Our 5 Favourite Markets in Cape Town and Johannesburg

We love spending our weekends leisurely strolling through markets, tasting delicious food and drinks, or browsing through a selection of bespoke vintage pieces from clothes to homeware. There’s nothing quite like it, and luckily in South Africa there is an abundance of these markets to go to. But with so many to choose from the decision on where to go this weekend might be a little tough. 

That’s why we have put together our five favourite markets in Cape Town and Johannesburg just for you:

Cape Town

1. The Chilled Market

The Chilled Market at the Range is a weekly Friday evening food market at The Range Function and Conference Centre in Tokai. Relaxing and peaceful, this popular market has seating indoor and outside and offers a wide variety of homemade food, local wines, and craft beer on tap. Live music, safe play areas for children, free secure parking – and so much more.

When: Friday 16:30pm to 21:30 pm.
Where: The Range, Orpen Road, Cape Town
Web: www.therange.co.za

2. Bay Harbour Market

Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is a celebration of the vibrancy, spirit and diversity of creativity and culture that make South Africa such a unique country. It provides a uniquely­ social shopping and eating experience in an atmosphere which is friendly, vibrant and entertaining.... and, above all, distinctly South African. An inspiring destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this weekend market kicks off with Friday Nite LIVE!, offering live music, at least 26 culinary experts catering to everything from Tunisian cuisine, Seafood platters, Oven-fired Pizza to gourmet Sandwiches, speciality soups and everything in-between. The Saturday and Sunday market is open from 9.30 am to 16:00 pm and is alive with interesting people of all ages and cultures, shopping, tasting, eating, drinking and laughing, while listening to the live music on the Bay Harbour Sound Stage.

When: Friday Nite LIVE!: 17:00 pm to 21:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9.30 am to 16:00 pm
Where: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town.
Web: www.bayharbour.co.za

3. Root 44

A market with a difference — housed in sturdy, super cosy Downings marquees, and surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and trees, Root 44 offers live entertainment, craft and homeware stalls perfect for leisurely browsing, and a selection of edible and drinkable treats. The traders’ vast range of hand-picked antiques, children’s clothing, t-shirts, jewellery, homeware, leather goods and various other arts and crafts offer’s market goer’s retail therapy par excellence.

With decadent sweet treats, wood-fired pizza’s, traditional roosterkoek and biltong, healthy salads and sandwiches, spicy curries and other goodies galore you won’t go hungry. Their range of ‘take-home’ products are also excellent, with olive oils, spreads, home baked breads, cured and smoked charcuterie products and a selection of fresh, organic fresh produce for sale. Root44 is also rated as one of the most child-friendly markets by visitors.

When: Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 am – 16:0 pm
Where: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 7600.
Web: www.root44.co.za

4. Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. At the OZCF Market customers can do weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli etc), try out some delicious cooked and raw foods and be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system.  Additionally, customers can buy edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment.

When: Every Saturday from 9:00 am to 14:00 pm.
Where: Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront (Next to The Lookout Event Venue).  
Web: www.ozcf.co.za

5. The Neighbourgoods Market

Housed in the historic sky-lit warehouse of The Old Biscuit Mill, this market has quickly established itself as a catalyst for - and celebration of - the urban renaissance that has seen the once dilapidated neighbourhood of Woodstock become the thriving heart of the city’s creative industries. A showcase of Cape Town’s finest micro-merchants, designer-makers, specialty-producers and food-alchemists. Neighbourgoods is a vibrant weekly meeting place to enjoy community, swap ideas and stories, and collectively contribute to the iconic culture of the Mother City. 

When: Saturday 09:00 am to 15:00 pm rain or shine.
Where: Neighbourgoods Market Cape Town, 373 - 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa
Web: www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za

Johannesburg

1. Ngwenya Country Market

Ngwenya Country Market has been running at Ngwenya Glass Village every first Sunday of the month and so far it has been a phenomenal success. Since August 2016 this festive market has drawn in visitors from far and wide who all enjoy spending their day in the Muldersdrift countryside.  Visitors can enjoying free entry to browse and enjoy the unique produce and creations of top class vendors. Visitors are also invited to pick up a picnic basket and fill it with goodies of their choice, to enjoy a relaxing picnic on the grounds. Or if you have a sweet tooth stop by the Whip and Whiskstand for delicious cakes and mouthwatering doughnuts or A Taste of Wales, which makes gourmet fudge. For those who want to try be a little bit more healthy can stop off at the markets newcomer, Butter Me Up, who provide a selection of banting food.  

When: 5th March, 2nd April, 7th May and 4th June from 9:00 am - 16:00 pm.
Where: Shady Lane, Muldersdrift, off Beyers Naude & R114 Muldersdrift, 1747
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ngwenyaglassvillage/

2.  The Neighbourhoods Market

In the heart of the city is the Neighbourgoods Market. Open every Saturday, come rain or shine, this market covers two floors and is filled with craft beer and cocktails, artisanal food and plenty of things to buy. Why not grab yourself a Balkan Burger before heading upstairs to browse  through Asseblief’s rails and see what second hand gems you can take home with you? Or simply head over early, secure yourself a table and admire the stunning views of our city from the rooftop area.

When: Saturday 09:00 am to 15:00pm and the first Thursday of every month 17:00 pm until late.
Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Web: www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za

3. Market On Main

Market on Main is open for you to get your fix of fine food and great design. From stunning clothing and must-have accessories to gourmet eats, they’ve got it all, which makes Market on Main a great place to spend time with friends and family.

When: Sunday 10:00 am to 15:00 pm and the first Thursday of every month – 19:00 pm to 23:00pm
Where: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.
Web: www.marketonmain.co.za

4. Fourways Farmers Market

This large, rewarding outdoors market has a garden setting with over a hundred stalls, many of them selling food. People settle down at tables or bales of hay for breakfast, teas and lunches. The choices are laid out on either sides of your passage through the gardens: Dutch, German, Belgian, America, Mexican and South African. The rest of the market has an excellent selection of glistening vegetables and fruit, meat from the Karoo and Free State, Cape cheeses, free-range chickens and eggs, fudge and Propolis honey. Try some of the outstanding Mauritian, spiced seafood and poultry pâtés conveniently situated near the breads. Children will be happy here too, hurtling around in the lavender.

When: Sundays 9:00 am to 16:00 pm
Where: 109 Montecasino boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg
Web: www.ffmarket.co.za

5. Hazel Food Market

Offering new and exciting tastes, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, sweet treats, freshly baked breads, ready-made meals for you to take home, herbs and flowers, and much more, visit the Hazel Food Market on Saturdays in the heart of Pretoria’s Old East. Kids can play on the jungle gym and jumping castles while you relax in-between shopping with a sweet treat and frothy cappuccino.

When: Saturday 08:00 am to 14:00 pm.
Where: Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria.
Web: http://www.hazelfoodmarket.co.za