Located at the heart of the Stellenbosch historic district and inspired by the Cape of Good Hope’s legacy as trade post, De Warenmarkt is a bustling artisanal food market and friendly local watering hole all rolled into one.
When the historical building at the corner of Ryneveld and Plein street in Stellenbosch became available after many years of housing franchise restaurants, a creative conglomerate in Cape Town seized the opportunity to turn it into something beautiful and historically relevant. Mark van Niekerk, Koba Dumas and Stefanus Van der Watt joined forces with a hand-picked selection of purveyors to create De Warenmarkt, a food emporium and fresh fare bazaar that tips its rather stylish hat to the Cape of Good Hope’s legacy as trade post along the maritime route to the Spice Isles. Here you’ll find a beautifully curated space that hosts some of the region’s foremost suppliers of speciality meats, cheeses, baked goods, craft beer, coffee, fresh produce and more.
THE IMPORTANT BITS
Where? Corner Ryneveld and Plein Street, Stellenbosch. There is ample parking available across the road next to Decameron.
When? De Warenmarkt Restaurant: Monday – Sunday, 07h30 to 21h30; Grab & Go Deli: Monday – Saturday, 08h00 to 18h00. Each purveyor keeps their own hours, so be sure to check the Purveyors page on the De Warenmarkt website if you need specifics on a particular stall.
Who? De Warenmarkt is a versatile culinary destination that is great for everything from a quick lunch- or study break, to an indulgent breakfast, lingering afternoon coffee with a friend, date night with your partner or a well-deserved drink after work. It’s also a lovely place to take foreign visitors who want to get a feel for South African cuisine and would like to meet the purveyors of each stall face to face. Additionally, you could very well do your weekly shop here as well – between the ethically sourced meat, freshly baked bread, rotisserie chicken and deli department, you can easily pull together everything you need to feed your family quite handsomely at home.
What? Oh my, where to start? Okay, let’s break it down. As mentioned, De Warenmarkt has a dynamic collection of tenants that offer a great selection of food and beverage options to be enjoyed on site or on the go. This includes exceptional coffee from the strapping lads at Deluxe Coffeeworks; a delicious range of cold-pressed fruit & vegetable juices from Juice Revolution; tempting waffles and crepes from For the Love of Yummyness; fresh cuts of meat from Ryan Boon Speciality Butcher; gorgeous loaves from Mano’s Bakery; inspired cocktails from Olive or Twist; as well as oysters and bubbly from The Kaapse Vonkel MCC and Oyster Bar. There is also a street-food restaurant serving everything from burgers and rotisserie chicken, to tostadas and beer-battered fish and chips; and a deli stocked with everything you need to whip up a tasty meal at home. In short – if it’s fresh, awesome and delicious, you’ll find it at De Warenmarkt.
MUST TRY: Make sure you have plenty of time to spare so you can work your way around the open-plan market, leisurely chatting to each of the purveyors, enjoying a few samples and getting the lay of the land in general (we’d recommend doing so with a glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel in hand). Then put together a nice tapas-style meal, settle at one of the tables, enjoy your spoils and indulge in some prime people-watching.