There’s always country fresh fare at Root 44 food market

If you’re heading out of Cape Town’s city centre and exploring the Stellenbosch winelands, it’s worth stopping in at Root 44 for a taste of country life.

The Root 44 market, situated on Audacia wine estate (on the R44 road that links Stellenbosch and Somerset West, about 30 minutes drive from the city centre), has something for everyone.

Get there early and browse the plentiful stalls laid out with antiques, jewellery, children’s clothing and handcrafted homeware.

Getting thirsty? Audacia wines are on offer, alongside delicious local craft beers. And all that shopping and drinking will no doubt work up an appetite, so take your pick between wood-fired pizza, traditional ‘roosterkoek’ (bread grilled on an open flame), spicy local curry and a wide variety of other options.

There’s no shortage of great produce to take home either… the home-baked breads, charcuterie and local cheese is particularly good here, though.

While there’s live music and plenty of space for adults to kick back and relax, it’s also a child-friendly market. You’ll find funfair entertainment, outdoor jungle gyms and lawns for children to burn off some energy. A hit with the locals and a gem of a find for tourists, Root 44 is well worth a visit on your winelands wandering.

The market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 16h00.