Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not visit a local market?
With just a few months of autumn left, make the most out of the few sunny days you have left before you start to feel the chills of winter. Have a little fun before hibernation and enjoy the amazing climate sunny South Africa is famous for while you still can. We all enjoy spending our weekends soaking up the outdoors at our favourite local markets… fab food, refreshing drinks and awesome little buys for you and the home, often topped off with all sorts of entertainment — what more could you ask for?
Here’s a roundup of 9 of our fave local markets from all over the country…
- Fourways Farmers Market
With 107 stalls, there’s plenty of variety on offer here in this country-like escape. Bring along picnic blankets and chairs and soak in the sun while you sample a variety of scrummy treats. The nursery setting is absolutely divine, and the atmosphere will ensure you’ll be back time and time again. Plus, it’s kid-friendly, with jungle gyms and a play area for the little ones.
When to go? Sundays from 9am to 4pm
P.S. You simply HAVE to try a jam jar… you’ll be thanking us all day long!
- Market on Main
Head into the heart of the rejuvenated Maboneng Precinct for a fabulously local experience of artisanal crafts and home-grown food. This is a great platform for local entrepreneurs, and a super place to experience city life at its best. Wander the streets of Maboneng before settling down for a delicious meal while taking in the truly South African atmosphere.
When to go? Sundays, 10am to 3pm, and the first Thursday night of every month. Market on Main has opened a branch in Pretoria that’s open on Saturdays.
- Neighbourgoods Market
Perfect for a weekend outing, this super popular weekend hangout is located in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock and has quickly become a fixture in many diaries. From wide ranges of organic meals to eco-friendly clothing and home goodies, there really is something for every taste in this urban-industrial setting. We suggest getting there early to get a good spot; this place really is as popular as they say!
When to go? Saturdays from 9am to 3pm
- Bay Harbour Market
Yet another revamped building, this time an old fish factory, houses this eclectic and trendy market — fabulously located on the harbour’s water edge — and again offers a huge range of fresh foods and local produce. An added bonus is the wonderful live acts that entertain patrons, taking the experience to a whole other level of awesome. Check out their website for extra info on the music line-up.
When to go? Fridays from 5pm to 9pm or Saturdays and Sundays 9:30am to 4pm.
- Root 44 Market
Surrounded by the vineyards of the stunning Audacia wine estate is this super family-friendly market. Again, your taste buds will be treated to nothing but the best produce, and you’ll be able to shop for anything from jewellery and books, to furniture and art. Live entertainment is again on offer, and the fact that there’s a giant marquee means that rain is never an issue.
When to go? Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 4pm
- I Heart Market
Local foodies and designers alike gather under the arches of the Moses Mabhida Stadium to showcase their crafty talents. Once again, you can take the family, along with picnic blankets and camping chairs, to enjoy an afternoon on the lush green lawns while sampling some of the best local produce Durbs has to offer.
When to go? First Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm
- Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market
You’ll feel like you’ve retreated to the country when visiting this relaxed market, which just so happens to host the producers of award-winning artisanal cheeses and meats. Take the family — and even the dog — along to enjoy your breakfast outside, tasting foods with flavours from all over the world while sitting on a market-staple hay bale, before stocking up on your organically grown supplies for the week.
When to go? Saturdays from 6am to 12:30am
Looking for more weekend outing ideas? We’ve got a list of 33 budget-friendly fun days out for the family.