For the freshest produce and the coolest vibes.
While serving food in markets has been an integral part of most cultures for centuries, it was only in the early Noughties that artisanal food hubs popped up in South Africa, gaining momentum in the 2010s, as a delicious and down-to-earth pastime.
These days, everyone from foodies and fashionistas to fun seekers and families, head to markets to stock up on ingredients, catch up with friends or while away time. They’ve also become hotspots for tourists, looking for authentic, on-the-pulse ways to experience a (new) city.
Not only do markets offer visitors an opportunity to meet the makers, there’s also something deliciously sensory about sniffing freshly plucked herbs, groping pieces of fruit and vegetables before purchasing them, and sampling a smorgasbord of goodies that grab your attention – from olives and ciabatta to kombucha and craft gin.
Covid has, of course, made market-type experiences increasingly popular – for their outdoor appeal, which generally lends itself to social distancing.
We’ve rounded up the top 20 markets in the Cape for your enjoyment this summer.
Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Where Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront
Despite its name, this farmers’ market is actually at Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront, and runs every Saturday and Sunday morning (and Wednesday evenings from December 2020 until March 2021). Managed by the people who started urban farms, OZCF (as it’s known among regulars) is a cheerleader for local produce and artisanal culture in Cape Town.
Why you’ll love it It’s a wonderfully chilled and festive place to shop for 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 carefully curated section selling 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
- Yen’s Vietnamese Street Food for pho, stir-fry, spring rolls and bánh mì
- Delifish smoked fish and snoek pâté
- Woodstock Bakery’s sourdough breads
- Thank Goodness Foods gluten-and-sugar-free cakes
- How Bao Now for vegan jackfruit bao
- Seafood Collective for fish and chips
- Around Cheese for Karoo Crumble and other artisanal cheeses
- Vadas Bakery for their heavenly pastéis de nata
- The Buckwheat Crêpe
- Jason Bakery for kickass pies
Opening times Saturday, 8.15am – 2pm
Sunday, 9am – 3pm (rain or shine)
Wednesday, 5pm – 9pm
Contact 083 628 3426, email@example.com
Where to find it Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront.
Parking Granger Bay Parking Garage (R10 for four hours) or on Beach Road for free
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. Not to mention some of Cape Town’s favourite vintage traders and local designers.
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, cool clothes and accessories, and Cape Town’s creative set. During Level 5 Lockdown, the venue was renovated, opening it up more and providing more seating.
Dog-friendly? Yes, but please keep them on a leash.
- Proof Bakery for sourdough, freshly baked croissants and pain au chocolat
- Bodega Ramen Pop-Up
- Wanida Boutique for locally handmade dresses
Good to know From December 2020, the market will be open on Sundays (for vintage and collectibles shopping) and Thursday evenings for Neighbourgoods Tonight Street Feast.
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 3pm (rain or shine)
Sunday, 10am – 3pm (6 December 2020)
Contact 021 448 1438 (Old Biscuit Mill), firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
Parking Safe off-street parking is available on the CCT Field, directly opposite the Old Biscuit Mill (R10 per car).
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 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
- Stoked Pizza for crispy wood-fired pizza
- Donut Factory for vegan donuts
- Pete Goffe-Wood’s Kitchen Cowboys for steak sandwiches and barbecue pork ribs
Please note No food or beverages from outside can be brought into the market area.
Opening times Thursday, 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 789 0900, email@example.com
Where to find it Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek (via M3)
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.
- Las Paletas for Colombian-style 100% natural ice lollies, sorbet and ice cream
- The Ugly Dumpling (by chef Sepial Shim and her son Mooru Yeo) for addictive Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) and other finger-licking Asian favourites
- Seven Colours Eatery by celebrity chef Nolu Dube-Cele for pocket-friendly African stews, samp, pap, vetkoek and tripe
- Cape Malay House by halaal chef Ammaarah Petersen for curry-filled rotis, breyani and marsala steak sandwiches
- Plucky’s for American diner meets Asian fusion dishes
- Lua for Vietnamese rice-paper rolls and poké bowls
- Sant’Alessandro Italian charcuterie for its new grab-and-go hotdog selection
- Tom& for burgers & chicken winglets by Jerry’s Burgers
- Nonna Lina for pizza and salads
- Yokos for vegan yoghurt smoothies, bowls, yoghurt tubs and ice cream
- Dos Banditos for Mexican tacos and burritos
- The Bottlebank for vintage wines for collectors, locally produced gins and chilled crafts beers
- Unframed Ice Cream
- The General Trading Co for fantastic festive foodie gifts and products
- Royaltea for Asian-inspired teas
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Contact 021 418 1605
Where to find it Old Power Station, Building 19, Dock Road, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront
Friday Night Market at Boschendal
The setting of this illustrious estate is one of the most stunning, with a maze of wonderful gardens and magnificent mountain views. And this season, visitors have the opportunity to experience it at night. Boschendal’s Friday Night Market takes place in its historic Werf area, where guests can enjoy live music, craft and produce stalls and an array of wonderful artisanal food and drink.
