10 of the Best Markets to Visit in Cape Town

Summer is in full swing and December holidays are just around the corner. Make the most of the longer, warmer days by enjoying the best of Cape Town’s bounty at 10 of our favourite markets in the Mother City and surrounds. Whether you’re into organic produce, artisan goods, crafts, live entertainment, vintage threads, bric-a-brac, designer fashion, art or gourmet food, this list has it all – and all the good vibes to go with it.

Neighbourgoods Market:

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Nearing its 10th year of operation, the much-loved Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill boasts a variety of over a 100 traders specialising in everything from wine, fresh meats and organic produce to all sorts of wearables and handmade items for your home. A few of our faves include jewellery by WAIF, delicious Fresch Bowls and Chapel bags. Situated in a sky lit brick warehouse, Neighbourgoods is the perfect place to hang out on Saturday’s while munching on good food and doing a bit of spoil-yourself shopping.

Where: Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock.

When: Every Saturday, 09h00-14h00.

The #GoodNightMarket at the Watershed:

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Since its launch in September 2014, the Good Night Market has brought market fun to “Africa’s home for art and craft design”, aka the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront. The market extends the Watershed’s culture of showcasing the best in creativity through live music, exhibitions, unique traders, interactive experiences (like Heath Nash’s singing bottle machines) and food trucks.

Where: The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront.

When: Every last Wednesday of the month, 18h00-21h00.

ERF 81 Food Market

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Hosted by the non profit urban agriculture organisation Tyisa Nabanye, ERF 81 is an affordable organic food market notorious for its local produce and handmade goods. It’s a great place to do a spot of grocery shopping, or to enjoy some freshly pressed juice or home-baked treats at your leisure with friends or family.

Where: Corner of Military and Leeuwenvoet Roads, Tamboerskloof.

When: Every Sunday, 10h00-14h00.

Bay Harbour Market: 

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Photo: Claire Gunn

Where once stood a deserted fish factory on the edge of the infamous Hangberg mountain now lies one of the most loved markets in Cape Town, the Bay Harbour Market. The weekly market is the perfect combination of harbour history, music, good food and all-round family entertainment which kicks off on Friday and carries on throughout the weekend and into Sunday evening.

Where: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay.

When: Every Friday, 17h00-21h00, Saturday and Sunday 09h30-16h00.

Oranjezicht City Farm Organic Market: 

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Catering for vegans and vegetarians, the OZCF Market is flourishing with fresh, healthy produce from independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. Here you’ll find things like fruits and veggies, honey, free-range eggs and breads as well as a selection of delicious cooked and raw foods. They’ve also got everything you need to start your own garden at home: seedlings, compost, gardening supplies and equipment.

Where: Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront.

When: Every Saturday 09h00-14h00.

Citrusdal Farmers’ Market:

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Nestled between the Sandveldhuisie and the Citrusdal Museum, the Citrusdal Farmers’ Market is a 100% local produce community market. Stock up your pantry with homemade baked treats and preserves, and take a trip back in time with vintage clothes and collectables.

Where: Main Road, Citrusdal, Cederberg.

When: Every first Saturday of the month, 09h00-14h00.

Milnerton Flea Market:

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Photo: Skinny laMinx

The long-time subject of photographer David Southwood, the Milnerton Flea Market is an outdoor weekend affair that gained its fame from the endless variety of used items from humble domestic tools and utensils to bric-a-brac, collectables, militaria and antiques. Set against a scenic coastal backdrop, the market also offers tasty meals and sweet confectionaries.

Where: Marine Drive (R27) and Milner Road Intersection, Metro Industrial Township.

When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 8h00.

Root 44 Market:

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Situated on the Audacia wine farm in Stellenbosch, Root 44 is a melting pot of delicious food and drinks, good people and live entertainment. With traders selling everything from leather goods to antiques, homeware and wines, it’s the ideal way to spend your weekend, come rain or shine.

Where: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 7600.

When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10h00-16h00.

The Spier Werf Market:

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Hosted under ancient oaks on Spier’s newly-restored historic farmyard each Saturday, this weekly farmers’ market makes living better a breeze. Since it’s launch in October, the Spier Werf Market has offered the best in ethical produce from organic veggies and grass-fed beef to truly free-range eggs. If you’re in the mood for a snack while you browse, there’s a selection of artisanal cheese and freshly baked pastries on offer, paired with a glass of Spier wine (of course) or a locally crafted gin cocktail.

Where: R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch.

When: Every Saturday, 9h00-14h00.

City Bowl Market on Hope:

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The City Bowl Market on Hope is perfect for an after work destination or a weekend kick-starter. The twice-weekly food market has 30 plus traders gathering in a beautiful, historic building to cook up a storm. One Thursday a month they host a fashion market with clothing by Sakura, accessories by MIA and more.

Where: 14 Hope Street, Gardens.

When: Every Thursday and Friday 16h30-20h30.

Stay tuned for a list of Joburg markets.

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