You’ll find family-friendly fare at the Tokai Forest Market

While the trendy markets of Woodstock and the Cape Town city centre are venues to see and be seen, the Tokai Forest Market is a relaxed, family-friendly affair where you can mingle with the locals.

It’s hard not to love the buzz and atmosphere of Woodstock’s Neighbourgoods Market, or the chic seaside appeal of the Oranjezicht Farmer’s Market – but for locals living in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, it’s the Tokai Forest Market that ticks all the right boxes for lazy weekend shopping.

You won’t find many views, or too many hipsters, at the Tokai Forest Market in the leafy suburb of Constantia, but it’s a great opportunity to experience life like a local.

This family-friendly market has a more limited array of food on offer, but the bacon-and-egg rolls with a good flat white coffee are a fine way to start your weekend. Look out for the excellent bakery and cheese stalls. And, unlike the ever-crowded Neighbourgoods market, there are plenty of places to enjoy it all under the pine trees.

Families with children are well taken care of here too, with a large play area and pony rides on offer. There’s even an arts and crafts section to keep children entertained while adults browse the range of food, drink and design stalls.

Unlike most Cape Town markets, the Tokai Forest Market is open on both Saturday (from 09h00) and Sunday (from 10h00) until 15h00.