021 789 0900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Noordhoek Community Market, Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noodhoek
4. Groote Post Market
Image Credit: The Sir David
Darling’s finest food, craft beer and plenty of child-friendly entertainment await at this relaxing market.
When Last Sunday the month in summer, from 10am – 3pm. Check the exact dates here.
Why you’ll love it This market boasts delicious Darling fare, including mushrooms, cheeses, homemade toffee and craft beer. New to the market are Burger Fellas and Island Way Sorbets. The kids will enjoy a host of activities – from tractor rides and guided horse rides to face-painting Browse the arts and crafts, homeware and décor stalls to the backdrop of live music. Bring your dogs but keep them on the leash. Or buy one from the SPCA stall.
Stand-out stall/s Udderly Delicious Cheese; Darling Pomegranate Products; Saucy Boys’ organic chilli sauces; and Darling Sweet’s delicious handmade toffees.
Contact 082 877 6677, email@example.com
Where to find it Groote Post Vineyard, Darling Hills Road, Darling
5. V&A Food Market
Located at the Cape Town’s premier shopping destination, this market is open every day until 7pm in summer. Its tagline, “Experience Goodness”, is reflected in the wonderful array of stalls.
When 10am – 8pm (1 November – 7 April)
10am – 6pm (8 April – 31 October)
Why you’ll love it Housed in the historical power station on the water’s edge, this all-weather space is home to over 50 traders, offering a selection of locally produced artisanal products and a variety of street foods. Its location in the Waterfront makes it perfect for a light snack or a casual beer.
Stand-out stall/s Truth Coffee Bar; Yoko’s trend-setting speciality yoghurt bar; The Knysna Oyster Company; and Woodies burgers. (We miss the Hungry Herbivore!)
Contact 021 418 1605, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it V&A Food Market, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
6. Blaauwklippen Family Market
The perfect venue to spend a relaxed day with family and friends, this Sunday market offers a unique shopping experience on one of the oldest and most picturesque wine estates in South Africa. With a delicious variety of food, an interesting selection of crafts, wine tastings, and entertainment for the kids, it’s a great place to chill out.
When Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Why you’ll love it There’s a delicious spread of prepared food to tickle most taste buds. Inside the carriage museum, you’ll find seasonal fresh produce, cheese, homemade pies, olives, baked treats and much more. Interesting crafts are on offer beneath the shade of the ancient wild fig trees. This market’s natural charm and farm feeling are what make it unique.
Stand-out stall/s Cold Gold’s artisanal ice cream; Catje’s Pancakes; Giros Greek food; and Piroschka’s flammkuchen (German thin-crust pizza) – divine!
Contact 084 608 6325, email@example.com
Where to find it Blaauwklippen Family Market, R44, Strand Road, Stellenbosch
7. The Neighbourgoods Market
Image credit: Nadia Akester
Located at The Old Biscuit Mill, this independent initiative was founded in 2006 by entrepreneurs Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, whose aim was to revive and reinvent public markets as a civic institution. This award-winning market features over 100 specialty traders every Saturday, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisanal producers and celebrated local chefs to showcase and sell their delicious wares.
When Saturday, 9am – 2pm (until 3pm starting November)
Why you’ll love it Not only did this pioneering market pave the way for the profusion of other markets in the Mother City, it still happens to be the coolest city hangout in Cape Town on a Saturday morning, striking the perfect balance between superb food and drinks, trendy clothes and accessories, and Cape Town’s creative set.
Stand-out stall/s Honest Chocolate’s handmade chocolate; Cafeteria Mobile’s wholesome home-cooked stews, soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches; and Dear Rae’s clean-lined gold, silver, brass and copper jewellery.
Contact 021 448 1438
Where to find it The Neighbourgoods Market, Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock
8. Root 44 Market
Housed in sturdy, super-cosy marquees (which means rain is never an issue), and surrounded by picturesque vineyards and trees, this all-weather market offers live entertainment, craft and homeware stalls perfect for leisurely browsing, as well as an awesome selection of edible and drinkable treats.
When Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Why you’ll love it Come rain or shine, this market is open for trading. It’s also one of the most child-friendly markets around, boasting an array of children’s entertainment and activities that now includes World of Adventure (indoor and outdoor jungle gyms, mini-golf and more fun coming soon). There’s a popular Parkrun on Saturdays where festival-goers can work up an appetite.
Stand-out stall/s My Place Foods’ souvlakis; Mussle Monger’s fresh oysters and mussels; The Pickled Poppers’ jalapeño poppers and tacos filled with fresh, quality ingredients; Earth Fire’s pizzas; and Heavenly Hamburgers’ burgers.
Contact 021 881 3052, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Root 44 Market, Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 and Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
9. Chilled Market at the Range
When Friday, 4.30pm – 9.30pm
Why you’ll love it Nestled between Tokai Forest and the the Constantia Valley, this market has lots going for it when it comes to spectacular views. Food-wise, expect the usual suspect: greek, pizzas and salads, washed down with a glass or two of Klein Constantia or Steenberg vino, or a craft beer if you’d prefer. Bring the kids; they’ll have fun with face-painting, playing on the jungle gym and the jumping castle, while you relax in the marquee or at the chairs and tables outside.
Stand-out stall/s Earthfire Pizza; Sakura Sushi; and Giros’ Greek.
Contact 021 713 2340, email@example.com
Where to find it The Range Function and Conference Centre, Orpen Road, Tokai, Cape Town
10. Hermanuspietersfontein Food & Wine Market
You’ll find the Hermanuspietersfontein Food & Wine Market hidden in the far corner of The Village on the corner of the R43 and R320. Choose from a buffet of classic breakfast, savouries, confectionery, cheese, cured meat, olives, salad, bread, freshly shucked oysters, abalone, fish and chips, mussels, sushi, dim sum, artisanal pies, fresh fruit and veg and much, much more.
When Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Why you’ll love it With chairs and tables laid out, as well as real plates, cutlery, cups and glasses, it’s the perfect place for a weekend breakfast.
Stand-out stall/s Johan and Elzabe Bouwer’s crayfish, perlemoen and oysters; Hans and Mary-Ann’s olives from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley; and Niki’s variety of homemade treats – try her six-layer chocolate cake, its delicious!
Contact 028 316 1875, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Hermanuspietersfontein Market, 17 Village Lane, The Village, Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus
11. Bay Harbour Market
Image credit: Liezel Malherbe
Situated on the water’s edge in the old section of the Hout Bay Harbour, it comprises more than 100 stalls housed in tented alleys, courtyards and an old fish factory.
When Friday, 5pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am – 4pm
Why you’ll love it This bustling market offers a wide range of delicious food as well as interesting clothes and crafts. It’s a well laid-out space, ensuring that no matter how busy the market gets, it never feels cramped or claustrophobic.
Stand-out stall/s Zoop Soups’ fresh homemade soup; Swing Clothing’s locally designed and locally made apparel; Spaza Intshiba’s home decor; and MayBru’s proudly South African surfer-inspired gear.
Contact 083 275 5586, email@example.com
Where to find it Bay Harbour Market, 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
12. Market at the Palms
Half the fun of savouring real plattelandse food is meeting the characters behind it, hearing the stories of the origin of their fare, and perhaps even picking up a sought-after family recipe or two. This is exactly what Market at The Palms in Woodstock is doing – bringing good-quality, fresh, homemade produce and street food to city tables at affordable prices.
When Saturday, 9am – 2.30pm
Why you’ll love it The relaxed village-square atmosphere, complete with unplugged musicians playing folksy tunes, is a wonderful place to enjoy a weekend breakfast, brunch or early lunch.
Stand-out stall/s Darling Gourmet Mushrooms’ own-cultivated skewers with a finger-licking marinade; The Diner for the tastiest breakfast burgers in town; Toorkombuis’ homemade Romany Creams and nougat; Wraps and Goodiegats’ gourmet samoosas; and Urban Low Carb’s delicious low-carb cakes and treats.
