Guide to the best Markets in Cape Town: Explore, Taste and Shop Til You Drop
There’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning than at your local market. Whether it’s perfunctory and you’re doing grocery shopping or it’s for a casual stroll to browse what locals are making, it’s always fun. A lot of really great markets have popped up recently and in case you’re finding it hard to keep up, here are the best markets in Cape Town.
Markets in Cape Town & Surroundings
BAY HARBOUR MARKET
The Bay Harbour Market is a great place for the whole family on a Saturday morning. Well laid out in a repurposed fish factory, the weekly market offers more than 100 stalls that vary from food to quirky crafts and clothes. (Check out our Hout Bay restaurant recommendations.)
Location: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Hours: Fri 17h00-21h00, Sat-Sun, 09h30-16h00
BLUE BIRD GARAGE MARKET
Set up in an old aeroplane hangar, the Blue Bird seems to attract the perfect mix of young, cool kids and families. You can expect to find all the usual market suspects there, but we always make a beeline for Yoffi’s Falafels.
Location: 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg
Hours: Fri: 16h00-22h00
Contact: 084 405 3544
CAPE POINT VINEYARDS COMMUNITY MARKET
This weekly market takes place at the picturesque Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant and Function Venue and easily has the best view of any market in Cape Town. There are so many delicious things on offer such as Kitchen Cowboys and the Lamb Man. There are loads of vegan vendors too, like Sunshine Food’s Vegan burgers and Something Simple’s Vegan Sushi.
Location: Cape Point Vineyards; Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
Hours: Thur: 16h30-20h30
Contact: 021 789 0900
CITY BOWL MARKET
Primarily a food market that features some of the most exciting nibbles around, the City Bowl Market has also added a clothes market on the last Thursday of every month. The City Bowl Market is a great way to get into that weekend mood.
Location: 14 Hope Street, Gardens
Hours: Thur: 16h30-20h30
Contact: 083 676 6104
EARTH FAIR FOOD MARKET
As the name suggests, this market aims to make as little an impact on the environment as possible. All the packaging used is recyclable and the waste levels of the vendors are monitored. The food on offer, though, is always hearty and exciting and exceedingly good value for money. There is a market held twice a week in Tokai (at the South Palms Centre) and once a week at St George’s Mall.
Location: Tokai: 333 Main Rd, Cape Town | Town: 136 St Georges Mall
Hours: Tokai: Wed: 15h00-20h30. Sat: 09h00–14h00. Town: Thur: 11h00–15h00.
MARKET AT THE PALMS
If you’re looking for all the best local South African food in Cape Town, then the Market at The Palms is where you need to be. Gourmet food, craft beers, wine and crafts. Don’t miss the wide range of traditional goods like samoosas, boboties and spring rolls.
Location: 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Hours: Sat: 09h00–14h00
Contact: 021 462 0394
Easily one of the coolest openings this year, the Mojo Market will have you spoilt for choice. It seems like anyone who’s anyone has a stall here, including Beet Box, Hokey Poké, IYO Burgers, The Mussel Monger and Raclette Grilled Cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches.
Location: 30 Regent Road, Sea Point
Hours: Mon–Sun: 09h00–22h00
Contact: 087 940 7474
THE NEIGHBOURGOODS MARKET
The iconic Neighbourgoods needs no introduction and is one of the most well-known and loved markets in Cape Town. Set up in The Old Biscuit Mill, this market was probably the one that made markets cool in Cape Town. There’s a dedicated food hall as well as an area for local designers to sell clothes and art. It’s still one of the best, really.
Location: Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock
Hours: Sat: 09h00–15h00
Contact: 021 448 1438
THE ORANJEZICHT CITY FARM
The OZCF is certainly not a new market by any measure, having been started at the original Oranjezicht farm. It’s only ever grown in popularity and after a brief period in Helen Zille’s garden, it’s found a permanent home in Granger Bay. You can pick up organic veggies, delicious food and bread but most importantly, Hog House’s pasteis de nata. Definitely one of our favourite markets in Cape Town. (Photo courtesy of Claire Gunn Photography)
Location: Granger Bay Boulevard, V & A Waterfront
Hours: Sat: 09h00–14h00
Contact: 083 628 3426
VINEYARD WEDNESDAY NIGHT MARKET
Location: Rosmead Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town
Hours: Wed 16h00–20h30
Contact: 062 084 1152
Country and Winelands Markets in Cape Town
While not technically markets in Cape Town, these are still worthy additions. If you’re up for a drive out to the Winelands try any one of these awesome markets.
Location: R44, Strand Road, Stellenbosch
Hours: Sun: 10h00–16h00
Contact: 084 608 6325
Held in an 18th-century heritage building in the centre of Stellenbosch’s cultural district, De Warenmarkt features a diverse range of merchants. You can expect a range of homemade cured meats, cheeses, baked goods, craft beer, coffee and fresh produce.
Location: 20 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon-Sat: 08h00-21h30. Sun: 09h00-15h00
Contact: 021 883-2274
FRANSCHHOEK VILLAGE MARKET
The Franschhoek Village market is held every Saturday and features local producers from the Winelands region. If you’re spending the weekend in Franschhoek, make sure you pop past here to pick up some breakfast while you peruse.
Location: 29 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Sat: 10h00-15h00
Contact: 082 786 7927
If you’re taking a drive and Darling is the destination, then The Groote Post market is where you should stop off. A celebration of all things Darling means you’ll find great small producers with delicious food, great beer and wine.
Location: Darling Hills Road, Darling
Hours: Last Sunday of the month (only in summer): 10h00-15h00
Contact: 076 834 8085
Seemingly, there’s nothing that Lourensford can’t do and visiting the farm is always a great way to spend a day. Everything on offer at The Lourensford market is top notch, they’re dog-friendly and they make some of the best coffee around. (Photo courtesy of Aldus Smith Photography)
Location: Lourensford Road, Somerset West
Hours: Fri: 17h00-21h00, Sun: 10h00-15h00
Contact: 072 284 1654
Housed under sturdy marquees and surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and trees, the Root 44 market offers a wide selection of edible and drinkable treats. There’s also always live entertainment, craft and homeware stalls perfect for leisurely browsing.
Location: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
Hours: Saturday-Sunday: 10h00-18h00
Contact: 021 881 3052
The Slow Market features over 100 producers, growers, makers and artisans, all housed under large bedouin tents. The focus of this market is that everything sold was either raised, harvested or created by the producers themselves. Enjoy live music at the Christmas Fairs to be held on Friday 15th (17h00-20h00) and Saturday (09h00-14h00) 16th December.
Location: Oude Libertas, Oude Libertas Road, Stellenbosch
Hours: Sat: 09h00-14h00
Contact: 021 886 8514