Not just for shopping, they’re good for dining and socialising too.
Bouncing off the modern-day obsession with all things artisanal, craft, authentic and delicious, markets are drawing the crowds. Everyone from foodies and fashionistas to families and fun-seekers head to markets to stock up on products, sample the latest fare, and catch up with friends. They’re also hotspots for tourists looking for on-the-pulse ways to experience a city like the locals do.
Markets come in all shapes these days, from early-bird gatherings to get-togethers for night owls; from wholesome and down-to-earth to social hotspots that offer an alternative to pubs or restaurants. What they all have in common is a chance to meet the makers, to appreciate the sensory delight of fresh-from-the farm produce, and sample a smorgasbord of goodies that grab your attention. Here are our Top 20 tastebud-teasing choices!
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The best markets in Cape Town
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Managed by the folk who revived the Oranjezicht urban farm, OZCF is a cheerleader for local produce and artisanal culture in Cape Town. Take your pick from a rainbow harvest of in-season veggies, herbs and fruit (which includes some rare beauties – and often celebrated with a special feast day), alongside cheeses, breads and bakes, preserves, smoked fish, charcuterie and more. Stay for a leisurely meal, with a variety of global cuisines on offer and a few stalls run by city restaurants, where you can try their fare. Special diets are well catered for. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, a bar area for craft beers and cocktails, and a real buzz.
Good to know You can also visit the Oranjezicht farm at 87 Upper Orange Street on weekdays, from 8am – 4pm.
Opening times Saturday, 8.15am – 2pm
Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Wednesday, 5pm – 9pm (October – March)
Contact 083 628 3426, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Haul Road, off Granger Bay Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Founded in 2006, this market at the Old Biscuit Mill arguably spearheaded the farmers’ market scene in Cape Town and sparked a regeneration of the neighbourhood. Today, it’s morphed into a celebration of street culture – food, design and music – and is still one of the vibiest weekend hangouts. The top street-food cooks in town (alongside farmers, fine-food purveyors, bakers and so on) offer an array of flavours: tuck into tacos, Cape Malay curry, paella, West African jollof, seafood, steak-and-stout pies, Korean bulgogi, Syrian coffee and pastries… There’s a wine bar and cocktails, live music or DJs, plus you can pick up young-designer clothing, vintage collectables and decor.
Good to know There’s secure parking at College of Cape Town across the road, for a small fee.
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
Contact 021 448 1438, email@example.com
Where to find it 373 Albert Road, Woodstock
Time Out Market
Like its counterparts in Lisbon, New York, Miami, Montreal and Dubai, the Cape Town iteration reflects the culinary and cultural trends of our city, gathering the best local talent under one roof. At Cape Town’s quayside warehouse, you’ll find 13 kitchens and three bars where well-known and up-and-coming chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists serve their magic. Think Bertus Basson’s gourmet burgers, John van Zyl’s stunning seafood, open-fire cooking from Vusi Ndlovu; ramen by Peter Tempelhoff, among others. With a stage for live performers and seating inside and out, it’s a cooking spot in more ways than one.
Dog-friendly? In the outside seating area
Opening times Sunday – Wednesday, 11am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Where to find it Old Power Station Building, 19 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Noordhoek Farm Village Market
This charming neck of the woods provides a lovely outing on any day, but especially midweek when the open-air evening market is abuzz. It’s perfect for a casual get-together with friends, delicious food and a glass of vino, bubbles, gin or cold draught. There’s an array of tasty eats – from Italian, Mexican and Indian to nori wraps and Kristen’s famous Kick-Ass Ice Cream. Some of the Farm Village stores are open, too, including The Foodbarn Deli (we dare you to leave without a sweet treat!) – so you can shop and eat to your heart’s content. Settle in at a bench table on the lawn while the kids head to the playground.
Opening times Wednesdays, 4pm – 8pm (weather dependent)
Where to find it Village Lane, off Noordhoek Main Road (M6), Noordhoek, Cape Town
Cape Point Vineyards Community Market
South Peninsula locals flock to this weekly community pop-up to take advantage of the long, light-filled evenings in summer. Festivities take place in the lakeside picnic area of the wine estate, just 1.2 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean, so sea views are dished up with your choice of delicious fare – from melt-in-your-mouth lamb, wood-fired pizzas and sushi to steak sandwiches, deep-fried chicken noodles and sweet treats. Sunsets are breathtaking, more so with a glass of CPV sauvignon blanc in hand. There is ample parking, and long stretches of open grass with a jungle gym for kids. It’s a perfect taste of the countryside in the city.
