Cape Town Summer Market

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Cape Town Summer Market

Get your retail therapy fix at this inner-city Christmas night bazaar in the Company’s Garden!

These days, markets in the Mother City are a dime a dozen, but few of the new and even established souks can compete with the iconic and historical setting of the Cape Town Summer Market. Based in the scenic Company’s Garden, this annual bazaar is the perfect place to finish up your last-minute Christmas shopping; the market will run every evening (with the exception of Christmas Day) from Saturday, 20 to Tuesday, 30 December 2014.

“This market is about celebrating our rich heritage and the cultural diversity that makes Cape Town unique and strong. It forms part of this administration’s efforts to create spaces in our city in which communities from around Cape Town as well as our many international and South African visitors can experience the wealth of creativity in the city,” said City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development Councillor Garreth Bloor.

Formerly known as the Adderley Street Night Market, this city centre fair allows friends, families and foreign visitors to browse through bits and baubles on sale from more than 200 vendors, whose stalls are once again set to stretch the length of Government Avenue all the way up onto the lawns of the Iziko National Art Gallery.

Whether it’s for a leisurely stroll or a quick after-work excursion for a look-see, shoppers are bound to have a good time just being in the gorgeous green setting with the festive cheer humming in the air. There will also be live performances scheduled throughout the 10-day run: think karaoke, stand-up comedy and mini concerts.

The Cape Town Summer Market is also a great opportunity to soak in the summer sunshine with a picnic in the pristine Company’s Garden or sample the fare at the iconic green’s latest restaurant (the restaurant closes at 6pm).    


  • More than 200 stalls selling crafts, home and decor accessories, Christmas goods, clothing and fresh produce, deli products as well as health and beauty bits and bobs. Preference has been given to locally produced goods
  • Live entertainment, which includes karaoke, stand-up comedy and popular and up-and-coming local performers

The Cape Town Summer Market is open at 4pm every day from Saturday, 20 to Tuesday, 30 December 2014 (excluding Thursday, 25 December) and closes at 11pm. Entry is absolutely free!


Wondering where to celebrate the season in the Mother City? Check out these options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day events in Cape Town. Have a squiz at our guide to annual December events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.

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