Looking for a laidback, farm-fresh outing, with lorry loads of good stuff to eat and drink? Walk this way.
The past decade has seen a proliferation of farmers’ markets popping up all over the Cape, where local farmers, bakers, brewers and purveyors of good stuff sell their produce to the public directly, cutting out the middleman. In truth, very few of our food and produce markets are purely artisan-driven, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious and fun! Here’s a round-up of the best markets in Cape Town.
What’s your favourite market for a cool setting and utterly delicious stuff to eat and drink? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
1. Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Where Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront
Despite its name, this farmers’ market is actually located at Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront, and runs every Saturday and Sunday morning – and Wednesday evenings (from November 2019)! Managed by the people who started urban farms, OZCF (as it’s known among insiders) is a cheerleader for local produce and artisanal culture in Cape Town.
Why you’ll love it The Oranjezicht City Farm Market is a wonderfully chilled and festive 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 an array of artisanal food stalls selling amazing cooked and raw dishes for all palates and preferences, from carnivores to vegans, chocoholics to diabetics.
And if the food offering wasn’t enough, there’s also a section selling a carefully curated selection of clothing, vintage items, shoes, houseplants and farm-to-vase flowers. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, space for the kids and dogs, and a family-friendly vibe with foot-tapping music.
- The OZCF’s fresh veg and fruit
- Delifish smoked fish and snoek pâté
- Woodstock Bakery’s sourdough breads
- Son of a Butcher for grass-fed, free-range and pasture-raised, meat
- Thank Goodness Foods gluten-and-sugar-free cakes
- Around Cheese’s Karoo Crumble and other artisanal cheeses
- Hoghouse Bakery for their heavenly pastéis de nata
- The Buckwheat Crêpe (savoury and sweet) from La Rozelle
- The Foodbarn’s Franck Dangereux for homemade pies
- Yen’s Vietnamese Street Food for pho, stir-fry, spring rolls and bánh mì
Opening times Saturday, 8.15am – 2pm; Sunday, 9am – 3pm (rain or shine); Wednesday, 4pm – 8pm (summer)
Contact 083 628 3426, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront. Parking on site in Granger Bay Parking Garage (R10 for four hours) or on Beach Road for free.
2. Elgin Railway Market
Take a trip back to Victorian times at this Art Deco-themed market in Elgin, where an old apple warehouse has been converted into an expansive indoor market, with elaborate metal archways, overhanging bridges and lanterns providing the backdrop. Expect a wonderful selection of stalls, including food, drink, jewellery, clothing, ceramics, and more, as well as live music throughout the weekend, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained.
Why you’ll love it Enhancing the old-station feel is an authentic steam train that choo-choos into the station every Saturday. Since the barn is located right next to the railway tracks, market-goers get to watch the old beauty roll in, chugging away just like the industrial powerhouses of old.
Good to know There’s a dedicated play area for kids, with climbing walls (R20 for 10 minutes) that are safe for all ages (the experts from Cape Canopy Tour are on-hand to ensure safety standards). And if that wasn’t enough, there are also one-hour segway tours of the nearby Oak Valley Estate that depart from the market every hour (R295, suitable for children 12 years and older); and two-hour mountain-biking tours (R700, including bike hire, suitable for older children).
Dog-friendly? Dogs are not allowed in the market itself, but there is an area outside specially reserved for dogs, with bowls of water available. Of course, they must be on leads, and well behaved.
- The Station Grill for ribs and burgers
- J&J Sushi
- Little Miracles for pies, tarts and quiches
- The Curry Pot
- Ground Central Coffee for home-ground java
- Elgin Valley Wine Shop for a selection of excellent Overberg wines
- #Rollin for ice-cream and waffles on a stick
- L-Gin for artisanal gin
- Ruby Rose for jewellery
- Fudge Kitchen
- Corlie’s Italian Pizza
- Ubon Thai
- Cape Canopy Tour’s climbing wall for children (R20 for 10 minutes)
- Segway rides at Oak Valley Estate, with tours departing from the market every 90 minutes (R295 per person)
Opening times Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 5.30pm
Contact 021 204 1158, email@example.com
Where to find it Oak Avenue, Grabouw (via N2, R321)
Ride the steam train to Elgin The steam train bound for Elgin departs from the Harbour Bridge Hotel in Foreshore, Cape Town at 8am. It arrives at the market at 11.30am, giving passengers time to explore before heading back to the Mother City in time for a 5.30pm arrival. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of mountains, endless rolling hills – and even spot a few sheep and cows along the way.