In addition to the regular food and drink vendors that include pizza, burgers, baked goods, wine, cocktails and a braai stall, there will be a host of other popular local merchants.
- The Oyster Guy
- Aniseed Curries
- Wicked Waffle
- Pancake Emporium
Please note Cash payments aren’t accepted, but you can purchase with cards, Zapper and Snapscan.
Opening times Friday, 6pm – 9pm (until 30 April 2021)
Contact 021 870 4200
Where to find it Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein (via N1, R44)
The Lourensford Market
Where Somerset West
The layout of this market is rather nifty – with food, craft and fashion stalls arranged in a horseshoe shape around a communal eating area that has lovely views of the Hottentots Holland mountains. Just outside its parameter is an award-winning garden with loads of space to throw 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 our office.
Why you’ll love it Whether you’re in the mood for a vibrant night out or a relaxing daytime Sunday outing, you have the pick of both at Lourensford. The Friday night Twilight Market offers an enchanting evening atmosphere, with fairy-lit trees; while on Saturdays and Sundays, you can enjoy a family-friendly Winelands outing.
Stand out stalls
- The Samoosa Specialist
- Boeretroos for great coffee
- The Fudge Kitchen
- Dr Juice for fresh fruit and vegetable juices
- Tunisian Delight for tapas
- Taos for poké bowls and sushi
- Corlie’s Pizza
- G Thai for noodles
Opening times Friday, 5pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3pm (September – end-May)
Contact 072 284 1654, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West (via N2, R44)
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 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
- Kick Ass Burgers
- Plethora Vegan for a variety of vegan foods, such as salads, bakes, burgers and cakes
- Rocking Beans Coffee for coffee, donuts and cakes
- 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
- New Hope SA for wooden planter boxes, macrame holders and seeds
Opening times Thursday, 4pm – 9pm
Friday, 4pm – 10pm
Contact 084 405 3544 (Laura), 082 920 4285 (Marcus), email@example.com
Where to find it 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg (via M3)
Hermanus Country Market
The Hermanus Cricket Club is the venue for this fabulous weekly market that bursts with community spirit. 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 – and their makers. Drinks on offer include wine, gin, craft ciders and beers, freshly pulped juices and locally roasted coffee from Tulip Roasters.
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 wares 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 Dods for souvlaki
- Las Paletas for artisanal ice creams (try the watermelon and mint!)
- Folke & Goode for craft beer
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Contact 072 883 3894, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Corner of Fairways Avenue and Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus (via N2, R43)
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.
- Earthfire Pizza
- Wicked Waffles (Friday market)
- Dragon Sushi (Friday market)
- The Diner for great burgers (Friday market)
- Pierre’s Deli for cured meats
- the coffee cabin
- vanilla milkshake truck
Opening times Friday, 4.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 021 713 2340, email@example.com
Where to find it The Range Function and Conference Centre, Orpen Road, Tokai (via M3)
Freedom Weekend Market
Situated in the heart of the Winelands between Paarl and Franschhoek, the Freedom Weekend Market is a scenic spot for foodies and lovers of all things pretty to meet over a cup of coffee or chilled bite. New to the scene, having opened in October 2020, the market has quickly become a local favourite thanks to the wide variety of stalls and live music.
Why you’ll love it It’s a wonderful Winelands outing for the whole family, plus it’s mostly undercover so you’ll be protected from the elements no matter the weather.
Dog-friendly? Yes, it is outside. Please keep them on a leash.
