Expect to find crowds at the most popular ones, like the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Albert Road, Woodstock. It’s open on Saturdays, from 09:00 to 14:00, with over 100 speciality traders, piles of food and drink and often live music too.
The V&A Waterfront is another venue on the foodie trail, with the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay a favourite spot for breakfast and lunch on Saturdays. It’s the perfect start or end point for a brisk walk along the Sea Point promenade, too. If the weather is bad, then opt for the V&A Food Market, which is in a warehouse, with 50 traders offering pocket-friendly local and global cuisine, as well as organic and health foods, between 10:00 and 18:00 daily.
On Thursdays there are two amazing markets in the city centre. At lunchtime, there’s EarthFair Food Market at the Wale Street end of St George’s Mall which draws tourists, city workers and students to enjoy a meal sitting at trestle tables or perched on the steps of the nearby statue. It’s on from 11:00 to 15:00 and there’s produce and meals ready to take home, too. Later in the day, from 16:30 to 20:30, the City Bowl Market on Hope Street in Gardens has food, craft beer and dry-cured and smoked meats.
One reason why food markets are so popular is that they cater for a wide range of tastes, so they offer all the upside of a shopping mall food court – just much nicer!
Some of the markets may be seasonal or not open if the weather is terrible, so check their social media pages before you set out.