Top 10 Cape Town Markets

Recently the “farmers market” concept has exploded in Cape Town and surrounds and we are now spoilt for choice with lots of lovely markets happening throughout the week. I really enjoy market shopping with kids although you do have to be careful with toddlers in the “exploring” phase like my daughter… trying to keep her in her pram these days is a nightmare! Might have to invest in some “reigns”. Anyway I still find the experience so much less stressful than shopping malls!

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Here is a round up of the Top 10 weekly food and produce markets in Cape Town some are well known favourites and a few are new to me and hopefully you too!

1. Earth Fair Market takes place in Tokai (in South Palms near Builders Warehouse) on Wednesday afternoons from 3pm – 8pm and on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm. Earth Fair have recently started hosting a market in the City Bowl on Thursdays at the top of St Georges Mall from 11am – 5pm. Fortunately for us the Tokai market is just down the road and we enjoy popping in for an impromptu shop for organic veggies, yummy homemade pies, delicious cheeses and some of the lovely natural beauty products. The kiddies corner is also a winner.

2. Neighbourgoods Market is held in the Old Biscuit Mill (373 – 375 Albert Road), Woodstock. “Cape Town’s original gourmet market features over 100 specialty traders, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, artisan goods, gourmet products, local farmers, seasonal items, plants & herbs, fresh produce, boutique wine estates, micro-breweries, and more!” It is held on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm but get there early as it is really popular and can be packed – also parking can be a nightmare! This is a vibey hangout for all the trendy town fold – so our suburban family feels a bit out of place and on the few times we have been the crowds have been tricky to manage with a pram but it’s the best place in Cape Town to see and be seen on a Saturday morning. Even celebs have been known to pop in. A great spot to people watch and educate yourself on the latest trends in fashion! For info contact Willem on +27 (0)82 370 4075 (Tues – Fri)

3. Bay Harbour, Hout Bay is a new Cape Town market situated on the water’s edge in the old, authentic part of the Hout Bay Harbour. It comprises more than 100 stalls in an old fish factory, including external tented alleys and courtyards. It opened on 1 July 2011 and trading times are Fridays 5pm – 10pm (in summer), Saturdays 9am – 5pm and Sundays 10am – 4pm (All trading areas are weather-proofed) There are more than 300 parking bays in the immediate vicinity. I love visiting Hout Bay so this will be a perfect excuse for a drive over Constantia Nek. Hout Bay Harbour also offers amazing views of Champans Peak! Will be sure to check it out soon. 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, phone +27 (0)82 570 5997 for more info.

4. Horizon Country Market is held every Saturday from 8am until 2pm at the West Coast Ostrich Farm (off N7 towards Malmesbury). There are delicious fresh foods, pastries, bread, wine, cheese and various handcrafts of good quality on offer. Apparently it is a lovely place also to have a picnic right after buying your goodies. There is plenty of safe space for the kids to run around while you shop and there is a big playground and lots of free parking. For more info phone +27 (0) 79 339 8750 / (0) 82 397 7199.

5. Porter Estate Market in Tokai is a unique outdoor market where locals can shop for fantastic fresh produce, savour a farm-style breakfast, and enjoy a lovely family friendly outing in a country setting! The market is professionally organized and user-friendly, it is community driven and provides an opportunity for the students at the Chrysalis Academy to gain valuable life and work experience. Porter Estate Produce Market is open every Saturday from 9am – 1pm weather permitting. To find the market follow the “piggie” signs from the Tokai offramp on the M3 all the way up Tokai Road and turn right at the Manor House. Sufficient parking is available on the grounds and entry is R5 per vehicle. As a family we love this country style farmers market – there are lots of activities for the kids to enjoy – a big sandpit for digging for treasure, a jungle gym and my son’s personal favourite – horse rides!For more info or to check if the market is open please call Gail on +27 (0) 82 334 5434.

6. City Bowl Market on Hope has become known as the spot “where Cape Foodies meet”. It is open every Saturday 9am – 2pm at 14 Hope Street Gardens – the hall of the old Gardens Synagogue. This indoor venue offers lots of delicious food and a great place to chill on a Saturday. For the kids there is a jungle gym. Products on offer include fresh fruit and veggies, meat, fish, bakery, patisserie, confectionery, dairy, international food, wholesale, coffee, wine and beer. For more info or to get directions phone +27 (0) 73 27 08043 or e-mail citybowlmarket@gmail.com.

