One of the things I love about my hometown is the vibrant market experience it has to offer. Cape Town has an array of markets tempting locals and visitors alike, with creative crafts and gifts, delicious homecooked organic meals, funky clothing, jewelry, original toys, artwork and more. These are excellent places to find quirky gifts, or to simply relax and enjoy a hearty meal with a craft beer or glass of wine! Many of these markets hosts live bands that add to the festive atmosphere. Here are my 7 favourite Cape Town markets worth visiting. But be sure to also have a look at the detailed list of markets at Inside Guide, Cape Markets, and Cape Town Magazine as there are so many markets to explore in and around Cape Town.
1. Bay Harbour Market In Hout Bay
Situated indoors, inside a huge warehouse in the quaint fishing village section of Hout Bay. This market is open on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings. There are local fares on sale, such as vintage clothing, jewelry, artwork, crafts and ornaments worth browsing. Plus, the food options are plentiful and scrumptious. The market is a wonderful setting to meet up with friends as there is a bar section and live bands often playing. There is also a kiddies’ area to keep the kids occupied. Seating gets snapped up quickly so go early or be prepared to stand in the bar area!
2. Cape Point Vineyards Market In Noordhoek
Capetonians flock to the Cape Point Vineyards Market in the summertime. It boasts the best sunset views overlooking a vineyard and Noordhoek beach in the distance! This market is open on Thursday evenings. Here you can find a variety of delicious food options, craft beers and wine to savour as the sun sets. This market does not sell craft type goods but is still worth a visit to enjoy the good food and drinks. Have a look at the weather forecast before you head across though as the market is mostly outdoors and set up on the mountain slopes. You won’t enjoy lazing on the grass if the wind is pumping.
3. The Range Market In Tokai
The Range market is situated in beautiful green Tokai Forest off Orpen Road and takes place on Friday evenings. There is a huge marquee and also an outside section of trestle tables and hay bales, making this market suitable to visit in summer or winter time. The market also has an outdoor section of jumping castles and crafts such as playdough to entertain the kids. There is a wide variety of food on sale from Italian, Thai and Chinese to biltong and delectable sweet cupcakes. Plus, beers and wines are available from the local nearby vineyards to enjoy. Live music also entertains visitors at this market.
4. Root 44 Market in Stellenbosch
Root 44 market is a large and very popular market. It is worth spending plenty of time here to enjoy browsing through the vast number of stalls. Everything is on offer in this market. From foods and drinks to crafts, clothing, toys, furniture and authentic gifts. There is ample seating in the outdoor areas, with a stage set up where live acts perform. Plus, there is a jungle gym and sandpit play area for the kiddies. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays during the day.
5. Kirstenbosch Market
This market takes place on the last Sunday of each month and is situated across the road from Kirstenbosch at the stone cottages. You will find clothing, unique crafts, homeware goods such as placemats and wooden bowls, kids toys, plants, paintings, crystals, wind chimes, jewelry, candles and t-shirts for example. There is a good selection of foods to enjoy along with coffees and cakes and a bar area selling beer and wine. Entertainment is also available for kids.
6. Mojo Market In Sea Point
The Mojo Market is open every day from 7 am to 9 pm and is a stone’s throw away from the popular Promenade in Sea Point. This is a fairly new market on the Cape Town market scene and is growing with popularity. It has a central bar area around which gourmet food stalls and stores are spread out. Vendors sell homeware goods, fashionable clothing, jewelry and accessories here. The market is also known for its artisanal first class coffee.
7. Earth Fair Food Market In Tokai
If you want to shop for fresh produce and organic foods then this Cape Town market is for you. It happens in the South Palms warehouse next to Builders Warehouse on the Main Road in Tokai. The market takes place on Wednesdays from early afternoon till 8.30pm. The market provides fresh free-range foods, cheeses, meats and organic produce. It is also vibey and a great place to enjoy dinner and craft beers.
These are my 7 favourite Cape Town markets definitely worth a visit, but remember there are plenty of other Cape Town markets worth exploring too! So take your time and enjoy your market experience!