Opening times Thursdays, 4.30pm – 8.30pm (October – April)
Contact 021 789 0900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Cape Point Vineyards Estate, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
Bay Harbour Market
An old fish factory in Hout Bay’s harbour is now a vibrant marketplace, with seagulls wailing and oodles of atmosphere. The market brings together “eats, beats, arts and crafts”, with over 80 stalls to browse for fashion and footwear, jewellery, decor and wellness products, before sitting down for a bite and drink. The menu includes Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, Asian flavours, Filipino burgers, seafood, delicious bakes and authentic gelato from local institution Ice Dream, plus there are four bars to order your favourite tipple. The patio is the place to be in summer; in winter, there are fireplaces to keep things cosy.
Opening times Friday, 5pm – 9pm
Saturday + Sunday, 9.30am – 4pm
Contact 084 370 5715, email@example.com
Where to find it 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Chilled Market at The Range
Situated between Tokai Forest and Constantia Valley, this family-friendly market boasts magical vineyard and mountain views and, true to its name, is decidedly relaxed. Food-wise, you can continent-hop: pizzas, sushi, ribs, curries, calamari, nachos, noodles… plus indulge your sweet tooth with waffles, milkshakes and ice-cream. You won’t go thirsty either – sample the craft beers on tap, local wines from the valley, tipples from a gin bar, or an assortment of soft drinks and hot beverages, as the kids dash about on the lawns or play on the jungle gym and jumping castle. Relax in the marquee to the sounds of a live band, on the bench seating outside, or if it’s chilly, by the fireplace in the log cabin.
Good to know The same venue hosts the Vegan Goods Market on the first Sunday of every month, 10am – 3pm; also look out for special events such as wine-tastings.
Opening times Fridays, 4.30pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 713 2340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Porter Reform Estate, Orpen Road, Tokai
Blue Bird Garage Market
The bohemian vibe of beachside Muizenberg is captured at this characterful market, housed in an old postal plane hangar. Artisans gather at the end of the week for a vibrant night market that brings to mind New York’s buzzy East Village. In addition to the delicious food (wraps, falafel, kebabs, prego rolls, ostrich pies, vegan cheesecake and other treats), there’s fresh produce and craft groceries, plus books, clothes, jewellery, ceramics, and more. The unique venue gives the Blue Bird Market an urban edge, but it’s laidback enough for a perfect family outing. Children have their own play area with a jungle gym; grown-ups have a choice of two bars, including the secret gin bar.
Opening times Thursdays + Fridays, 4pm – 10pm
Contact 084 405 3544, email@example.com
Where to find it 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg
Just off the Sea Point Promenade, this buzzing market boasts over 30 food outlets in a double-volume, sea-facing, 2 000-square-metre space. It’s open almost 24 hours a day, so from breakfast to late-night munchies, you’re guaranteed something delicious. The food choice is multi-cultural and top-notch, from ramen, poké, Japanese temaki and smoked spitbraai treats to Dutch-Indonesian nasi goreng, West Coast mussels, Middle Eastern kunafa desserts and rolled ice-cream. It’s a popular social spot as there are also five bars (each dedicated to a specific beverage), plus the added attraction of free live music and big screens for major sports events.
Good to know There are free salsa classes and a salsa party every Sunday (8pm – 11pm); and Monday night is karaoke night (7pm – 10pm). Some of SA’s top bands perform here once a month at the Mojo XXL nights (booking essential).
Opening times Daily, 8am – midnight
Contact 021 422 4888, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 30 Regent Road, Sea Point
Earth Fair Food Market
A southern suburbs-dwellers’ favourite, the Earth Fair Market takes place on a field on the Timour Hall Villa Estate in Constantia. With plenty of fresh produce, pasture-raised meat and other goods for sale, it’s a great place to stock up for the week. Grab breakfast or lunch on Saturdays from the food stalls, and perhaps a craft beer. On Wednesday evenings, treat yourself to dinner and drinks and settle back to enjoy the live music. Seating is at communal tables on the wide lawn, with picnic areas to enjoy.
