We, at The Inside Guide, love a night market. Blaring music, blazing fires, delicious aromas wafting through the air, the sizzle of saucepans as they hit the open flames, and crowds jostling for a seat at a communal table (okay, the last bit we can do without). And, in winter, when cabin fever becomes unbearable, it’s easy enough to zoot off to your neighbourhood market. No mess, no fuss, and no dishes to wash! Here are our best night markets in Cape Town.
1. Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek Community Market
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The lakeside meadows of Noordhoek provide a picture-perfect setting for this outdoor market. Vendors include the Foodbarn’s pop-up kitchen and the vegan-friendly Angel Chefs. Read more about the Noordhoek Community Market here.
When Thursday. 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Contact 021 789 0900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Cape Point Vineyards Estate, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
2. Bay Harbour Market
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An authentic fish market in an historic harbour is the setting for this Hout Bay gem, though there’s far more than fish on offer at the 80 or so stalls. Seafood fresh from Saldanha, Greek delicacies and traditional South African treats, such as koeksisters can be enjoyed by a fireplace while being entertained by live musical performances. The market runs every weekend throughout the year, with the night market occurring on Fridays.
Where Hout Bay
When Friday, 5pm – 9pm
Contact 083 275 5586, email@example.com
Location 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
3. Earth Fair Market
Farm-fresh produce and organic meat and poultry can be found at this wholefoods market, which happens twice a week. The Wednesday night market is fun, festive and family friendly, with a variety of dinner options, such as Indian curries, prego rolls, sushi, and more. Seating is at communal tables in the middle of the bustling stalls.
When Wednesday, 3pm – 8:30pm
Location South Palms Centre, 333 Main Road, Retreat
4. Woodmill Courtyard Market
The Woodmill Lifestyle Centre hosts live music, a children’s play area and a wide array of stalls, making it a great option for a family night out. Try Louis’ Pizza for a homemade pie fresh out of his portable oven, Belcroq Belgian Lekker Kos for traditional Belgian frites, while you quaff a glass or two of Grande Provence wine. Shop for vintage clothing and leather items, too.
When Last Friday of the month, 5:30pm – 10pm
Contact 083 755 2877, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location The Woodmill Lifestyle Center, Vredenburg Road, Stellenbosch
5. City Bowl Market
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An old church hall with loads of history is the backdrop for this festive event, where you can enjoy live music and craft beer on tap while perusing the wares of around 30 to 40 traders, including a diverse selection of food stalls. Cold winter nights are the perfect time to drop by for croissants, coffee and some of the market’s famous waffles. Find out more about the City Bowl Market here.
Where City Centre
When Thursday, 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Contact 073 270 8043, email@example.com
Location 14 Hope Street
6. Truth Timeless Market
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Where better to host a winter night market than a joint famous for its coffee? Food trucks, stalls selling antiques and handmade goods, and live entertainment are the order of the day at the steampunk-themed coffee shop on Buitenkant Street.
Cost R50 at the door
When First Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Contact 021 200 0440, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Truth Coffee, 36 Buitenkant Street
7. Century City Night Market
Gas lights and tented seating keep things nice and cosy at this evening mart, while live music and an assortment of food and drink stalls add to the festive vibe.
Where Century City
When Last Friday of the month, 4pm – 9pm (May – August)
Contact 021 552 6889, email@example.com
Location Intaka Island Eco-Centre, 2, Park Lane, Century City
8. Blue Bird Garage Market
Situated in an old postal plane hangar, this authentic neighbourhood market prides itself on being hipster-free. There’s a jungle gym and reading corner for the kids, a bar selling craft beers and organic wines (hipster alert), and a wide range of stalls selling food, books, clothes and jewellery. Feel free to bring your pooch along as the market is dog-friendly.
When Friday, 4pm – 10pm
Contact 084 405 3544, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Blue Bird Garage, 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg
9. The Range Chilled Market
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End the week with a visit to this forest market in Tokai, where a warm log cabin and covered seating provides shelter from the cold. Local wines, craft beers and food can be purchased from the various stalls and enjoyed by the fireplace.
When Friday, 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Contact 021 713 2340, email@example.com
Location The Range, Orpen Road, Tokai
10. I Love Big Bay Market
Once a month throughout spring and summer, you can join the surfers on the beach, where a selection of food trucks selling hot dogs, boerewors and burgers set up shop. There are also traders selling hand-crafted clothes and accessories, as well as a bar with outdoor seating, so you can watch the sunset with a drink in hand. Find out more about the Big Bay Market here.
When Last Wednesday of the month, 4pm – 9pm (closed from April to August, reopens in September)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 083 856 9652, 081 797 2825 (WhatsApp only)
Location Eden on the Bay, Corner Otto du Plessis Drive and Blaird Street, Big Bay
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