get fresh in the village

The Village Market @ Cape Quarter is launching on Sunday, November 13.

This unique, European Lifestyle Market is centrally located with an alfresco vibe and offers an assortment of services from carefully selected market traders ranging from appetizing foods to fashion, décor, arts and photography, as well as a range of beverages – enhanced by a selection of retail, restaurants and specialty services, all the while striving to be as organic and environmentally friendly as possible.

Included are:
* A European-style fruit, vegetable and flower Market
* Specialty food market: a smorgasbord of fresh, organic food. Choices include; fish, specialty sausages, homemade pies, farm cheeses, biltong, patés, organic nuts and grains, artisan breads and many other products from small producers
* Bar area where sporting events can be watched
* Coffee traders
* Second hand books
* Home baked goods and preserves
* Décor
* Clothing
* Alternative products: homeopathic, herbalist area
* Kiddy Corner/Children’s Entertainment
* Wine tasting

While 900 secure parking bays at just R5 are available, the market is also accessible via MyCiTi public transportation.

When you get there, just follow the strawberries on the floor throughout the centre and discover what The Village Market has to offer.

Date: Every Sunday, starting November 13
Location: The Square
Time: 10h00-15h00

The Square at Cape Quarter
27 Somerset Road


the west coast comes to town

If there’s a single trend that’s been eagerly embraced by Capetonians it’s the growing number of food markets, and newly opened Market at The Palms on Sir Lowry Road looks set to become a firm favourite.

Market at The Palms brings the Platteland to Cape Town. The brainchild of well known food stylist Isabella Niehaus, this fortnightly market showcases the very best of the West Coast and surrounding areas, from Langebaan and Saldanha to Darling and Mooreesburg.

Many of the products on offer are new to the city. Glorious mushrooms, fresh figs, wines, designer teas, quality meats and seafood, delectable homemade breads, cakes and pies, fabulous fresh flowers and even traditional vetkoek are just a few of the delights on offer. From all reports prices are reasonable too.

The market is held fortnightly and is open this Saturday, 25 February from 10am to 3pm – and on market days parking is free!

This Saturday’s market features Carmen Niehaus, Huisgenoot food editor, who will be doing a food demo. On the menu is:

Bruschetta with Smoked Snoek, Cream Cheese with Plump Raisins in Rooibos Syrup | Lentil Salad with Plums & Pickled Ginger | Asian Steamed Oysters with Pineapple Carpaccio | Baked Cheesecake with Flower Tea Syrup, Frosted Grapes & Figs.

To find out more, meet individual traders and keep up with the latest news, visit the market’s Facebook page, which is updated regularly. Top of my list of things to try are Jean-Luc Fournier’s authentic French crêpes.

The Palms Décor and Lifestyle Centre is located at 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, the site of the historic Baumann’s factory – built in the first quarter of the last century and one of Cape Town’s very first bakeries.

UPDATE: The next market takes place on Saturday, 10 March, from 10am to 3pm.

Images courtesy of Palms Décor and Lifestyle Centre

riebeek valley country fair on saturday, 31 march

Short Street, Riebeek Kasteel, home to Ancient Spirit (stunning clothing), Luv It (gorgeous home decor goodies), Crisp (fresh produce, etc) Bar Bar Blacksheep, Wine Collective and Mullineux Winery (closed on weekends, but the Wine Collective does tastings) and more. This rather famous little street is also a fabulous place to host a market.

The Riebeek Valley Country Fair celebrates all things local from the Swartland area, with something for everyone, from young to not-so-young. Just a few of the stalls include:

Handmade iron work by J Neethling – really popular, especially for avid gardeners.

Kasteel Kat: olives, olive Oil and tapenade – all made in the valley.

Aitsa: yummy homemade treats from around the valley.

Darling Mushrooms: assorted mushrooms on a kebab stick – absolutely to die for!

A Touch of India: the most awesome samoosas (try the very popular snoek & feta), springrolls, spices, dips, atcha and more by Shameema.

Purely Ideas: a range of wonderful products including Purely Sweets, the most awesome sugar free, preservative free sweeties that the kids absolutely love. They also do sand art, which gets sold as Purely Sand. Let the kids play at a table in the restaurant while grown ups enjoy a Medfest meal.

Fiamma’s Foods: loads of delicious homemade savoury & sweet treats.

The market starts at 9 so grab a cuppa from Bar Bar (or even a glass of vino), relax and enjoy the Medfest Market vibe this Saturday.

Want to know more about Medfest 2012? Click here

together at tjing tjing on 29 may

Together at Tjing Tjing is a creative collective ‘night market’, where innovative, talented, local designers come together to celebrate creativity, inspiration and originality. And Bacardi is back to serve up some awesome cocktails.

