From vibey night markets to vegan-friendly finds, here is your guide to some of the best foodie markets in the Capital.
Open: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm
This vibey market is still going strong and gaining new fans rapidly. They cover every aspect of entertainment and often host interesting events, candy treasure hunts for kids, an 800m bike track for kids and more. On the food side you can indulge your love of crispy calamari, excellent sandwiches and croquettes along with local delicacies like jaffels. Take home some of the excellent cheese and meats on offer and don’t forget to browse the craft section, but not before you indulge in a craft beer from Hazeldean brewery. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for night markets, special events and extended hours.
Open: First Sunday of every month, 9am to 1pm
The banting market located in the Botanical Gardens has become a firm favourite in Pretoria. The vendors all go through a strict selection process and only those that adhere to the banting rules are allowed, so you can expect everything to be sugar- and wheat-free as well as organic, where possible. Expect excellent banting waffles and ice cream as well as grass-fed biltong, organic olives, sugar-free cordials and a variety of breads and organic dairy products. Even frozen banting meals are available for busy weeknights. There’s also a Real Meal Revolution coach on hand to answer any and all of your banting questions.
Open: Last Saturday of every month, 11am to 6pm
This is the young, edgy sibling on the Pretoria market scene where the cool kids hang out. The atmosphere is definitely a drawcard for regular attendees. Live music, art exhibitions and delicious food add to the experience. Grab some paella by Toro Loco or fresh fried fish by Go Fish food truck. Entrance is R30 before 1pm and R50 thereafter.
Open: Saturdays, 8am to 2pm
This market, set in a leafy suburb in Pretoria’s old east, is a favourite amongst Pretorians and with good reason. The selection of food available is incredible, with numerous cuisines represented and every stall offering something delectable. From burgers and Greek delicacies to crunchy churros and stuffed-to-the-brim vetkoek. Don’t forget to stop at Belnori for beautiful goat’s cheese and grab a loaf of Bread Gypsy’s (the geniuses behind Lucky Bread Co) artisan wood-fired bread.
Open: Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm and Saturday, 4:30pm to 10pm
The granddaddy of Pretoria markets is still as good today as it was when it opened 20 years ago. Die-hard fans are there when they open at 5.30am every Saturday morning to indulge in huge homemade vetkoek stuffed with savoury mince, proper Boeretroos (coffee), melkkos and kaiings (fried pork fat). The freshest produce at incredible prices, mouth-watering Dutch cheese, samoosas, fresh eggs and fresh meat directly from the farmer are all on offer. You’ll also find the most beautiful king proteas and a range of crafts.
Open: Every second Sunday of the month, 9am to 4pm
Vegans, rejoice: there’s finally a market dedicated to plant-based eating in Pretoria. From vegan cheese to dairy- and egg-free baked goods, this market is brimming with delicious vegan food. There’s also a range of cruelty-free cosmetics and jewellery stalls. Activities include meditation, yoga and games for kids.
Open: Every first Friday of the month, 4pm to late
This relatively new kid on the block is a must-visit. It’s trendy, vibey and super fun, with an incredible assortment of food available. From fantastic Greek food to crisp calamari and Belgian waffles on a stick, there’s something for everyone here. Go with a group of friends and grab a spot under the colourful canopies and string lights. The market runs every first Friday of the month but keep an eye on their Facebook page for date changes.
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