Markets have existed for thousands of years since humans first engaged in trade. They persist to this day as vital places of economic activity and, as Cape Town’s selection of crafts and farmer’s markets have proved, the perfect venues for weekend entertainment and indulgence! Whether you’re in it for the food, the beer, the wine, or all the goodies and crafts on offer, our markets have it all…
Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay
From Friday to Sunday every weekend, the refurbished fish factory in the old part of Hout Bay’s historic harbour comes to life with hundreds of craft stalls and an incredible selection of food and beverage vendors. From local art and beautiful clothing to quirky trinkets, craft beer, and delicious, freshly made food, the Hout Bay market, which is perched so close to the water’s edge you can smell the sea air, is a firm favourite of Capetonians.
When: Friday, 17h00 – 21h00, Saturday & Sunday, 09h30 – 16h00
Good Company Sunday Market, Company’s Garden, CBD
Based at Company’s Garden in Town, on a Sunday, you’ll find this gem of a market bursting with loads to offer. The Good Company Sunday Market focuses on good homemade, artisanal fare, arts & crafts, and it doesn’t stop there. Gather your friends and family together, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy. Park off under the oak trees and enjoy the food, beer, wine, craft gin, live entertainment, yoga, picnics, pony rides, and more… you simply don’t want to miss it.
When: Sunday, 10h00 – 15h00
Newlands Spring Market
Having just opened in October 2017 at The Oval in Newlands, the Newlands Spring Market is the most recent addition to the Cape Town family. This periodic market is a vibrant ode to gastronomy with several of the city’s most beloved restaurants, food trucks, and vendors showcasing their fare, including delicious eats from Tessa’s Bakery, Scheckter’s RAW Gourmet (vegan), Culture Club Cheese, Tailgate Foods, IYO, The Poké Co., and the Woodstock Bakery. The full line up of craft beers from Newlands Spring Brewing Co. is well represented at the market; there’s also a wine bar, a selection of spring cocktails, and a spirits menu featuring Mount Gay Rum, Botanist Gin, and Cointreau.
When: The next market will be on December 17th from 09h00 to 15h00. Organisers are hoping to turn it into a monthly event.
The Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Granger Bay
Right next door to the V&A Waterfront, this Saturday market is the perfect place for retail and food therapy! Every weekend, the Oranjezicht Market puts out fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, some grown at the Oranjezicht City Farm, a non-profit community farm, and others from small local farmers. There’s also fresh bread, ethically sourced meats, and organic dairy products on offer, so you can go home with your weekly groceries knowing that your choices have served the community and the environment. Sit and enjoy the soft hum of a very excited and connected community whilst enjoying a plate of delicious food from the (cooked and raw) food stalls. Dogs are allowed on leash (bonus!).
When: Saturday, 08h30 – 14h00
Greenmarket Square, CBD
Located in the heart of Cape Town’s historic district with its charming cobbled streets, Greenmarket Square is one of the city’s oldest markets. Here, between Short and Longmarket Street, vendors set up stalls selling African trinkets, curios, ornaments, and arts every day, making Greenmarket Square a key attraction for visitors to the Cape and to the country. These streets are also packed with trendy restaurants, the design and décor of which have embraced the atmosphere and historic air of this part of the city, rather than sought to keep it at arm’s length.
When: Monday to Saturday, 09h00 to 17h00
The Watershed, V&A Waterfront
For those who like to do a little upmarket shopping at craft markets, there’s The Watershed at the famous V&A Waterfront. Located in a refurbished warehouse, this trendy arts and craft market, open every day from 10h00 to 19h00, is home to more than 150 shops selling everything from ceramics, textiles, clothing, and jewellery to furniture, fashion, ornaments, and arts. Once you’ve had your hit of retail therapy, you can wander on over to the V&A Food Market (located in the historical Pumphouse building off Nobel Square) for some delicious food and craft beer or cocktails.
When: Everyday, 10h00 – 19h00, although the Food Market closes at 18h00.
Root 44 Market at Audacia Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
The Root 44 Market in Stellenbosch has become an enormously popular weekend activity for Capetonians so get there early for parking and a spot at an outdoor table or on their lawns! Located at Audacia wine farm on Route 44 (hence the name, although it’s been tweaked to “Root” 44), this market offers a smorgasbord of beautiful food options, wine, craft beer, arts and crafts, and live music. After ordering a plate of food from one of the many food stalls, grab a bottle of Audacia wine, and position yourself in front of the stage to spend the afternoon eating, drinking, relaxing, and soaking up the fun, vibrant atmosphere. There’s also a jungle gym for the kids to play on.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10h00 – 16h00
The Neighbourgoods Market, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock
If you’re looking for a place to take an out-of-town visitor and impress them with the best that Cape Town has got to offer, the Neighbourgoods Market has got to be your destination. This trendy and vibrant Saturday market offers a delightful array of international food and beverage options. So, grab a beer, a healthy smoothie, or artisanal coffee and peruse the Old Biscuit Mill’s collection of art, crafts, and clothing, accessory, and fashion boutique stalls.
When: Saturday, 09h00 – 15h00
Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West
The stunning and scenic Lourensford Wine Estate – in the Helderberg Basin – is the perfect venue for a craft and food market. And so, the estate hosts two every week! The Friday night Twilight Market and the Sunday market feature more than 70 permanent stalls, as well as a handsome selection of pop-ups. There’s also live music, the estate’s beautiful repertoire of wines, and even a Doggie Bar for the family pooch.
