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There is something to suit every taste at Cape Town’s local markets. Visit a market and discover what Cape Town locals like to pop into their baskets.

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Market shopping is big in Cape Town with the Mother City’s inhabitants loving nothing more than browsing a selection of stalls, selling everything from curios and clothes, to delectable food and drinks. Here are just some of the fantastic markets you can visit while in the city. ORANJEZICHT CITY FARM Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site of…

Capetonians are known for their laid back attitudes and love of great food and drink, especially if it’s locally produced. And with the recent surge in popularity of community markets, there’s something for every taste and flavour, every day of the week. Food markets in Cape Town are a big thing, with markets of all types in virtually every…

I’ve learnt one thing since moving to Cape Town a couple of years ago: the absolute best way to experience this incredible (almost overwhelming) city, is to learn from the locals. To discover what they do, what they like, what they eat. See, the locals are your insiders, your confidants, your peeps. They’re the guys with all the secrets to…

From humble beginnings selling jewellery at the beachfront flea market in 1991, Yair Shimansky, founder and CEO of Shimansky jewellery, has made quite a name for himself. Nowadays, Shimansky is among the world’s top platinum specialists and their jewellery line is known for its unique and clean designs.

Since 1946, Atlas Trading Company has been Cape Town’s most authentic and most loved purveyor of spices, rice and exotic food products from around the globe. Managed by the ever-charming Ahmed brothers, the family-owned Atlas Trading Company shares a colourful past with its setting in the colourful Bokaap.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, an old authentic fish factory in the beautiful Hout Bay Harbour comes to life with the hustle and bustle of an eclectic marketplace. The Bay Harbour Market brings craftsmen, artists, and busking musicians together, and then aromatically infuses the scene with freshly-baked breads, local wines, craft beers and other delectable treats.

Hunt for genuine, handcrafted gifts and mementos while visiting the charming Country Craft Market, in operation since 1983. The market is located at Southey’s Vines in Somerset West where more than 200 stalls sell their genuine, local and handmade wares in a picturesque park-like setting.

With set-ups in both Tokai and St George’s Mall in the city centre, the Earth Fair Market offers organic Cape Town produce of the highest quality in beautiful surroundings. Raw nuts, local artisanal cheeses, dried goods and fruit are just a few of the tasty treats you can discover at these events.

Just on the border between Somerset West town and the open farmlands, you’ll find the exciting Lourensford Harvest Market. Operating on Lourensford Wine Estate, the market takes place on Friday nights and Sunday mornings during the summer months. Be sure to call ahead to find out if they’ll be open.

The historical yet whimsical maritime-themed restaurants, shops and markets of Mariner’s Wharf together form the first harbourfront emporium in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. Since 1984, Mariner’s Wharf has sat in the heart of Hout Bay harbour, just a 20-minute coastal drive from Cape Town’s city centre.

Milnerton Market is a renowned flea market that sits just beyond the borders of the Cape Town city bowl. Hunt for hipster apartment goodies, pieces of old South African culture, and just about everything else, all against the iconic backdrop of Table Mountain.

This Cape Town design studio is dedicated to showcasing local talent that spans jewellers, fashion designers, artists, shoemakers, decor specialists and more. You will be able to browse their pieces as you indulge in artisanal bakery treats like pastries, cakes and local Kamili coffee.

Browse an incredible selection of handcrafted goods, wholesome food, fine wines, craft beers, carefully restored antiques and other wares at Stellenbosch’s increasingly popular Root 44 Market. The market is set among the trees, surrounded by gorgeous vineyards making for some enticing picnic spots.

With a tranquil and idyllic setting that belies its rather serious past, the Rust-en- Vrede Museum is home to a Durbanville art gallery with a clay museum, art studios and a coffee shop by the name of YOCO Eatery. Although originally built in the 1840s, it was declared a national monument in 1984.

Located in the cosmopolitan suburb of Woodstock, The Palms is a great market with food, local design and also the location of That Art Fair.

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