A fun thing to do on starry summer nights.
Who doesn’t love a night market? Festive music, blazing fires, the sizzle of saucepans on open flames, delicious aromas wafting through the air, and crowds jostling for a seat at the communal table (okay, the last bit we can do without). In summer, when you’re looking for a lowkey evening out – without a hefty bill and having to make a reservation beforehand – there’s hardly a better way to do so than at a night market. No mess, no fuss, and no dishes to wash up after. Plus, nothing comes close to enjoying a meal under a starlit sky. Here are our best night markets in the Cape.
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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.
Boasting stunning sea views, the market is covered by tents and pergolas, ensuring shelter from the elements. You’ll find fresh-from-the-patch veggies and herbs – it’s worth doing your weekly grocery shop here – as well as fruit, bread, organic dairy products, free-range eggs, raw honey, muesli, and ethically sourced meats and seafood. There is also a retail section of stalls, selling an array of carefully curated clothing and shoes, vintage items, houseplants and farm-to-vase flowers. 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. 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 for gluten- and-sugar-free cakes
- Around Cheese for Karoo Crumble and other artisanal cheeses
- Hoghouse Bakery for heavenly pastéis de nata
- La Rozell Authentic French Crêpes for the buckwheat crêpe
- The Foodbarn for Franck Dangereux’s delectable small plates
- 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
Location Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront. Parking on site in Granger Bay Parking Garage (R10 for four hours) or on Beach Road for free.
2. 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 nighttime. Boschendal’s Friday night market takes place in its historic Werf area, where guests can enjoy live music, and an array of artisanal food and drink stands.
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
- Boschendal is hosting a Christmas Friday Night Market on 20 December 2019
Opening times Friday, 6pm – 9pm (until 30 April 2021)
Contact 021 870 4200, email@example.com
Location Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein
3. Bay Harbour Market
Where Hout Bay
This vibrant marketplace, set inside an old authentic 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. Sit inside next to the cosy fire, or enjoy the refreshing ocean air on the outside patio. The market is open on Friday evenings and during the day on Saturday and Sunday.
- Plank for modern-industrial furniture
- Boss Bagels for delicious, freshly prepared bagels
- Africa Made Only for ethically sourced fashion
- Afro-Trend for transformation of living spaces with a touch of African fabric and prints
- The Mexican Food Cartel for authentic flavours
- Bokke & Blomme for beautifully rendered colourful text carvings, in a variety of fonts, perfect for every mood and environment
Opening times Friday, 5pm –9pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am – 4pm
Location 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
4. Blue Bird Garage Market
The bohemian flair of this beachside suburb in Cape Town is captured in 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!
The unique venue gives the Blue Bird Market an urban edge, while the laid-back vibe makes it perfect for a family outing. Even dogs are welcome (please keep them on a leash), and children will have plenty to keep them occupied, with their own play area, that includes a jungle gym.
- 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 Thursday, 4pm – 9pm
Friday, 4pm – 10pm
Contact 084 405 3544 / 082 920 4285, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Blue Bird Garage, 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg
5. Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek Community Market
Frequented by the likes of Masterchef SA judge Peter Goffe-Wood, and Cape Point Vineyards’ resident chef, Jonathan Gargan, the Cape Point Vineyards Market is where south peninsula locals flock every Thursday evening for an array of inspired street food-style dishes, chilled vibes and stunning views.
The festivities take place in the restaurant and picnic area of Cape Point Vineyards, whose award-winning wines are available at great prices. There is ample parking and long stretches of open grass with a jungle gym for the little ones to blow off steam.
- The Lamb Man for melt-in-your-mouth lamb neck
- Kitchen Cowboys for steak (or pork belly) ciabattas
- Earth Fire Pizza for crispy wood-fired pizza
- Donut Factory for vegan donuts
- Amethyst for imported silver and gemstone jewellery
Opening times Thursday, 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 789 0900, email@example.com
Location Silvermine Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town
6. Lourensford Twilight Market
Where Somerset West
The lush gardens of Lourensford Estate become more enchanting at these Friday night markets, when twinkly fairy lights deck the trees, creating a mystical forest atmosphere. Live entertainment, a dedicated children’s play area and an array of food and drink stalls make the Lourensford Twilight Market a wonderful place to kick off your weekend.
Good to know Every Friday evening, resident DJ Concorde takes to the decks to spin vibey tunes under a glittering night sky.
Good to know The market is dog-friendly.
