In the last few years, a global trend has emerged which favours the hand-made, the organic, the free-range, and the artisanal. Cape Town has embraced this trend, with the result that craft markets have popped up all around the city. This affords local farmers and crafters the opportunity to showcase their work, to network amongst themselves, as well as to interact with the eager public. The fun of attending a market can be found in browsing the stalls, nibbling on a sandwich of hand-made bread and brie, quenching a thirst with carefully made lemonade, all while meeting local producers and bantering for a bargain.
Because of its popularity, the Capetonian market scene keeps a busy schedule. Here is a list of the most popular markets in the city:
One of the most well-known markets, Neighbourgoods runs every Saturday from 9:00 – 14:00 and is located at The Old Biscuit Mill complex at 373 – 375 Albert Road, Woodstock. This market attracts over 100 speciality traders who sell a variety of produce, from fresh vegetables and sustainably caught seafood, to artisanal breads, organic cider and aromatic coffee.
Tel: 021 448 1438
Village Market at the Cape Quarter
The Village Market runs every Sunday and Wednesday from 10:00 – 15:00 at Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant Street. The market showcases local goods and produce, and places emphasis on the organic and the environmentally friendly nature of production. Live music, speciality foods and up-and-coming designers come together to make for an inspiring market experience.
Tel: 021 421 1111
Only on a Sunday Market
This is an indoor market and runs from 10:00 – 16:00 at 98 Long Street. The market boasts a vibrant atmosphere and hosts an assortment of 40 stalls from established franchises, as well as budding entrepreneurs. With a combination of live entertainment, delectable treats from the kitchen, as well as a children’s play area, the Only on a Sunday Market caters for the family.
Tel: 021 424 2442
Holistic Life.Style and Eco Fair
This eco fair is held at the Gardens Commercial High School and takes place on the first Sunday of every month, until November 2012. Attendees are treated to the latest trends and developments in the fields of health, wellness and natural living. Entrance to the fair costs R10 for adults, R5 for students, pensioners and teens, and is free for children under 12.
Tel: 021 788 8088
Pan African Market
Held at 76 Long Street from 08:30 – 17:30 Monday to Saturday, it is a mecca for those in search of African arts, crafts and designer items. This indoor market is a labyrinth of shelves and stalls, stocked with local masks, gifts, jewellery, curios, musical instruments and even household goods.
Tel: 021 426 4478
Church St Antiques Market
This market operates from the bustling centre of town and can be found on the corner of Long and Wale Streets. The market is open from 09:00 – 16:00 Monday to Saturday, but closes early on Saturdays, so make your way there in the morning if you want to soak up the vibrant market atmosphere. This cheerful market stocks vintage clothes, antique and costume jewellery, handmade curios, and silverware. A tarot card reader is also in attendance.
Tel: 021 438 8566
Adderley Street Flower Market
This long-running Cape Town attraction can be found between Strand Street and Darling Street and runs from 07:00 – 20:00 Monday to Saturday. This market features the largest selection of beautiful blooms and fragrant flowers in Cape Town. Whether you are seeking a special bouquet for a loved one, or a bright bunch to beautify your home, pay a visit to the flower market where you will also encounter a charismatic group of flower sellers.
City Bowl Market
This market takes place every Saturday between 09:00 and 14:00 at 14 Hope Street in Gardens. This market is a foodie’s dream, with bagels, Indian food, croissants, bacon and egg rolls, and a variety of cheeses all being sold. A jungle gym will keep children entertained, and beer is available to appease dads. On the fourth Saturday of every month, fashion, décor and jewellery are also for sale. From 13 September 2012, City Bowl Market hosts an evening market every Thursday night from 16:30 – 20:30. Here you can grab some groceries after work, or select a special something for dinner.
Tel: 073 270 8043
Earth Fair Food Market
This takes place every Thursday between 12:00 and 18:00 at the St Georges Mall (upper St Georges Mall, off Wale Street, opposite the Cathedral). Artisans and traders gather to sell farm cheeses, organic produce, free-range meat, smoked fish, speciality sausages, olives and olive oil, biltong, preserves, pâtés, and other produce. One of the noteworthy attractions is the pie stand, where you can buy a Guinness and steak pie. Truth coffee is on sale, and entertainment is provided by various live music acts.
The Fabulous Friday French Market
This takes place at the Alliance Française on 155 Loop Street and is held every Friday between 10:00 and 14:00. The market is unique in that every product is authentic, whether imported or made using French ingredients. French food to peruse includes picnic and dinner party fare from French cheeses, wild boar pâté, goose liver fois gras, and various oils and mustards. The French are passionate about their food, so make your way to The Fabulous Friday French Market to see why.
Tel: 083 300 6725
This all-African market is open between 09:00 and 16:00 Monday to Friday, and between 09:00 and 15:00 on Saturday. It lies in the heart of Cape Town on the corner of Longmarket and Shortmarket Streets. This colourful market you will find wood carvings, hand-painted fabrics, clothing, jewellery, footwear, music, sunglasses, glassware, paintings and curios.
Tel: 021 426 1052
Green Point Flea Market
This market can be found in the main parking area of the Green Point Stadium on Bill Peters Drive in Green Point. The market operates every Sunday from 08:30 to 17:00. With over 400 stalls selling everything from food, books and magazines, to antiques and electrical goods. The Food Emporium sells fish and chips, boerewors rolls and Cape Malay cuisine.
Tel: 021 439 4805
The Red Shed Craft Workshop
This craft market takes place at the Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront and is open between 09:00 and 21:00 Monday to Saturday, and from 10:00 – 21:00 on Sundays and public holidays. The Red Shed is a unique space showcasing creativity and local talent. Market fare includes exclusive clothing, children’s creations, chic leather items, furnishings, as well as highly sought-after artwork.
Tel: 021 408 7600
Waterfront Craft Market & Wellness Centre
The centre can be found adjacent to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront. It serves as the V&A’s central point for small business and hosts over 100 entrepreneurs in the art and craft, African Experience, clothing and jewellery sectors. The Wellness Centre is unique in this informal retail setting and offers therapies, treatments and products.
Tel: 021 408 7840
Located at the Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront, The Barrows is open from 09:00 – 21:00 Monday to Sunday. Entrepreneurs with big ideas and bigger dreams create clothing and accessories, and sell directly to the public.
Tel: 021 408 7600
Bo-Kaap Food and Craft Market
Held at Schotschekloof Civic Centre on Upper Wale Street, this Bo-Kaap market runs from 10:00 – 14:00 on the first Saturday of every month. This unique market delights in treating patrons to the tastes and aromas of the Cape Malay culture in the beautifully colourful Bo-Kaap. Aunty Galijas collection of historical photographs is on display, and you can relish in the selection of samoosas, cakes and koeksisters, as well as home-made jams.
Tel: 021 424 3736
Held on 67 Rose Street on the last Saturday of every month from 10:00 – 16:00, this market takes place in the Haas Collective gallery space. The 24 stalls rotate monthly and are manned by members of the community who sell Cape Malay delicacies. Children’s clothing, soaps, and arts and crafts are also on sale.