What better way to spend the weekend than strolling through some of Cape Town’s iconic farmers’ markets? Local crafts, a myriad of fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and more – it’s exactly what we need to kickstart the weekend the right way.
Here are five farmers’ markets in and around Cape Town perfect for weekend meandering:
Oranjezicht City Farm Market (OZCF)
A definite Cape Town favourite, the OZCF Market lies in the heart of Granger Bay. Shielded from the bustling city life just outside its border, you can stroll from stall to stall with a freshly brewed coffee or juice in one hand and a freshly baked pastry in the other.
Sounds like a morning well spent to us.
Shop for veg, fruit, bread and organic dairy at the weekly market, or sample some of the deliciously prepared food. With three bars to choose from, a variety of food and snack options and beautiful sea and mountain views, it’s got everything you want in a weekend market.
- Location: Haul Road, Granger Bay Boulevard, V&A Waterfront
- Dates: Saturday, 8:15am to 2pm | Sunday 9am to 2pm
Blaauwklippen Family Market
Considered one of the oldest wine estates in Stellenbosch, Blaauwklippen hosts a relaxing market every weekend. Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon sitting under the shaded trees while sampling the multitude of baked goods and fresh produce on offer.
Food is not the only thing available, make sure to purchase a few local crafts, jewellery and fashion if you can. This is fun for the entire family, including the kids. Pony rides, pedal carts, soccer darts and jumping castles are bound to keep them entertained. The market is also dog-friendly.
- Location: R44 Strand Road, Stellenbosch
- Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm
Franschhoek Village Market
Franschhoek is a wine lover’s dream. It’s a taste of France in the heart of Cape Town. Along with numerous wine farms to choose from, it also has a popular farmers’ market on Saturdays.
Browse and indulge in good food, wine and craft beers, as well as quality design, art, vintage clothing and antiques. While strolling through the streets of this quaint town, the sounds of upbeat live music creates a happy ambience among the historic oak trees.
The market offers a children’s play area and it is also pet-friendly, so you can bring along your fur-babies too.
Keep in mind to fill your pockets (ATMs are within walking distance) or ready your SnapScan as the market has limited credit card facilities.
- Location: 29 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
- Dates: Saturdays, 9am to 3pm
Hermanus Country Market
If you’re contemplating taking an easy drive along the coast this weekend, then head to Hermanus for the day and stop at the Hermanus Country Market. Mingle with the people of the town and enjoy a range of fresh veggies and artisanal bread.
Take in the fresh sea breeze while sipping on a glass of wine and enjoying the live music. Once you’ve gotten your fill of the delicious food on offer, have a look at the handmade crafts available, which include art, ceramics, clothing and plants.
- Location: Fairways Avenue & Jose Burman Drive, Hermanus
- Dates: Saturdays, 9am to 2pm
Elgin Railway Market
Located in the lush valley of Elgin, this farmers’ market offers visitors a unique experience. The Elgin Railway Market is held within an old apple warehouse, which has been converted into an ‘art-deco, steampunk’ space.
Enjoy live music while you stroll and explore the countless stalls available. From artisan cheese to dim sum, this Elgin market offers a variety of local produce, food and craft vendors. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy too, including a jungle gym, roundabout and indoor and outdoor climbing walls.
Visitors to this market also have the chance to see an 80-year-old steam train roar its way past the market. You can head to the station platform or view its arrival from the market’s leisure deck.
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Picture: Oranjezicht City Farm and Market Day / Facebook