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TThe Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market has long been no 1 when it comes to selling quality crafts. And now it's added delicious, artisanal foods into the mix.
Held on the last Sunday of every month, this Cape Town market draws big crowds to the grounds of the stone cottages diagonally opposite the main entrance to the world famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
As an international visitor to Cape Town, a visit to this market may be one of the highlights of your trip, and if you're a local, there is no better way of wiling away a few hours on a Sunday morning.
There is always plenty to choose from because more than 200 artisans and craftspeople display and sell their products here, ranging from unique wood carvings to beautifully fashioned jewellery, clothing, jewellery and pottery. You're sure to find the perfect gift or souvenir from South Africa - don’t forget that many of the sellers will be happy to bargain with you.
A visit to this craft market in Cape Town won't be complete without a stop at one of the many food stalls, selling anything from traditional preserves and pastries to special artisanal breads (and the organisers are hoping to be able to include craft beer soon too). And while you tuck into something delicious, enjoy some live music.
Your children are also well-catered for. Let them browse for a new, colourful ornament for their bedroom or spend time at the petting farm or go for a pony ride.
The market runs from 9am until around 3pm. It is closed in the winter months of June, July and August but in December there's a bonus because the market is held on 2 consecutive Sundays to cater for those who want to shop for that special Christmas gift.
Once your shopping is done, you might wish to take a stroll across the road to the beautiful botanical gardens, where you can enjoy a picnic, or just admire the spectacular displays of plants and flowers, a perfect way to end the day.
Travel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market
Tel: +27 (0)74 333 2170
How to get here
Take De Waal Drive (M3) in the direction of Muizenberg, at the first traffic light intersection turn right (southwards) onto Rhodes Drive (M63) and follow the signs to Kirstenbosch. The craft market is held on the grounds of the stone cottages, right on the corner of Kirstenbosch Drive and Rhodes Avenue – diagonally opposite the main entrance to the botanical gardens.
Best time to visit
The Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market runs from 9am until 3pm. It doesn’t take place in the winter months of June, July and August and in December there are two markets to cater for those who would like to stock up on Christmas gifts.
Things to do
A visit to the stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a must for everybody who makes a trip to the market! If you are going to the market, find out who will be playing later at the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts.
What to pack
A hat and sunblock are a must – and shopping bags for all your purchases!
What to eat
The market has expanded to include food offerings so nobody will have to shop on an empty stomach.