It’s hard not to be into “local is lekka” food trends in Cape Town with the plethora of markets at our disposal. From the weekly to the seasonal to the annual, each market seems to out-do the other. Lucky for us we really are spoilt for choice and with summer and the festive season rolling on in my hunt for the best has begun. I love nothing more than to sift, sample and select nifty gifts and personal spoilings including gorgeous hand-made arts and crafts and of course, yummy treats.
A Saturday morning at the market is always a worthwhile weekend activity for the whole family. Luckily our local markets seem to know how to cater for the kiddies and we usually leave well satiated, with faces painted, hair sandy, legs tired from horse-riding, climbing and clambering, plus armed with at least a few artful morsels. All-in-all, summer markets are a big hit…and here are a few of our local favourites~
The Spier Secret Harvest Market (Stellenbosch)
In celebration of the harvest, and in true “Spier style” this market offers a fantastic day in the winelands in a gorgeous bohemian inspired setting on the estate. The Capes most creative food vendors, bakers, florists set up shop for the day along with fun activities provided for the family including grape-stomping, wine tasting (no surprise) and giant picnic games such as dominos. All kiddie offerings are free except for the horse-rides, and bringing a picnic blanket is a must! Entry is free, arrive thirsty!
The Porter Estate Market (Tokai)
Set in the Tokai forest, this market is a well-loved family destination during the summer months. Every Saturday morning you will find regulars cueing with their baskets at the fruit and veg stall, or like us – vying for the organic meat stall where you will find the best lamb chops in town! Artisan breads, honeys, cheeses and deli meats are amongst the other notable treats on offer. Also, a fun way to wind down from a ride in the forest…the ever popular breakfast stand serves many a carbo-loading cyclist…oh, and who can forget the “Moer Koffie”…tin cups, condensed milk and all!
Over the years, the kids play area has been built upon and now boasts a magic forest fairy play-place among the usual jungle gyms, pony rides and sand art activities. Entry is free – come hungry for breakfast buns!
The Bay Harbour Market (Hout Bay)
For some reason, when the weather is moody we always take a drive across Chapman’s to walk on the harbour wall at Hout Bay. Our girls love to spot the seals and play with the crayfish at the nearby fish mongers. But when the weather is too miz for the wall, we head across to the Harbour Market…set in an abandoned warehouse overlooking Chapmans Peak. Now open all weekend and offering live music on a Friday night – this market houses a brilliant array of art, funky fashion, food, crafts, antiques, wooden and leather goods in a colourful indoor environment bustling with local culture.
The Earth Fair Market (Tokai)
Open every Wednesday and Saturday, this is a great alternative option for a mid-week meal and ale; or Saturday morning shop and best of all, this market stocks eat.art products!!! This market is not as family focused as its outdoor counterparts, a date night option maybe or for those of us with older kids (or none at all)? It does however offer a magic combination of uber-tasty foods prepared on-site, delicious food accompaniments, a bazaar of locally inspired homeware and craft beer on tap.
Parking is plentiful and entrance is free. There is also a daily Earth Fair Market in St. Georges Mall in the CBD for those who love the southern side one but work in town!
The Blue Bird Garage Market (Muizenberg)
Another eat.art product outlet, this market is a more intimate take on urban escapism, situated in an old postal plane hangar on the edge of the eclectic Muizenberg village. Full of vibey colourful fun with a great collection comprising the local butcher, baker and candlestick maker – this market is one for the whole family including granny. Open on Friday nights from 4 to 10pm, come with pennies in your pocket.
Let us know which market gets your stamp….happy shopping!
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.