The Lure of the Lourensford Market
Much like long days at the beach, outdoor markets in the Cape are best enjoyed in summer. The warmer season heralds the reopening of many of our favourite weekend haunts, chief amongst which is the ever-popular Lourensford Market.
Located at the historic Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, this Helderberg hang-out is just 40 minutes outside of Cape Town.
Head there on a Friday evening for the Twilight Market, or take a drive out on Sunday morning for a more family-orientated affair.
The setting alone is worth the drive. Imagine sprawling lawns flanked by (award-winning) manicured gardens, majestic trees providing cool shade, and the backdrop of the azure Helderberg mountain flanking the valley. The Night Market twinkles with fairy lights, attracting the after-work set like moths to a very attractive flame.
All this is yours to soak up while enjoying an abundance of foodie delights. Indeed, we’d say come hungry such is the choice from the mix of over 70 stalls. We recommend the dim sum from Tao’s Kitchen, Ghenwa’s Lebanese treats, and Corlie’s Italian for moreish arancini and gnocchi to begin. For something sweet, try the Tuist craft ice cream (in lime and avo flavour if you’re feeling daring) and nab yourself a bag of fudge (oreo is a must) from The Fudge Kitchen.
Wash this down with a speciality coffee by the Magnificent Barista Boys or freshly pressed juices by Dr Juice. Estate wine and bubbly is available to order by the glass and craft beer brewed by their very own micro-brewery, ABRU.
ABRU is located in the neighbouring MOTOR Studio – where some of the finest cars ever to be manufactured in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s are on show. As you can imagine, this is the perfect spot to drop off a husband or dad for a bit of ogling.
The vendors are located in what feels like a charmingly restored shed that manages to be both rustic and trendy. Once you have done a few rounds, and have your chosen eats in hand, take a seat in the mix and match communal dining area, alongside fellow market-goers.
This is a family-friendly market in the extreme, so expect lots of little ones, who are kept well-entertained by the various activities, including the interactive fountain. Face painting, games, and jumping castles are regular features on Sundays too.
The convivial, relaxed vibe is added to by the live acoustic music from various local artists. Friday nights may include a bit of DJing, so bring your dancing shoes if you are feeling up for a whirl under the stars.
Once you are fed and watered, make sure to browse the stalls again, this time with an eye out for the local crafts. Art, clothing, jewellery, leather handbags, and home accessories are hand-crafted with love by the vendors. With Christmas in mind, you might stock up on some excellent stocking-fillers, or find something special for yourself.
Payment wise, most vendors have Snapscan and accept cash. If you need to draw money, there is an ATM available.
While life cannot always be about Rose, sunshine, and cupcakes, a day or night out at the Lourensford Market certainly makes it feel like, just for a moment, it could be.
The Lourensford market is open in season (September – May), every Friday evening from 17:00 – 21:00 and every Sunday from 10:00 – 15:00) with an annual festive break around Christmas & New Year. For upcoming events and updates, visit their Facebook Page or visit their Website.
For more on our Cape Grace’s concierge market recommendations, read our Farmer’s Markets blog piece.
Blog post by Tarah Darge