Operating times for the steam train Saturday, 8am – 5.30pm
Sundays & some weekdays during December–January summer holidays
Cost R750 (adults, return); R500 (children 3 – 13 years, return); free (children 0 – 2 years)
3. The Neighbourgoods Market
Located at The Old Biscuit Mill, this independent initiative was founded in 2006 by Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, an entrepreneurial duo who, arguably, spearheaded the farmers’ market scene in Cape Town (and, perhaps the entire country). Their aim was to revive and reinvent public markets as a civic institution. This award-winning market currently features over 100 speciality traders, 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 every Saturday.
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 one of the coolest city hangouts 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.
Dog-friendly? Yes, but please keep them on a leash.
- Cravings Bakery’s for mouth-watering (and guilt-free) vegan chocolate and confectionary stand
- Edo’s decadent and delicious fusion wraps
- Research Unit for minimalist, functional leather and canvas creations
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 3pm (rain or shine)
Contact 021 448 1438
Where to find it The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
4. Cape Point Vineyards Market
This weekly community market is where South Peninsula locals flock every Thursday evening in summer. The festivities take place in the restaurant and picnic area of Cape Point Vineyards, whose award-winning wines are available at great prices.
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.
- The Lamb Man for melt-in-your-mouth slow-roasted lamb neck
- Lean Gains for Mexican grub
- Earth Fire Pizza for crispy wood-fired pizza
- Donut Factory for vegan donuts
- Gourmet Mac ’n Cheese
- Amethyst for imported silver and gemstone jewellery
Please note No food or beverages from outside can be brought into the market area.
Opening times Thursdays, 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 789 0900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek (via M3)
5. V&A Food Market
Where V&A Waterfront
In the 19th century, the Old Power Station brought power to the Cape Town dockyard, blazing a trail for trade in Cape Town and the continent. Today, this powerhouse of innovation is still generating bright ideas through the V&A Food Market. Here, you’ll find more than 40 food and beverage stalls, selling an array of artisanal products.
Why you’ll love it If you don’t feel like a larney restaurant experience between before or after shopping, this bustling warehouse offers indoor and outdoor seating, plus there are two great bars with over 15 beers on tap.
- Tom& for burgers & chicken winglets by Jerry’s Burgers
- Nonna Lina for pizza and salads
- Thai Hut for great Thai dishes and dim sum
- Yokos for vegan yoghurt smoothies and bowls
- Hokey Poké for fresh fish, meat and vegetarian poké bowls
- Vagabond Kitchens for chicken, steak and vegan wraps
- Knysna Oyster Co for smack-of-the-sea oysters, seared tuna and seafood
- Dos Banditos for Mexican tacos and Korean dishes
- Afrika Bites for hearty pap and meat, samp and beans, bobotie, boerewors
- Hemazing Modern Indian for a Mumbai street food and Thali experience
Opening times Sunday – Thursday, 10am – 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am – 9pm (November – April)
Sunday – Thursday, 10am – 7pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 10am – 8pm (May – October)
Contact 021 418 1605, email@example.com
Where to find it Old Power Station, Building 19, Dock Road, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront
6. Mojo Market
Where Sea Point
This vibrant market space boasts around 45 food, home and clothing stalls in a 2 000-square-metre area and is a welcome addition to the Sea Point scene, where the Promenade is a mere stone’s throw away.
Why you’ll love it It’s quite unique to have a sea-facing market on Sea Point’s bustling Regent Road that sells clothing, jewellery, accessories and homeware, with an upstairs section with chairs and tables. We are happy to inform you that most food stalls have upgraded to bamboo and other biodegradable cutlery.
- The Mussel Monger for the freshest mussels and oysters
- Earthfire Pizza for crispy wood-fired pizza
- Tortilla Modern Mexican
- The Monastery spirits bar
- Collections Boutique for accessories, activewear, skincare and more
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 11pm (retailers close at 8pm in summer)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 064 776 8832
Where to find it 30 Regent Road (between Church and Clarens Road), Sea Point
7. The Lourensford Market
Where Somerset West
The layout of the Lourensford Market is rather nifty – with food, craft and fashion stalls arranged in a horseshoe shape around a communal eating area, and lovely views of the Hottentots Holland mountains. Just outside its parameter is an award-winning garden with loads of space to lay down a blanket, as well as an area dedicated to children’s entertainment (with fun activities such as face-painting), making it an all-round destination.
