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From Zip Lining To Mountain Bike Trails Discover More at The Elgin Railway Market

Spot a steam train, zip line or take advantage of the mountain bike trails surrounding the new Elgin Railway Market

The Elgin Railway Market made its grand opening on Youth Day and there was a widespread of fun things to do at this market. The market is located on the  the side of the Elgin train station, where you occasionally spot trains loading up, zipping past or changing tracks.

There is an adventurous element to this market that sets it apart. Activities such as hiking and mountain biking trails as well as zip lining surround the marketplace. If you’ve chosen to get your adrenaline-filled morning workout here, rest assured that there are new shower facilities so adventurists don’t miss a beat of the full market day. At a fee, you will get a towel and shower essentials; and it may be comforting to know that there are no water restrictions in the Elgin area

This old industrial field has evolved into a cultural hub with lots of life and activity. The stalls at the market have a variety of local favourites, from boerekos, Mexican food, low-carb options for the carb-conscious and homemade desserts as well as fresh produce to take home. The stalls offer an array of goodies to indulge in, from ice-cream to the Central Coffee Roastery (in-house coffee roastery), and there is live entertainment every week.

Tip: The market is family- and wheelchair-friendly. You can drop the kids off at the children’s areas where childminders will keep them entertained with various activities including a mini zip line, leaving you free to explore the rest of the market.

Note: The steam trains don’t run by too often, but when they do it is a special occasion that sees everyone light up with excitement. The Ceres Railway Company operates the steam trains with ad hoc trips passing through the market. In the near future, a lever will be available for the public to help change the train tracks, bringing out your inner Iron Man.

The Bill: Breakdown of menu offerings with prices |Breakfast: R30–R60 | Lunch: R80–R120  

Opening Times: Saturday: 9am–10pm Sunday: 9am–6pm

Elgin Railway | Oak Avenue | Grabouw | oscarsinjin@elginrailwaymarket.co.za | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 204 1158

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By: Buhle Lindwa

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Read more about The Ceres Steam Train. Or travel the forgotten Route with this Train Tour to Matjiesfontein. Explore the zip line adventure awaits under an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

We also have a list of markets worth exploring, from the V & A food market, the Bay Harbour market, the Parskuip market in Paarl as well as 12 unexpected markets.

DISCOVER OTHER EXCITING NEW SPOTS IN THE CITY: When it comes to fun things to do for kids, South Africa's first indoor mega play ark for kids of all ages is now open. If you like trying new things, check out this new restaurant Tomo. For an unusual way to get to the Elgin Railway Market have a ride on this steam train.

South Africa's First Indoor Mega Play Park for Kids of All Ages is Now Open. 

Ever Tasted Japanese Braai? Check Out New Restaurant Tomo.

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