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Cape Town Food And Craft Market Culture

There’s nothing quite like a local artisanal market to provide the setting for total immersion in the culture and craft of a city.

Cape Town is blessed with scores of diverse markets, each with its own unique atmosphere and offering. What’s common to them all is an abundance of local, handcrafted, creative and gourmet fare.

Whether to relax with a craft beer and listen to live music, to feast on fresh and lovingly prepared local eats or to search for unique clothing, crafts and collectables, scores of locals and tourists alike wander through the many markets sprawled across the city each weekend.

Cape Town boasts a number of markets with local artisanal food and drink, clothing, craft and live music.

Five of the best Cape Town markets are the Neighbourgoods Market, the Bluebird Garage Market, Greenmarket Square, the Victoria & Alfred Craft and Wellness Market and the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay.

Arguably the most popular market in Cape Town, the Neighbourgoods Market in the trendy Woodstock creative district offers the best in artisanal food, drinks, clothing, jewellery and collectables. The fact that the market is set in an old biscuit mill reflects the authenticity and eclecticism of the market, its traders and its supporters, who flock through its doors every Saturday morning.

The Bluebird Garage Food & Goods Market is a smaller, more relaxed market set in the sleepy seaside village of Muizenberg, about 30 minutes from the heart of Cape Town. Open on Friday evenings, it offers a relaxed yet vibrant space in which locals and foreigners mingle over delicious gourmet fare, live local music and a variety of clothing, book, art, deco, jewellery and other stalls.

Greenmarket Square in Cape Town’s city centre is perfect for visitors looking for distinctly African gifts and memorabilia. Whilst arts and crafts dominate the popular square, a variety of clothing and collectables can also be found. Most (if not all) of the products on offer at the daily market express the rich cultural and creative heritage of Africa and South Africa in particular.

The daily craft market at Cape Town’s famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront offers a selection of fine arts as well as lifestyle and wellness products. All unique and handcrafted, the products on sale include everything from paintings to woodwork, ceramics, tapestries and holistic wellness solutions.

Last but certainly not least, the vibrant Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay, which is about 30 minutes from the city centre, is well worth a visit for a lively night out. The live music ranges from big band and jazz to local pop and rock artists, the food includes everything from burgers and pizza to sushi and sweet treats and the cultural melting pot provides the perfect setting for locals and visitors alike to relax, socialise and peruse the myriad lifestyle and craft stalls on offer.

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