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The Best Markets in Cape Town

Cape Town is an incredible city offering the best of Africa’s nightlife, sun, surf, sea and shopping. Whether you're planning on spending your next summer beach holiday in the Mother City or dropping in for a fun-filled weekend, there is a massive amount to do. Indulge and live it up while staying in a tourist’s playground, Cape Town, by going sightseeing and checking out the local attractions. 

The Mother City and the surrounding areas of the city are just brimming with amazing Cape Town markets that are hustling and bustling with shoppers and traders alike. Week after week connoisseurs and travellers, guests and international visitors alike enjoy the best of this beautiful city’s markets.

Our list of the best markets in Cape Town:

Best markets in Cape Town: Fresh bread at the Neighbourgoods Market Photo: RTActivist

  • Neighbourgoods Market at the Biscuit Mill

Neighbourgoods Market at Salt River's famous Biscuit Mill is better known as Cape Town’s original gourmet market. The busy Cape Town market with its awesome atmosphere attracts a great crowd looking for freshly baked breads, international specialities, seafood, organic goods, apple ciders, locally brewed beers and remarkable coffee.

The Neighbourgoods Market at The Biscuit Mill is one of Cape Town's best markets and is really worth the weekend visit, trading between 09:00 and 14:00 weekly on Saturdays.

The Old Biscuit Mill Complex | Woodstock | Cape Town

  • Green Market Square

Green Market Square was originally a slave market, making it one of the Mother City’s and South Africa’s oldest markets. It is one of the busiest Cape Town markets, popular with tourists and busting with African curios to the likes of fantastic hand painted fabrics, wonderful wood carvings, jewellery, arts and crafts.

Visit Green Market Square between 09:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Friday and between 09:00 and 15:00 on Saturdays.

Green Market Square | Cape Town

  • Victoria and Alfred Markets

South Africa's largest indoor craft market, the Red Shed is part of the V&A Waterfront located near the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre. The Barrow Court offers colourful arts and crafts from glass blowing, to quilting and crystals you can buy from local traders. Home to one of the best markets in Cape Town. The Victoria and Alfred Wharf markets trade from 09:00 till 21:00 - Monday to Sunday.

The Waterfront Craft Market is situated opposite the Two Oceans Aquarium. Trading hours are between 09:30 and 18:00 where you can shop and browse the worthwhile antiquities and creative handicrafts along with other offerings for those who prefer a more holistic lifestyle.

V&A Waterfront | Cape Town

  • Milnerton Flea Market

The Milnerton Flea Market is a bargain hunter’s paradise with an array of all sorts of second-hand treasures from electrical goods to a collection of tea sets. You’ll find everything from Tupperware and telephones to biltong and car parts. There are also computers, cheap knock offs and even something for the baby boomers.

For everything from a new iron to the kitchen sink visit the Milnerton Flea Market which trades between 07:00 and 16:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Paarden Island | Cape Town

  • The Muizenberg Market

Muizenberg is the section of the city best known for being home of Muizenberg beach and its colourful beach box change rooms, attracting the likes of the surf loving and is warmly referred to as surfers’ corner. A stone's throw away from Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon's Town in one direction with the city bowl only 30 to 40 minutes away with Constantia and Claremont on the way it is the perfect fun stop-in between destinations.

The market gets super busy over the weekend and much quieter in the week. Here you'll find plenty in the line of electronics, plumbing parts, food, clothes and toys. Every Sunday between 08:00 and 16:00, off the beach at Sunrise Circle the traders are out for The Muizenberg Market.

Muizenberg | Cape Town

Best markets in Cape Town: Earth Fair Food Market in Tokai. Photo: Ian Junor

  •  Earth Fair Food Market

If organic food and fantastic specialities are what you're after, and the sound of a morning bursting at the seams from delicious taste sensations sound great to you, then Cape Town’s famous Earth Fair is one of the not-to-be-missed Cape Town markets. The perfect place to find some organic fruit and veggies along with olives, cheeses, biltong and cured meats, a selection of fine teas, farm style breads and baked goods, chillies and even chocolate treats.

The Tokai Earth Fair Food Market is open every Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00 and open every Wednesday from 15:00 till 20:30.

Earth Fair Food Market at St Georges Mall is open every Thursday from 11:00 till 15:00.