Contact 021 462 0394, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it The Palms Decor and Lifestyle Centre, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
13. City Bowl Market on Hope
Housed in an historic building in Gardens, this is the place to meet friends and feed the family at one of the many delicious food stalls.
When Thursday, 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Why you’ll love it It’s a fun outing for the whole family: foodies will love all the irresistible goodies, and beer aficionados will gravitate towards the draught-beer taps. There’s even a fashion market for the fashionistas on the last Thursday of each month.
Stand-out stall/s La Petite Moo Brownies; Lisa’s Lush salads; American Diner Hamburgers & Hotdogs; Blood Orange Clothing; and Durban’s Finest Curry, whose food truck offering is featured in our Best Food Trucks in Cape Town.
Contact 073 270 8043, email@example.com
Where to find it City Bowl Market on Hope, 14 Hope Street, Gardens
14. I Love Big Bay
Enjoy beautiful views of the bay and Table Mountain with a cold beer or glass of wine as the sun goes down – easy living at it’s best.
When Last Wednesday of the month, 4pm – 9pm
Why you’ll love it With over 10 options for dinner and drinks, market-goers are sure to find something to tantalise their taste buds. And then, once you’ve chosen your meal and drink, head to the beach for a sunset picnic, or chill at the tables and chair. The DJ keeps the vibe upbeat and, in the not-too-distant future, local musicians will add another dimension. Need to buy a last-minute present? Browse the many fashion and gift stalls too.
Stand out stall/s Wicked Waffle; Mon Ami Food Truck’s killer veg wrap; The Beer Merchant; and Whisper Between Worlds’s boho fashion.
Contact 081 797 2825, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, Otto Du Plessis Drive, Blouberg
15. Country Craft Market
As one of the oldest and longest running craft markets in the Cape, this Somerset West market is rather special.
When Select Saturdays, 9am – 2pm
Why you’ll love it Here you’ll find over 170 stalls selling crafts by some of the most experienced craftspeople in the Western Cape. Refuel at The Country Kitchen, a series of food and drink stalls selling pancakes, samoosas, tea, coffee and beer, with some of the proceeds going to charity. A Jumping Castle, face-painting and Sand Art in the Country Kids Corner means kids will have a ball, while you browse and catch up with friends.
Contact 021 852 6608, email@example.com
Where to find it Southey’s Vines, 186 Main Road, Somerset West
16. Natural Goods Market
Set on the village green near Intaka Island at Century City, this festive market is a fun way to spend Sundays in summer.
When Last Sunday of the month, 9am – 2pm (summer)
Last Friday of the month, 2pm – 9pm (winter)
Why you’ll love it Everything here is fresh and tasty – from the gourmet curries and baked goods to the fruit juices and smoothies, (and even the live music). Let the kids hop on and off the free train and jumping castle, while you browse the stalls for jewellery and fashion. You might be interested in adopting a furry friend from African Tails…
Stand out stall/s Crush’s delicious gluten- and sugar-free cakes; Stack That’s Hungarian flatbread; More Sauce’s chilli sauces and prego rolls; Sprung’s spring rolls; Legendary Creamery’s ice cream; Delicious Fish’s fresh tuna, tuna biltong, snoek pâté and other fishy delights; and Bethlehem Breads artisanal breads.
Contact 021 531 2173, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Central Park, Park Lane in Century City
17. Franschhoek Village Market
Set in the shade under the trees of a church yard, this community market celebrates local food, music and merchants (with big personalities).
When Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Why you’ll love it Though Franschhoek is largely a holiday resort, visitors get a sense of its residents and the community at this festive fair. The food, drinks and produce is local, fresh and delicious (and every now and again celebrated local chefs make and appearance). Expect regional cheeses, burgers, homemade ginger beer, craft beer, coffee, wine, arts and crafts, and loads more, while being serenaded by local musicians.
Stand-out stall/s Pierre’s cured sausages; Pastries from Heaven’s samosas; Jo Scott’s paintings; and be sure to check out the elderly couple selling pancakes!
