Shopping around for the best food markets in and around Cape Town? My oh my, are you in for a treat!

The Mother City has an epic selection of markets, so there is bound to be at least one that ticks all of your must-have boxes. Here is our definitive selection of the ten markets in Cape Town & surrounds that hit that al fresco adventuring sweet spot:

Mojo Market (Sea Point)

Best for: People-watching, rainy days, rubbing shoulders with super trendy city folk

Mojo Market is inner-city coolness at its best. If you have friends visiting from abroad, you have to take them to Mojo at least once. It’s a microcosm of all the trendy, beautiful, fashion-forward stuff Cape Town is known for around the globe. Plus, it’s under cover and open right throughout the week, so it’s a great option for those rainy days when you want a market vibe, but don’t want to huddle under a dripping tent. Also a cool option for a less-obvious date night when you want to treat your partner to a lovely meal, but don’t quite know what kind of food they’ll feel like.

Website: www.mojomarket.co.za | When: Mondays – Thursdays 11:00 – 22:00; Friday – Sunday 10:0 – 22:00 (food stalls)| Where: Regent Road, Sea Point

Neighbourgoods Market (Woodstock)

Best for: Hipsters, lovers of handmade crafts, young couples

A pretty spot filled with pretty things and pretty people. The Neighbourgoods Market in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is the place to be if you want to run into Insta-famous Capetonians and enjoy some really good food while you do so. We highly recommend grabbing some bubbly and freshly-shucked oysters, securing a prime spot at one of the communal tables and indulging your inner fabulousness without feeling guilty in the slightest. Sometimes you just have to be full-on extra, and this is the place to do so.

Website: www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za| When: Saturdays 09:00 – 15:00 | Where: The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Rd, Woodstock

Oranjezicht City Farm Market (V&A Waterfront)

Best for: Serious foodies who love to cook, peeps with pets & plastic-free eco warriors

Is there anything better than a bustling market on a Saturday morning where you can pick up a wonderful cup of coffee, tuck into a gorgeous breakfast and do your weekly shop while you’re at it? Why yes – all of that, with the option of taking your pooch along and supporting a variety of micro producers while you do so! The OZCF is a great spot for the whole family and offers a wide variety of fresh produce sourced from small producers throughout the Western Cape, which you can buy without taking home even a whisper of plastic. Joy to the world! It also happens to be home to a variety of very talented foodie vendors that serve up everything from vegan-friendly raw meals to fresh waffles slathered in Nutella. Check out some awesome pictures of the market and some more info here.

Website: www.ozcf.co.za | When: Saturdays 09:00 – 14:00 | Where: Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront

Cape Town Market (Epping)

Best for: A true-blue market experience, haggling with the pros, budget-friendly bulk shopping

This is the honest-to-goodness OG Cape Town market. It’s been around for half a century and handles the fresh produce of no less than 5500 Western Cape producers. Chances are if you’re buying fruit and veggies from an informal trader, this is where it came from. It is highly recommended if you want to soak up an active market experience and try your hand at haggling with the pros on a budget-friendly bulk shopping mission without any kids or pets in tow. However, the Cape Town Market is not your standard flat-white-and-a-panini kind of market, so don’t expect craft beers and bunting.

Website: www.ctmarket.co.za | When: Monday – Friday 04:00 – 15:00; Saturday 04:00 – 08:30 |Where: 110 Gunners Circle, Epping 1, Cape Town

City Bowl Market (Gardens)

Best for: Foodies who can’t hold out for Saturday, casual midweek meetups, bazaar enthusiasts

If you miss those good old NG Kerk bazaars back home, the City Bowl Market is the best place for you. Naturally, it has a lot more attitude that your standard klein-dorpie market, but the long trestle tables and high ceilings of the venue in Gardens hark back to those innocent days of sugary pannekoek and tombola. Best of all – it takes place on Thursdays, so you won’t even have to hold out until Saturday to get your market fix. Make your way to 14 Hope Street after work, grab something tasty from one of the awesome vendors and secure a spot for your mates (or a date?) to join you for a midweek meetup.

