A Weekend Market at the Art Deco-Themed Station in Elgin

A Weekend Market at the Art Deco-Themed Station in Elgin Elgin Railway Market, Heinrich Knoetze

Make tracks for this market in apple country.

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.

Steam Train to the Market

Railway Market
Heinrich Knoetze

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.

Few things are more romantic and enjoyable than a steam-train ride through the countryside… And with Ceres Rail’s fleet of steam trains (namely Jessica, Bailey and Red Devil), you get the full train experience, complete with travelling comforts.

Says Derick du Toit, co-founder of the historic Ceres Rail Company: “The ride to Elgin is one of the Cape’s most scenic routes and has the added bonus of stopping at the steampunk-themed Elgin Railway Market.”

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.

The The Elgin Railway MarketElgin Railway Market
Heinrich Knoetze

Elgin Action

Elgin Railway Market: Segway Rides

There’s live music at the market throughout the weekend, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained, such as a jungle gym, roundabout, and even a climbing wall (just R20 for 10 minutes, with gear and safety take care of by the folks at Cape Canopy Tours)

But if that’s not action enough for you, you can go for a segway ride at Oak Valley Estate (tours depart from Elgin Railway Market every 90 minutes, and cost R295 per person).

Standout stalls

The Railway Market
Heinrich Knoetze

And we haven’t even talked about the vendors yet! At Elgin Railway Market, you’ll find a wide array of delicious things to eat, drink and purchase. Some highlights include:

  • The Station Grill for ribs and burgers
  • J&J Sushi
  • Pudding and Pie for pies, tarts and quiches
  • El Sombrero for Mexican dishes
  • The Curry Pot for fine curries
  • 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

Spend the Festive Season in Apple Country

The Elgin Railway Market is sure to be pumping during the holiday season, as from Monday 17 December to Sunday 23 December, it will be open every day from 9am to 6pm. So you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get in on the festive fun.

Training times

The Steam train bound for Elgin departs from the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town at 8am. It arrives at the market at 11am, giving passengers time to explore before heading back to the Mother City in time for a 5.30pm arrival.

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Time of publication: 10 November 2018