Great Cape Town Markets

Cape Town is a city that offers the best of Africa’s nightlife, sun, surf, sea and shopping. Whether you planning your next summer beach holiday in the Mother City or dropping in for a fun filled weekend, there is a massive amount to do. Live it up while staying in a tourist’s playground of Cape Town by going sightseeing and checking out the local attractions.

The Mother City is brimming with amazing Cape Town markets hustling and bustling with shoppers and traders alike. Week after week connoisseurs and travellers, guests and international visitors alike enjoy the best of this beautiful city’s markets.

“Second hand books, bric-a-brac and eccentric fanciful hats, for absolutely fantastic food, all things art and beautiful crafts, for wine tasting, vinyl passion, antiques and everything vintage.” 

Biscuit Mill Neighbourgoods Market

Neighbourgoods Market at Woodstock’s famous Biscuit Mill is better known as Cape Town’s original gourmet market. The busy Cape Town weekend market with its awesome atmosphere attracts a great crowd looking for freshly baked breads, international specialities, seafood, gourmet breads, organic goods, apple ciders, locally brewed beers and remarkable coffee.

The Neighbourgoods Market at The Biscuit Mill is one of the Mother City’s most popular markets well worth the visit, trading frpom 09:00 am to 02:00 pm weekly on Saturdays.

The Old Biscuit Mill Complex | Woodstock | Cape Town

Greenmarket Square

Greenmarket Square was originally a slave market and now one of Mother City’s and SA’s oldest markets. One of the busiest Cape Town markets, popular with tourists and busting with African curios from fantastic hand painted fabrics to wonderful wood carvings, jewellery, arts and crafts.

Visit Greenmarket Square between 09:00 am and 04:00 pm from Monday to Friday and between 09:00 am and 03:00 pm on Saturday’s.

Greenmarket Square | Cape Town

Victoria and Alfred Markets

South Africa’s largest indoor craft market, The Red Shed is part of The Victoria and Alfred Markets located at the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre. The Barrow Court offers colourful crafts from glass blowing to quilting. Buy from local traders. Home to prime Cape Town markets, The Victoria and Alfred Wharf markets trades from 09:00 am to 09:00 pm from Monday to Sunday.

The Waterfront Craft Market is situated opposite the Two Oceans Aquarium trading hours are between 09:30 and 18:00 where you can shop and browse the worthwhile antiquities and creative handicrafts along with other offerings for those who prefer a more holistic lifestyle.

V&A Waterfront | Cape Town

Milnerton Flea Market

The Milnerton Flea Market is a bargain hunter’s paradise with an array of all sorts of second-hand treasures from electrical goods to a collection of tea sets. You’ll find everything from Tupperware and telephones to biltong and something for the baby boomers, car parts, computers and cheap knock offs.

For everything from a new iron to the kitchen sink and other ingenious inventions visit The Milnerton Flea Market which trades between 07:00 am and 04:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Paarden Island | Cape Town

The Muizenberg Market

Muizenberg is the section of the city best known for being home of Muizenberg beach, littered with colourful beach boxes, attracting the likes of the surf loving and is warmly referred to as surfers’ corner. A stone throw away from Kalk Bay, Fishhoek and Simons Town in one direction with the city bowl only 30 to 40 minutes away with Constantia and Claremont on the way it is the perfect fun stop in on weekend between destinations.

The market gets super busy over the weekend and much quieter in the week. It’s not a good market if you’re on the hunt for bric-a-brac and antiques but plenty in the line of electronics, food, clothes and toys. Every day between 08:00 am and 04:00 pm, off the beach at Sunrise Circle the traders are out for The Muizenberg Market.

Muizenberg | Cape Town

Earth Fair Food Market

If organic food and fantastic specialities are what you after combined with a morning bursting at the seams from delicious taste sensations then Cape Town’s famous Earth Fair are one of the not to be missed Cape Town markets. The perfect place to find some organic fruit and veggies along with olives, cheeses, biltong’s and cured meats, a selection of fine teas, farm style breads and baked goods, chillies and chocolate treats.