Website: www.citybowlmarket.co.za| When: Thursdays 16:30 – 20:30 | Where: 14 Hope Street, Gardens

Bay Harbour Market (Hout Bay)

Best for: Ocean lovers, families, live music enthusiasts

Located in an authentic fish factory in a bustling harbour, the Bay Harbour Market is a great spot to pick up some freshly prepared seafood (and we do mean fresh you guys – the fishing boats dock right there), peruse an eclectic selection of local arts and crafts and immerse yourself in the singular ambience of Hout Bay and its people. Plus there’s live music by some of the most exciting up-and-coming local acts over the weekends, which means there’s always a vibe.

Website: www.bayharbour.co.za | When: Fridays 17:00 – 21:00; Saturdays/Sundays 09:30 – 16:00 | Where: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay

Cape Point Vineyards Community Market (Noordhoek)

Best for: Leisurely midweek meanders, wine lovers, open-air awesomeness

Yet another wonderful opportunity for a midweek meander, the Community Market at Cape Point Vineyards is a great spot to enjoy sundowners and delicious al fresco eats on a Thursday after work. Here you’ll find all sorts of delicious meal options to enjoy on the sprawling lawns overlooking the lake, a few picture-perfect vineyards and the rather magnificent Noordhoek mountain range. Plus, those Cape Point Vineyard wines – yoh! If you’re coming from town, grab an Uber so you can indulge responsibly without any hassles on the way home.

Website: www.cpv.co.za/community-market | When: Thursdays 16:30 – 20:30 (September – May)| Where: Cape Point Vineyards Estate, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek

Earth Fair Food Market (Tokai)

Best for: Eco-conscious foodies, locavores, getting some inspiration on clean eating & going green

If you like your markets eco-conscious, the Earth Fair Food Market is the place for you. Here you will find all sorts of wonderful meal options, fresh produce, and innovative products from local producers who are on a mission to minimise waste and support initiatives that give back to the community, the earth and Gaia in general. Happy & healthy vibes all around. Pro tip: If you want to enjoy a taste of the Earth Fair, but don’t want to make the mission to Tokai, you can always join in on their satellite market at St George’s Mall in the CBD on Thursdays from 11:00 – 15:00.

Website: www.earthfairmarket.co.za | When: Wednesdays 15:00 – 20:30; Saturdays 09:00 – 14:00 |Where: South Palms Centre, Tokai Main Road

Slow Market (Stellenbosch)

Best for: Chilled-out winelands ambience, easy breakfasts with the fam, shopping local

Ready to head out of town for a bit? The Slow Market at Oude Libertas Estate on the outskirts of Stellenbosch is a lovely spot if you want to meet up with a few friends for an easy breakfast and pick up a few necessities for the week ahead (bread, eggs, cheese, bread, etc.). Drink in the singular winelands ambience and peruse the selection of locally-produced foods that have been grown, harvested or prepared by the makers themselves. There’s a satellite version of the Slow Market at Willowbridge closer to town as well, so if you don’t want to drive all the way to Stellies, this would be a good option.

Website: www.slowmarket.co.za | When: Saturdays, 09:00 – 14:00 |Where: Oude Libertas Estate, corner of Adam Tas & Oude Libertas street, Stellenbosch

Lourensford Market (Somerset West)

Best for: The entire foodie family, peeps with pets, fitness enthusiasts

Ah, Lourensford, how we love thee. Stunning in winter, absolutely mesmerising in summer, it has to be one of the most unflinchingly good-looking wine estates around. Plus, the market is just great. Wonderfully organised, pet-friendly and fun enough to get even your grumpiest family member to crack a smile. They even have little misters under the Bedouin-tent area to keep you nice and cool when the mercury rises to those you’ve-got-to-be-kidding levels at the height of summer. Lourensford also plays host to an epic line-up of sporting events (MTB, trail-running, the works) throughout the year, so if you’re that way inclined, you could even combine a market trip with a competitive workout. Double whammy!

Website: www.lfhm.co.za | When: Fridays 16:00 – 21:00; Sundays 10:00 – 15:00 (September – May) |Where: Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West

 

There you have it – ten of the best food markets in Cape Town & surrounds that carry the official Eatsplorer seal of approval. Keep your eye on our social channels and website for more insider info on the best places to eat, shop for fabulous foodie things and generally live it up in the Mother City and the rest of sunny South Africa.

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Writing: Anna-Bet Stemmet | Photography Image courtesy of @mercia.joy via Instagram,