When: Friday (17h00 – 21h00) and Sunday (10h00 – 15h00)
Noordhoek Community Market
The Noordhoek Community Market sees the aggregation of some of Cape Town’s favourite food vendors and trucks in a location (Cape Point Vineyards) with spectacular views over the vineyards and the ocean beyond. Accompanying the fine fare is a great selection of craft beers and local wines. Unfortunately, pets and motorbikes are not allowed.
When: In summer, every Thursday evening (16h30 – 20h30) and in winter, on Sundays (12h00 – 15h00)
Mojo Market in Sea Point
Having only opened in April 2017, the industrial chic Mojo Market has already managed to create waves in the Cape Town food scene. This urban street market, located on Regent Road in Sea Point, is open daily from 10h00 to 22h00 and features more than 80 food, clothing, and homeware stalls.
When: Daily (10h00 to 22h00)
Earth Fair Food Market, Tokai & CBD
The Earth Fair Food Market is hosted in Tokai (333 Main Road) every Saturday and Wednesday and in St. George’s Mall every Thursday. At this environmentally conscious market, you will find an astonishing variety of freshly grown local produce and proteins that are free range and ethically farmed.
When: Tokai venue: every Saturday (09h00 – 14h00) and Wednesday (15h00 – 20h30). St. Georges Mall venue: every Thursday (11h00 – 15h00)
The Slow Food Market, Durbanville & Stellenbosch
The Slow Food Market is all about delivering high calibre food and wine; essentially, the antithesis of fast food. Here, you will find wholesome food that is created from fresh, quality ingredients and that has likely been in the oven or on the coals for hours prior to your arrival! This gorgeous food market, which is hosted under rainproof Bedouin tents at two different venues (Willowbridge Mall and Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch), features more than 100 producers and artisans.
When: Every Saturday (09h00 – 14h00) at Willowbridge Mall in Durbanville and Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch.
The Franschhoek Saturday Market
The Franschhoek Village Market is a delightful Saturday market where you can peruse the crafts and creations of local artists and designers before indulging in some seriously good food and wine. You can even pick up the week’s fresh groceries! Located in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, this market is a truly enchanting way to spend a Saturday.
When: Every Saturday (09h00 – 15h00), weather permitting
The Saturday Market at Vergenoegd Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Vergenoegd has a charming reputation for its 1000-strong flock of Indian runner ducks, which are put to work every day in the vineyards, eating snails and other unwanted pests. Now, every Saturday, the wine estate throws its very own market, starting off with the 08h00 Family Breakfast Run (or walk) and the 10h00 Duck Parade, followed by a vast offering of food, arts, crafts, and the estate’s delicious wine.
When: Saturdays (09h00 – 15h00)
Groote Post Country Market, Darling
On the last Sunday of every month, the terrace flanking the Groote Post Cellar transforms into a bustling market where visitors can indulge in beautiful and delicious country offerings, from artisan foods, craft beer, and the estate’s wine to arts, crafts, décor, and homeware products. The rolling, lush lawns are the perfect place to put down a picnic blanket and enjoy the live music. There is also entertainment for kids and dogs are welcome, too.
When: The last Sunday of every month until April (10h00 – 15h00)
Blaauwklippen Family Market, Stellenbosch
Every Sunday, Blaauwklippen wine estate in Stellenbosch invites you to bring the whole family (pets included) to their delightful family market, which is set amongst the vineyards. Relax on the lawns or pick a spot in the shade of the wild fig trees and enjoy their delicious offerings of food and wine, as well as the usual assortment of arts, crafts, jewellery, fashion, and lifestyle products.
When: Every Sunday (10h00 – 15h00)
The Vineyard Oval at Maynardville Park, Wynberg
On most Wednesdays throughout the month, Maynardville Park becomes the domain of Cape Town’s favourite gourmet food trucks, vendors, and fresh produce traders. Located in the heart of the Southern Suburbs, the Vineyard Oval market also offers a grand assortment of arts and crafts and, thankfully, there is plenty of parking available.
When: Most Wednesdays (16h00 – 21h00). Email email@example.com to confirm dates
The Range Food Market, Tokai
Slap bang in the middle of Tokai suburbia (on Orpen Road), you’ll find a chilled food market at The Range every Friday evening. On offer here is a wonderful selection of cuisines from countries all over the world, including Greek, Italian, Mexican, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, and, of course, local. There’s also wine, beer on tap, a children’s play area, arts and crafts, fashion products, and secure parking.
When: Every Friday evening (16h30 – 21h30)
The Palms Market, Woodstock
The Palms Saturday morning market is located in the beautiful Atrium at 145 Sir Lowry Road in Woodstock and prides itself of being a lifestyle market, where visitors can indulge in gourmet food, fine wine, and craft beers, as well as peruse the offerings of crafts, arts, and décor. Underground parking is available.
When: Every Saturday (09h00 – 14h30)
Windmeul Farmers’ Market, Paarl
The theme at Windmeul Farmers’ Market is organic produce straight from the farms so you can expect a fantastic assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat products, baked bread and cakes, droëwors and biltong, cheeses, free-range eggs, olives and olive oil, jams and preserves, and wine.
When: The first Saturday of every month (08h00 – 12h30)