4 City Markets You Have to Visit When in Cape Town



First Thursdays

First Thursdays is fast becoming a must-attend event in Cape Town and it takes place on the first Thursday of every month. Art Galleries and cultural events around the city is open until 9pm or later on these days and locals along with tourists are invited to explore the city on foot and experience everything the city has to offer including food trucks, art exhibitions, local food and vintage markets along with live entertainment. Follow this link to find a map and plan your starting point as you walk through the city from Bree Street to Church Street or simply grab a map on your first stop.

We encourage everyone to visit First Thursdays at least once, although you will find yourself heading back more than a couple of times. Exploring the beautiful city by foot has never been this rewarding.


Neighbourgoods Market

Founded in 2006 by two entrepreneurs the Neighbourgoods Market has grown into an award-winning market with vendors serving fresh produce like meat, fish, vegetables, teas, fruits and sweet treats. Be sure to get there early to grab a seat and enjoy breakfast or grab a bite to eat for lunch while exploring the vintage fashion and hand made jewellery stalls. The market is open from 9am – 2pm but we recommend getting there early, as it has become an institution to visit the market for locals come rain or shine. We recommend starting your morning with a cup of Origin Coffee before heading down the market to enjoy either traditional Dutch Bitterballen, Dim Sum or a freshly made smoothie before getting a glass of craft beer or champagne.


V&A Food Market

Based in the Waterfront’s Old Power Station this market is a food lover’s dream with over 50 permanent vendors. German pretzels, fudge, Thai soup, Belgian waffles, home made ice cream and biltong are only a few of the food available in the amazing atmosphere. If you fancy making something at home, you can purchase fresh produce as well. Seating inside is plentiful and live music will keep you entertained for hours while browsing through the stalls and taking in all the aromas and colours of Cape Town. The market is open daily to 7pm during the Summer months in the city and is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or early dinner when shopping in the Waterfront.


Market at The Palms

The Market at Palms is also situated in Woodstock and brings a taste the ‘Platteland’ as described in Afrikaans to visitors. The market is all about the characters and the vendors and hearing their stories behind their produce that they proudly sell. The village-square atmosphere is what draws visitors who enjoy having their Saturday morning breakfast listening to the live music in the background.