There are those people who love Flea Markets and those who don’t see the magic in searching for things you didn’t know you loved and wanted and actually finding them. Cape Town is famous for its collection of strange, weirdly wonderful markets and objects in these markets. One can perhaps sign it off to the fact that the largest amount of interestingly creative individuals have made the mother city their home and therefore if there is a peculiar item to be discovered you will most definitely find it at one of the wide range of flea markets and their stalls. Below is a list of the most popular and sought after markets in Cape Town.
Milnerton Flea Market
Situated on Marine Drive, opposite the Metro Industrial Park in Paarden Eiland, it is called the Milnerton Flea Market because that is where this great Flea Markets origins began. Entrance to the market is free of charge and today it is the size of four football fields. It lies between two parking lots and has the majestic Table Mountain for a magnificent backdrop. The market is both animal and child friendly and has designated market officials who constantly keep an eye on things. Most of the food stalls have seating available and there are public toilet facilities which include wheelchair friendly facilities. The market itself is clean, safe and superb. There are stalls selling almost everything you could ever imagine, from your normal market food stalls to ancient brick a brack, second hand collectable items, to books that one thought would be lost to us forever. There are crystals and crazy items that one did not know existed. The Milnerton Flea Market is known for its size and extreme collection of absolutely everything your heart could ever desire. Check out their website for more information www.milnertonfleamarket.co.za
Stellenbosch Slow Market
Situated in the heart of Stellenbosch, which is where the Cape Winelands boast their beauty, lies the Stellenbosch slow market, its rather large in size and substantially quaint and divinely beautiful items, mostly homemade or handmade. The market is only open on Saturdays regardless of weather conditions and opens at 9am – 4pm. The stalls offer the widest range of goods, from scrumptious bits and bites to the most sensationally artistic apparel known to man, there are also the odd book bargain stalls, as well as esoterically inclined hidden gems. The Stellenbosch Slow Market is an wondrous way to spend browsing a Saturday away in a relaxed beautifully inspiring setting.
Tokia Forest Market
Even with the impending closure looming over the market, which the whole of the mother city hopes will not happen, this is one of the most beautiful, well organised and family orientated markets in the whole of Cape Town. Not only is the market jam packed with entertainment from pony rides, jumping castles and that guy ‘Frans’ whose scientific genius teaches the children the most mind blowing things to take home as well, but there are food stalls without mercy, from the delicious moer koffie from Maggies to unmistakably the most divine biltong from Dante’s, then there are the more sit down and relax in between the tall trees and breathe in the fresh tokai air food stalls prepared by chefs and served with a smile. The arts and crafts that meander through the entertainment and food stalls is vastly different, there are crystals and gems holding exquisite beauty, clothing which is handmade with love and sensationable design, and wooden handmade toys to name but a few. Tokai Forest Market must definitely be visited even if for the beauty alone, check out their website on www.tokaiforestmarket.co.za