This is primarily a craft market but there are food stalls that provide for instant gratification in the form of pancakes, bunny chow or huge hunks of bread topped with avo and feta. Stock up on delicious raw honey (allow yourself time to be talked through the tasting profile on each as it changes seasonally), cupcakes, fudge and homemade biscuits. You can find fresh produce, Greek dips, biltong and dry wors, pork pies, free range egg, desserts (think milk tart and malva pudding) and cheeses ranging from cumin gouda to Asiago.
Smart shopper tip: If you’re stockpiling, the info kiosk will process larger credit card payments.
ALL DAY BREAKFAST
Breakfast options at the Essenwood Market are almost endless. Vegetarians can try the courgette and corn fritter with creme fraiche, rocket and roasted cherry tomatoes for R50, or cinnamon and banana hot cakes for R47. You could also enjoy the potato rösti with smoked salmon, créme fraiche and organic poached eggs for R78 or the croissant french toast with lemon curd and streaky bacon for R60.