Contact 082 786 7927, email@example.com
Where to find it Franschhoek Village Market, 29 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
18. Vergenoegd Market
Vergenoegd offers lovely views, delicious wine and its famous 1 000-strong duck parade. Enjoy all of this, and a market-style brunch, every Saturday.
When Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Why you’ll love it Its countryside setting makes for a wonderfully relaxing Saturday-morning outing for the whole family. For the early risers, Vergenoegd offers a 9am morning walk or run for the the whole family followed by the 1 000-strong Duck Parade at 10am. Latecomers can enjoy the feathery parade later in the day (12.30pm and 3.30pm).
Stand out stall/s Kellerman’s German sausages; Corlie’s Pasta; Sweet Cillie’s Cakery; Maria’s Deli; and J’Ai Du Hammocks.
Contact 021 843 3088, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Vergenoegd Wine Estate, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
19. The Truth Timeless Market
Image credit: John Henry Bartlett Photography
This pop-up night market happens once a month at Truth Coffee, where 15 to 20 traders showcase their wares.
When First Wednesday of the month, 6pm – 10pm
Date 2 November 2016
Why you’ll love it It’s a platform for traders of vintage and retro clothes, accessories, and music to sell their clobber. The cover charge is R50 which inclues a wlecoming drink. Enjoy the vintage and classic fare while listening to live music and enjoying a bite to eat from the food trucks. Also on hand is a hand poke tattoo artist and an in-house barbershop.
Stand out stall/s What Goes Around Comes Around’s men apperal; Decades of Vintage’s antiques; Roastin Records’ vinyl records; Bric-a-brac; and Lamtrend’s women wear.
Contact 021 200 0440, email@example.com
Address 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
20. The Market at Val de Vie
With a backdrop of the beautiful Paarl valley, this Sunday market is a fun way to spend the day, watching a (if that’s your thing) and enjoying delicious local produce.
When Selected Sundays in summer from 10am – 3pm. Check the exact dates here.
Why you’ll love it Great regional produce with a view to match. Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, market goers have the choice of a vast array of food and drink – from pizzas, and gourmet hot dogs to oysters and bubbly, beer, fresh juices and sweet treats. Soak up the sun listening to live music as the kids enjoy one of the fun activities planned.
Stand-out stall/s Nelly’s pies; Fleat’s coffee; Tailgate’s pork ribs; Stack That’s wraps; and Gelato On the Go’s italian ice cream and iced coffee.
Contact 021 863 6100, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Val de Vie Estate, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl
21. Hermanus Country Market
The Hermanus Cricket Club is the venue for this fabulous community market with lots of soul. Here, you’ll find an array of fresh organic produce, homemade pastries and desserts, artisanal breads, handmade cheeses, home-smoked fish, happy-hen eggs and wheat-free bakes. Drinks on offer include locally roasted coffee from The Beanery, wines, craft ciders and beers, and organic, freshly pulped juices.
When Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Why you’ll love it It doesn’t get more local than this. The traders come from the nearby towns of Baardskeerdersbos, Wolwengat and Tesselaarsdal and their products are all lovingly homemade. All the traders sell their own goods, so you can find out exactly what goes into each product.
Stand-out stall/s The Ginger Route’s heavenly and utterly moreish milk tartlets; Sanity Farm’s free-range pork pies, scotch eggs and butternut-and-coriander chicken sausage; The Beanery’s coffee; and Melinda’s Kitchen’s lemony dolmades.
Contact 072 883 3894, email@example.com
Where to find it Hermanus Country Market, Fairways Avenue, Eastcliff, Hermanus
22. The Vineyard Oval Wednesday Nite Market
This open-air market held at the Kenilworth Racecourse boasts more than 50 food, wine, beer, craft and clothing vendors.
When Wednesday, 4pm – 9.30pm
Why you’ll love it It’s a relaxed and fun weekly outing for the whole family, with specially allocated family area sponsored by Party Favours which usually include candy-floss and jumping castles. There are also great prizes up for grabs each evening. This market prides itself in it’s variety of delicious food and drink.
