There’s nothing as enjoyable as spending a sunny Saturday or Sunday outdoors browsing Cape Town’s interesting markets.
Some weekends I go to fresh produce markets to buy seasonal fruit and veggies; other days I explore arts and craft markets for unusual homemade items I can give as gifts.
If you enjoy markets as much as I do, I'll be happy to share some of my favorite places with you.
Simon’s Market, Groot Contsantia
The latest addition to the plethora of Cape Town markets is Simon’s Market, located at Groot Constantia, one of the most prestigious and oldest wine estates along the Constantia Wine Route. Recently launched, this weekend market is set to leave foodies drooling at the delicious gourmet food stands set against the backdrop of the historical Groot Constantia Wine Estate.
Business Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 10 am-5 pm
Address: Simon’s at Groot Constantia, Constantia
Adderley Flower Market
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh flowers in their home? Walking along the Adderley Flower Market will delight your senses as you marvel at the colorful display of flower bouquets. This vibrant market creates the perfect backdrop for photography too. If you’re an international visitor, consider purchasing a bouquet of Proteas, South Africa’s beautiful national flower.
Business hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am -4 pm
Address: Strand Street & Darling Street, Cape Town
Bay Harbor Market
The Bay Harbor Market in Hout Bay is extremely popular, so I recommend leaving home early to find parking. The market’s popularity comes as no surprise as there is so much to see, taste and explore that you’ll find time passing by quickly. Here you can look forward to over 100 different stalls, some with tantalizing cuisine, others selling beautiful leather handbags, and some stalls selling clothing.
If you love to indulge in food (and who doesn’t), you’ll be delighted at the 26 food experts selling every kind of cuisine imaginable. From seafood platters, wraps, burgers, pizza, sandwiches to sushi, cakes and desserts.
Address: 31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay
Business hours: Friday: 5pm – 9pm; Saturday and Sunday: 9.30 am – 4 pm
Market at the Palms
Those who are exploring the hipster suburb of Woodstock should definitely stop by Market at the Palms. What I like about this market is that there is free covered parking (something of scarcity in Cape Town), which means I don’t have to frantically drive around the area searching for street parking. Over 40 different stalls are on exhibit here with incredibly tasty food to choose from. Popular stalls include Darling Gourmet Mushrooms, Stonehill Olies, Eureka Mills Bread and Toorkombuis – who are famous for their divine biscuits and sweet treats. Expect plenty of wholesome farm style products and fresh organic produce. Get yourself a cup of freshly brewed coffee and something delicious to eat, sit down and enjoy the ambience of live music and happy people enjoying their food, and having a good time with friends.
Business hours: Every Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm
Address: 145 Sir Lowry Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
Neighbourhood Goods Market
Still in Woodstock and close to Market at the Palms, is the Neighbourhood Goods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill. This market is an all-round favorite with Capetonians because there is something for everyone to enjoy. Find a seat at one of the long wooden tables and tuck into a wood-fired pizza alongside a craft beer. Or perhaps it’s the chopsuey and spring rolls that beckons? Either way, you’ll find something delicious to eat for lunch. At the Neighbourhood Goods Market you’ll find stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade confectionery, biltong, biscuits and other wonderful tidbits.
Address: Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
Business hours: every Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Now if you truly want beautiful, fresh organic produce, this is where you should be on a Saturday. In fact, if you’re visiting the V&A Waterfront for the day, you’re able to walk over – but taking your car might be better so that you don’t have to walk with a handful of veggies and fruit in your arms. The Oranjezicht City Farm market (or OZCF for short) is a community-based market that supports local farmers and chefs. The OZCF market is truly a foodie heaven that will lull you with freshly baked farmers bread, cheeses, free-range eggs, fynbos honey and mouthwatering cooked food and salads.
There is also a nursery where plants and seedlings can be purchased, as well as gardening tools and supplies. Everything you need to start your own vegetable and fruit garden at home can be found at the market. What’s cool about this market is that you can visit the actual farm on a Wednesday and pick your own fresh produce. It’s like strawberry picking, except you’re yanking carrots and beets out of the ground. Yay for wholesome fun.
Address: Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront (Next to The Lookout Event Venue)
Business hours: every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm
Address: Corner Upper Orange Street and Sidmouth Avenue, Oranjezicht, Cape Town.