10 Best Night Markets In Cape Town, South Africa

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A dynamic port city illuminated by the brilliant African sunshine, Cape Town is a compelling playground filled with jaw-dropping landscapes provided by the city’s crowned jewel Table Mountain National Park. Tourists are rewarded with plenty of attractions as well as accommodations, including sea-view hotels and vacation rentals in Cape Town. Within Cape Town’s border is a multi-cultural city bursting with fun creativity from the vibrantly painted facades of Bo-Kaap neighborhood to the colorful beach huts lining Muizenberg Beach. This artistry is also apparent in the diverse wares and exotic culinary delights that can be found in the city’s inviting night markets. If you want to see another side of this seaside destination then scroll down to see the best night markets in Cape Town, South Africa.

1. Chilled Market At The Range

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Offered in an idyllic vineyard setting, Chilled Market At The Range’s night market is a popular and wonderful escape from hectic urban living. Held in a verdant countryside adjacent to Tokai Forest, this evening market is dedicated to bringing patrons only the best in delectable artisan food and refreshing drink. Indulge in grilled-to-perfection barbecued meats that are a top draw as well as an array of fresh homemade bites, delicious local wines, and sudsy craft brews. This delightful event features live music and a kid-friendly playground that offers an expert jungle gym and a fun inflatable castle.

Chilled Market At The Range

Address: Orpen Rd, Porter Reform Estate, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa

Website: Chilled Market At The Range

Opening hours: Fri: 4:30pm - 9:30pm; Sat: 9am - 2pm (closed from Sun - Thu)

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2. Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek Community Market

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The atmosphere is relaxed and the views are top-notch at Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek Community Market. Located at the divine Cape Point Vineyards, this night market is a favorite among locals and the go-to destination, escpecially for avid wine fans who are looking for fun things to do at night in Cape Town. Patrons can purchase and imbibe the establishment’s award-winning wines while also quelling their appetite with heavenly street-food-style cuisine. An expansive grassy area with a sturdy jungle gym allows kids to play hard while you sample the event’s best merlots and chardonnays.

Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek Community Market

Address: Silvermine Rd, Noordhoek, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa

Website: Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek Community Market

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11am - 6pm; Thu: 4:30pm - 8:30pm; Fri - Sun: 11am - 6pm

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3. Bay Harbour Market

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Once a former fish factory, Bay Harbour Market is now a hip indoor night market. Situated in Hout Bay, this market is decorated in snazzy fashion and offers a jam-packed variety of international foods to nosh, from luscious Spanish paella to light and crisp Dutch croquettes. Shopaholics also have a grand time browsing the many wares available such as soft leather bags, nifty clothing, fine fabrics, and attractive antique collectibles. Live music is played by local artists lending an extra festive vibe to this end-of-the-work-week party.

Bay Harbour Market

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

Website: Bay Harbour Market

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

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4. Earth Fair Market

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Posted by Earth Fair Food Market on Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A fabulous whole-foods night market, Earth Fair Market is a must-visit if you’re seeking only the freshest Cape Town has to offer. All the meat and poultry are farm-raised and the abundant produce is grown locally. The collection of stalls showcases a mix of tantalizing foods from almost every corner of the globe such as juicy bratwurst, spicy curries, succulent sushi, and more. For some frothy refreshments, there are no less than 11 craft beers to sample. Don’t forget to stop by Ice Cream Boys stall for tasty frozen desserts to complete the evening.

Earth Fair Market

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

Website: Earth Fair Market

Opening hours: Wed: 4pm - 9pm; Fri: 4pm - 10pm; Sat: 9am - 3pm (closed from Sun - Tue & Thu)

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Santie Gouws is a full-time registered and accredited Adventure Guide for Hiking, based in Cape Town, South Africa. A born and bred South African, she is passionate about mountains and the region's magnificent and highly bio-diverse fynbos vegetation, and offers exquisite, tailor-made, professionally guided hiking experiences to private groups, as well as 'open' scheduled group hikes, on Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula, as well as the nearby Boland Mountains, Groot Winterhoek and the Cederberg. If you love hiking in nature and would like to really get to know these mountains in a safe, fun, mindful and compassionate environment, then a guided hike with Santie, aka the ‘fynbos fluisteraar’/'fynbos whisperer', is for you. Well-experienced, having hiked nationally and internationally for the last thirty years, she knows these mountains like the back of her hand and apart from taking you on curated routes that takes in the most magnificent spots, she also shares her knowledge about their UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE fynbos vegetation, history and geology in a relaxed manner that young and old will enjoy.

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5. Lourensford Twilight Market

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Located in an irresistibly lush garden estate, Lourensford Twilight Market is a spectacular evening diversion. The setting is magical with brilliant fairy lights strung throughout the trees and plenty of live entertainment. With everything from Tunisian tapas to saucy spare ribs, the eats are a smorgasbord of bliss for any foodie. Its highlight is the yummy gourmet samoosas from The Samoosa Specialist. To complement your food choices add a glass of Lourensford vineyard’s acclaimed wines. This venue is a pet-friendly environment so bring your furry four-legged companion along.

