Markets in the Mother City
If you're looking for a way to get the family out of the house and into the fresh air, then pile into your rental car and make your way to one of Cape Town's well-known markets. Let your nose lead the way as you navigate through rows of fresh pastries and artisanal food stuffs, sampling wares as you go. Escape to the shade of a tree, or sit amidst the hustle and bustle, to enjoy a refreshment before once again losing yourself to the sights and smells all around.
Market on the Wharf (V&A Waterfront)
Located at the V&A Waterfront, this is the ideal location to tuck into a freshly prepared meal or chilled drink with a view of the harbour. You'll be spoiled for choice with dishes ranging from traditional Cape Malay cuisine and tapas to freshly baked breads and charcuterie. Of course, you will also find a treat to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth.
1 June – 31 October: Monday - Sunday 10:00 to 17:30
1 November – 31 April: Monday - Sunday 10:00 to 19:00
The Neighbourgoods Market (Woodstock)
Nestled in the courtyard of The Old Biscuit Mill, lies a brick warehouse that comes to life every weekend. Boasting a community of local farmers, bakers, butchers and popular food merchants, this is a place where passions are shared and enjoyed by stall owners and patrons alike. If you can't decide what to eat, browse the various photography, design and décor stores of The Biscuit Mill while you make your choice.
Saturday 9:00 to 14:00
Address: 373 - 375 Albert Road, Woodstock
City Bowl Market
One of Cape Town's smaller markets, this is a place where foodies meet and enjoy flavours from around the world. Come hungry and feast on crispy pork belly, authentic Durban curry and Thai street food that will tingle your taste buds. With a play area for children and beer on tap for dads, this is a place for the whole family to enjoy.
Thursday 16:30 to 20:30
Saturday 09:00 to 14:00
Address: 14 Hope Street, Cape Town
Bay Harbour Market (Hout Bay)
A day or night at the Bay Harbour Market is unlike any other. This vibrant market is packed with character to the rafters and you'll find yourself feeling happy long after it's closed. Here you'll find a mix of art, craft, fashion and food; as well as toe-tapping live music to enjoy. Savour a drink by the fire or eat your food under the stars as you take in the never-ending liveliness of the market.
Friday 17:00 to 21:00
Saturday and Sunday 09:30 to 16:00
Address: 31 Harbour Road, Cape Town
Noordhoek Community Market (Cape Point Vineyards)
A popular hangout in the summer months, this market is home to the tantalising creations of the illustrious Franck Dangereux and Masterchef South Africa's very own, Peter Goffe-Wood. Sample fresh oysters and handmade cheeses while sipping on a glass of fine wine before deciding on the perfect meal to end off the evening. Make sure to save room for dessert.
Root 44 (Stellenbosch)
Protected by beautiful marquees, the Root 44 Market is the perfect place to go come rain or shine. Perch under a tree with a glass of Audacia's very own wine as the live music whisks away your worries. When you're feeling peckish, enjoy a wood-fired pizza among other nibbles on offer and even grab a few spreads or baked goods to enjoy at home.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 16:00
Address: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 and Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
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