The Best Markets To Shop At In Cape Town

The past decade has seen a proliferation of farmers’ markets popping up all over Cape Town with both locals and foreigners loving the concept. Taking advantage of the beautiful setting Cape Town provides some flourishing trade venues specialising in prepared food, fresh fruit and vegetables, fine art, clothing and other crafts, there is a market for you.

If you enjoy a day out on the town and spending it checking out what markets have to offer, then we’ve got just the list for you.

Markets in Cape Town

Let’s at 8 of the best markets in Cape Town and what they have to offer

  1. Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Where: V&A Waterfront
Despite its name, this local farmers’ market resides at the V&A Waterfront – in Granger Bay section. The market revels in local food, culture and community in support of the non-profit Oranjezicht City Farm.
You’ll find fresh-from-the-patch veggies and herbs, fruit, bread, organic dairy products, free-range eggs, raw honey, muesli, and ethically sourced meats and seafood. Plus, an incredible array of artisanal food stalls selling amazing cooked and raw dishes for all palates and preferences, from carnivores to vegans, chocoholics to people with diabetes. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, space for the kids and dogs, and a family-friendly vibe.

Stand-out stall/s:

  • The OZCF’s fresh veg and fruit tent
  • Delifish smoked fish and snoek pâté
  • Woodstock Bakery’s sourdough bread
  • Son of a Butcher for grass-fed, free-range and pasture-raised, meat
  • Cure Deli for artisanal sausages and quality cured meats
  • Around Cheese’s Karoo Crumble and other artisanal cheeses
  • Hoghouse Bakery for their heavenly pastéis de nata
  • The Buckwheat Crêpe (savoury and sweet) from La Rozelle

Opening times Saturdays, 9 am – 2 pm; Sundays, 9 am – 3 pm (rain or shine)
Contact 083 628 3426,
Where to find it Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront. Parking on site in Granger Bay Parking Garage (R10 for four hours) or on Beach Road for free.

  1. Lourensford Market

Where: Somerset West
The stalls are designed as a horseshoe around a communal area hosting food, craft and fashion stall. Outside its parameter is an award-winning garden with loads of space to lay down a blanket, as well as an area dedicated to children’s entertainment making it an all-round destination with cover to shield you from the sun.

Whether you’re in the mood for a vibrant night market or a relaxing Sunday morning market, you’ll get the best of worlds at Lourensford. The Friday night Twilight Market offers a captivating evening atmosphere, with fairy-lit trees; while on Sundays, you can enjoy a family-friendly Winelands outing.

Dog-friendly: Yes

Stand out stall/s:

  • Casa Valdez for hearty spare ribs
  • The Samoosa Specialist
  • The Magnificent Barista Boys for great coffee
  • The Fudge Kitchen
  • Dr Juice for fresh fruit and vegetable juices
  • Tunisian Delight for tapas
  • Ghenwa for Lebanese dishes (paired with Lourensford’s award-winning wines)
  • Corlie’s Italian

Opening times Friday, 5 pm – 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm (September – end-May)
Contact 072 284 1654,
Where to find it Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West (via N2, R44)

  1. The Neighbourgoods Market, Old Biscuit Mill

Where: Woodstock
This award-winning market currently features over 100 speciality traders, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisanal producers and celebrated local chefs to showcase and sell their delicious wares every Saturday.

Dog-friendly: Yes, but please keep them on a leash.
Stand-out stall/s:

  • Honest Chocolate’s handmade chocolate
  • Cafeteria Mobile’s wholesome home-cooked stews, soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches
  • Dear Rae’s clean-lined gold, silver, brass and copper jewellery.

Opening times Saturdays, 9 am – 3 pm (rain or shine)
Contact 021 448 1438
Where to find it The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock

  1. Blue Bird Garage Market

Where: Muizenberg
Artisans, artists, bakers and brewers gather every Friday evening for a vibrant night market that brings to mind New York’s buzzy East Village. Additionally to the delicious food on offer, the market asserts a delightful range of books, clothes, jewellery, ceramics and more!
Also, children will have plenty to keep them occupied, with their play area (that includes a jungle gym), as well as various activities, such as face-painting, glitter and sand art.
Dog-friendly: Yes, but please keep them on a leash.

