If you’re looking to take a trip back to Victorian times, head to The Railway Market in Elgin for an Art Deco steampunk-themed experience with a wonderful selection of stalls, including food, drink, jewellery, clothing, ceramics, and much more.
An old apple warehouse has been converted into an expansive indoor market, with elaborate metal archways, overhanging bridges and lanterns providing the backdrop. Enhancing the old station feel is the arrival of a steam train on every second Saturday, courtesy of a partnership between the Elgin Railway Market and Ceres Rail.
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. (Contact Ceres Rail if you’d like to book a ride to the market on the steam train.)
There’s a wide array of delicious things to eat, drink and purchase. Some highlights include:
- The Station Grill for ribs and burgers
- Pudding and Pie for pies, tarts and quiches
- El Sombrero for Mexican dishes
- The Curry Pot for fine curries
- Ella’s Elgin Farm Foods for rustic fare, such as vetkoek and jaffels
- Pater Tom for hand roasted wood-fired coffee beans
- Ground Central Coffee for home ground java (remains open throughout the week)
- Sovinho 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
- Vintage Salvage for second-hand clothing
Good to know There’s live music at the market throughout the weekend, and there’s a jungle gym and roundabout for children (which will soon be expanded to include climbing walls, a zipline and an area to hire for parties).
Where to find it Oak Avenue, Elgin