Markets come in all shapes these days, from early-bird gatherings to get-togethers for night owls; to social hotspots that offer an alternative to pubs or restaurants. What they all have in common is a chance to meet the makers, appreciate fresh-from-the-farm produce, and sample a smorgasbord of goodies that grab your attention. Check out our list of awesome Markets in Cape Town to visit.
Here are our Top 10 tastebud-teasing choices of markets in Cape Town to visit:
1. The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill
First on our list of markets in Cape Town, popular with tourists and locals alike, the Neighbourgoods Market serves up fresh products and delectable gourmet goodies. Having catalysed the market scene in Cape Town over a decade ago, the Neighbourgoods Market is a must for all those visiting Cape Town, and the Old Biscuit Mill.
Address: The Old Biscuit Mill 373-375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town.
Operating times: Saturdays, 9 am – 3 pm, Sundays, 10 am – 4 pm
Contact: 021 448 1438
2. Blue Bird Garage Market
The bohemian vibe of beachside Muizenberg is captured at this characterful market, housed in an old postal plane hangar. The unique venue gives the Blue Bird Market an urban edge, serving delicious food (wraps, falafel, kebabs, prego rolls, ostrich pies, vegan cheesecake and other treats). There is also a variety of fresh produce, craft groceries, books, clothes, jewellery, ceramics and more.
Address: 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Opening times: Thursday and Friday, 4 pm – 10 pm
Contact: 084 405 3544
3. Bay Harbour Market
The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is a fun place to visit on weekends. It’s right by the water and indoors. People like to go there for food, music, crafts, and more. You can find a lot of different things at the market. There are yummy meals and snacks, and also local art and crafts.
Address: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Opening times: Friday, 5 pm – 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am – 4 pm
Contact: 084 370 5715
4. Mojo Market
You don’t have to wait for the weekend to enjoy the Mojo Market, this social hang-out in the Seapoint neighbourhood is open seven days a week. With over 30 vendors ready to take your order with local & international cuisines offered. In addition to the food vendors, the market also offers visitors a sip on the widest drinks selection in the Southern Hemisphere with five unique bars! With options from beer to wine to cocktails, spirits & more.
Address: 30 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060
Operating times: Monday – Sunday, 8 am – 12 am
Contact: 021 422 4888
5. Route 44 Market
An absolute must-visit is the Stellenbosch Route 44 market. If you’ve got a foodie craving, the Route 44 market has got you covered – from tacos, corndogs and “loaded” mac ’n cheese to gatsbys, hotdogs, mussels, pulled eisbein and souvlaki – plus a multitude of Asian flavours. This weekend market has evolved into a one-stop showcase of Stellenbosch wines, along with delicious comfort foods, in glorious surroundings.
Address: Corner of R44 and, Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600
Operating times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm (5 pm in winter)
Contact: 021 300 3935
6. Lourensford Market
The extremely popular Lourensford Market scores high for its magical setting: on a scenic wine farm in Stellenbosch. More than 70 vendors set up shop offering all the local favourites to satisfy any foodie craving. The Lourensford Market is shifting into winter gear, with a cosy, more intimate venue (also on the estate) with an exciting collaboration between a few of the local’s favourite foodies. The Lourensford Market Winter Edition will be hosted in the acclaimed Laurent Venue on Lourensford Estate.
Address: Laurent Lourensford Estate, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7129
Operating times: Friday, 5 pm – 9 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm
Contact: Mobile: 072 284 1654
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7. Maker’s Landing, V & A Waterfront
A fairly new market on the scene, Maker’s Landing boasts a selection of food vendors committed to blending sustainability and authenticity with a generous helping of innovation. For food lovers, the market curates unique culinary experiences and events that showcase the diverse and vibrant food scene in Cape Town and South Africa. At Makers Landing, there’s something for everyone’s taste.
Address: The Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Operating times: Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 9 pm
Contact: 021 408 7529
8. Earth Fair Market
The Earth Fair Market in Constantia is a favourite spot for locals. They love it for the great food, fresh things from the farm, and crafts. The market makes sure only the best food is sold. This includes tasty cheese, bread, meats from free-range animals, fish, and even food for pets.
Address: Corner St Joans Road & Timour Hall Road, Constantia, Timour Hall Villa Estate
Operating times: Wednesday, 4 pm – 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm (weather permitted)
Contact: 067 108 1530 (WhatsApp only)
9. Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Take your pick from the harvest of in-season veggies, herbs and fruit, alongside cheeses, bread, bakes, preserves, charcuterie and more. Visitors can stay and enjoy a leisurely meal, with a variety of global cuisines to choose from (Korean fried chicken, bao, tacos, galettes, pizza, Vietnamese street food, Richard Bosman’s meat pies, pastéis de nata and more). There’s plenty of outdoor seating, a bar area for craft beers and cocktails, and a real buzz.
Address: Haul Road, Granger Bay Boulevard, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Operating times: Saturday, 8.15 am – 2 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 2 pm
Contact: 083 628 3426
10. Boschendal Friday Night Market
The weekly Boschendal Friday Market is the final stop on our list of markets in Cape Town. This summer market, set amidst the scenic Boschendal Estate, is a delightful blend of live music, locally grown farm produce, a variety of food stalls, and numerous craft stands selling a variety of handmade products from the region. Every Friday night, families are invited to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience while admiring the farm’s beauty under the stars.
Address: Boschendal Estate. Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, Western Cape, 7690
Operating times: Fridays in summer, 6 pm-9 pm (weather permitted)
The final market of the summer season is usually held in late May.
Contact: 021 870 4200
Written by Maegan-Leigh Jacobs