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SSouth Africa is internationally recognised for its cuisine – a number of restaurants are ranked globally on annual world-best-of restaurant lists.
This is underpinned by a strong food culture that finds expression in a wide array of food markets around the country offering the best in fresh local and artisanal produce.
These markets make for a fabulous morning or afternoon (or evening) out, allowing visitors to browse the stalls, enjoy the goods on offer and socialise. Many of these markets also offer live entertainment, so you can settle in and enjoy the day.
Try or buy artisanal gourmet foods, sweet treats, handcrafted beer, freshly baked breads, home-made cheeses, jams and preserves, mouth-watering pies, organic produce, health products, and much more.
You can enjoy the goods at the market while you soak in the atmosphere, or take them with you to enjoy at a later stage.
It’s highly recommended when you visit South Africa that you experience one of these food markets. Here are some to look out for …
In Cape Town try the Neighbourgoods Market (yup, they’re in Jozi and the Mother City), the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay, and the Stellenbosch Slow Food market. Up the Garden Route, try the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market in Sedgefield.
Remember – take it slow and soak up the experience. Good food and good times should not be rushed.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Refer to the list of websites below.
How to get here
Check individual sites for maps and addresses.
Best time to visit
Most markets operate on weekends, but check individual sites for opening hours.
Things to do
Aside from their food offerings, most markets have a selection of arts and crafts for you to browse through, as well as entertainment for children.
What to pack
Take along your own re-usable shopping bags.
Where to stay
There's a wide range of accommodation options in all South Africa's cities, many in close proximity to the markets.
What to eat
There's so much to choose from – try sample some local delicacies if you can.
- Neighbourgoods Market
- Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
- Market on Main
- Bay Harbour Market
- Slow Food Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch Slow Market)
- The Jozi Food Market
- Shongweni Farmers Market
- Victoria Street Market
- Hazel Food Market
- Wild Oats Market Sedgefield