A food-lover’s paradise, with shops spilling with delicious delicacies, artwork, live music, and everything in between.
Cape Town is known for a whole host of activities, ranging anywhere from sipping your way through wine country, to abseiling down Table Mountain. The city is unique in that it can cater to any type of traveler. You want to lounge by the beach, sipping cocktails and working on your tan? Done. You want to sweat it out hiking up one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world? Easy! Are you looking for a culturally immersive and historic experience, for art, music, museums? Cape Town has it all.
One of the most amazing aspects of the city is the abundance of jaw-dropping markets. These are not your average farmers markets, with a few stalls of fresh produce. The markets in Cape Town are a food-lover’s paradise, with shops spilling with delicious delicacies, artwork, jewelry, clothing, live music, and everything in between. Here is your guide to the four best markets Cape Town has to offer, and a part of Cape Town you can’t miss out on when you visit!
1. The Old Biscuit Mill Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays.
The Old Biscuit Mill is a food-lover’s heaven. Situated in Woodstock, Cape Town, the market is a perfect blend of produce, shopping, food, drink, and live music. Browse linen jumpsuits and colorful earrings while sipping a mimosa, or sample Swahili donuts, vegan cakes, towering salads, oysters, and mushroom eggs benedicts. The Neighbourgoods Market comes every Saturday morning, and absolutely should not be missed on your next trip to Cape Town.
2. Oranjezicht Market at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday’s and Sundays.
The Oranjezicht Market is a high-end market experience. With views of both Table Mountain above and the ocean below, this market experience is unlike any other market I have ever been to. With gin tasting, various cheeses, a rooibos tea bar, baskets of ripe figs, meats, and more, this market has every type of produce and food a market-goer could ever imagine. In addition, the Oranjezicht market is rife with outdoor seating in the sunlight, flowers, succulents, antiques, and sustainable recycled products to purchase. This market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, and is the perfect weekend activity.
3. Bay Harbour Market and Night Market on weekends and Friday nights in Hout Bay.
Hout Bay is home to a wonderful market filled with local art works and rocking bands. The market is open on Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons, and is open on Friday nights as the Hout Bay Night Market. Nestled between local breweries and close to the Hout Bay harbor, this market provides a beautiful scenery change from downtown Cape Town. The Hout Bay Night Market is a cool and fun venue, with live music, various food booths, and more heavy shopping opportunities for souvenirs, clothing, artwork, jewelry, and more.
Tip: Drive the beautiful Chapman’s Peak Drive for sunset and then land at the Hout Bay Night Market for dinner, drinks, shopping, and dancing!
4. Blue Bird Night Market in Muizenberg on Fridays.
The Blue Bird Night Market is the ultimate date night spot. This market is only open on Friday nights and is a must-see in Cape Town. It is located in Muizenberg, and is the perfect place to get dinner and drinks after a day at the beach. The market is in a warehouse, and is dazzling with twinkling lights cascading from the ceilings. There are long tables in the center to sit and converse at, as well as smaller rooms to eat in branching off. The foods are incredible – spring rolls, pizzas, samosas, Cape Malay cuisine, dim sum, and gourmet sandwiches are just a few of the options available. This market does not sell as much jewelry and clothing, and sticks primarily to food items. However, if you are looking for a fun and exciting new place to get a bite to eat, get an exotic rosemary and lemon gin & tonic, and converse, this market is the place to be.
Cape Town has countless markets, each with a unique personality and crowd. All of the markets are absolutely amazing, and will keep you coming back each week to revisit your favorite places to eat breakfast, shop, listen to music, or grab dinner and drinks. If you find yourself in Cape Town, these markets are an absolute must!
Zoe has lived in Cape Town for 5 months.