It’s no secret that I am a foodie traveller. I also happen to know all the best markets in Cape Town for foodies. When I lived there most weekends you could find me at one or another market either shopping or on the lookout for some new delicious treat. Of course, I have my favourite vendors and on my recent visit, I was on a mission to visit as many of my old haunts as possible.
The best markets in Cape Town
The Neighbourgoods Market
This was one of the first markets I used to go to so it was once again no 1 on my list. You will find it in The Old Biscuit Mill, in Woodstock but the locals tend to talk about the market at the Biscuit Mill rather than the Neighbourgoods Market, so don’t get confused!
As the name implies the building was previously used as a mill for a number of biscuit factories over the years. The complex has some beautiful old mill houses which have been converted into trendy shops and restaurants. For many years it was in a state of disrepair and I remember when the market started in 2006 there was not much else there. It was also about half the size then that it is now.
There are 100 speciality traders featured every Saturday selling the most incredible produce. I have so many favourite stalls that I struggle to choose what I can eat sensibly, but I have a cunning plan, I always go with friends. That way we can all choose something different and share it, so I get to try far more things that I would if I was there on my own.
My husband and I have to start the day with a bloody mary sipped sitting on hay bales admiring the view of the mountain. You can’t miss the bar, it’s right at the door before you enter the main hall. I know it sounds indulgent, but I am on holiday after all!
Next its oysters and champagne. We don’t live near the ocean so fresh seafood is a non-event and we indulge when we are at the coast. The oysters are always plump, juicy and have the most divine briny smell.I like a bit of balsamic vinegar, preferably aged, on mine but I am just as happy with the usual suspects Tabasco and lemon.
Then comes the difficult decision….what next? A bit of this, a bit of that, a flatbread with an incredible range of toppings, churros, pasteis de nata, pork pies to take home and some cheese. Phew! That was a tough choice.
All in all, whatever you choose, you won’t go wrong. The quality is outstanding and the producers have a love for what they are doing and it shows in the end result.
When: Saturday 09h00 – 15h00
V & A Food Market
Located at the Waterfront in an old power station this market is open 7 days a week. Its tagline is “Experience Goodness” and this is reflected in the selection of permanent stalls in the market near the aquarium.
If you want something a bit different, or a casual snack then this is the place to go. I prefer it to the mainstream restaurants and chains in the waterfront. There are about 50 vendors with delicious wares to choose from.
Another bonus is sitting outside you can watch the comings and goings of people and boats in the harbour while you enjoy your snack and admire the view.
Look out for Unframed artisanal ice cream near the door. They have a fabulous variety including a vegan choice and always have at least 10 flavours to choose from. They also incorporate superfoods in some of their toppings and ice creams. I had a delicious burnt white chocolate ice cream that was rich, creamy and moreish. Seasonal fruit is used to make small batches so the selection changes constantly.
When: Sunday – Thursday 10h00 – 20h00 | Friday – Saturday 10h00 – 21h00
The Cape Point Vineyards Community Market
If you want to join the locals in an idyllic spot as well as enjoying great food then this is where you have to head to on a Thursday. It is always a popular market. An added bonus are views of Noordhoek beach to die for and award-winning wine made onsite. There is also a selection of craft beer and soft drinks available. If you would prefer something healthier try the freshly squeezed juices.
If it’s gourmet grub you’re after then you’re spoilt for choice. The rack of lamb from the Lamb and Tuna man was so tasty and succulent that I wished for once I wasn’t sharing it. Next time I will think twice before agreeing to share! Also look out for Kitchen Cowboys steak (or pork belly) for a meltingly tender meat served on ciabatta. If you are not a carnivore there are also a number of vegetarian options as well.
The market takes place in the restaurant area of the wine estate, with tables on the grassy banks overlooking a lake and then out to Long Beach Noordhoek. The sunsets are magnificent, but once the sun has disappeared it gets chilly quickly because you are on the slopes of a mountain so be prepared.
There are also some craft stalls and beautiful cut flowers for sale.
When: Thursdays 16h30 – 20h30
Oranjezicht City Farm Market (OZCF)
Previously in the city, this vibrant market has now become a firm fixture at the Granger Bay side of the Waterfront. It is a hugely popular market and has something for everyone. It’s a great morning out for families as well and even your dogs are welcome if they are on a leash.
Tables, chairs and hay bales are scattered around with stunning views of both the ocean and the mountain. In addition, there is a huge variety of stalls for you to buy a snack from, or even a more substantial meal, while you enjoy the views and catch up with friends. There is also free wi-fi available.
It’s easy to find all your fresh produce requirements and the emphasis in on local farmers and organic produce.
When: Every Sat O9h00 – 14h00
Well, there you have it! My choice of the best markets in Cape Town. There is a bit of crossover with the vendors, but each market is unique in its own way. If you are a foodie I know that you won’t be able to resist exploring them all.
If you liked this post please PIN it!