7. Stellenbosch Slow Food Market is a member of Slowfood International in South Africa and their mission is to provide a platform for small local businesses to launch and promote their products especially those that specialise in artisanal high quality products, organically certified produce, micro-breweries, boutique wine farms, authentic cultural cuisines, farming communities and crafters. All products and business practice in true slowfood fashion: Good, Clean & Fair. The market place is located at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch and is open Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. For more information contact +27 (0) 21 886 8514 or (0) 72 416 4890.

8. There is another branch of this market held at Willowbridge Shopping Centre in Durbanville on Saturdays from 9am – 2.30pm. This stylish outdoors market is a great attraction for foodies of the Northern Suburbs. There are many stalls with delectable international delicatessen, fresh organic bread and organic olives. This market is ideal to visit when combining your food shopping with browsing the fabulous designer and homeware shops in this lovely boutique style shopping center. I have yet to try either of these markets out but I think on our next “Family Fun Day” we should take a trip out to Stellenbosch to experience the slow food movement for ourselves!

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9. Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market is a casual food and goods market for the whole family which runs from 4pm – 10pm on Fridays. Set in the heart of Muizenberg village in a beautiful old warehouse, it has become a wonderful place to meet friends and eat delicious food. You can find it at 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg. For info or to get directions phone +27 (0) 82 49 39 055.

10. The Wellness Natural and Organic Market is a weekly market held in Gardens offering fresh produce and handmade items. Saturdays 9am to 2pm. Jan Van Riebeeck Primary School, Kloof Street, Gardens.

So which market are you visiting this weekend? Hopefully the sun will still be shining… I will shortly post a list of other markets around Cape Town that happen on a monthly basis – so come back soon!

source: Mother City Living, Expat Cape Town and Cape Markets.

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

4 Comments
  1. Hi – great blog!

    If you like these markets and you have kids in tow then you cannot miss the Holistic Lifestyle Fair in Observatory on the first Sunday of every month – next one coming up this Sunday 7 August 10am-4pm.

    One of CT’s oldest (14 years and counting!), largest (120+ vendors), and most interesting (featuring an incredibly wide variety of wellness, organic, eco-friendly, bohemian and just plain funky exhibitors) market events, you could easily spend 4 hours there and wonder where the time went!

    The Fair is spread throughout a characterful Victorian ex-school building called the Observatory Recreation Centre and its leafy grounds in Observatory Village, just down the hill from Groote Schuur hospital. Besides life readers; holistic therapists; bespoke art, craft and decor; designer and vintage clothing and jewellery – and much more; there is a special ‘HolisticKids’ section for families, with two DreamWeaver organic play areas, face painting, kids activities and much more fun stuff.

    The kids can run around freely while Mum & Dad enjoy something wholesome to eat with either live local musicians or atmospheric world music in the background setting the scene for a soulful and sociable Sunday out!

    This popular monthly lifestyle event now also offers people interested in living healthier, more conscious lives a chance to count their blessings by giving to those in the community who are less fortunate: visitors can donate unwanted clothes/blankets/toys/books and other items at the gate and get in for half-price. All items collected are redistributed after the Fair to selected charities operating throughout the Western Cape.

    In celebration of Women’s Day on 9 August, this month’s charity is the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Manenberg.

    There are free films shown every month, this month’s feature is the fascinating “Food Matters” which shows us how important it is to know where our food comes from (15h00-16h30).

    Also, the UPliftment Programme will be presenting a free 20-minute ‘Joy Session’ at 11h30 to help spread some happiness, and LEAPS animal charity will have dogs for adoption, plus Animal Behaviourist Bernice Jaffe will be in attendance to answer visitiors’ doggy-related questions.

    So come and enjoy a friendly, relaxed, fun and informative day out with family and friends (including the well-behaved 4-legged kind!) this coming Sunday in Obs!

    Entry: R10 adults; R5 teens/students/pensioners; U12s free (enter for ½ price by donating clothes, blankets, books & toys at the gate for our monthly ‘Count Your Blessings’ Donation Drive – items redistributed to selected charities).

    Free patrolled parking adjacent to & in streets around venue.

    021 788 8088 or holisticfair@mweb.co.za

    http://www.holisticlifestylefair.yolasite.com or Obs Holistic Lifestyle Fair on Facebook

  2. BTW – I forgot to mention that you can keep track of markets throughout SA (and even the world!) on my blog samarketmaven.wordpress.com (will be updated shortly!)

  3. Been to almost all of them. Hard to pick a favourite, but have done the Bay Harbour for the last three weekends in a row and think its just taking it for me! Thanks for the article, great advice for weekends to come 🙂

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