Stand-out stall/s

  • Bunga Bunga for lip-smacking flame-grilled steaks
  • Grub’s Gourmet Burgers
  • Babycakes Chocolates for handmade chocolate bars
  • Craft beer on tap
  • Local wines
  • Aeroplane Jane Vintage for vintage clothing
  • SBC Ceramics and Nelipot Creations for customised jewellery
  • Aether Apothecary and Herbalist

Opening times Friday, 4 pm – 10 pm
First Sunday of the month, 11 am – 4 pm
Contact 084 405 3544 (Laura), 082 920 4285 (Marcus),
Where to find it 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg (via M3)

  1. Mojo Market

Where: Sea Point
Mojo Market is a welcome addition to the Sea Point scene, where the Promenade is a mere stone’s throw away.
This vibrant market space boasts around 45 food, home and clothing stalls in a 2 000-square-metre area.

Dog-friendly? Yes

Stand-out stall/s

  • The Mussel Monger for the freshest mussels and oysters
  • Vagabond Kitchens for delicious steak wraps, flatbreads, burgers and seared tuna
  • Tortilla Modern Mexican
  • The Strong One for African-print clothing
  • Mojo Coffee Collective for excellent artisanal roasts.

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 11 pm (retailers close at 8 pm in summer)
Contact, 064 776 8832
Where to find it 30 Regent Road (between Church and Clarens Road), Sea Point

  1. Blaauwklippen Family Market

Where: Stellenbosch
In addition to a variety of food stalls, crafts, wine tastings, and entertainment for the kids, its location on one of the oldest and most picturesque wine estates in South Africa make it a wonderful day out.

Inside the wine-sales building, you’ll find the market deli selling fresh seasonal produce, cheese, homemade pies, olives, baked treats, and more. Children will be in their element with pony rides, Zorb balls, soccer darts, jumping castles, pedal carts and friendly goats to pet and feed.

Dog-friendly? Yes
Stand-out stall/s

  • Spitbraai
  • Catje’s Pancakes
  • Giros Greek food
  • All About Schnitzel
  • Stonehill Olives
  • Senor Onion Mexican Food
  • Piroschka’s for flammkuchen (German thin-crust pizza)

Please note Bring-your-own picnics are not allowed.
Opening times Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm
Contact 084 608 6325,
Where to find it Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Strand Road, Stellenbosch (via N2, R44)

  1. Root 44 Market

Where: Stellenbosch
The Root 44 Market is housed in sturdy, super-cosy marquees; this market offers live entertainment, craft and homeware stalls perfect for leisurely browsing, as well as an awesome selection of edible and drinkable treats.
This market boasts an array of children’s entertainment and activities that include World of Adventure (indoor and outdoor jungle gyms, mini-golf and more); and the popular Parkrun (only on Saturdays) where participants can work up an appetite.
Dog-friendly? Yes (must be kept on a lead and not allowed inside the food area)
Stand-out stall/s

  • My Place Foods for souvlakis
  • The Mussel Monger for fresh oysters and mussels
  • The Pickled Poppers for jalapeño poppers and tacos
  • Earth Fire Pizzas
  • Heavenly Hamburgers

Good to know The market hosts live bands every Saturday and Sunday, from 12.30 pm to 4 pm.
Opening times Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm (rain or shine)
Contact 021 300 3935,
Where to find it Audacia Wines, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch (via N2, R44)

  1. Earth Fair Food Market

Where: Tokai
Farm-fresh produce and pasture-reared meat, poultry and organic vegetables can be found at this semiweekly wholefoods market.
This Market fills the mid-week gap. The Wednesday night market is fun, festive and family friendly, with craft beers and a variety of dinner options, while the Saturday morning market has enough meat, organic vegetables and dairy on offer for you stock up for the coming week. Also, there’s a beautiful, well-kitted-out kiddies’ area, within eyesight of the dining area.
Dog-friendly? Yes, and there are even water bowls available for them to drink from.
Stand-out stall/s

  • Gail’s for delicious Banting treats
  • Señor Prego for lip-smacking steak rolls and Portuguese finger food
  • The Ice Cream Boys for tasty frozen treats
  • Ciao Bella for amazing pizzas
  • Dr Juice for fresh fruit and vegetable juices
  • Oded’s Kitchen for belly-warming bowls
  • 11 craft beers on tap

Opening times Wednesday, 4 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, 8.30am – 2 pm
Please note The bar, and some of the vendors, remain open until 10 pm on Wednesday nights, and 3 pm on Saturdays.
Contact 082 738 1779,
Where to find it South Palms, 333 Main Road, Retreat (via M3)

Have a day out on the town

Spending a sunny day out in Cape Town is already quite the treat with so much to do. But if you love spending the day tasting all sorts of dishes or trying out a range of locally crafted drinks, then your only problem will be which market to visit first.

Have you been to any of these markets? Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments

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