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Get social at Cape Town’s food and craft markets

Markets are becoming a big feature of Cape Town’s social scene – and they’re no longer just about farm produce and home-made goods. You’ll find dozens of markets around the city and countryside offering artisanal products, fine food, well-curated crafts, local music and attractions for children. They are places to not only shop but also meet friends and relax in unique, characterful settings.

For the most trendy market in town, head over to grungy Woodstock on a Saturday morning for The Neighbourgoods Market. Housed in the Old Biscuit Mill, it’s got loads of character and gives a real sense of the Cape Town of a bygone era. The market features organic produce, food by celebrated local chefs, artisanal products and micro enterprises.

Another real institution is the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay. It’s set in an authentic fish factory in a working harbour and offers an eclectic collection of art, craft, fashion and food. The Bay Harbour Market is famous for its live music and roaring log fires in winter, so it’s a real entertainment market and a great place to hang out with friends.

If you’re in the southern suburbs on a Friday afternoon or evening, head over to the Bluebird Garage market in Muizenberg. You’ll mix with the locals as they shop for delicious food or sit down to a meal with wine and craft beer.

Markets aren’t just popular in the City – they’re becoming points of attraction in the countryside as well. Root 44 just outside Stellenbosch is arguably one of the most popular country markets, and for good reason: it’s got crafts, live music, food, and play areas for the kids. Take a drive out there and see for yourself.

You can find out about these and other markets at www.capemarkets.co.za.