Markets in the Mother City
7 stand-out markets in Cape Town
Local is lekker in Cape Town and markets are all the rage — providing locals and holidaymakers with the opportunity to buy handcrafted goods, as well as fresh (often organic) foodstuff that hails from the area. These markets also provide local farmers and craftsmen with the chance to sell their wares without an intermediary, so you can buy high quality produce knowing that you are directly supporting local traders.
Markets have become great places to hang out with loved ones, shop ‘til you drop, buy a delicious meal or simply nosy around. Here are 7 stand-out markets in Cape Town that will have you reaching for a hemp tote bag.
1. Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Since it’s days of being held in Oranjezicht, this urban farmer’s haven has been relocated to Granger Bay, near the V&A Waterfront, but it still supports the Oranjezicht City Farm and aims to promote small-scale food production in the Mother City.
This Saturday morning market celebrates local food and community, and there’s a range of fresh produce on offer — from organic fruit, sourdough bread and raw honey, to smoked fish, free-range eggs and ethically-reared meats — so Capetonians can do their weekly grocery shopping, while tourists can pick up scrumptious snacks or lunch at one of the artisanal food stalls. There’s something for all tastes and dietary requirements, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating, so you can enjoy stunning sea views with a mouth-watering bowl of pho or a delectable galette.
2. Noordhoek Community Market
Head to the Deep South on a Thursday evening to this community market at the fabulous Cape Point Vineyards. It is only open in summer so you’re almost guaranteed the opportunity to lounge on the grass and marvel at a breathtaking sunset with a glass of Méthode Cap Classique in hand.
3. Bay Harbour Market
Next to the water’s edge at Hout Bay Harbour, this bustling market is a fantastic place to pick up souvenirs, invest in locally-designed produce, and feast on delicacies ranging from biltong to homemade soup. Open on Friday evenings, as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings, there is ample opportunity every week to browse the creative crafts and clothes, as well as soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
4. The Neighbourhood Goods Market
Located at the Old Biscuit Mill, this award-winning market has become somewhat of a Cape Town institution, and serves as a platform for fine-food purveyors, organic producers and artisanal merchants to sell their wares. This pioneering market makes for a perfect place to ease your way into the weekend on a Saturday morning, and provides a great insight into Mother City cool.
5. Mojo Market
Lost your mojo? Don’t fret because you’ll be sure to find it again at this happening market in Sea Point — boasting over 80 food, homeware and clothing stalls — where you can fill your bellies and your bags ‘til bursting every day! What’s more, if you’re in need of a caffeine fix while on vacation, you’ll be happy to know that the Mojo Coffee Collective is open 24 hours a day and showcases some of the city’s best artisanal coffee roasters.
6. Chilled Market at the Range
Take it nice and easy strolling through this laidback market, soaking up the vineyard and mountain views. Nestled snugly between the woodlands of Tokai Forest and the winelands of Constantia Valley, this is a dreamy place to while away a Friday evening, while enjoying craft beers, a variety of international dishes and live music.
7. V&A Food Market
You can’t miss out on a trip to the V&A when on a luxury holiday in Cape Town, so you can easily pop into this daily market on your explorations around the city’s premier shopping mall. Located in a historical power station, you can find an array of artisanal products here, as well as street foods that make for a scrumptious snack in between sightseeing and shopping.
If handmade chocolate, artisanal cheeses, organic sauces, gourmet sausages, vegan burgers and freshly squeezed juice all sound too good to miss, then contact Elite Travel Concept to include a market meander in your luxury vacation.