Cape Town Markets
There are numerous markets in Cape Town, one more fascinating and intriguing than the other. The fervour linked to Cape Town markets has a long history. Moreover, the city's markets have undergone a certain renaissance in the recent years. Many markets have popped up throughout the Mother City. The artisan foods, craft beers, arts and crafts, antiques, vintage goods and many more draw crowds across the city.
The markets in Cape Town provide an interesting platform for visitors to discover a multitude of things. The market place offers a diverse range of products and a happy and bustling atmosphere. Visitors often meet charismatic traders who are expert in what they sell and budding and innovative entrepreneurs who are keen to share their ideas.
The markets in Cape Town are exceptional and are forever bursting with an atmosphere of festivity. Here is a list of some of the well-known markets in Cape Town:
1. Neighbourgoods Market
The Neighbourgoods Market, a real gourmet market, is housed in the former Old Biscuit Mill. A visit to the Neighbourgoods Market is more of an experience than a shopping outing. With locally made goods and an assortment of knick knacks which cannot be found in malls, there is a wonderful ambience in the place.
The Neighbourgood Market houses the Design goods section and the Kindergoods section. These sections ensure that everyone including kids do find something to do in the Neighbourgoods Market.
No wonder that the market draws up to 5000 people on Saturday. Visit this original gourmet market between 09:00 and 14:00 every Saturday for fresh vegetables, seafood, gourmet goodies, artisan breads, organic ciders and the best coffee in town. Arrive early to avoid the rush at this popular festive market.
2. The Bay Harbour Market
The Bay Harbour Market is housed in what used to be an unused fish factory in Hout Bay. The Bay Harbour Market brings together crafters, artists and busking musicians every Saturday and Sunday. Indeed, this weekend market creates an air of merry-making in the pretty Hout Bay while celebrating the Capetonian and South African creativity, talent and culture.
Mostly known for its vibrant energy, the Bay Harbour Market has all the traits of a bazaar - great food, plenty to drink and an array of traders selling everything from crafts and novelties to artwork, vintage clothing and beautiful jewellery. Best of all, the Bay Harbour has live music every day from open to close, and the groovy tunes really create a remarkable buzz.
The Bay Harbour Market also caters for children. With a play-area and child-friendly food and drink, kids are more than welcome in this market.
Finally, as the market is largely indoors and has a massive fireplace, it makes a really fantastic winter to-do. The Bay Harbour runs from 5 pm to 9 pm on Friday and from 9:30 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
3. Market at The Palms
Found in the Palms Décor & Lifestyle Centre in Woodstock, the Market at The Palms comes to life every Saturday. The weekly Market at The Palms started in 2012 and it has always been about real food, real people and real recipes. Many of these have been passed down from one family member to the next for generations. Now, with over 100 markets, the traders have infused their good old-fashioned cooking with a twist to create the goodies which are made with love.
Apart from its country-style food, the Market at The Palms is also known for its warm hospitality. The traders are simple, honest and humble people who have great passion for their work. The 40-odd vendors proudly display South African heritage food, like coq au vin pie and angelfish pâté, as well as gourmet goodies, like exotic mushroom skewers, organic tabouleh and dulce de leche.
The live music is the cherry on the cake-it creates an appealing ambiance which promises full-on entertainment and attracts numerous visitors. Kids are also welcome. The market, with free underground parking, runs from 9 am to 2 pm every Saturday.
4. Blue Bird Garage Food And Goods Market
Found in the old and charming Muizenberg village, the indoor Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market is a local next-door food and goods market. It is housed in an old historic hangar. It offers the visitors a place to relax and pick up delicious produce and pretty trinkets at the start of the weekend.
The Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market was founded in 2010 and it now serves as a great platform for small business owners and a popular gathering space for locals looking for a lively and social way to start the weekend. It now features over 40 friendly traders selling everything from succulent burgers, fresh sushi, gourmet cupcakes and crispy samoosas to handcrafted jewellery, stylish clothing and second-hand books.
Also, there is a permanent bar which offers craft beer and wine. While adults spend the evening by indulging in little talks, little ones are kept entertained in the designated kids' corner. The kids' corner is complete with slides, climbing frames and more.
The weekly market runs every Friday night between 4 pm and 10 pm. Needless to say, it is a great night out for the whole family.
5. Greenmarket Square
The Greenmarket Square is located in the heart of Cape Town’s business district. The square has been a slave market, a fruit and vegetable market and, during the 1950s, it served as a parking lot. Now, it is the place where you can go looking for clothes, hand-painted fabric, foot-wear, sunglasses and the like.