- Pinsa for Roman-style flatbread
- Loaves By Madame Baker for bread and pastries
- Crumbitious Cakes for homemade cupcakes and other baked goods
- Diesel and Dust for ice-cold beer
- Baconville for cheese and charcuterie platters
Good to know The Freedom Market Run (5km or 10km) takes place in the surrounding areas and finishes at the market.
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 083 458 6452, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Freedom Village, 301 Wemmershoek Road, Paarl
Vegan Goods Market
Where Woodstock, Constantia, Plumstead
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 in Woodstock, mid-month and month-end Sundays in Constantia. And, in 2021, the market will also trade at Timour Hall mid-month Sundays.
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 organisations or to apply to become a volunteer to lend a helping hand to these organisations.
Dog-friendly? Yes, but please keep them on a lead.
Opening times Woodstock Vegan Goods Market: First Saturday of the month, 10am – 3pm
Vegan Goods Market at The Source: Mid-month and last Sunday of the month, 10am – 3pm
Vegan Goods Market at Timour Villa: Mid-month Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Contact 063 214 6880, 084 423 3771, email@example.com
Where to find it Woodstock Vegan Goods Market: 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock
Vegan Goods at The Source: The Source Yoga Studio, 11 Townsend Avenue, Constantia
Vegan Goods Market at Timour Villa: Timour Hall Villa, St Joans Road, Plumstead
Franschhoek Village Market
In the centre of town under ancient oaks, this community market celebrates local food, music and merchants. It’s a wonderful outing for the whole family, with delicious stuff to eat and drink and local musicians serenading the crowds while nail-biting games of boules unfold.
Why you’ll love it Franschhoek is known far and wide as a tourist destination with ultra-high-end restaurants, boutiques and wine farms, but this market gives visitors a peek into the community life of the village.
Dog-friendly? Yes, but must be kept on a leash.
Stand-out stalls They vary each weekend so there’s always something new!
Expect melt-in-your-mouth shwarmas, rotis filled with fragrant curries, gourmet pancakes and delicious braaied meat, as well as snacky foods, beer, wine and coffee, and loads more.
Opening times Saturday, 9am – 3pm (weather-dependent)
Contact 082 786 7927, 066 232 2215, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 29 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek (via N1, R45)
Where Sea Point
This vibrant market on Sea Point’s main drag boasts 25 food outlets and 10 clothing stalls in a 2 000-square-metre area – with the added attraction of the Promenade a mere stone’s throw away.
Why you’ll love it It’s quite unique to have a double-volume sea-facing market on Sea Point’s bustling Regent Road that sells clothing, jewellery, accessories and homeware. Most food stalls have upgraded to bamboo and other biodegradable cutlery. Not to mention the daily live music, free entry and big screens to watch sport!
- The Mussel Monger for the freshest mussels and oysters
- Earthfire Pizza for crispy wood-fired pizza
- Tortilla Modern Mexican
- Vlerk for lip-smacking chicken wings
- Manga Cape Town for sushi
- The Little Pasta Factory for normal, gluten-free and wholewheat pasta
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 021 422 4888, email@example.com
Where to find it 30 Regent Road (between Church and Clarens Road), Sea Point
Bay Harbour Market
Where Hout Bay
This vibrant marketplace, set inside an old fish factory, brings together local craftsmen, artists and musicians. Browse over 80 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.
- Afrika Bloks for beautifully framed and mounted images of real-life journeys across the globe
- Relish & Savour for a variety of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine
- Billy Now for vintage-inspired designs with a modern twist and fresh use of fabric
- Bay Meat Market for a wide variety of unique charcuterie, cured and smoked meats
- Antiques and Vintage for a collection of vintage clothing items and pieces dating back to the Georgian period
- Sea Bar for fresh seafood, such as calamari, prawns, mussels and oysters
Opening times Friday, 5pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am – 4pm
Contact 084 370 5715, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay (via M62 or M6)
Blaauwklippen Family Market
The perfect way to spend a relaxed day with family and friends, this market’s unpretentious farm vibe is what makes it so popular. The market has a seasonal focus and a strong emphasis on local, organic and sustainable food, produce and goods. 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 and interesting crafts are on offer beneath the shade of the ancient wild fig trees.
Children will be in their element with the two jungle gyms with slides, ladders, swings and a zipline.
