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Best Markets in Cape Town

What are the best markets in Cape Town? In this article we highlight the best markets in Cape Town.
|-Best Markets in Cape Town

Cape Town, is a vibrant city with a rich tapestry of cultures, all of which come to life in its various markets. For expats and digital nomads who have made this picturesque city their temporary home, exploring these markets can be a delightful way to spend a weekend, find unique items, and taste local and international cuisine. From bustling food markets to serene craft havens, here are some of the best markets in Cape Town that offer a slice of the city’s diverse offerings.

Old Biscuit Mill

Location: 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Type of Market: Food and Craft Market
Open: Saturday, 9-3

The Old Biscuit Mill is a warm-hearted little village in the heart of Woodstock where talented people come together to share, collaborate and show off their heartfelt passion. The market is a vibrant source of creativity and culinary arts, with a range of designer stores, workshops, farm stalls, and restaurants. On Saturdays, the Neighbourgoods Market within the Old Biscuit Mill comes alive with a wide variety of artisanal food and craft stalls.

We Recommend: Trying the gourmet sandwiches and freshly baked artisanal bread that have become a staple for many market-goers.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Location: Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Type of Market: Farmers Market
Open: Saturday, 8:30-2; Sunday, 9-3

Located next to the V&A Waterfront, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. Visitors can enjoy a variety of organic produce, dairy products, free-range eggs, honey, muesli, and more. It’s a great place to grab a healthy breakfast or lunch while taking in the ocean views.

We Recommend: Sampling the fresh oysters and purchasing some organic vegetables to cook a healthy meal back at your accommodation.

Greenmarket Square

Location: Burg Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Type of Market: Flea Market
Open: Daily, 9-4

One of Cape Town’s oldest markets, Greenmarket Square is a historic site that has been a bustling market since the 18th century. Today, it’s a flea market where tourists and locals alike can find African crafts, clothing, art, and souvenirs. The cobbled stone square is surrounded by cafes and restaurants, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a coffee after shopping.

We Recommend: Picking up hand-painted African fabrics and intricate beadwork jewelry as unique gifts or keepsakes.

The Bay Harbour Market

Location: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Type of Market: Food and Craft Market
Open: Friday, 5-9; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30-4

Located in the old authentic part of the Hout Bay Harbour, the Bay Harbour Market offers a bohemian shopping experience in a vibrant atmosphere. With over 100 stalls, live music, and an array of food options, this market is a must-visit for those looking to experience the local culture and creativity.

We Recommend: Enjoying the live music with a craft beer in hand and trying the calamari served straight from the bay.

The V&A Food Market

Location: The Old Power Station, Building 19, Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Type of Market: Food Market
Open: Daily, 10-7

Set in a historical building, the V&A Food Market is an indoor haven for foodies, offering a range of local and international food options. With over 40 vendors, the market provides a casual dining experience where you can enjoy a variety of cuisines, from biltong to sushi, and vegan to gourmet desserts.

We Recommend: Trying the Bunny Chow, a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with curry.

The Watershed

Location: 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Type of Market: Craft and Design Market
Open: Daily, 10-7

The Watershed is a beautifully curated space next to the V&A Food Market that houses over 150 stalls featuring African crafts, design, and art. It’s the perfect place to find unique, high-quality gifts and souvenirs that support local artisans and designers.

We Recommend: Investing in a piece of original artwork or a handcrafted piece of jewelry that captures the spirit of Cape Town.

Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market

Location: 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Type of Market: Food and Goods Market
Open: Friday, 4-10

Located in the laid-back coastal suburb of Muizenberg, the Blue Bird Garage Market is a favorite among locals for its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic mix of food, drinks, crafts, and vintage finds. It’s a great place to wind down at the end of the week and mingle with the friendly community.

We Recommend: Savoring some homemade pies and artisanal cheeses, followed by a sweet treat from one of the dessert stalls.

Mojo Market

Location: 30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Type of Market: Food and Lifestyle Market
Open: Daily, 8-11

Mojo Market is a contemporary seafront market that offers a mix of 45 designer retail stalls and a daily fresh goods section. The 7-day-a-week food and lifestyle market is a great place to find international cuisine, live entertainment, and a vibrant shopping experience.

We Recommend: Enjoying a seafood platter while watching a live band or sports game on the big screen.

Route 44 Market

Location: Corner of R44 and Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, Cape Town
Type of Market: Food and Craft Market
Open: Saturday and Sunday, 9-4

Just outside Cape Town, the Route 44 Market in Stellenbosch is a weekend market known for its picturesque setting and a wide variety of food and craft stalls. It’s a great escape from the city where you can enjoy the local winelands atmosphere.

We Recommend: Sampling some of the local wines and pairing them with gourmet bites from the food stalls.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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