It’s happening this coming Tuesday from 6pm to 11pm at 165 Longmarket Street, and features work by:

  • Byappointmentto – design protagonist
  • Daniel Ting Chong – illustrator and graphic designer
  • Danielle Margaux – fashion
  • Dear Me – Pantry collection
  • Hout Couture – locally made wooden sunglasses
  • Lauren Fowler – illustrator | designer | thingmaker
  • Matt Alison – eco-activist and urban farmer
  • Sessi-bee – ceramic artist
  • Two Birds with Some Stones – designers and manufacturers of jewellery
  • Vanessa Quellec & Wild Peacock – Valrhona chocolate desserts


only on a sunday, cape town’s newest market opens 29 july

Only On A Sunday, Cape Town’s newest, freshest and only City based indoor market opens its doors for the first time from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 29th July and every Sunday therafter.

Housed in the stunning building (which dates back to the 1800s) that plays home to Zula Sound Bar, the market offers a delectable variety of stalls and entertainment for young and old. Immerse yourself in the splendour of forty stalls selling an abundance of goods ranging from A to Z, retro to modern, collectibles to perishables, or simply while away the afternoon soaking up the ambience and enjoying the entertainment.

Encapsulating the themes of romance and adventure Only On A Sunday Market is set to become a Sunday staple in the Mother City.

10am to 4pm Sundays from 29th July
98 Long Street (Parking available)
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river club boutique market: a little something different

Starting with its Winter Wonderland launch on Sunday 29 July (10am-4pm), the River Club Boutique Market offers a little something different every second month at the River Club in Observatory.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the River Club, this one-of-a-kind, indoor/outdoor themed bespoke, handcrafted and artisan market features the best-handpicked local exhibitors. Visitors can sample the offerings of some of the Peninsula’s finest designer, handcrafted and lifestyle vendors.

Think craft beer and speciality teas; oysters and sushi; organic wines, chocolates and fresh produce; heart-warming soups; artisan ice-cream; charcuterie delicacies; Belgian waffles; home-made lemonade; fabulous olives and preserves and so much more.

Then there’s the designer, repurposed and vintage couture creations (décor, jewellery and fashion clothing); as well as antiques and collectibles, lifestyle therapists, life readers, beauty treatments and natural body care products.

Added attractions for the whole family include live free music and displays by popular local performers; art-house films; plus a sheltered, supervised kids’ activity area (including extras like a petting zoo and loads of additional outdoor activities in summer).

On 29 July local artist Matt Roux plays his atmospheric acoustic/pop between 12 and 2 at the Market; take a listen to some of his songs on Soundcloud, here.

Entry is R20 adults, R10 pensioners/students and children U12 free.
There’s also plenty of free parking available.

Percentage of proceeds towards Mamelani (

Other River Club Boutique Markets for 2012 are:

  • 9 September: ‘Spring is in the Air’ Market – a great excuse to come out of hibernation!
  • 4 November: ‘Summer Celebration’ Market – what better way to enjoy the warmer weather? This market will be held in conjunction with an all-day outdoor concert featuring a great line-up of popular performers, including headline act Freshlyground
  • 9 December: ‘Gifts Galore’ Holiday Market – just in time for Christmas!

You can also win some R&R: Like the Market’s Facebook page, here, and by joining the online mailing list, here, or signing up at the market entrance on 29 July, you stand a chance to win some great prizes:

  • A night’s self-catering accommodation for two at Langebaan Country Estate ( worth R1,400
  • Dinner for two at Players Café & Bar @ The River Club worth R250
  • Two rounds on the River Club Mashie worth R120

021 788 8088

to market, to market

There was a time when there was barely a handful of markets dotted around Cape Town and its environs, most (if not all) of which were seasonal and weather-dependent. Not anymore. Winter, summer, weekday, weekend, weekly, monthly, indoors, outdoors – the choice really is yours. We share our choice for the next week.

Woodmill Lifestyle Market in Stellenbosch is a Friday night music market that includes boutique wines, craft beers and home-made goodies to eat while being entertained by talented musicians. Tomorrow night also sees the third Boutique Beer Festival, where a variety of microbreweries will showcase their beers. Website Facebook

Also on a Friday, from 4pm – 10pm, the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market is a heart warming neighbourhood food and goods market – including a sushi bar & draft beer – set in a beautiful old warehouse on the corner of Albertyn & Milner Roads in the heart of bustling Muizenberg.

The Salt Circle Arcade in Albert Road hosts the Salt Circle Boutique Marketevery Saturday from 9am to 2pm. While this lifestyle market offers authentic traditional foods from all over the world, all products sold are 100% South African made, and the market supports local trade and industry. Phone 021 424 1210 for info.

Saturday, 28 July, also sees the very popular City Bowl Fashion Market at 14 Hope Street, Gardens. This is becoming the place in town to do your fashion shopping. Over 30 designers showcase their creations and if you love fashion, vintage, jewellery and decor, it’s definitely the place to be.
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The River Club Boutique Market is the first of two new markets launching on Sunday, 29 July. A select bespoke, handcraft artisan market includes delicious food, gifts, collectibles, fashion, décor, design & lifestyle. Added attractions include live music &performances, art-house films and more.
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Only On A Sunday is the second new market that launches on Sunday, 29 July. This new weekly market takes place at Zula Bar in Long Street from 10am to 4pm and will feature everything A – Z, retro to modern, collectibles to perishables as well as plenty of live entertainment.
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Launched two weeks ago, Village Market’s *The Wednesday “Little Saturday” Market at Cape Quarter features a wonderful selection of gourmet foods, including craft beer, cheese, charcuterie, waffles and Belgian chocolate, as well as fashion and jewellery. The market runs from noon until 7pm.

