Saturday, 22 March 2014

Cape Town food market culture

Exploring markets is a great way to spend weekends in Cape Town.

1. Harbour Market in Hout Bay

This is definitely my favourite market and a good one to take touristy visitors to. It's open every weekend for most of the weekend and there's a good mix of food, knick knacks and novelty drinks. It gets pretty busy so it's a good location for breakfast or for some drinks with live entertainment in the afternoons and evenings.

When? Fridays 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9:30am - 4pm
Where? 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
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2. Neighbourgoods Food Market at the Old Biscuit Mill

This is probably Cape Town's most well-known market so it's a good idea to arrive early. It has loads of food stalls and artsy things for sale and gets pretty crowded. Please note, parking is a bit of an issue.

When? Every Saturday 9am - 2pm
Where? 373 Albert Road, Cape Town
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3. City Bowl Market on Hope

I like frequenting this market on Thursday evenings, though they are also open on Saturday mornings, as it's a few blocks from work and a good place to grab a quick dinner or catch up with friends over a glass of wine. They also have fresh produce on sale.

When? Thursdays 4:30pm - 8:30pm, Saturdays 9am - 2pm
Where? 14 Hope Street, Cape Town
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4. Market at the Palms

My vintage purchase

Open every Saturday, this market is attractive due to its location inside Palms Centre. Light filters in through windows spanning two storeys and gives a nice ambience to this small market. There are vintage items for sale on the top floor and plenty of fresh produce available on the ground floor. Free parking is available in the centre.

When? Saturdays 9am - 2pm
Where? 145 Sir Lowry Road, Cape Town
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5. Oranjezicht Organic Market

My latest discovery, this outdoor market is good on days where weather conditions are not too extreme. The organic community farm is really great to walk through, nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain with stunning views of the city. The market is relatively small in comparison to others but you'll find a nice range of food and drink options, even if you're gluten free like me. A great market for those with kiddies to entertain as there are jungle gyms and gardening sessions!

Parking may also pose a bit of a worry.

When? Every Saturday, 9am - 2pm
Where? Homestead Park, Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht
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