Plus, it’s completely under cover – which means you’re sheltered from the sun in summer, and the rain in winter. Oh, and the coffee is excellent, according to the coffee fascist in the office.
Why you’ll love it Whether you’re in the mood for a vibrant night market or a relaxing Sunday morning market, you’ll get the best of worlds at Lourensford. The Friday night Twilight Market offers an enchanting evening atmosphere, with fairy-lit trees; while on Sundays, you can enjoy a family-friendly winelands outing.
Stand out stalls
- The Samoosa Specialist
- The Magnificent Barista Boys for great coffee
- The Fudge Kitchen
- Dr Juice for fresh fruit and vegetable juices
- Tunisian Delight for tapas
- Ghenwa for Lebanese dishes (paired with Lourensford’s award-winning wines)
- Corlie’s Italian
Opening times Friday, 5pm – 9pm; Sunday, 10am – 3pm (September – end-May)
Contact 072 284 1654, email@example.com
Where to find it Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West (via N2, R44)
8. Bay Harbour Market
Where Hout Bay
This vibrant marketplace, set inside an authentic old fish factory, brings together local craftsmen, artists and musicians. Browse over 100 stalls from fashion and footwear, to jewellery and decor before sitting down to enjoy some of the delicious food and drinks on offer. In summer, enjoy the refreshing ocean air on the outside patio; and when the temperatures start to plummet, sit inside next to the cosy fire.
- Plank for modern-industrial furniture
- Boss Bagels for delicious, freshly prepared bagels
- Africa Made Only for ethically sourced fashion
- Kikoy ZA for 100% cotton hand-woven kikoys
- Spirit Jewellery for individually handcrafted jewellery pieces made in Cape Town
Opening times Friday, 5pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am – 4pm
Contact 072 858 7763, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay (via M62 or M6)
9. Blue Bird Garage Market
The bohemian flair of this beachside suburb is captured at this characterful market which, true to Muizenberg’s quirky nature, is situated in an old postal plane hangar. Artisans, artists, bakers and brewers gather every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening for a vibrant night market that brings to mind New York’s buzzy East Village. In addition to the delicious food on offer, the market boasts a delightful range of books, clothes, jewellery, ceramics and more!
Why you’ll love it The unique venue gives the Blue Bird Garage Market an urban edge, while the laidback vibe makes it a perfect family outing. Children will have plenty to keep them occupied, with their own play area that includes a jungle gym.
Dog-friendly? Yes, but please keep them on a leash.
- Juicy Kebab for authentic Turkish kebabs
- Yoffi Falafel for mouthwatering pita breads
- KT’s Kitchen for the tastiest brownies, cakes and cheesecakes
- The Donut Workshop for something sweet and sticky
- Craft beer on tap and local wines
- Aeroplane Jane Vintage for vintage clothing
- Amethyst Silver for gorgeous gemstone jewellery
- The Soap Chef for natural, handcrafted soap
- Nguni SA clothing for locally made garments
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 4pm – 8pm
Contact 084 405 3544 (Laura), 082 920 4285 (Marcus), email@example.com
Where to find it 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg (via M3)
10. Blaauwklippen Family Market
The perfect way to spend a relaxed day with family and friends, the Blaauwklippen Family Market’s unpretentious farm vibe is what makes it so popular. In addition to a variety of food stalls, crafts, wine tastings, and entertainment for the kids, its location on one of the oldest and most picturesque wine estates in South Africa make it a wonderful day out.
Why you’ll love it There’s a wide spread of food to tickle most taste buds. Inside the wine-sales building, you’ll find the market deli selling seasonal fresh produce, cheese, homemade pies, olives, baked treats, and more. Interesting crafts are on offer beneath the shade of the ancient wild fig trees, and live musicians perform every Sunday to add to the relaxed atmosphere.
Children will be in their element with pony rides, Zorb balls, soccer darts, jumping castles, pedal carts and friendly goats to pet and feed.
Dog-friendly? Yes, but please keep on a leash.
- Catje’s Pancakes
- Gyros for fantastic Greek food
- Senor Onion for Mexican flavours
- Forevergems for Precious/Semi-Precious stones and jewellery
- Piroschka’s for flammkuchen (German thin-crust pizza)
Please note Bring-your-own picnics are not allowed.
