Winter is here and we’ve discovered the solution to your FOMO during these cold days – indoor markets. Cape Town is known for its gorgeous local markets, and while sunny shopping days may feel far away, you can still find some fun at indoor stalls. So throw on a jersey or jacket, get the kids to put on their wellies and head out to meet local artisans and to try something new.
These three markets offer food, fun and the Cape Town vibe feeling even on dreary days:
This glorious gourmet market warms up every Saturday at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock between 09h00 and 14h00. You’ll find fresh vegetables, seafood, heart-warming goodies, artisan bread, organic ciders, craft beers and the best coffee in town made by local baristas. It feels like a market you’d visit on holiday in an old town you haven’t explored before – lots of stories and fascinating people. We advise early arrival to find parking and avoid the rush around this trendy area.
Woodstock is hot and happening, and Market at the Palms is no exception. You’ll find possibly the best sushi of your life, and simple treats like cheeses and chocolates. Of all the indoor markets in Cape Town this one has the homeliest feel. Each vendor is welcoming and honest about their trade – there’s a true passion you’ll find in every dish. There are about 40 vendors, who cook up tasty treats such as coq au vin pie, angelfish pâté, flavourful mushroom skewers, organic tabouleh and dulce de leche. All of this takes place against the background of live music and laughter. The market runs from 09h00 to 14h00 every Saturday, and underground parking is FREE at 145 Sir Lowry Road.
The newest kid on the block is open seven days a week on 34 Regent Road, Sea Point. This inner city gem has become the talk of the town thanks to gourmet cheese sandwiches, South African cuisine, fabulous affordable fashion, local produce and world-renowned Baskin and Robins ice cream. (Something you can’t leave before trying is a waffle bowl – it’s a bowl made from waffle filled with ice cream!) Whether you’re going out for a warm breakfast, a cup of coffee with friends or to buy a birthday gift, this is where you should head. More than that, do a fresh fruit and vegetables shopping trip or take the kids for a sweet treat.
Don’t hide at home just because the cold threatens outside. In such a beautiful bustling city, there is no excuse for you to miss out on any of the action with these three indoor markets.