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YYes you may be in South Africa for the wildlife, sun, sea or all of the above, but the country is gaining a delicious reputation for its food. How can you tell? By visiting one of the many food markets, of course.
South Africa is internationally recognised for its cuisine – a number of restaurants are ranked globally on annual “world-best-of restaurants” lists. This is underpinned by a strong food culture that finds expression in a wide array of food markets around the country, which offer the best in fresh local and artisanal produce.
TThese 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 while you digest.
TTry or buy artisanal gourmet foods; sweet treats; handcrafted beer; freshly baked breads; homemade 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 Johannesburg, try the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein; Market on Main in Maboneng; the Jozi Food Market; the Sheds@1Fox; the Blubird Wholefood Market; and the Bryanston Organic Market. In Cape Town, try the Neighbourgoods Market (yup, they’re in Jozi and the Mother City too); the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay; the Bluebird Garage Food and Goods Market; and the Oranjezicht City Farm Market.
Also try the Durban Food Market; Pretoria Boeremark (farmers’ market); Hazel Food Market (Pretoria); I ❤ Market (Durban); Slow Market (Stellenbosch); and the Shongweni Farmers’ and Craft Market. Remember – take it slow and soak up the experience. Good food and good times should not be rushed.