FIVE OF CAPE TOWN’S FAVOURITE FARMER’S MARKETS
(Information courtesy of Cape Grace Hotel)
Fresh flowers, fantastic food vendors, abundant produce, and hand-crafted goods. Visiting one of Cape Town’s markets is the ideal way to spend time with family or friends, soaking up the festive atmosphere and perusing the artisanal fare. While farmer’s markets were virtually unheard of just a few short years ago, they have burst onto the scene in a prolific and colourful array of options. So grab your basket, and make sure to go hungry when you visit one of these favourites!
The OZCF Market (Oranjezicht City Farm Market)
Held every Saturday (and on Sundays during summer) at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. Locals flock to stock up on vegetables, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, meats, and cheeses, while everyone jostles around their favourite food stalls for hearty breakfasts, vegan and veggie lunches, steak rolls, or tempting dessert creations.
Saturdays, 9am – 2pm, Sundays, 9am – 3pm.
The Bay Harbour Market
A little further down the coast, the Bay Harbour Market hums with an eclectic energy, fuelled by the live bands, quirky vendors, fireplaces and tasty array of foods. Set in a bygone authentic fishery in the working harbour of Hout Bay, customers can enjoy everything from artisanal coffee to craft beer on tap. Add to that the arts, crafts, baked and ‘braaied’ goods on offer, and your weekend plans are set to be more than jovial. Visitors might even look forward to a swing dance or two, always to the beat of a local, up and coming band, groovy township guitarist or saxophonist.
Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday/Sunday 9.30am – 4pm.
The Neighbourgoods Market
Quite possibly the one that started them all, the Neighbourgoods Market, at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, is always a wonderful way to while away time on Saturday morning. The winning combination of trendy clothing, jewellers, food stalls, cocktail makers and permanent stores attracts a young, hip crowd; the undercover and sunny spots ideal for all-weather Saturdays. The award-winning market features over 100 specialty traders, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, food alchemists, organic merchants, bakers, grocers, butchers, artisanal producers and celebrated local chefs to showcase and sell their wares. Again, make sure you’re an early bird, or face the crowds and just go with the flow.
Saturdays, 9am – 3pm.
The Root 44 Market
Housed in sturdy marquees (which means rain is never an issue), and surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and trees, The Root 44 market is worth the drive out to Stellenbosch to visit. A sprawling colony of stalls offers crafts, and homeware (children’s clothing, funky t-shirts, jewellery, homeware, leather goods etc.) perfect for leisurely browsing, with an awesome selection of edible and drinkable treats available to snack on throughout breakfast and lunch. Tuck into a wood-fired pizza and craft beer, or sip on a flute of bubbles accompanied by oysters – all to the background tunes provided by the live entertainment. The Root 44 Market is also known to be exceptionally kiddie-friendly, boasting a natural wood play park and lawn area – ideal for busy-bodies who like to run around.
Saturdays & Sundays, 9 am – late.
The Mojo Market
You don’t have to wait for the weekend or compliant weather to enjoy the Mojo Market. New(ish) on the scene, this urban, indoor market is located in the vibrant area of Sea Point, and is open 7 days a week, 8am – 10pm! With a motley bunch of independent designers, artists and makers, and over 30 food vendors, there’s lots to take in. The Mojo Bar is the fulcrum around which the stalls unfold, so head there for a glass of something before taking a peek at the delectable food options. We love The Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar, as well the eternally popular Tortilla Modern Mexican, but there truly is something for every taste. When you’re loaded up, grab a seat at a booth, and appreciate a beautiful pink Sea Point sunset while the band plays on.
Food Stalls open Mondays to Thursdays, 11am – 10pm, Friday to Sundays, 10am – 10pm. Retailers open Mondays – Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm.