20 of SA’s very best Spring markets to visit

2015-09-05 06:35 - Louzel Lombard
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Louzel Lombard

Modern markets, as a trend, are not uniquely South African. In fact, SA caught on pretty early in the game when compared to the rest of the world. 

Like many other shoreline cities in the world, the South Africa we know today came about because of a market. 

When Jan and the clan stumbled to the Cape’s shores in 1652 he stuck a spade in the soil, planted some foreign seeds and a few months later, sold his European veggies to passers-by – at a market. 

The market in Cape Town was announced by the Noon Gun, which signalled buyers to come to the city hub whenever boats with new goods had arrived. 

This trading happened at the Castle of Good Hope and in Green Market Square, which therefore, can be classified as the oldest western market in SA. 

Giving the definitive role markets played in SA, it’s no wonder that we are able to have some of the best markets on the globe today. 

Pair the world’s longest wine route with the world’s best weather, (well most days that is), best people and best free range, local produce and you have yourself a winning recipe. 

Here are Traveller24’s Top 20 markets worth travelling to: 

Free State


Bloem Boeremark

Markets are a burgeoning niche in South Africa, but the Bloemfontein Boeremark in Langenhoven Park has been on the map long before institutions like Neighbourgoods and Oranjezicht took their first baby steps.

READ: The Bloem Boeremark: a family market institution

When: Every Saturday 
Time: 06:00 – 14:00 
Where: Bankovs Boulevard, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein 


Clarens Country Market

One of the newer established SA markets that’s added another dimension to this unique town on the outskirts of the Free State. Clarens Country Market gives local entrepreneurs the opportunity and platform to exhibit and sell homemade produce and contribute to tourism in town. Clarens is known especially for its rich art offering. 

When: Every Saturday 
Time: 10:00 – 15:00 
Where: Clarens, Free State 

Garden Route

Hankerville Market

The Harkerville Market has become a Garden Route classic with its mix of rural and rustic market offerings. Here you will find everything you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market – from food to locally produced arts and craft. 
When: Every Saturday
Time: 08:00 – 12:00 
Where: 18km outside Knysna, N2, Garden Route


Outeniqua Farmers Market

“The word Outeniqua means ‘the land where honey comes from.’ We want the Outeniqua Farmers’ Market to be the land where honey, cheese, bread, sweet treats, cakes, international food, flowers, juices and all manner of high quality produce comes from. It will put George on the map as a destination, giving it the heart we always knew it had.”  Deon Mocke – Market Owner

When: Every Saturday 
Time: 08:00 – 14:00 
Where: On the N2, opposite the Garden Route Mall, outside George 

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Wild Oats Community Farmer’s Market

Now in its 15th year, this small, rustic but internationally famous farmers' market continues to attract the enthusiastic attention of proud locals and discerning travellers who consistently return for more of its festive fare. What this initiative has achieved is the blending of people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix where important educational experiences about local food sources, environmental awareness and agricultural issues all blend into an unusual festive spirit of community.

When: Every Saturday 
Time: 07:30 – 12:00 
Where: On the N2, outside Sedgefield 

Bryanston Organic Market 

The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market carries the accolade of being Jozie’s original outdoor market. It has, for the past 38 years since inception been a haven of calm in the busy city where you can enjoy leisurely shopping in a peaceful and scenic outdoor environment. 

When: Every Thursday, Saturday and public holiday 
Time: 09:00 – 15:00 
Where: 40 Culross Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg 

Market on Main – Maboneng 

This market – and the entire Maboneng movement – has changed the way in which we look at the entire Johannesburg city centre. The Maboneng movement is young, vibrant and infectious – to the extent that more markets like the one in Maboneng have sprouted up in other Gauteng city centres. The Pretoria Market on Main was launched in winter this year. 

READ: Maboneng, an urban getaway

When: Every Sunday 
Time: 10:00 – 15:00 
Where: 264 Fox Street, Johannesburg CBD


Pretoria Boeremark

There is something magical about getting up early, summer through winter, to do your shopping at the iconic Pretoria Boeremark. This market captures the spirit of everything good about Afrikaner culture – from pink croqueted baby shoes to homemade boerewors to small succulents sold in homemade terracotta pots. It’s all there… sold by the friendliest Afrikaans tannies en ooms in SA. 

When: Every Saturday 
Time: 05:30 – 09:30 
Where: Pioneer Museum, Keuring Street, Silverton, Pretoria 

Neighbourgoods Market – Braamfontein 

The creators of this highly successful Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein, Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro in partnership with Adam Levy of Play Braamfontein, did good to transform the once dilapidated neighbourhood of Braamfontein into the pioneering creative hub that it is now. The market is as much a source for farm fresh foods and specialty goods as it is a meeting point to enjoy community, swop ideas and stories, and be inspired by the energy that makes Joburg.

When: Every Saturday 
Time: 09:00 – 15:00 
Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Western Cape – Cape Town

Oranjezicht City Farm Market 

Traders make every effort to create links between urban farming and Cape Town’s history and heritage in this highly popular market. The event has moved from the active farm in the city centre, to the lawn of the ex-DA leader Helen Zille and it’s now at Granger Bay near the V&A Waterfront. The OZCF Market Day received the South African Heritage Award in the 2014 Eat Out Zonnebloem Produce Awards.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 09:00 – 14:00 
Where: Granger Bay, Cape Town 


Bay Harbour Market

The Market is located in an old fish packing warehouse in Hout Bay, which was revamped in order to aid new local entrepreneurs to make a living. Once you spend some time at this market, it is clear that the people behind it do indeed have a heart for the local community. Minister Derek Hanekom says this is one of the best in the country; “the best market by far”. 

READ: The Market with the Mostest

When: Every Friday Evening (live music), Saturday and Sunday
Time: Fridays 17:00 – 21:00; Saturdays & Sundays 09:30 – 16:00 
Where: The Harbour, Hout Bay, Cape Town 

Watershed Market

This market does well to give tourists (who are like bees to the V&A beehive) a more sincere South African food and culture experience. The market also includes the Jubilee Exhibition Hall and smaller spaces which play host to world famous exhibitions, live entertainment and workshops, so the market space continues to be of value even in off-peak times during the week. 

When: Every day
Time: 10:00 – 19:00 
Where: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 

Neighbourgoods Market – Woodstock

The is the original hipster market of Cape Town, founded in 2006 already by entrepreneurs Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro. The market is housed in an old sky-lit brick warehouse and courtyard at the Old Biscuit Mill in the industrial Woodstock. It is as much a source for farm fresh as well as organic foods and locally produced specialty goods, as it is a meeting point to enjoy community and become educated about what we buy and eat by going directly to the source. 

When: Every Saturday 
Time: 09:00 – 14:00 
Where: 373 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town 

Western Cape – beyond

Root 44 

This is the epitome of modern markets. They thought about everything; a playground for the kids, a marque tent to keep dry in the notorious wet Cape weather, wine (of course) and the best food in the Western Cape. If you only have one day to visit a market in the Western Cape, this is the one you should visit. 

When: Every Saturday & Sunday 
Time: 10:00 – 16:00 
Where: R44, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, Winelands 

Slow Food Market 

The Stellenbosch Saturday market is a favourite with students and Stellies locals alike. It tends to get quite full and there isn’t too much seating available, so it’s better to go earlier. This market has some of the best real Duitse Stroopwafels in South Africa, as well as some bad-ass German eisbeins that will have you saying “Ik lieben dight” before lunch. 

When: Every Saturday 
Time: 09:00 – 14:00 
Where: Oude Libertas Road, outside Stellenbosch 


Earth Fair Food Market

The Earth Fair Market has become so popular that it’s opened up a branch in the Cape Town City Business District that feeds hungry workaholics on Thursdays. The Tokai markets are known for their exceptional local crafts and straight-forward food. Western Cape locals love driving to this laid-back suburb for their weekly local market fix. 

When: Every Saturday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time: Saturdays 09:00 – 14:00; Wednesday 15:00 – 20:30; Thursday 11:00 – 15:00 
Where: Saturdays & Wednesdays – Tokia; Thursdays – St Georges Mall, Cape Town CBD 

Greyton Saturday Morning Market 

You cannot go to the famous Greyton village market and not go in the old-fashioned horse cart… But this only one of the reasons why this is one of our favourite markets in the Western Cape. Fresh local produce, homemade delicacies, the famous Greyton pancakes are all in celebration of this delightful small Overberg village. The best part of going to this market is the welcoming locals. 

When: Every Saturday
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 
Where: Main Road, Greyton


Umhlanga Farmers Market  

This unassuming market is a consistent favourite with locals who prefer quality eating and buying food from a trustworthy source. Pantry staples include farm fresh fruit, double yolk eggs, dried fruit, nuts, vegetables and freshly cut herbs and flowers. Buy wonderfully flavoured olives, free range chicken or Drakensberg trout and deliciously strong Durban curries to take home. 

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 10:00 – 13:00 
Where: 206 Autumn Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal

Karkloof Farmers Market  

The Karkloof Farmers Market is a unique indoor Market with a wide variety of stalls offering everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to delicious home-baked treats and organic products. The market is a massive drawing point to the iconic Midlands Meander and there is something on offer for the whole family – from hearty breakfasts to an indigenous nursery and activities for the little ones. 

When: Every Saturday
Time: 07:00 – 11:00 
Where: 2.6 km from Howick, Along the Karkloof Road, KZN


Shongweni Farmers Market

The Shongweni Farmers Market was started back in 1998 already, with initially only 12 stalls selling food and fresh produce. From its humble beginnings the market grew rapidly, attracting stall holders and customers from far and wide initially starting with 12 stalls and now has more than 150 of which over 80 are food and fresh produce related. A must-visit in KZN. 

When: Every Saturday
Time: 06:30 – 10:30 
Where: Corner of Alvestone and Kassier roads, Shongweni, outside Durban 

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