Noordhoek Farm Village Earth Fair Food Market is open every Thursday from 16:00 – 20:30.

St Georges Mall, Noordhoek Farm Village & Tokai | Cape Town

  • Church Street Antiques Market

A great outdoor market located in a small alleyway and arcade offering visitors everything from classic vintage clothes to awesome antique costume jewellery. The market takes on traders of all sorts with some selling simple handmade curios and others offering the service of reading your tarot cards.

This quaint little Church Street is in the Mother City of Cape Town and trades between 09:00 and 16:00 from Monday to Saturday. Outdoor traders pack up early and the indoor market helps on those rainy days.

Long Street and Wale Street | Cape Town

  • Green Point Flea Market

The Green Point Flea Market boasts over 400 stalls, and you can find just about anything at this massive weekend market from china imports and clothing, to electronics and antiques. The Green Point Flea Market is a great bric-a-brac market with second hand books and kitchen goods.

The fantastic Sunday food emporium offers all the Malay treats, fish and chips, local specialities like boerewors rolls and other South African favourites to tantalise your taste buds.  Visit the traders between 08:30 and 17:00.

Main Parking Area | Cape Town Stadium | Bill Peters Drive | Green Point | Cape Town

  • Hout Bay Craft Market

Hout Bay's Village Green is host to this popular weekend Market with its local and regular traders selling their wares which range between leather and iron work, curios and crystals to coffee and clothing, basket weaving and contemporary pottery. There are plenty of stalls stacked with toys for the kids, arts, crafts and decadent delicious delicacies, homemade nibbles and tasty South African munchies.

The Hout Bay Craft Market operates between 10:00 and 16:00 every Sunday. For a taste of what the Mother City has to offer locals and visitors, it is well worth a visit.

Hout Bay Village Green | Main Road | Hout Bay | Cape Town

  • The Sunday Island Market

The Mother City’s finest home and lifestyle market is a fun option for the kids offering all the good stuff that life and Cape Town markets combined can bring from wine tasting to home décor, delicious baked goods and great food including all the best of the South African favourites. A Mother City market that’s well worth a visit.

The Sunday Island Market attracts a great crowd of people week after week, time and time again. The market has no entry fee and there is free parking. The market is open for trade between 10:00 and 15:00 every Sunday for a weekly supply of fun for the whole family.

Northgate Island Shopping Centre | Milnerton | Cape Town

  • Millstone Eco-friendly Farm Stall & Café

A charming, extraordinary, delightful, welcoming and darling market experience.  This would be the right place to be if you're keen for a relaxing weekend shop where you can meander about browsing.. The Millstone Eco-friendly Farm Stall & Café is one of Cape Town's best kept secrets attracting visitors for delicious breakfasts and tasty lunches with all the trimmings.

One of the greatest Cape Town markets with a horse and cart sells a juicy selection of organic fruit and local vegetables. Stalls offer walkers by a choice of farm cheeses, home baked breads and sweet treats, scrumptious homemade preserves and yummy jams. Trading hours are from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 and 17:00.

Oude Molen Eco Village | Pinelands | Cape Town

Best Markets in Cape Town: Cape Quarter Village Market.        Photo: WBayer

  • Cape Quarter Village Market

The European-style Cape Quarter Village Market with an alfresco atmosphere and ambience offers organic nuts and grains, fruits, vegetables and fresh cut flowers. Specialty foods and delicacies include pates, preserves, biltong, fish, a selection of sausages, delicious farm cheeses, home baked pies and freshly baked breads. The market boasts a bar area, coffee traders, décor stalls, clothing as well as homeopathic and herbalist remedies.

The courtyard area compliments the market atmosphere with undercover areas in case of rain. A market adventure enhanced by an array of great high-end shops, restaurants, boutique stores and specialty services with secure underground parking. The Cape Quarter Village Market trades on Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00.

The Square, Cape Quarter | Green Point | Cape Town

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Jacqueline Freer

Jacqueline Freer Title: Blog Contributor
Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog Jacqueline has a career background consisting of nightlife eventing and entertainment fused with hospitality then blending with branding and business and over the past few years focusing on digital media. Her personal passions include the arts, travel, food, film and photography. Please visit the Inrichmint Media Studio website.
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  1. Gravatar Kevin Collins says:

    And possibly the best ever market is the one opening today up Government Avenue and the Company’s garden which has over 40 gourmet experiences and 100’s of amazing craft and other stalls, a brilliant Kids Zone and the Garden Party - where craft beer and wine is served under the shade of the great old trees. An end of year treat from the City of Cape Town

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  2. Gravatar Curtis Williams says:

    Can i please get the contact details of the markets where one can sell clothing?