In fact, the Greenmarket Square is more than a flea market. Along with a wide range of goods to buy, there is much entertainment which you can find in the form of buskers, mime artists and jugglers, particularly on Saturday mornings.
A big success, the market continues to make progress. There are many coffee shops and restaurants in the vicinity. Visit between 09:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Friday and between 09:00 and 15:00 every Saturday to meet energetic market sellers.
6. Markets In Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is undoubtedly, the premier shopping destination in Cape Town. As such, the complex houses several malls and markets which sell everything from branded clothes and foot-wear to arts and crafts. Moreover, the outlets offer high quality goods as well as items that are often difficult to find elsewhere in the city.
Situated in Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, you will find South Africa's largest indoor craft market-The Red Shed, packed with handmade merchandise. In The Red Shed, shoppers can purchase fine handmade jewellery, fine township art, traditional bead work, textiles, décor, woodwork, fashion accessories and rural crafts, including ceramics and textiles.
Besides, visitors can shop for colourful jewellery, art, fashion and speciality products from The Barrow Court. Head further down East Pier Road and you will reach the Waterfront Craft Market, also known as The Blue Shed. Here, one can find handicrafts, antiquities and holistic lifestyle accessories.
The Red Shed and The Barrow Court are open between 09:00 and 21:00 from Monday to Sunday. The Waterfront Craft Market remains open daily between 09:30 and 18:00.
7. Hout Bay Craft Market
A popular attraction at the pretty Hout Bay's village is the craft market. The Hout Bay Craft Market takes place on the village green in the main street, in a mountainous amphitheatre. It is indeed one of the best markets in Cape Town. It attracts crafters from far and wide who exhibit their wares.
The Hout Bay Craft Market has something for everyone. Shoppers can choose from a wide collection of clothing, knitwear, leather work, iron and steelwork, South African curios, basketry, handmade soaps and toiletries, woodwork, pottery and ceramics, needlework, glass work, mirrors, jewellery, paintings, puppets, dried fruit and nuts, children’s toys and games and much more.
Visit the Hout Bay Craft Market between 10 am to 4 pm every Sunday.
8. Green Point Flea Market
The Green Point Flea Market is one of the largest flea markets in Cape Town. It is held every Sunday in the car park outside the Green Point stadium. If you are in search of traditional African arts, crafts, curios, and clothing, spending a Sunday strolling through this music-filled marketplace will be delightful for you.
There are over 400 stalls which sell clothing, electrical goods, antiques, bric-a-brac, books, magazines, hardware and kitchen goods in the Green Point Flea Market. Also, you will be well entertained by music and can grab a bite, be it fish and chips, boerewors rolls or Cape Malay delicacies.
Visit between 8.30 am and 5 pm every Sunday and experience a blissful Sunday with lots of small discoveries in terms of arts, crafts and food!
9. Khayelitsha Craft Market
Khayelitsha Craft Market is found in Khayelitsha, one of the biggest townships in Cape Town. Khayelitsha, which means "our new home", is about 20 km from the city centre. Amid all the hustle and bustle of this community, you can find the Khayelitsha Craft Market at the St Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church.
Here, visitors enjoy interacting with the locals and buying their crafts, souvenirs and traditional African fare. You can choose from a wide variety of hand-made stuffs, pottery, bead work, baskets and fabric paintings. The market sells only goods and artisanal products which are made by the local people. In this way, the market tries to empower the local people and help them to get out of poverty.
A visit to the craft market might include a stop to see the Baboon Man, a local artist who uses cement to create baboon sculptures, or the Look-Out Hill tourist facility on the corner of Mew and Spine Roads, which houses an arts and science centre, a restaurant, gift shop and information kiosk.
The craft market is open from 9 am to 2 pm on Monday to Friday and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturdays.
10. The Woodmill Market
The Woodmill Market takes place in the heart of Stellenbosch. It is a contemporary market which offers great food, drinks and goods in an all-weather, indoor setting. There are artisans selling an array of top end products, food exhibitors offering sushi, curry, and home-made delicacies, bakeries selling fresh bread, home-made cakes and pastries, roasted coffee and boutique wineries.
With free entry and live music, the Woodmill Market has everything to make it one of the most sought-after destination and hang-out spot on a Friday evening. Indeed, the mix of products and produce makes for an enjoyable and unique outing with friends and family. There is also a designated kid's area. Moreover, parking facility is also available.
The Woodmill Market is open on the last Friday of every month from 5.30 pm to 10 pm.