On Wednesday, 1 August, Bay Harbour Market launches the Comedy Supper Club, featuring comedians Rob van Vuuren, Mum-z and Marc Lottering. All the usual food traders will be there, as well as the Boom Bar, serving wine, spirits and the largest selection of draught beer in Cape Town.

Finally, the third installment of the wonderfully-named Not Another Fecking Market takes place on Saturday, 4 August, with vintage clothing, art and design, accessories, good food, exhibition showcasing Cape Town creatives, live entertainment, cash prizes & more. 3pm – 8pm at Ragazzi Live Bar.

music line-up at bay harbour market, 17 -19 august

Taking to the stage on August 17 for Friday Night LIVE! is popular Cape Town reggae band The Rivertones. Experienced frontman Roland Geoffery Nair has been performing since he was 12 and has jammed with the likes of “The Wailers” (Bob Marley’s band). He formed the Rivertones in 2006, and they have gone to play at major festivals across the country. These reggae masters will leave you feeling suitably “irie”.

The Brampton Sound Stage comes alive on Saturday August 18 with accomplished multi-instrumental vocalist, Sven Blumer and polished saxophonist, vocalist and guitar player Marleen “Paddy” Visser. Sven has been active in the music industry for many years, performing live and doing session work as a guitarist as well as tutoring aspiring musos. He draws on his love of cultural diversity and varied genres of music, which is highly influenced by the different countries he grew up in. Marleen is a professional musician who has performed at numerous private and corporate functions, solo or as part of a duo. She is also the tenor sax player in a Big Band. Don’t miss this one!

Ending the weekend off on August 19 is guitar master Tinus van Dyk. Tinus is one of the few local exponents of fingerstyle guitar music. His compositions combine this challenging technique with an eclectic range of folk influences from around the world. From jazz and blues to Spanish guitar, classical, and rock this guitar virtuoso explores a range of musical styles.

In addition to awesome live music, arts, crafts, fashion, decor and delicious cuisine, Bay Harbour is also hosting a monthly comedy showcase on the first Wednesday of each month. The line-up for the 5th September 2012 features Martin Davis (UK) hosting support acts Carl Weber and Anne Hirsch and the headliner is one of Cape Town’s best established comedians – Stuart Taylor. Tickets are on sale from the 17th August – the inaugural show was sold out, so make sure you get your tickets early!

Brampton Sound Stage, Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay
31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
17-19 August 2012
Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday and Sunday: 9h30am-4pm

markets update: the larder market

The Larder market is an intimate market set in the The Larder Café, housed within Block & Chisel, just off Diep River Main Road.

Held every Thursday from 11am – 1pm, The Larder market offers you a range of delicious home grown, organic, preservative-free produce. The marketeers are:

  • Simply Wholesome, offering free-range chickens
  • Ocean Jewels Fish & Seafood
  • The Creamery, with delicious homemade and unique flavoured ice-creams
  • Pasta Imperiale, selling homemade tagliatelle made from organic eggs
  • Baker Bird, supplying gluten, wheat and often dairy-free baked goods
  • Cure Charcuterie, offering delicious, preservative-free pork
  • MamaShroom, supplying us with oyster mushrooms.

The Larder also has ready-made meals on offer, which vary weekly, ranging from spicy bean chorizo to bean cassoulet, bolognaise ragu to ready-made pizzas and soups.

Inside Block & Chisel
99 Main Road
Diep River
021 712 1961


a belly full of laughs at bay harbour market

Add a belly full of laughs and good food to your monthly calendar as the first Wednesday of every month is officially Comedy Supper Club night at Bay Harbour.

The next event is scheduled for Wednesday, 5th September 2012 and the line-up features Martin Davis (UK) hosting support acts Carl Weber and Anne Hirsch and the headliner will be one of Cape Town’s best established comedians – Stuart Taylor.

Hecklers beware – Martin Davis skids and bounces across the stage firing off a relentless rapid-fire assault that hits every corner of the room and kills 100% of all known hecklers in their tracks. Headliner Stuart Taylor is pure class and is probably best known as the presenter of SABC 3’s hit travel show, ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’; Anne Hirsch won SABC’s ‘So you think you’re funny’ Season 2 crowning her the funniest new stand-up comedian in the country, and Carl Weber is our Bloemfontein-born comedian and was the Graça Comedy Showdown winner and also performed at the Nandos International Cape Town Comedy Festival at the Artscape 2012.

Enjoy a belly full of good food, too, as all the usual food traders will be open from 6pm for show-goers to enjoy a mouth-watering supper prior to and during the show. Plus, the Boom Bar will be serving a full spectrum of wine, spirits and the largest selection of draught beer in Cape Town. And don’t forget that the huge fireplace, one of the signatures of Bay Harbour, will be roaring.

Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost R80 standing, R90 back seated and R100 front seated, on a seat-reserved basis. Tickets are available online, here and from the Boom Bar at Bay Harbour Market.