Stand-out stall/s Sugary Sensations Dessert Truck; Legendary Creamery; Pickled Popper; Eat Out the Box’s pizzas and ribs; Wing It’s bbq or spicy wings.
Contact 062 084 1152, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Kenilworth Racecourse, Wetton Road, Kenilworth
23. Tokai Forest Market
Formerly known as The Porter Estate Produce Market, this outdoor market offers fresh produce (much of it organic), artisanal breads, delicious raw honey, free-range lamb, jams and pickles, as well as hand-crafted goods and clothes.
When Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Why you’ll love it Set within Tokai’s magical forest, the market offers ample space to sit and relax or browse the food and craft stalls. There is also plenty on offer for the kids as well as a large variety of foods to suit all tastes.
Stand-out stall/s Clere-Lapree’s homemade, artisanal cheese; Tacos Locos’s delectable hard-shell tacos; and Dante’s Bites free-range biltong and droëwors.
Contact 072 538 8793, email@example.com
Where to find it Tokai Forest Market, Tokai Road, Tokai
24. Blue Bird Garage Market
Housed in an old postal plane hangar in the heart of bustling Muizenberg, this cosy neighbourhood food and goods market is where you’ll find the south peninsula’s hipsters.
When Friday, 4pm – 10pm
Why you’ll love it Even though it attracts the cool kids, you’ll find all sorts at this community-driven market, making it the perfect outing for a laidback Friday night with friends and family. This space is filled with a collection of local artisans, specialty cooks, bakers, producers and designers all under one eclectic and creative roof
Stand-out stall/s Yoffi Falafel’s zingy pitas; Bunga Bunga’s steak platters; and Tacos Locos’s tasty tacos.
Contact 084 405 3544 (Laura), 082 920 4285 (Marcus), firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Blue Bird Garage Market, 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg
25. Earth Fair Food Market
The Wednesday and Saturday market is housed in a huge warehouse, with over 40 traders selling a range of fresh produce and food, and loads of free parking available.
When Wednesday, 3pm – 8.30pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Why we love it ‘Burbs-dwellers are often starved for cool things to do on week nights, and this market fills the gap. Sadly our favourite vendor, Senhor Prego, who makes the most delicious steak rolls, no longer trades here (he’s at Simon’s on Saturdays and Sundays now). Still, there is a wonderful kiddies’ area, where childminder Angie will keep your little ones safe and entertained for hours. There’s also face-painting, colouring, and loads of fun stuff. Other pluses: the vibe of the market is wonderfully festive and fun; most of the meat and poultry sold is hormone-free organic. And the Origins coffee is excellent.
Stand-out stall/s Stokkiesdraai Biltong’s grass-fed sirloin ’tong; Gail’s Kitchen for delicious low-carb cakes and desserts; Dr Juice’s fresh elixirs; and Sunshine’s Bunless Veggie Burgers.
Where to find it Earth Fair Food Market, South Palms, 333 Main Road, Retreat
26. Slow Food Market
The grounds of the historic Oude Libertas estate in Stellenbosch is the setting for this authentic Slow Food market where over 100 local farmers, grocers, artisanal bakers, organic merchants, butchers, vintners, fashion and craft designers sell their wares.
When Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Why you’ll love it It’s a charming mix of traditional and modern. The ethical standards of the Slow Food movement are respected by all the traders: no cold storage is used to bring foods to market, no chemicals are used in their production, no excessive food miles are wasted; and no dubious production methods are employed. Customers have a chance to taste food before they buy it and bargaining and swapping of recipes is the order of the day. All foods are fresh, seasonal and locally grown, making them nourishing and delicious.
Need to know If you’re planning a trip to this market, we advise you to call ahead and make sure it’s definitely on; the organisers have been known to pull the plug at the last minute without forewarning the public.
Stand-out stall/s Colleen’s hand-reared free-range chickens; The Green Road’s organic pasteurised milk, cheese and yoghurt; and Armin and Elke’s waffles.
Contact 021 886 8514, email@example.com
Where to find it Slow Food Market, Oude Libertas, Corner of Adam Tas and Oude Libertas Road, Stellenbosch
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