Opening times Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Contact 021 880 0133, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Strand Road, Stellenbosch (via N2, R44)
11. Friday Night Market at Boschendal
This illustrious winery is a scenic setting to be sure, with a maze of wonderful gardens and magnificent mountain views. And this season, visitors have the opportunity to experience this spectacular setting at night. Boschendal’s Friday Night Market takes place in its historic Werf area, where guests can enjoy live music, craft and produce stands and an array of wonderful artisanal food and drink.
Good to know Stalls at the market change weekly, so you’ll get to see new faces – and taste new things – every time you visit.
Opening times Friday, 6pm – 9pm (until 19 April 2019)
Contact 021 870 4200, email@example.com
Where to find it Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein (via N1, R44)
12. Root 44 Market
Housed in sturdy, super-cosy marquees (which means rain is never an issue), and surrounded by picturesque vineyards and trees, this market offers live entertainment, craft and homeware stalls perfect for leisurely browsing, as well as an awesome selection of edible and drinkable treats.
Why you’ll love it The Root 44 Market is one of the most child-friendly markets around, boasting an array of children’s entertainment and activities that include World of Adventure (indoor and outdoor jungle gyms, mini-golf and more); and the popular Parkrun (only on Saturdays) where participants can work up an appetite.
Dog-friendly? Yes (must be kept on a lead and not allowed inside the food area)
- Belgian Waffle Kitchen
- The Mussel Monger for fresh oysters and mussels
- The Pickled Poppers for jalapeño poppers and tacos
- Earth Fire Pizzas
- Heavenly Hamburgers
- Genesis and Lingo for good coffee
- Amethyst for hand-made jewellery
- Blood Orange Clothing for locally made clothing
Good to know The market hosts live bands every Saturday and Sunday, from 12.30pm to 4pm.
Opening times Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm (rain or shine)
Contact 021 300 3935, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Audacia Wines, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch (via N2, R44)
13. Hermanus Country Market
The Hermanus Cricket Club is the venue for this fabulous community market that bursts with 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 Tulip Roasters, wines, gin, craft ciders and beers, and freshly pulped juices.
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 all their products are all lovingly homemade. All the traders sell their own goods, so you can find out exactly what goes into each product.
- Veronica’s for allergen-free baked goods and tasty vegan meals
- Sanity Farm for free-range pork pies, Scotch eggs and butternut-and-coriander chicken sausage
- Tulip Coffee
- Carole Dod for souvlaki
- Las Paletas for artisanal ice creams (try the watermelon and mint!)
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Contact 072 883 3894, email@example.com
Where to find it Corner of Fairways Avenue and Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus (via N2, R43)
14. Century City Night Market
Where Century City
Following on from the success of their cosy winter night market, Century City now hosts a vibrant summer market in the square, with live music, an array of food stalls, and drinks aplenty.
Why you’ll love it The spacious outdoor area, lined with palm trees and surrounded by various stores and cafés, promotes a vibrant ‘village square’ atmosphere that is ideal for a buzzing night market. Add to that, loads of ice cold draft beer, pink G&T’s, chilled bubbly, and organic wine and cider to set the mood for summer.
- Blue Smoke BBQ
- Sprung Spring Rolls
- Saffron Eatery Curry
- Churros for Spanish-style pastries
Opening times Second Friday of the month, 4pm – 9pm (October – April)
Please note The December 2019 market is scheduled for the first Friday of the month (6 December), rather than the second, and there is no market scheduled for January 2020
Contact 083 353 8376 , firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Century City Square, No. 4 Energy Lane, Bridgeways Precinct, Century City, Cape Town
15. Chilled Market at The Range
Scenically situated between Tokai Forest and the Constantia Valley, this market boasts magical vineyard and mountain views.
Why you’ll love it Food-wise, you’ll find a variety of flavours, from Mexican and Greek to Chinese and Italian. To quench your thirst, there are craft beers on tap, local wines from the valley, a gin bar, and an assortment of soft drinks and hot beverages. Bring the kids; there’s a wide open space for them to play, a jungle gym, jumping castle, play dough and craft activities. Relax in the marquee to the sounds of live music, on the covered seating outside, or by the fireplace in the log cabin.
Good to know The Sunday market includes an additional craft and deli section, as well as a bountiful supply of fresh produce.
