Best indoor markets in Cape Town
The days are getting shorter in Cape Town and the sun isn’t as warm out as it was a month ago, and (hopefully) rain clouds will soon grace our southern skies. Basically, days on the beach and outside in the great outdoors are numbered for a few months. But Cape Town is a social city with a happening scene, and not everyone is happy to spendtheir weekends huddled next to the fireplace with Netflix to keep them company. So what is one to do?
Enter the Cape Town indoor market scene. If you can’t stand missing out on the city’s buzzing vibe and feel determined to spend Saturdays and Sundays keeping busy, there is bound to be a market near you that is sheltered from the elements with great food and drinks, delicacies,
curios and crafts, vibrant people and entertainment. Read on to to discover your cheat sheet for indoor markets this winter.
Also known as Market at the Palms . This trendy indoor market has been around for a while now and takes place on Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 2 PM inside the trendy Palms Lifestyle Centre onSir Lowry Road. It’s the perfect place to hunt for handmade cheese, speciality sauces, biltong and even fresh produce and meat. Local traders also sell everything from designer clothing to traditional Cape Malay food. The market boasts a seated area where friends gather with a round of craft beer or a bottle of boutique wine and enjoy the free live music in the background. Those in the mood for brunch often pop in for breakfast and a speciality coffee from Byblos Trading Co . A major drawing card to this market is that it offers safe, covered parking in the adjacent parkade.
Meet the new kid on the block. The Mojo Market opened its doors in April 2017 on Sea Point’s well known Regent Road. It’s open seven days a week (11 AM to 10 PM from Mondays to Thursdays, and 10AM to 10 PM from Fridays to Sundays). The 2000 square feet, two level renovated space boasts views of Regent Road and Beach Road and, given its stellar location, is becoming integrated with the hustle and bustle of the iconic Sea Point Promenade. Twenty five food vendors ensure that you can (almost!) enjoy different cuisine every day of the
month, and there are also various coffee merchants as well as an array of local and international vendors selling gifts, jewelry, homeware, leather goods and clothing.
Market at the Barn is located outside Durbanville on the R302 and is open on Sundays from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. And yes; it takes place inside a barn! Enjoy a real family-centric atmosphere with over fifty stalls selling arts and crafts, shoes and clothing, beauty products, homeware and decor and fresh produce. There’s also live entertainment and activities to keep young (and old) entertained.
Many say that Bay Harbour Market is responsible for resuscitating the previously sleepy coastal town of Hout Bay. The market is open on Fridays from 5 – 9 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 AM to 4 PM and is located in a revamped warehouse on the Hangberg Harbour Precinct. Expect food vendors selling everything from gourmet mac and cheese to sushi, and merchantsselling designer clothing, homeware, jewelry and health and wellness products. The market also places huge emphasis on incorporating local cultural entertainment to give visitors a real experience of a South African jol , and for this reason the KWV Sound Stage is always booked with the best local music acts to entertain marketgoers.
Take a drive out the Stellenbosch winelands and pay a visit to the ROOT 44 Market . The marketis open on Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM and on Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM. It is rated as one of the most child-friendly local markets and has entertainment facilities andactivities to keep the young ones busy while the adults enjoy live music, local wine and craft beer, delicious food and browsing beautiful homeware, clothing and crafts. There is ample parking with appointed car guards, and the huge marquee structures ensure that the market retains its outdoor feel, yet is open to all come rain or sunshine.
Want to go out on a weeknight? The City Bowl Market is open every Thursday evening from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM and takes place in the old historic community hall at 14 Hope Street. Traders from in and around the city gather so that 30 stalls sell an array of food and drinks.
Think of this as your excuse not to cook one night of the week! On the last Thursday of the month, the City Bowl Market hosts the Fashion Market, where local designers showcase and trade a selection of jewelry and clothing.
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