Opening times Wednesday, 4pm – 9pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 061 108 1530 (whatsapp only), email@example.com
Where to find it Corner St Joan’s Road and Timour Hall Road, Constantia
Willowbridge Slow Market
Take your time to browse the market stalls set up under the roof in the Willowbridge mall central courtyard over the weekend. With a range of artisanal food makers, there’s plenty to stock up your pantry – from breads, pastries and cakes to biltong, spices, condiments, cheeses and fresh produce. You’ll also find fresh flowers and plants, and small decor items, clothing and gifts from local crafters. After a morning’s shopping, sit back, relax and enjoy the live music as you savour the varied tastes and the laid-back slow vibe.
Dog-friendly? Yes, on leads
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Sunday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 081 831 3011, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Tygervalley
The best markets in the Winelands + Overberg
Boschendal Friday Night Market
This illustrious estate has one of the most stunning settings in the Winelands. The maze of gardens and mountain views are lovely on any day, but on magical spring and summer evenings there are few better places to be than the market on the historic Werf. Live music, craft stalls and an array of artisanal food and drink – both from the farm itself and like-minded vendors (think baked goods, pizza, burgers, braaied meat, samoosas, toasted nuts, oysters, wine, cocktails) – set the scene for a fun and festive night out with family and friends. There are tables under the trees, bean bags and lawn seating, or bring your own blanket for a picnic supper of market-foraged fare under the fairylights. For the kids, there’s the added bonus of The Treehouse playground, which is right next to the Werf.
Good to know Boschendal is a cashless farm; cards, Zapper and SnapScan are used.
Opening times Friday, 5pm – 9pm
Contact 021 870 4200
Where to find it Boschendal Wine Estate, Helshoogte Road (R310), Pniel, Franschhoek
The layout of this Winelands market is rather nifty. More than 70 food, craft and fashion stalls are arranged in a horseshoe shape around a communal eating and bar area with views of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains and live music. The estate’s gorgeous gardens border the market, with lots of space to throw down a picnic blanket, and there’s a children’s play area (with fun activities such as face painting). There’s a range of delicious fare, from ribs, German wurst and pizza to sushi and Korean fried chicken, plus estate wines and craft beer. Come on a Friday night for fairy-lit trees and a party atmosphere (wear your dancing shoes); on Saturdays and Sundays you can enjoy a family-friendly Winelands outing.
Good to know The Winter Edition (June – September) is a smaller, cosier market with bonfires and cold-weather foods and beverages, held at the Laurent Venue.
Opening times Friday, 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Contact 072 284 1654, email@example.com
Where to find it Lourensford Estate, Lourensford Road (M168), Somerset West
Elgin Railway Market
This is a market you visit for its unique setting and atmosphere as well as its wares. It’s housed in a former apple warehouse, transformed into a spacious Art Deco steampunk-style venue, complete with elaborate wrought-iron arches, overhanging bridges and lanterns. The selection of stalls offer produce, jewellery, clothing, decor, vintage items, toys and much more. Choose from a variety of delicious global fare, great coffee and don’t leave without sampling the local L-Gin cocktails and Elgin cool-climate wines. There’s live music on weekends, blacksmithing demos at the Solms Forge (can’t get more steampunk than that!) and for children – apart from exploring the fascinating building – lots of fun on the jungle gym and roundabouts. The arrival of the puffing steam train, of course, is a highlight no matter your age.
Good to know Make an adventure of it and book tickets for the Ceres Rail vintage steam train, which runs from Cape Town on weekends, delivering passengers straight to the market.
Dog-friendly? Yes, in the outside sections
Opening times Saturday + Sunday, 9am – 4pm (full market)
Wednesday + Friday, 4pm – 8.30pm (bar plus limited food traders)
Monday, Tuesday + Thursday, 8.30am – 4pm (no food traders, only coffee)
Contact 021 204 1158, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Elgin Station, Oak Avenue, Elgin
Hermanus Country Market
The Cricket Club is the venue for this wonderfully rustic market that bursts with community spirit. Browse the quirky crafts and stock up on the best of the Overberg’s organic fresh produce, pastries and desserts, handmade cheeses, smoked fish, happy-hen eggs and wheat-free bakes – and meet the makers, some of whom come from the nearby hamlets of Baardskeerdersbos, Wolwengat and Tesselaarsdal. It doesn’t get more local than this. Enjoy some comfort food (burgers, souvlaki, bobotie pies, lamb with roosterkoek, pancakes or jalapeno bombs wrapped in bacon), washed down with Hemel-en-Aarde wines, regional craft gin, cider and beer, fresh juices or great coffee.
