Are you passionate about what you eat? You certainly will be when you visit these food markets, which happen to be the coolest places to source healthy foods and catch up with friends.
Neighbourgoods Market– better known as The Biscuit Mill, it’s the trendiest place to be on a Saturday morning to buy great deli food and bump into friends. Scoff a host of ready-to-go healthy eats and drinks while sitting on straw bales or at long communal tables. Try a huge crepe with banana + caramel or a berry smoothie – these are the favourite of Malika, Cape Grace Executive Chef who loves to come here for breakfast. By about 2pm there’s barely anything left but you can wander around the eclectic arty shops instead.
Where: 373-375 Albert Road, Woodstock
When: Saturdays 9am-2.30pm
Earth Fair Foodmarket – In a warehouse-style space in this complex of lifestyle shops, the Tokai Earth Fair is fast becoming the place to be in the far south of the city. It’s impossible not to be tempted by the aroma of food, so go hungry and soak up the vibe. Chef Malika was particularly impressed by the freshly smoked fish and marinated South African anchovies.
Where: Same shopping complex as Builder’s Warehouse, Main Road, Tokai
When: Wednesday night market 3pm-8pm and Saturday morning 9am-2pm
Wellness Natural and Organic Market – This inner-city market has traders selling freshly picked fruit & vegetables, home-made healthy eats and organic foods plus crafters and live music. Check out ‘Organic Kidz’ where youngsters sell handmade wares, like toffee apples, notebooks, cookies, lemonade, etc. Anything under R10 is the order of the day.
Where: Jan Van Riebeeck Primary School, Kloof Street, (by Wellness Warehouse)
When: Saturdays 9am-2pm
Porter Estate Produce Market – Fill your shopping bag with organic veg, speciality cheeses, free-range meats, artisan breads and deli products, at this rustic outdoor farmer’s market. Eat a good farm-style breakfast with moer-koffie here.
Where: off Spaanschemat Road, near Tokai Manor on the edge of Tokai Forest
When: Saturdays 9am-1pm
Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market – November is strawberry month at this Slow Food Fair and is offered in many guises; cupcakes, jams and even strawberry soup. Stall holders sell produce they have grown, harvested, caught, preserved or created themselves, including crafts and accessories.
Where: Dorp Street Square, Bosman’s Crossing Trading Village, Stellenbosch
When: Saturdays 9am-2pm
New food markets are springing up all the time, check out this site to see where.