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  3. Gravatar Dalene Ingham-Brown (Drive South Africa) says:

    Hi Curtis

    Perhaps try contacting the Hout Bay Market: http://www.bayharbour.co.za/vendors.aspx

    Good Luck!

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  4. Gravatar MARGI GRIFFITHS says:

    PLEASE COULD YOU LET ME HAVE CONTACT DETAILS FOR EARTH FAIR MARKET IN TOKAI - THANKS
    MARGI GRIFFITHS

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Margi

      Please check your mailbox. The details have been sent to you.

      Enjoy your day further.

      Best Regards

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  5. Gravatar dawn shrock says:

    I am an media artist, looking for an outlet for my paintings.

    What is the new market opening up in the Gardens like? would it be acceptable for paintings?

    Looking at specialising at childrens paintings.

    May I have the address and coordinator of the new Gardens Market

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Dear Dawn

      Thank you visiting Drive South Africa. The contact details for the Cape Town Summer Market are as follows:

      Phone: +27 (0) 83 899 7312
      Email: ctsummermarket@gmail.com
      Website: www.facebook.com/CapeTownSummerMarket?fref=ts

      We hope this helps and everything of the best.

      Thank you.

      Warm Regards,

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  6. Gravatar megan visser says:

    Hi there

    I sell exotic proteas and am looking for a good market to sell them . Pls send me details thanx alot

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good Day Megan

      Thank you for reading our blog post. The contact details I found on the Earth Fair Food Market website is this email address: hello@earthfairmarket.co.za

      I hope this helps.

      Best Regards,

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  7. Gravatar Stuart Gilmour says:

    Hi
    I would like any details or contacts for markets selling food. I have recently gotten into the business and need some help finding locations to sell my food.
    Thank you

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    1. Gravatar Asanda says:

      Good day Stuart

      Thank you for your enquiry. Where are you planning to sell your food or where are you situated? Have you looked in your area?

      Here is a link that we found: http://www.thislittlepiggy.co.za/ It lists markets by province. And here is another one: http://www.yuppiechef.com/spatula/top-10-markets-in-sa-picked-by-our-friends-at-eat-in/ that lists the “Top 10 Markets in SA”. Maybe if you narrow your search down to a specific area you might find something closer to where you would like to sell or closer to where you live.

      We are a car booking company and from time to time we publish blog articles that our community might be interested in. We do not actually participate in food markets as food vendors.

      We hope this helps and good luck with your search and your new business adventure. Let us know how it goes. :)

      Warm Regards,

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    2. Gravatar Raina says:

      Hi, I am looking for S Gilmour, I have just found his wallet in my garden!
      If it is yours, please contact me, 082 572 4816

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  8. Gravatar Nora Barnard says:

    Hi I am looking for a permanent position to show case our permanent makeup
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    We would like to put up a very hygienic gazebo and promote our unique concept to the public. Please help with possible venues and costs

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  9. Gravatar Kyra Evans says:

    Hi I would like to no where they sell fake clothes and bags ect.
    Thanks

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  10. Gravatar Shereen Powell says:

    Good day

    Please be so kind to give me instructions on how to obtain a seller’s permit at a flea market.

    Kind Regards
    shereen

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  11. Gravatar Helda says:

    Good day can enybody give me a contact number that i can phone to find out for a place at marketing selling Fresh Home Made goods. In sea point please..please contact me or whatsapp meon 062 154 8381

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  12. Gravatar Des Dewing says:

    The Alphen Antiques and Collectables Fairs are held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at the Alphen Community Centre Hall, Constantia Main Road (opposite Constantia Village), from 10am - 4pm. A variety of items will be on sale. Entry is free, there is ample parking and refreshments are available.
    Enquiries: Des 0846267499

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    1. Gravatar Des Dewing says:

      Please could you add my event (see above) to your markets listing? Many thanks, Des

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  13. Gravatar Nondumiso says:

    I would to know which market fan I contact bcoz I want to sell perfumes and lotions?

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