- Piroschka’s for flammkuchen (German thin-crust pizza)
- De Vrije Burger
- Hamm & Uys for a braai and salad bar
- Tuist for hand-crafted ice cream
- Fleur le Cordeur for floral bunches
- Kamers/Makers (pop-up shop)
Please note Bring-your-own picnics are not allowed.
Opening times Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Contact 021 880 0133, email@example.com
Where to find it Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, R44 Strand Road, Stellenbosch
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.
Why you’ll love it A wonderful selection of stalls awaits, including food, drink, jewellery, clothing, ceramics, and more, as well as live music throughout the weekend, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained.
Good to know There’s a dedicated play area for kids, with climbing walls (R20 for 10 minutes) that are safe for all ages.
Dog-friendly? Dogs are not allowed in the market itself, but there is an area outside specially reserved for them, 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
- Rolling Pin for cakes, tarts and quiches
- The Curry Pot
- Steam Café 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
Opening times Saturday & Sunday, 8.30am – 4.00pm
Contact 021 204 1158, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Oak Avenue, Grabouw (via N2, R321)
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 kids’ entertainment run by Freedom Adventure Park next door 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. A variety of dinner options will surely fill the gap, such as Indian curries, ribs, Thai bowls, and more, while the Saturday morning market has enough meat, organic vegetables and dairy on offer for you to stock up for the coming week. Seating is at communal tables in the middle of the bustling stalls.
Dog-friendly? Yes, and there are even water bowls available for them to drink from.
- Gail’s for delicious Banting treats
- Dr Juice for fresh fruit and vegetable juices
- Origin Coffee
- Ciao Bella for pizzas
- Canabliss for a selection of CBD products
- The Diner for burgers
- 12 craft taps at the bar for gin, beer and brandy
- A wide variety of breads and cheese
Opening times Wednesday, 4pm – 9pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Friday, 4pm – 10pm
Please note The bar and some of the vendors remain open until 10pm on Wednesday nights, 11pm on Fridays and 4pm on Saturdays.
Contact 061 108 1530 (whatsapp only), email@example.com
Where to find it Unit 9 & 10, 333 Main Road, South Palms Centre (via M3 or M5), Tokai
Natural Goods Market at Century City
Where Century City
After the success of their cosy winter night market, Century City now hosts a vibrant summer market in the square with live music, and an array of food and drink stalls. Lounge in the spacious outdoor park, while the kids enjoy the free activities on offer.
Why you’ll love it With plenty of draft beers, pink G&Ts, chilled bubbly, and enough organic wine and cider to go around, it’s a great way to end your weekend.
- Sprung Spring Rolls
- Churros for Spanish-style pastries
- The Veg Kitchen for vegan meals
- Tally-ho Farm for fresh produce
Opening times Last Sunday of the month, 9am – 2pm (summer)
Contact 083 353 8376, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Central Park, Park Lane, Century City, Cape Town
Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market
On the last Sunday of each month (from September to May), the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market is a wonderful way to enjoy the warm weather while exploring the nearly 200 stalls. Featuring unique and handmade crafts, jewellery, clothing, leather goods, art, garden furniture, ceramics, and much more, there’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy.
Why you’ll love it Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon enjoying the greenery and exploring the many stalls, with some tasty things to eat and drink also available for purchase.
Good to know Two markets are held in December (6 and 20 December 2020).
Opening times Last Sunday of the month, 9am – 3pm
Contact 074 333 2170, email@example.com
Where to find it Stone Cottage Grounds. Corner Kirstenbosch and Rhodes Drives, Newlands
Country Craft Market at Southey’s Vines
Where Somerset West
This open-air craft market has been going strong for over 30 years, giving a platform to local craftspeople. The park-like setting offers many places to sit and relax, and there are numerous food and drink stalls dotted around.
Why you’ll love it The authentic artworks and crafted items are sold by the creators themselves so you can really get an idea of the passion and inspiration behind each piece
Dog-friendly? Yes, and they have their own watering hole.
- Toi-!kwiten Ostrich Egg Creations
- Luree for fabric household products
- Vincent Crafts for carved wooden animals
- Endinako Trading for beaded baskets
Opening times Selected Saturdays, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 843 5002, 083 461 8448, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Southey’s Vines, 186 Main Road, Somerset West
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