My best food market? Easy: Oranjezicht Farmer’s Market

There’s no shortage of wonderful food markets to explore in Cape Town. But Dax Villanueva, the writer behind local wine, lifestyle and travel blog Relax-with-Dax, has no problem picking out his favourite.

The Oranjezicht Farmers Market is definitely the best food market in the city.

These days it is based at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront precinct. It is undercover but also has open spaces so it’s ideal for both rainy or sunny days. The view of the ocean adds a unique element.

It’s probably the best market for getting fresh veggies, but there are a lot of great stands selling things to take home.

When you’ve finished shopping there are plenty of food stands to grab a bite at and take in the vibe. There is normally music playing and the place is humming. It’s very social.

My top midweek food markets in Cape Town

Cape Town comes into its own on the weekends, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a great food market during the week, reckons Dax Villanueva, the man behind local food, wine, lifestyle and travel blog Relax-with-Dax.

There are not many midweek food markets: there is Earth Fair Market in Tokai (Wednesdays), the Earth Fair Market at St George’s Mall (Thursdays) and the Noordhoek Community Market (Thursdays).

But I reckon the best midweek market is the City Bowl Market (Thursdays) on Hope Street in Gardens. This market is more about food on Saturdays, while the mid-week market is seriously festive. With over 30 traders plying their wares, the City Bowl Market offers a good mix of food, fashion and accessories. Look out for authentic Durban-style curries, locally-produced limoncello and fantastic Chinese cuisine.