Monthly markets in Cape Town and surrounds

Following on from my post on the Top 10 Markets in Cape Town, here is a list of other markets happening around Cape Town on a monthly basis. Perfect for a family outing to stock up on delicious, healthy, organic food and produce and a really lovely way to shop.

Central Cape Town

* Bo Kaap Food and Craft Market is a small market with local Cape foods and crafts which is held on the first Saturday of the month from 9am – 2pm in the Boorhaanol Centre in Pentz Street, opposite the Bo-Kaap Civic Centre. Tasty traditional foods on offer include curries, rotis, bredies, koeksusters, milk tart, biscuits, cakes and spices. View old photo collections and chat to the locals about their history. Entrance is free.
* A French Market is held at Alliance Francaise (155 Loop Street) in the CBD on Fridays from 9am – midday. It is a small market specialising in French food.

Northern Suburbs

* Cobblewalk Lifestyle Market is located in Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville. Lovely, affordable items, gifts and food/snacks for everyone. This is an indoor market (with free entrance and parking) which takes place every first and last Sunday of the month from 9am – 3pm. Located on the corner of Verdi Blvd and de Villiers Road Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville. Tel +27 (0) 79 983 7830 or +27 (0) 21 557 8716 for more info.
* Nitida Farmers’ Market in Durbanville is a monthly feast of fresh farmers’ produce at the Nitida Wine Estate. Held on the last Saturday of every month. Summer times: 7.30am – 12noon. Winter times 9am – 1.30pm. Twice in November. No market in December.
* Goodwood Holistic & Community Fair was launched in September 2012 and is held at the Lions Community Centre, Cnr Merriman & Dirkie Uys Sts, Goodwood, on the LAST Sunday of each month from 10:00 to 16:00.

Table Bay and West Coast

* Century City Natural Goods Market is an outdoor market held at Central Park in the heart of Century City. The market offers quality products and produce presented in a relaxing friendly environment. With stalls shaded under giant Bedouin tents on the lush green lawn, visitors can even picnic between shopping expeditions and pony rides. You can buy freshly cooked meals and drinks on the spot. Just bring your picnic blanket. You’ll find an assortment of high quality traders selling a range of locally produced fresh produce, organic goods, home bakes, cupcakes, coffee, pies, olives, preserves, cheese, wine, meats, biltong, clothing, jewelry, recycled books, baby clothes, kids clothing, kids’ furniture, pet food, plants, worm farms, knits, art, natural health and beauty products and quality crafts. Children have been catered for with an array of different activities in a specially created kids’ space. Families can even take a boat ride around Intaka Island and do some bird watching on the way. There is ample and secure parking. Held on the first Sunday of the month from 9am – 2pm at Central Park, Park Lane in Century City (follow Intaka Island signs). For details and directions contact: 021 531 2173 or e-mail naturalgoodsmarket@gmail.com
* Eden on Big Bay Market incorporates a variety of exciting food and craft vendors such as kid’s hand made educational toys and puppets, beautifully hand-painted ostrich eggs, hand made olives, chutney and raw honey, all-natural vegetable oil-based soaps, home-made lemon curd, West Coast micro-brewed beer, hand-made fimo-clay trimmed cutlery, fresh crepes, hand-made gift tags and bags, recycled candleholders, gourmet cupcakes, paper-beaded jewellery, vacuum-packed Italian and Portuguese meats, jams, preserves and relishes, pure essential oils, hand-beaded African artworks, olive oils, balsamic vinegar, chocolate liqueurs, chocolate drinks, home-made nougat, raw coffee beans, fresh and natural health drinks, imported ribs and much, much more! For more information call Yvette on 071 588 9253.
* Elkanah House Market is held on the last Saturday of each month from 9am – 1pm in the school grounds of Elkanah House High School in Sunningdale. It is very popular in the Tableview and Blouberg community and offers craft and food stalls as well as great entertainment for the kids.
* Melkbosch Food Fair. First Saturday of the month: 9am-3pm. Melkboschplaas, on the R27 opposite the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in Melkbosstrand.
* Vyge Valley Farmers Market takes place on the last Saturday of the month from 9am – 2pm at the Vyge Valley Farmstall, R27 West Coast Road.


Southern Suburbs

* The Conscious Living Fair, was launched in January 2013 at the Obs Community Centre, Lower Main Rd, Observatory and takes place on the FIRST Sunday of each month from 10:00 to 16:00
* Dean Street Arcade Market in Newlands is a small fresh produce market held on Wednesday mornings.
* Mielie Market at Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands takes place every Friday (except public holidays) from 9am – 1pm.
* Quadrant Market is a fresh produce and gourmet food market on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm. Library Square at The Quadrant, Wilderness Rd, Claremont.
* Rondebosch Organic Market is a weekly market held in covered stalls outside the Rondebosch library. Saturdays 7.30am – midday.


