Cape Town is well known for its quaint and eccentric craft markets geared towards art lovers, families on a day out, foodies and hipsters. Some take place every weekend, and others on a monthly or annual basis. Whether it’s the vintage shopping, popular food to try, live music or art that attracts you to a market, there will be a great vibe and eclectic atmosphere.
The Oranjezicht City Farm Market near the V&A Waterfront sells artisanal goods, as well as fresh produce. This is food in art form - locals sell homemade goodies that come straight from the heart. It is open most Saturdays, but check their website often to make sure you don’t miss out! Greenmarket Square is a popular tourist destination for those wanting to purchase African art and trinkets. It is open everyday and it is fascinating to stroll past the stalls and see beautiful handcrafted goods.
The Neighbourgoods Market at Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is a platform for micro-merchants, designers, specialty producers and traders from around the city. There’s a growing craft and clothing section that’s well worth checking out.
Close to town, the Milnerton Market is perfect for weekend thrift shopping; if you are looking for a rare record or book, you’ll find it here. And, if there is a portrait on sale, you’ll be a true vintage connoisseur! The markert is sweet and simple with lots of friendly locals and any trinket you can think of! It is on every Saturday and Sunday, morning till afternoon.
The Blue Bird Garage Market in Muizenberg is a laid-back market with quirky clothing and local artwork, as well as live music, good food and other little trinkets to buy. It has a festival vibe, and visitors can bring their children along as there is a playground and creative corner for them. It is open every Friday and Sunday.
The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is an intimate market right on the ridge of the Hout Bay harbour, and is for sure a paradise for any hipster who likes craft beer, vegan food and local artwork. You’ll find a vintage record or two, as well as beautiful gemstones, prints of local artists’ work and cool clothing at a great price. Established and up-and-coming musicians provide a live soundtrack for the day. It is open every Saturday and Sunday.
The Mojo Market in Sea Point is a trendy and upscale outdoor gathering filled with beautiful, locally produced items, with everything from shoes, clothing and furniture to food and drink.