Situated on Nobel Square, V&A Food Market is fabulous for shoppers looking for a quality, yet less formal, eating experience at the Waterfront. Housed in a historic building, the popular market is home to over 40 vendors, so you’re sure to find something that tickles your palate – from gourmet deli sandwiches and fresh Hawaiian poke bowls to roasted-pork burgers and ice-cold coffee.
A sea of scrumptious stalls
A significant upgrade to the market has seen an exciting crop of vendors joining its already impressive list. We’re currently craving:
Bringing a taste of Italy to the V&A Waterfront, Sant’Alessandro serves artisanal Italian cured meat, which has been handcrafted in Cape Town by brothers, Oscar & Dino Bienz. Order a fresh grab-and-go panino or tramezzino (sandwich), or take a slice of history home with an antipasto board of salumi, coppa, cabanossi and some local cheeses.
Max Botha, a Rondebosch Boys alumnus, opened the original poké bar in South Africa when he brought Hokey Poke to Cape Town. Originating in Hawaii, with Japanese and Korean influences, poké bowls have become an international staple for fresh, healthy food, comprising a base, protein, combination of toppings and a signature sauce. Your base could be sticky or brown rice, kale slaw, baby leaves or gluten-free nachos; then add your protein (salmon, tuna, chicken, bulgogi beef or tofu); finished off by toppings and a sauce. A divine option for a hot day, that’s affordable and completely customisable!
So what happens when two Afrikaans brothers from Pretoria meet up with a Greek chef? Vagabond Kitchens, that’s what! Making wraps, sandwiches and other slow-cooked dishes, Vagabond has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best places to get a roast-pork sandwich in Cape Town. If you’re looking for a wrap, choose from lightly curried chicken, pan-seared steak, slow-cooked pork and a variety of vegetarian fillings, and watch it come together right in front of your eyes.
The Coffee Power Station
Situated smack in the middle of the brick-faced historical building – which was the first power station in Cape Town – The Coffee Power Station brings the same electricity to the food market with its AA-grade Arabica Coffee from Tanzania and Columbia. Pick from a selection of classic coffee offerings, or grab an iced coffee for a wonderfully refreshing treat on a summer’s day.
Music to your ears
An ever-changing lineup of musicians gets things festive in the upstairs section of the market every Saturday and Sunday, as well as on public holidays from 1pm until 4pm. So, pull up a chair, grab a bite and something cold to drink – it’s bound to be music to your ears.
The March 2020 lineup
Sunday, 1 March Skye
Saturday, 7 March The Beautiful Hooligans
Sunday, 8 March Low Commotion
Saturday, 14 March Dave Dale
Sunday, 15 March Radiophonia
Saturday, 21 March The Beautiful Hooligans
Sunday, 22 March Plumsong
Saturday,28 March The Professors
Sunday, 29 March Latin King
Good to know The industrial-style space is ideal for group events where guests can use a voucher system to get a taste of everything.
So, next time you find yourself in need of a pitstop between shopping, swing by this marvellous market. Whether you grab a ready-made wrap/ steak roll/ ice cream/ plate of sushi/ bag of biltong, to enjoy inside or at the outdoor tables – or you feel like browsing the stalls for quality ingredients to take home, you won’t leave disappointed.
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