The Tokai Earth Fair Food Market is Open every Saturday from 9.00 am – 2.00 pm and Open every Wednesday from 3.00 pm – 8.30 pm. Earth Fair Food Market at St Georges Mall is Open every Thursday from 11:00 – 3:00pm and Noordhoek Farm Village Earth Fair Food Market is Open every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:30pm.

Saint Georges Mall, Noordhoek Farm Village & Tokai | Cape Town

Church Street Antiques Market

A great outdoor market located in a small alley way and arcade offering visitors everything from classic vintage clothes, the awesome antique costume jewellery. The market takes on traders of all sorts, some selling handmade curios and others offering tarot card readings.

This quaint Church Street find in the Mother City trades between 09:00 and 16:00, Monday to Saturday, outdoor traders pack up early and the indoor market is perfect on rainy days.

Long and Wale Streets | Cape Town

Green Point Flea Market

The Green Point Flea Market boasts over 400 stalls, and you can find just about anything at this massive weekend market from china imports and clothing, to electronics and antiques. The Green Point Flea Market is a great bric-a-brac market with second hand books and kitchen goods.

The fantastic Sunday food emporium offers all the Malay treats, fish and chips, local specialities like boerewors rolls and other South African favourites to tantalise your taste buds.  Visit the traders between 08:30 and 17:00.

Main Parking Area | Cape Town Stadium | Bill Peters Drive | Green Point | Cape Town

Hout Bay Craft Market

Hout Bay’s Village Green is host to a popular weekend Market with its local traders selling their wares that rage from leather and iron work, curios and crystals to coffee and clothing, basket weaving to pottery. There are plenty of stalls stacked with toys for the kids, arts, crafts and decadent delicious delicacies, homemade nibbles and tasty South African munchies.

The Hout Bay Craft Market operates between 10:00 and 16:00 every Sunday. For a taste of what the Mother City has to offer locals and visitors, well worth the visit.

Hout Bay Village Green | Main Road | Hout Bay | Cape Town

The Sunday Island Market

The Mother City’s finest home and lifestyle market is a fun option for the kids offering all the good stuff that life and Cape Town markets combined can bring from wine tasting to home décor, delicious baked goods and great food including all the best of the South African favourites. A Mother City market that’s well worth the visit.

The Sunday Island Market attracts a great crowd of people week after week, time and time again. The market has no entry fee and there is free parking, open for trade between 10:00 and 15:00 every Sunday between 10:00 and 15:00 every Sunday. Fun for the whole family.

Northgate Island Shopping Centre | Milnerton | Cape Town

Millstone Eco-friendly Farm Stall & Café

A charming, extraordinary, delightful, welcoming and darling market experience this would be the right weekend shopping, relaxing, unwinding and browsing options for you. The Millstone Eco-friendly Farm Stall & Café is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets attracting visitors for delicious breakfasts, tasty lunches and all the trimmings.

One of the greatest Cape Town markets with a horse and cart sells a luscious selection of organic fruit and local vegetables, stalls offer walkers by a choice of farm cheeses, home baked breads and sweet treats, scrumptious homemade preserves and yummy jams. Trading hours are from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 and 17:00.

Oude Molen Eco Village | Pinelands | Cape Town

Cape Quarter Village Market

The European-style Cape Quarter Village Market with an alfresco atmosphere and ambiance offers organic nuts and grains, fruits, vegetables and fresh cut flowers. Specialty foods and delicacies include pates, preserves, biltong, fish, a selection of sausages, delicious farm cheeses, home baked pies and freshly baked breads. The market boasts a bar area, coffee traders, décor, clothing, homeopathic and herbalist remedies.

The courtyard area compliments the market atmosphere with undercover areas in case of rain. A market adventure enhanced by an array of great high end shops, restaurants, boutique stores and specialty services with secure underground parking. Trading on Sundays from 10am – 3pm.

Cape Town & Surrounds Market

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Author: Jacqueline Freer

For Discover Africa Group

Inrichmint Media Studio

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