Good to know In December and January, it also hosts popular Summer Night Markets on Wednesday evenings.
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 083 657 0191, email@example.com
Where to find it Hermanus Cricket Club, corner of Fairways Avenue & Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus
Blaauwklippen Family Market
This weekend market’s unpretentious farm vibe is what makes it so popular. Held in the shade of big fig trees, on one of the oldest and most picturesque wine estates, the market is all about seasonal, local, sustainable and organic. An assortment of food stalls cater to most tastes, offering anything from chicken schnitzel and flammküchen to Asian dumplings, Dutch croquettes and Tuist’s small-batch ice cream. In addition, there are hand-craft stalls, live music and wine and gin tastings, while children will love the pump track and two jungle gyms with slides, ladders, swings and a zipline – and the waffles on a stick.
Opening times Saturday + Sunday, 10am – 4pm (weather dependent)
Contact 021 880 0133, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Blaauwklippen Estate, Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch
Freedom Weekend Market
Situated in the heart of the Winelands between Paarl and Franschhoek, and relatively new to the scene (it was born during lockdown in 2020), it’s quickly become a favourite thanks to the variety of stalls – a mix of clothing, homeware, crafts, art and foodie temptations. Look out for the French crêpes, chorizo burgers, Italian steak and charcuterie-and-cheese platters. There’s live music, a variety of drinks on tap at the reWINEd bar, and children will love the Mors Kidz area (for “messy, sensory play”), pony rides and tractor trips; for teens there’s a mobile gaming truck, and for the artistically inclined, a ceramic-painting workshop. It’s a wonderful outing for the whole family and, being mostly housed in a large shed, it’s protected from the elements.
Good to know The Freedom Market Trail Run takes place on Sundays in the surrounding area and finishes at the market.
Opening times Saturday + Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Contact 083 458 6452, email@example.com
Where to find it Freedom Village, Wemmershoek Road (R301), Paarl
Franschhoek Village Market
Right in the centre of town, next to the church and under ancient oaks, this market is a warm and convivial coming-together of diverse local crafters and purveyors, with local musicians jamming along. It’s a wonderful outing for the whole family (with a play area for kiddies to run free), and offers a different peek into the community life of this village, away from the glitz and glam of the high-end restaurants, hotels and boutiques. Stalls vary each weekend so there’s always something new to try! Expect melt-in-your-mouth vetkoek, rotis filled with fragrant curries, gourmet pancakes and delicious braaied meat, as well as juices and coffee. There’s always a game of boules going, too, best enjoyed with a glass of wine and some snacks.
Good to know Most traders accept only cash or SnapScan; limited credit card facilities.
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 3pm (winter from 10am)
Contact 073 172 8080, 066 232 2215, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 29 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
This weekend market serves as a one-stop showcase of Stellenbosch wines, along with delicious comfort foods, in glorious surroundings. It’s a glass-brick-and-mortar foodhall with an amazing array of stalls and two wine bars, with live bands, indoor and outdoor tables and lush lawns to picnic on. If you’ve got a foodie craving, it’s covered – from tacos, corndogs and “loaded” mac ’n cheese to gatsbys, hotdogs, mussels, pulled eisbein and souvlaki – plus a multitude of Asian flavours. There’s also an “art route” of mini galleries and a splash fountain that kids will love in summer.
Opening times Friday, Saturday + Sunday, 10am – 6pm (5pm in winter); also public holidays
Contact 021 300 3935, email@example.com
Where to find it Audacia Road, off the R44, Stellenbosch
Dorp Street Sunday Market
A rare street market, but one that is perfectly situated – in the heart of the historic City of Oaks. Featuring around 60 to 70 “pop-up shops” (which change weekly), selling anything from gemstones, basketware and leather goods to soapstone miniatures and “real mushroom” jewellery, this is one stimulating Sunday stroll! It’s the place to pick up artisan cheese, chutneys, liquorice fudge, cordials, bread and bakes. There’s a plant nursery, lots of vintage and designer clothing, a face-painting stall and a vinyl-playing DJ providing the soundtrack. And when your tummy starts rumbling or you’ve worked up a thirst, simply pop in at any of the restaurants lining the street.
Opening times Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 074 704 7800, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
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