- The Rib Shack for hearty spare ribs
- The Samoosa Specialist for gourmet samoosas
- The Magnificent Barista Boys for great coffee
- The Fudge Kitchen for top-notch fudge
- Dr Juice for fresh fruit and vegetable juices
- Tunisian Delight’s tapas
- Ghenwa’s Lebanese treats (paired with Lourensford’s award-winning wines)
- Corlie’s Italian for gnocchi, arancini, and more
Opening times Friday, 5pm – 9pm (September – May)
Contact 072 284 1654, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West
7. V&A Food Market
Where V&A Waterfront
Breakout of your comfort zone. After work drinks at the V&A Food Market. Why? Location is perfect in the V&A Waterfront (nominated top 10 food destination on TripAdvisor). It’s always open, you can sit indoors when windy or quayside for sundowners, there are two great bars with over 15 beers on tap, and for supper, you have over 40 trending food concept stores to choose from. It’s the place to be for those seeking an eating experience with a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of variety.
Good to know
- There’s also a Bottlebank showcasing 39 standout South African gins (to share the back seat with you while you uber home).
- On New Year’s Eve, the V&A Food Market is the perfect spot to enjoy the Waterfront vibe. At R100 per head, you get to enjoy the fireworks, while perusing the market’s array of enticing food stalls.
- TOM & Burger & Wings Shack for chicken winglets by Jerry’s Burgers
- Nonna Lina for great pizza and salads
- Thai Hut for great Thai and Dim Sum
- Yokos for delicious dairy & vegan yoghurt smoothies and bowls
- Hokey Poké for fresh fish, meat and vegetarian poké bowls
- Vagabond Kitchens for chicken, steak or vegan wraps
- Knysna Oyster Co for smack-of-the-sea oysters, seared tuna and seafood
- Afrika Bites for hearty pap and meat, samp & beans, bobotie, boerewors
- Unframed vegan & non-vegan Ice Cream
- Hemazing Modern Indian for a Mumbai street food and Thali experience
- OMGoodness for vibrant, healthy salads and raw juices
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 8pm (until 24 January 2021)
Contact 021 418 1605, email@example.com
Location Old Power Station, Building 19, Dock Road, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront
8. Chilled Market at The Range
End the week with a visit to this forest market in Tokai, where a warm log cabin and covered seating provides shelter from the wind. Local wines from the valley, craft beers, a gin bar and an assortment of soft drinks and hot beverages and food can be purchased from the various stalls and enjoyed at seating dotted around the venue. Bring the kids; there’s a wide-open space for them to play, a jungle gym, jumping castles, play dough and craft activities to be enjoyed. Relax in the marquee to the sounds of live music, or bask in the outside ambience with a glass of wine overlooking the vineyards.
Good to know In addition to the Friday night market, The Range has a Sunday afternoon market which has additional craft and deli stands.
- Wicked Waffles for the assortment of toppings
- Giros Greek for mouthwatering Greek wraps
- Earthfire Pizza for wood-fired, thin-based pizza
- Dragon Sushi for fresh sushi and poke bowls
- Sprung for fresh Vietnamese spring rolls, chilli poppers and fried spring rolls
- The Diner for juicy burger
Opening times Friday, 4.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 021 713 2340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location The Range Function and Conference Centre, Orpen Road, Tokai, Cape Town
9. Earth Fair Market
Farm-fresh produce and pasture-reared meat, poultry and organic vegetables can be found at this wholefoods market that happens twice a week. The Wednesday night market is fun, festive and family-friendly, with a variety of dinner options, such as Indian curries, bratwursts, sushi and more. 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.
- Gail’s for delicious Banting treats
- 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, 9am – 3pm
Friday, 4pm – 10pm
Good to know The day market runs on Saturdays, from 8.30am to 2pm
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
Location South Palms, 333 Main Road, Retreat
10. Century City Night Market
Where Century City
Century City’s new Summer Night Market on The Square is up and running after the success of their Winter edition (at Intaka Island Eco-Centre), so you can enjoy it all year round! The summer edition takes place on the second Friday of the month, where you’ll find locals enjoying live music, delicious food and a festive ambience.
- Crush for delicious raw, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes
- Sprung Food for an amazing variety of spring rolls and Vietnamese rice paper rolls
- Churros for delicious fried-dough pastry snacks with cinnamon sugar and chocolate syrup
- Ubon Noodles for tasty tofu, chicken or beef, Asian-inspired noodle meals
- Panizza for fine crisp dough, layered with a blend of five different cheese and herbs and all your favourite toppings
- Gyros Eat Greek for deliciously prepared, homemade Greek wraps
Opening times Second Friday of the month, 4pm – 9pm (October – April)
Good to know For the colder months, the Winter Night Market happens on the last Friday of the month, 4pm – 9pm, (May – August) at the chilled Intaka Island Eco-Centre. This is also where you’ll find the Natural Goods Market on the last Sunday of the month, 9am – 2pm, (January – April).
Contact 021 552 6889, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Summer Night Market: The Square, Century City, Cape Town
Researched by Annabel Short, Matthew Flax, Hannah Littlewood, Bianca Hausle
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