South Peninsula

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* Constantia Waldorf Organic Market is a small organic and biodynamic market in leafy Constantia held on Fridays from 11am – 3pm (ish). A Night Market is held on the last Friday night of every month (except during school holidays). The venue is Constantia Waldorf School in Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia. We visited a few months back and can tell you that it was lots of fun – even though we do not attend the school the atmosphere on a warm summer evening was great. Lots of things to entertain slightly older kids. And plenty of yummy food stalls and crafts on which to spend your money!
* The Gaia Food Market, launched in July 2011, is a new market specialising in plant-based cuisine. Basically, what that means is that the focus is on products and services that are made from or revolve around plants and plant-derivatives. It is held on selected Sundays every month from 9am – 2pm at the historic Alphen Hall on Constantia Main Rd. Predominately indoors, with a large courtyard for sunny days. There is plenty of parking. All food will be made by the artisans and merchants, and sold by them in person. On offer will be: Organic fresh fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads, winter soups, raw tree nuts, olives and olive oils, gourmet food dishes, fresh juices, with a touch of kitchen and home decor thrown in for good measure. For more info e-mail eat@gaiafoodmarket.co.za.
* Triangle Square Market in Fish Hoek is a fabulous under cover all-weather fresh produce and gourmet food market held every Saturday from 9am – 2pm at the Triangle Square Building on Main Road, Fish Hoek. The Emporium is for local farmers, purveyors of fine foods, organic merchants, original producers of luxury goodies, producers of seasonal goods, micro enterprises. There’s not too much in the way of organic vegetables, but there’s plenty of home-made produce and hand-crafted goods to keep you going. Contact Brian on +27 (0) 82 990 5292 or e-mail brian@trianglesquare.co.za for more details.
* Bay Food and Wine Market offers fresh produce and gourmet food every Saturday morning from 9.30am – 2.30pm at Victoria Mall (near La Cuccina) in Hout Bay.
* Hout Bay Organic Market is held on Thursday mornings from 9am – 1pm at 41 Victoria Av. Hout Bay (opposite the medical centre).
* Kalk Bay Fresh Etc Market is a monthly fresh goods market in Kalk Bay held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm.
* Imhoff farm in Kommetjie has a market on the first Saturday of every month, and you can buy organic vegetables and fruit from them on a daily basis.
* Old Post Office Market in Muizenberg is held every Sunday. 9am-3pm.

These markets are located a bit further out from Cape Town (more than 45 mins drive) so plan a day trip out into the country or tie in a trip to stock up on tasty farm goodies while on a weekend away!

Cape Winelands

* Moddergat Farm Market located between Somerset West and Stellenbosch holds an organic fresh produce market every Saturday morning from 8am – 1pm.
* Stellenbosch Waldorf Organic Market takes place at Spier on Saturdays. At the Stellenbosch Organic Farmers’ Market you will find a variety of freshly harvested organic and biodynamic produce which is farmed in partnership with the earth and not against it. The market weaves it’s way through the school grounds and spills out onto sumptuous lawns which serve as playgrounds for little visitors, either having fun on the Dream Weaver organic. From pasture-reared chickens which come from less than 5 kms away, to local processed and preserved foods, cheeses, yoghurt, goats milk cheese, nuts and dried fruit, olives and oils, the market strives to become a one-stop, organic shopping destination. And with the abundance of farm fresh air, it’s an outing not to be missed. Open from 09am to 2pm every Saturday, if you need more information call +27 (0) 82 969 5757.
* Stellenbosch Square offers an indoor market with music food crafts and kids activities. The market is held on the last weekend of every month from 09am to 2pm. Please contact Debbie on +27 (0) 76 905 0029/ (0) 21 880 2385 for more info.
* Hathersage Farm Market is held at Hathersage Farm, Gordon Rd, Somerset West on Sundays from 10am – 3pm. This is a down-to-earth market where visitors are treated to an array of local wares in a stunning farm environment. A bonus for those with kids are the tractor rides along the farm road to the market venue. For more info e-mail info@tomarketwithlove.co.za or visit the Facebook page. Closed during the months of July, August and September.

Overberg

* Botrivier Holistic Fair is held every first Sunday of the month from 10am until 4pm (winter times).
* Greyton Morning Market takes place every Saturday morning in the centre of the village. It starts at 10am and runs until about midday (or until sold out). Delicious fresh produce from the area, including jams, cheeses, organic vegetables and a mouth-watering variety of edible treats. Contact Desiree on +27 (0 ) 28 261 1809.
* Elgin Valley Market held at the Peregrine Farmstall, off the N2 in Elgin is held on Saturdays in summer from 9am – 2pm. A farmers market offering fresh, wholesome, fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, olives, olive oil, wines, everything culinary that is healthy, wholesome and organic, sourced from the Elgin Valley.
* Hermanuspietersfontein Market takes place on Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm on the Hermanuspietersfontein Estate, near Hermanus.
* Fernkloof Farmers Market is held at the Montessori School yard in Hermanus. Follow the signs at the Eastcliff Spar. Saturday morning from 7.30 – 11.30 am. Enjoy a “unique outdoor deli experience in the beautiful Fernkloof Nature Reserve, where you can buy good, wholesome, local fresh produce, direct from the source”. Over 30 traders offer some of the best foods from the Overberg region. I’m really keen to get out of the city one morning and try this market – it sounds wonderful!

Boland

* Pure Boland Farmers Market, an indoor and outdoor market, is held on the first Saturday of every month at Brandwacht (Grape Depo for the Brandwacht Table Grape Farmers) in Worcester from 9am – 1pm. With the most spectacular view over the Brandwacht vineyards and mountains, this is the perfect spot for you early morning cup of coffee, or stay for delicious ‘roosterkoek’ straight from the fire. Various local small producers display and sell their products at the market. You will find a variety of the following at this unique market: fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables from the area, delicious jams, preserves, olives, wines, pastries, biscuits, koeksisters, cakes, pestos, quiche, cupcakes, hertzoggies, pies, locally roasted coffee, artisan wood fired oven breads, croissants, sundried fruit, arts & crafts and much more. E-mail: tharina@realevents.co.za for more info.

Do you know of any markets I may have missed? Pop me an e-mail and I will add them to the list!

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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!

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