On one hand, there is the visitor, which after a long week of travelling and rushing to see all the musts, comes the weekend and he looks to slow down, sit for a while and smile at and among strangers. On the other hand, there is the Capetonian that has worked hard during the week and needs to shop and stock the pantry but also wants to linger and enjoy the world destination he lives in.

Both will find the perfect answer in the markets that come alive around the city.

The early start goes to The City Bowl Market. Every Thursday evening from 16:30 – 20:30 on 14 Hope Street in Gardens with an addition of a Fashion Market alongside, once a month.

Saturday goers have the choice between The Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock or the Oranjezicht City Farm – Market on Granger bay, next to the V&A Waterfront.

The Neighbourgoods Market is open from 9:00 to 15:00 every Saturday. They cater for all food choices. Halaal, vegetarian, vegan, gluten, sugar and lactose free, raw and organic food preferences are all represented.
Housed in the historic sky-lit warehouse of The Old Biscuit Mill, it is a showcase of Cape Town’s finest micro-merchants, designer-makers, specialty-producers and food-alchemists.

The Oranjezicht City Farm – Market started as a market day for the produce of the actual City Farm that is located up in the Oranjezicht neighbourhood, down the slopes of Table Mountain. Organic, seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs are collected and picked in the days prior to the market.

From this small, local initiative, the market grew to include bread and other baking goods, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli and a long list artisanal, small, local and homemade in scale products that gives the market its hearty vibe.

A dedicated section in the market hosts a big offering of different food stalls of local and international flavours. This favourite holds long tables and benches that creates a communal atmosphere throughout the market’s sections.