Food markets are flourishing in Cape Town, and every weekend hungry locals and tourists flock to wonderful food markets across the city to pick up fresh produce from local farmers, meet food producers turning out artisanal products, and settle in for a lazy Saturday morning of fine food and (perhaps) a little wine.
The Neighbourgoods Market in the Old Biscuit Mill precinct in the vibrant suburb of Woodstock is perhaps the most famous Saturday market in Cape Town – and well worth a visit if you can stand the crowds.
If you can’t, get there by 08h30. Either way you’ll find a market with a split personality. Upfront is a dizzying array of fresh produce, from leafy greens to locally grown mushrooms to raw-milk cheeses.
Hungry visitors head for the back, with food stalls selling Alsace-style pizza, craft beer and chunky steak sandwiches worthy of your hangover. Take your pick.
Don’t forget that Cape Town markets mostly operate on cash, although a few vendors accept payment via the smartphone app SnapScan, which app allows you to process card payments by simply scanning a QR code. It’s becoming widely used in Cape Town, so worth installing if you’re visiting.