- Earthfire Pizza
- Wicked Waffles (Friday market)
- Gyros for delicious Greek food, including pita and halloumi (Friday market)
- Dragon Sushi (Friday market)
- The Diner for great burgers (Friday market)
- Pierre’s Deli (Sunday market)
- the coffee cabin (Sunday market)
- vanilla milkshake truck (Sunday market)
Opening times Friday, 4.30pm – 9.30pm
Sunday, 10.30am – 4pm
Contact 021 713 2340, email@example.com
Where to find it The Range Function and Conference Centre, Orpen Road, Tokai (via M3)
16. Groote Post Market
Take a leisurely drive up the West Coast and spend the day pottering around Groote Post, in the Darling Hills. The popular monthly market is spread between the estate’s gardens, yard and acclaimed restaurant, Hilda’s Kitchen (booking is required).
Why you’ll love it The Groote Post Country Market boasts delicious and locally sourced Darling fare, including mushrooms, cheeses, homemade toffee and craft beer. 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 decor stalls to the backdrop of live music.
Dog-friendly? Yes, but must be kept on a leash.
- Groote Post wines
- Darling Brew for craft beer
- Groote Post’s Bubbly and Oyster Stand
- Darling Sweet’s delicious handmade toffees
- Nellies Homemade Pies
- Darling Honey
Good to know There will be three lucky draws at each market, with the three winners from each market being entered into a final draw at the end of the season.
Opening times 27 October 2019 (Country Run), 24 November 2019 & 15 December 2019 (Christmas Market), 10am – 3pm
Contact 022 451 2202, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Groote Post Vineyard, Darling Hills Road, Darling (via R27, R307)
17. Earth Fair Food Market
Farm-fresh produce and pasture-reared meat, poultry and organic vegetables can be found at this semiweekly wholefoods market whose festive vibe and cool kiddies’ section make it a fun outing for the whole family.
Why we love it ’Burbs-dwellers are starved of cool things to do on weeknights, and this market fills the gap. The Wednesday night market is fun, festive and family friendly, with craft beers and a variety of dinner options, including Indian curries, pregos, Thai bowls, and more; while the Saturday morning market has enough meat, organic vegetables and dairy on offer for you stock up for the coming week. Seating is at communal tables in the middle of the bustling stalls, and there’s a wonderful, well-kitted-out kiddies’ area, within eyesight of the dining area.
Dog-friendly? Yes, and there are even water bowls available for them to drink from.
Good to know From 1 November onwards, Earth Fair is adding a Friday night market, with a focus on food stalls and a speakeasy atmosphere (without the fresh farm produce of the Saturday market).
- Gail’s for delicious Banting treats
- Señor Prego for lip-smacking steakrolls and Portuguese finger food
- The Ice Cream Boys for delicious frozen treats
- Ciao Bella for amazing pizzas
- Dr Juice for fresh fruit and vegetable juices
- 11 craft beers on tap
Opening times Wednesday, 4pm – 9pm; Saturday, 8.30am – 2pm; Friday, 4pm – 10pm (from 1 November 2019)
Please note The bar, and some of the vendors, remain open until 10pm on Wednesday nights, and 3pm on Saturdays.
Contact 082 738 1779, email@example.com
Where to find it South Palms, 333 Main Road, Retreat (via M3)
18. Vegan Goods Market
Where Woodstock and Constantia
With a handful of dedicated specialist traders, these monthly markets focus on sustainability and planet-friendly practices. They take place on the first Saturday of every month at 196 Victoria Road in Woodstock and the third Sunday of every month at The Source in Constantia.
Why you’ll love it An easy and convenient place to shop for plant-based food, local produce, healthy beverages, home and body products, clothing and zero waste alternatives, this market also provides visitors with an opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded people, and to learn more about vegan living and healthy, ethical eating. There are also opportunities to adopt furry companions from local animal rescue organizations or to apply to become a volunteer to lend a helping hand to these organizations.
Dog-friendly? Yes, although please keep them on a lead.
Opening times First Saturday of the month, 10am – 3pm (Vegan Goods Market)
Third Sunday of the month, 10am – 3pm (Vegan Goods at The Source)
Contact 063 214 6880/ 084 423 3771, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock (Vegan Goods Market)
The Source Yoga Studio, 11 Townsend Avenue, Constantia (Vegan Goods at The Source)
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