Explore the vibrant culinary tapestry of the Cape through its bustling food markets. Nestled against the backdrop of stunning landscapes, these markets offer a fun and sensory journey through South Africa’s diverse flavours.
Time Out Market Cape Town (V&A Waterfront)
Africa’s first Time Out Market – Time Out Market Cape Town – recently opened at The Old Power Station, Dock Road at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on November 17. Spanning nearly 2 800 sq ft of space spread over two levels, the Time Out Market Cape Town (that replaces the popular V&A Food Market) features 13 homegrown culinary concepts by some of the country’s most well-loved chefs, as well as a slew of bars offering craft beer, local wines and eclectic cocktails and mocktails. The market trades from Sunday to Wednesday from 11am to 10pm and from Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm. Some of the exciting food pop-ups to check out include Sushiya or ‘Sushi Shop’ by FYN’s Peter Tempelhoff and chef Shin Takagi of two-star Michelin restaurant Zenia in Kanazawa, Japan, De Vrije Burger by Bertus Basson, Kapoochka by chef Hitesh Panchal, YARD by Dog’s Bollocks and Pizza Warehouse, The Melting Pot Seafood by chef John van Zyl of The Melting Pot at Elgin, MLILO by chef Vusi Ndlovu of Boma on Bree, as well as pop-ups by How Bao Now, Unframed Ice Cream and Barakat. Apart from the gourmet experiences, the market also features live entertainment including jazz evenings, comedy nights, and DJ sessions.
Glencairn Family Food & Artisan Market (Phoenix Lodge, Glencairn)
Held from 9am to 3pm on the last Sunday of every month at the Phoenix Hall in Glencairn, the Phoenix Family Market is popular for its wide variety of food stalls, beer garden, local crafts, artisanal gifts, live music and kids’ entertainment. The same organisers will be launching the brand-new Glencairn Family Food & Artisan Market on Sunday, December 3 with their Christmas edition to be held at Phoenix Lodge in Glencairn from 10am to 4pm. Patrons can look forward to 100 traders selling a host of items from clothing and baked goods to handmade items, gifts, plants, woodwork and more, plus exciting food trucks, a beer garden with tables and chairs, live music and a kids’ zone.
Brickfields Market (Stellenbosch)
Located at Devonbosch Estate in Stellenbosch, the Brickfields Market that launched in October this year takes place weekly on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. The Friday food market is open from 4pm to 10pm, the Saturday Food & Craft Market is open from 10am to 9pm, and the Sunday Food & Craft Market is open from 10am to 5pm. On public holidays, the market is open from 10am to 5pm. Featuring a wide variety of food stalls in an indoor food market, as well as an outdoor craft market where local handicrafts and artisanal goods are available for purchase, the pet-friendly Brickfields Market also features kids’ entertainment and live music performances.
Hout Bay Village Market (Mainstream Park)
Replacing the Lion’s Club Craft Market, Hout Bay Village Market in Mainstream Park, opposite Mainstream Mall, opened in September this year and is held every Sunday from 9am to 4pm during spring, summer and autumn. With food trucks, food stalls and a large number of local artisans selling clothing, handmade items, gifts and more, this market is an ideal way to wind up the weekend, with picturesque views adding to the market’s charm. Dogs on a leash are also welcome.
Melkbos Market (Melkbosstrand)
Launched on October 1 and held on the first weekend of every month between 9am and 5pm, the Melkbos Market is an indoor food market located at Merchant Walk, Duynefontein. The market is known for its wide array of food products, ranging from fresh organic foods to delicious treats, beverages on tap, as well as fresh flowers, art and craft items, clothing, handmade jewellery and gifts. Additionally, visitors to the market can enjoy live music, while children can entertain themselves at the pool area.
My Cape Town Market (Melina Street, Ridgeworth)
After its successful launch in May this year, My Cape Town Market will return on December 9 and 10 and will be held at Melina Street, Ridgeworth from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Organised by the City’s Economic Growth Directorate, the market was established as a means to spur on local creativity and entrepreneurship, and is held at regular intervals in different parts of the city. The market owes its popularity to its local vendors manning enticing food stalls and food trucks, and selling trendy clothes, crafts, artisanal goods, flowers, homeware and more. The upcoming market will also feature live entertainment by emerging artists and buskers, a dog adoption stall, as well as a children’s play area – thus offering a fun and relaxing day out for the entire family. The second My Cape Town Market in December is scheduled to be held from December 16 to 20 at the Company Gardens.
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