7 Must-Visit Food Markets In Cape Town, South Africa

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Located at the southernmost tip of South Africa, you will find one of the most visited destinations in the world. Cape Town is an award-winning city that attracts people from different parts of the globe. The coastal town is famed for its incredible untouched landscape that features a mountainous background complete with breathtaking ocean views. As you make your way to the countryside of the city, you will find a wine-producing region, making some of the worlds top wines. There is a vibrant cultural diversity in this place and a rich culinary culture. Healthy living is a lifestyle for most Capetonians. The ‘mother city’ is also one of the few places in South Africa to find the best food markets. These markets bring you some of the freshest local produce to internationally sourced goods. These are some of the must-visit food markets in Cape Town, South Africa.

1. Oranjezicht City Farm Market

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Located near one of the most famous waterfronts in South Africa, you will find Oranjezicht City Farm Market. The market sits in Granger Bay and is within a short walking distance to the V&A Waterfront. This community space opens its gates to the public every weekend and mainly serves the people in Oranjezicht and surrounding areas. Local vendors ensure a superb customer experience. Most of the products are sourced, farmed, and produced locally. Oranjezicht City Farm Market is family-friendly with ample space for the kids to run around within a safe distance while you shop. Your furry animals are also welcome here. However, one needs to make sure dogs are kept on a leash and under the owner’s supervision at all times.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Address: Granger Bay Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8051

Website: Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Opening hours: Wed: 4pm - 8pm; Sat: 8:15am - 2pm; Sun: 9am - 3pm (closed on Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri)

2. Bay Harbour Market

Bay Harbour Market
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If you are looking to take a break from typical mainstream cuisine, then why not sample some of the delicious food served at Cape town’s most vibrant market. Cape Town is a diverse city attracting many from across the globe. Having markets like Bay Harbour accessible is excellent for centralising the city’s cultural diversity. Expect to find homecooked food, a sense of community within this market, and sustainability. Aside from delicious food, there is also a section celebrating local talents head to one of the artisanal stalls where you will find traders selling anything from art, antiques to jewellery and fashion. Vegan Streetfood is one of the many stalls at this market, and they specialise in serving some of the best meat-free burgers in the country.

Bay Harbour Market

Address: 31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7872

Website: Bay Harbour Market

Opening hours: Fri: 5am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 9:30am - 4pm (closed from Mon - Thu)

3. Earth Fair Market

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This rustic market located near Tokai forest has everything that you expect from a farmers market. As a health food lover, you can’t go wrong here. Food is freshly sourced and brought directly from the farm. The food court and beer hall are great spots to unwind, and there are several food vendors for you to choose from. Go green and gather your vegetable basket to pick out your choice of food.

Earth Fair Market

Address: Block B Unit 9, + 10, South Palms Centre, 333 Main Rd, Tokai, Cape Town, 7965

Website: Earth Fair Market

Opening hours: Wed: 4pm - 9pm; Sat: 9am - 2pm (closed from Sun - Tue, Thu & Fri)

4. Lourensford Market

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As you make your way to the outskirts of the bustling city centre of Cape Town, head over to Somerset West where you will find a well-appointed market located in an award-winning wine estate. The historic wine estate boasts some incredible landscape views with fields of lush greenery, immaculate gardens and stunning mountain views. There are over 60 stalls that pop up every Sunday, and some of the items you can expect to purchase include organic food items and produce, craft beers and impressive handmade items. There is no entrance fee to the market; however, visitors will need to pay ZAR10 for parking. Should you purchase one of the estate wines during your visit, the parking fee will be waived. A fun interactive space is available for the kids to enjoy, and if you’re lucky, you might catch one of your favourite local bands in action.

Lourensford Market

Address: Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7130

Website: Lourensford Market

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 3pm (closed from Mon - Sat)

5. The Neighbourgoods Market

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With a branch in two of South Africa’s major cities, The Neighbourgoods Market is undeniably one of the most famous artisanal markets in the country. The Cape Town market is located in an old biscuit mill in the hip and trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock. The market is only open to the public on Saturdays and offers a great afternoon hangout spot with friends. After a fun shopping experience, stick around to enjoy a crafted gin & tonic while listening to local live bands take on the stage. The market has been serving freshly baked bread to homemade jams and other goodies since 2006.

The Neighbourgoods Market, Old Biscuit Mill

Address: 373 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925

Website: The Neighbourgoods Market, Old Biscuit Mill

Opening hours: Sat : 9am - 3pm (closed from Sun - Fri)

6. Root 44 Market

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As you make your way up to the wine region of Stellenbosh, you will find this hidden farmers’ market in the midst of lush greenery. Root 44 Market is home to several stalls each unique and in what they sell. Some of the shops include furniture, art, clothing, food, and other goods. Root 44 Market is accommodating to the entire family. Kids will love the adventure space packed with a natural wood park as well as ample lawn for playing games. There is a drinking hole on site where you and hubby can grab a cold beer after a fun shopping experience. If you looking to impress your loved one with proudly South African gifts then you are at the right place. Expect to find some South Africa’s best olive oils to handcrafted items and spreads to pair with home-baked bread.

Root 44 Market

Address: Stellenbosch, 7600

Website: Root 44 Market

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 9am - 4pm (closed from Mon - Fri)

7. City Bowl Market

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Located right in the heart of the most-visited city in South Africa, you will find City Bowl Market, which trades every Thursday evening. Head to the neighbourhood of Gardens to enjoy an after-work cocktail at one of the many drink stalls. Different traders from around the city come here to showcase their bestsellers while visitors use this fun shopping experience to socialize with friends and taste the best hamburgers.

City Bowl Market

Address: 14 Hope St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001

Website: City Bowl Market

Round up sustainable shopping at top markets in Cape Town

From hearty home-cooked dishes to immune-boosting produce, those are only a few of the things you can expect to find at Cape Town Markets. The markets are a growing trend with locals and offer a one-stop-shop to buying local. Markets offer a holistic approach to shopping and pride themselves in sustainability. If conscious living is what you’re about then make sure to visit these top food markets in Cape Town.

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