The Best Of Cape Town’s Buzzing Market Scene

11 Nov 2019

Cape Town’s colourful and vibrant Farmer’s Markets are a feast for the senses, offering gourmet delights, fresh flowers, local handmade crafts and everything artisanal. You’ll discover the very best of the Mother City’s natural bounty from organic produce to oysters and champagne - or perhaps you’d prefer a craft beer with some ‘braaied’ goods? Experience the fairest Cape’s bourgeoning “craft” culture by taking a day to explore its best markets.



1. Neighbourgoods Market


It was the original Neighbourgoods Market that spawned the Cape’s trendy market scene and continues to be a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. Situated at the iconic old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock this trendy location attracts a stylish crowd and is open from 9am to 3pm every Saturday, rain or shine. Make sure you get there early; you could easily spend an entire day enjoying this award-winning market. It’s not just talented local musicians and DJ’s who take to the stage to entertain with live music, local chefs dazzle visitors with the theatre of food as they whip up culinary treats to adoring crowds. Neighbourgoods provides a platform for local farmers and over 100 speciality traders showcasing everything from fresh produce to fashion, jewellery, trinkets and home décor.

Saturdays, 9am - 3pm

2. The OZCF Market (Oranjezicht City Farm Market)


Foodies in the know will tell you the best way to enjoy South Africa on a plate is to hit Cape Town’s bustling Farmer’s Markets. The OZCF is a charming community-style Farmer’s Market with a friendly and welcoming vibe. The market is conveniently located at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront and proudly caters for vegans, vegetarians, raw foodies, and customers who require wheat, gluten, sugar and dairy-free alternatives. Held every Saturday (and on Sundays during summer) you can pop in and stock up on organic fruit and veg, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, meats, cheeses and goodies like honey and muesli. Their lovely selection of plants, flowers and gardening products make browsing a pleasure and whether it is over a hearty breakfast or a light lunch make sure you have time to savour a good cup of coffee or a smoothie while soaking up the stunning ocean vistas.

Saturdays: 9am - 2pm, Sundays (Summer): 9am - 3pm

3. The Mojo Market


The Cape’s emerging world of craft markets, fashion, coffee, craft beer, and gin all come together at this exciting 7-day-a-week food and lifestyle market. Dubbed the “Heart of Sea Point” finding your mojo has never been easier. The energy here is spectacular with live music, sport screenings, four bars and 30 food stalls spanning the gastronomic globe – offering everything from tacos to Dutch krokettes. The open dining area boasts floor-to-ceiling sea views and is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner while the Mojo bar, located in the centre of the market, is a good place to chill out and enjoy a selection of craft beers on-tap or a variety of gins and whiskeys. Mojo is also home to local and international traders specialising in upscale artisanal fashion, jewellery and homeware brands. From Holy Macaroni, Cape Town’s only Mac N Cheese joint to Manga Sushi’s eclectic mix of Asian & Eastern/Pacific cuisine there is something here to tantalise every palate.

Food Stalls open Mondays to Thursdays, 11am - 10pm, Friday to Sundays, 10am - 10pm

Retailers open Mondays - Sundays, 11 am - 6 pm

4. Bay Harbour Market

Find your happy place at the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay, a utopia of exquisite art, craft, jewellery, fashion and décor set in an authentic fish factory of a bygone era - in a working harbour overlooked by the legendary Chapman’s Peak. The distinctive diversity of the South African spirit, creativity and culture is captured in the hustle and bustle of this boisterous market where the hospitality is as warm as the African sun and the ambience is both vibrant and entertaining. You’ll be tempted by the melting pot of delicious aromas such as artisanal coffee, ‘braaied’ goods, freshly baked breads, spicy seafood and citrus fruits as you browse to the strains of a township guitarist or a groovy sax in the background. This market is a true celebration of culture and offers a uniquely South African experience.

Friday 5 - 9pm, Saturday/Sunday 9.30am - 4pm

5. The Root 44 Market

Root 44 Market is situated in the picturesque vineyards of Stellenbosch where you can enjoy a slow and leisurely amble through elegant marquees teeming with stalls offering superb olive oils, spreads, home baked breads, cured and smoked charcuterie products and a selection of fresh, organic fresh produce. You will be spoilt for choice at Root 44 especially if you are looking for beautiful crafts, clothing, leather goods, antiques and homeware. Live music is a treat as you peruse the many delightful offerings and this market is a good choice for family outings with a natural wood play park the little ones will be occupied for hours leaving you with enough time to relax and enjoy a glass of bubbles with a side of fresh oysters.

Saturdays & Sundays, 9 am - late


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I just wanted to drop you an e mail to say a very big thank you for organising such a wonderful trip for Matthew and I. It truly was the holiday of a lifetime, and I do not say that in a causal way.

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