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Exciting and Unexpected Markets to Explore in the City
A selection of the best markets in Cape Town and surrounds.
Last Updated: 17 May 2018
From authentic arts and crafts and artisanal food that will have you returning for more to perfectly functional electrical goods that are about a quarter of the price than in the store and handcrafted gifts made by charismatic entrepreneurs; you can expect to find everything and anything amidst the hustle and bustle of Cape Town's marketplaces. We've rounded up ten of Cape Town's finest markets for you to discover everything you're looking for and a whole lot of other things you probably never knew you wanted. Enjoy!
INDULGE IN A VARIETY OF FLAVOURS AT THE V&A FOOD MARKET
If you like your artisanal street food affordable and open seven days a week and served with live music on the weekends, you’ll love the V&A Food Market at the Old Power Station. With 42 vendors and cutting-edge street food concepts like non-dairy yoghurt smoothies and your choice of steak cuts to go, it’s like getting a gourmet experience for a fraction of the cost. Open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm Sundays to Thursdays and 10am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays (November to April) and 10am to 7pm Sundays to Thursdays and 10am to 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays(May to October), this market offers free live music every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 1pm to 4pm. The market is located inside the beautifully restored Old Power Station building, with its original steel and wood structures and double volume space creating a lively atmosphere as unique as it is spacious. There are plenty of tables inside, upstairs and outside the venue, which overlooks Table Mountain and the quays on the pedestrian walkway to the Cape Grace and V&A Waterfront.
Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 1605
FARM-FRESH FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET
Good-for-you food, local music and a remarkable Franschhoek Winelands farm setting. See why over 1000 people gather every week at the new Boschendal Friday Night Market.
Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek | +27 (0) 21 870 4200 | email@example.com
Visit this gourmet market between 09:00 and 14:00 every Saturday for fresh vegetables, seafood, gourmet goodies, artisan bread, organic ciders and the best coffee in town. Arrive early to avoid the rush at this popular market.
The Old Biscuit Mill Complex | 373-375 Albert Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 448 1438
The Bay Harbour Market
From its seaside perch, this indoor weekend market has put the town of Hout Bay back on the map as it celebrates Cape Town, and South Africa as a whole, as a hub of creativity, culture and cuisine. Though best known for its vibrant energy, the colourful affair has all the trappings of a standard bazaar too: great traditional food, which caters to vegetarians, vegans and the carnivore, and plenty to drink (think raw juice and refreshing craft beer). There’s a dynamic array of traders selling everything from crafts and novelties to artwork, vintage clothing and beautiful jewellery, not to mention vinyl EPs and extraordinary memorabilia. Best of all, the Bay Harbour Market has live music every single weekend, and the groovy tunes really create a remarkable buzz. It’s also worth noting that kids are welcome too, and the market caters to young ones by providing an outdoor, non-smoking play area as well as child-friendly food and drinks. Finally, as the market is predominately indoors and has a massive fireplace, it makes a particularly fantastic winter to-do. The Bay Harbour Market runs from 4pm on Fridays in summer, and 5pm in winter and from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
31 Harbour Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0) 82 570 5997
Hout Bay Lions Craft Market
A popular attraction at Hout Bay's village green, the craft market is set in idyllic mountain ranges. Visit between 10:00 and 16:00 every Sunday for clothing, leatherwork, iron and steel work, South African curios, wire work, basketwork, handmade toiletries, pottery and ceramics, textiles, paintings, puppets, children's toys and much more.
Hout Bay Village Green | Main Road | Hout Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 790 3474
Market at The Palms
Best known for bringing country-style food to city tables every Saturday in Woodstock, the Market at The Palms is the kind of place where you’ll find old-fashioned hospitality and simple, honest homemade food whipped up by passionate, salt-of-the-earth traders. Every week, 40-odd vendors populate the European style Palms Décor and Lifestyle Centre with tables that groan under the weight of spruced up 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. Live music by up-and-coming musicians adds an extra smidge of ambience and the foodie affair’s large indoor area and charming courtyard make it a perfect to-do no matter the weather. Kids are welcome and the market runs from 9am to 2pm every Saturday (underground parking is FREE!).
145 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 462 0394
Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market
Housed in a historic plane hangar in the heart of the old Muizenberg village, the indoor Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market is a down-to-earth neighbourhood affair that offers locals a place to relax and pick up delicious produce and pretty trinkets at the start of the weekend. The weekly market – it runs every Friday night between 4pm and 10pm – 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. Guests can pick their meal and their poison – there’s a permanent bar offering craft beer and wine in one corner – and take a seat at one of the long, central trestle tables. While adults chit-chat the evening away, little ones are kept entertained in the designated kids’ corner that comes complete with slides, climbing frames and more. Needless to say, it’s a great night out for the whole family.
39 Albertyn Road | Muizenberg | Cape Town | +27 (0) 82 331 2471
You'll find arts and crafts, hand painted fabrics, wood carvings, glassware, clothing, curios and much more at one of Cape Town's oldest markets. Visit between 09:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Friday and between 09:00 and 15:00 every Saturday to meet vibrant market sellers.
Corner of Longmarket and Shortmarket Streets | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 426 1052
Milnerton Flea Market
Not sure what you're after? Visit the second-hand flea market that has almost everything and the kitchen sink, open between 07:00 and 16:00 every Saturday and Sunday offering irons and biltong to t-shirts, car parts, computers, Tupperware, telephones, exercise machines and much more.
Otto du Plessis Drive | Paarden Island | Cape Town
Church Street Antique Market
Visit Church Street's charming and cheerful market between 09:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Saturday for vintage clothes, antique costume jewellery, accessories, handmade curios and tarot card readers. Arrive early on a Saturday as they pack up early and check out the indoor version on rainy days.
Corner of Long and Wale Streets | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 438 8566
Millstone Eco-friendly Farm Stall & Cafe
For a market with a homely feel, head to one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets between 09:00 and 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. Enjoy lazy breakfasts or lunches, vegetables from a horse and cart or stock up on homemade preserves and jams.
Oude Molen Eco Village | Alexandra Street | Pinelands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 8226
The newest kid on the block (opened at the start of 2017) this absolute gem of a market boasts gourmet cheese sandwiches (check out Raclette for these gooey gems of goodness), scrumptious South African cuisine, affordable fashion, proudly South African produce and possibly the best ice cream ever Baskin and Robins; you absolutely have to try the waffle bowl - yes, a bowl of ice cream made from waffle. What's better yet, this market is open seven days a week from 7am to 9pm.
34 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town
The Woodmill Market
The Woodmill Market takes place in the heart of Stellenbosch and is open every Friday evening from 5:30pm to 10pm. Entry is free and the live music and an eclectic mix of products and produce makes for an enjoyable and unique outing with friends and family. Expect to see artisans selling top-end products; food stalls and boutique wineries. There is also a designated kiddies area and ample parking available.
Vredenburg Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)82 828 3944
Shop local and support a good cause at the TEARS Christmas Market.
Fridays for the whole family at The Fort Food Truck Market.
Read more about markets in Cape Town and surrounds in our overviews of Top markets in the City Bowl, Top markets in the southern suburbs, Top markets in the northern suburbs, Top markets in Cape Town's surrounds and Top markets in the Cape Winelands.
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