Lourensford Twilight Market

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

Website: Lourensford Twilight Market

Opening hours: Fri: 5pm - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 3pm (closed from Mon - Thu)

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6. V&A Food Market

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With 40 plus food venues to choose from, V&A Food Market is a mecca for diehard food fanatics. Whether you love soothing comfort food or venture toward more exotic tastes, this must-visit food market in Cape Town has you covered. Patrons can sample delectable Thai dim sum and intriguing Mumbai street food or enjoy traditional burgers and spicy chicken wings. Even tasty vegan-style ice cream is available. Situated on the shimmering waterfront and housed in a historic structure from 1882, this breezy night market is an inviting place for tourists who want a glimpse of Cape Town’s diverse culinary splendor.

V&A Food Market

Address: The Old Power Station, Building 19, Dock Road, Pier Head, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Website: V&A Food Market

Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 9am - 7pm (closed from Mon - Wed)

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7. Century City Night Market

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Posted by Century City Natural Goods Market on Friday, March 13, 2020

Century City Night Market is committed to bringing diverse food products to locals as well as visitors passing through. Featuring more than 25 vendors, night-market fans can enjoy a variety of scrumptious goodies and thirst-quenching drinks. Cheese lovers should try Panizza’s fare including a light, crisp dough layered with a splendid mix of five gooey kinds of cheese and herbs. For a homemade Greek wrap stuffed with juicy beef or lamb, stroll over to Gyros Eat Greek. If you forgo meat then head to the Crush stall for expertly prepared vegan meals. Live entertainment enhances the party mood.

Century City Night Market

Address: The Square, 7446 Park Ln, Century City, Cape Town, 7446, South Africa

Website: Century City Night Market

Opening hours: Fri: 4pm - 9pm (closed from Mon - Thu, Sat & Sun)

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8. Blue Bird Garage Market

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Found in the surfside suburb of Muizenberg, Blue Bird Garage Market provides a casual bohemian ambiance that’s difficult to resist. The location of Blue Bird Garage Market - an impressive old airplane hanger - sets the quirky tone of this enticing night market. Marketgoers can shop for attractive locally made clothing, pretty gemstone jewelry, and even handcrafted fragrant soaps before settling in for some serious eating. Standout foods include classic drool-worthy Turkish kebabs and falafel. Other meal treats are also available to soothe your sweet tooth like sticky and sweet donuts from The Donut Workshop or a warm brownie from KT’s Kitchen.

Blue Bird Garage Market

Address: 39 Albertyn Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa

Website: Blue Bird Garage Market

Opening hours: Thu - Fri: 4pm - 9pm (closed from Mon - Wed, Sat & Sun)

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9. Friday Night Market at Boschendal

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Friday Night Market at Boschendal is a must-visit if you’re looking for fun things to do in Cape Town. Nestled in a winery possessing a network of beautiful gardens and lovely mountain views, this market is a first-rate venue in the historic Werf district. A great tree-lined area adorned with decorative lighting, this spot is prime for hosting a night market. Friday Night Market at Boschendal is about a one-hour drive from Cape Town and is a unique event because stalls rotate weekly so patrons get a nice variety of specialty food and drink upon each visit. Choice items range from yummy Indian cuisines and fresh-from-the-ocean oysters to a bottle of high-quality Boschendal champagne.

Friday Night Market at Boschendal

Address: The Werf Area, Boschendal Estate, Franschhoek, South Africa

Website: Friday Night Market at Boschendal

Opening hours: Fri: 6pm - 9pm

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10. Oranjezicht City Farm Market

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The Wednesday Night Market has been open for people who enjoy good food and beverages in a safe outdoor environment. ...

Posted by Oranjezicht City Farm and Market Day on Monday, March 1, 2021

Taking pride in its fresh organic produce and ethically sourced meats and seafood, Oranjezicht City Farm Market is an in-demand establishment in Cape Town’s waterfront section. This weekly farmers market hosts a seasonal night market providing a large array of vibrant produce, freshly baked sourdough bread, cage-free eggs, wonderful artisanal foods, and more. Check out Son of a Butcher for the best cuts of meat and make your way to Hoghouse Bakery for an out-of-this-world pastéis de nata, a delicious Portuguese egg tart pastry sprinkled with just enough cinnamon.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Address: Haul Road, Granger Bay Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Website: Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Opening hours: Sat: 8:15am - 2pm; Sun: 9am - 2pm (closed from Mon - Fri)

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Cape Town's captivating night markets

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Cape Town’s bustling energy during the day spills over into the evening with the city’s exuberant night markets. Exploring these thrilling spots under a starry sky shouldn’t be dismissed. With lively music, welcoming aromas filling the air, and one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities, night markets are key ingredients to Cape Town’s magic. while you’re here, be sure to check out some Viator tours and other must-do tours in Cape Town as well.

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