Five Top South African Markets To Visit

With a world of great markets in South Africa, there is really no reason why you shouldn’t get out there and experience them for yourself. Few things compare to the cultural mecca found in a buzzing flea market, outside of the confines of a predictable shopping center

Here are five markets around South Africa to enjoy

Greenmarket Square, Cape Town

This is one of the oldest markets in the country and is open daily from around 9am until 5pm. It’s been providing the city of Cape Town with its curios trinkets for many years and today, is famous for its African inspired arts, crafts, clothing and ornaments. It’s also a location of the city where most of the action happens from buskers to tour operates, to eccentric wanderers you’re likely to find at Greenmarket square.

Five top South African markets

The Old Biscuit Mill – The Neighbourgoods Market, Woodstock

This weekly market was founded in 2006 and since then, come rain or shine, it’s been providing people for the Woodstock area. It’s a community based initiative with the mandate to ‘revive and reinvent the public market as a civic institution’. The main objective seems to be to give an opportunity to over 100 traders in various disciplines in the area of food, farmers and organic merchants. They also have live acoustic music. Visit The Old Biscuit Mill every Saturday to check it out.

Five top South African markets

I Heart Market, Durban

For a few years now, I Heart Market has been providing Durban with a monthly market at the popular Moses Mabhida Stadium and offers customers an assortment of arts, crafts, cakes and other delicious things to eat and drink. It’s also situated in an area of the city which is conducive for cycling, skateboarding and running, and its proximity to other leading sporting stadiums in the city, and the beaches makes it a popular Saturday morning destination. This market is easily accessible, but if you have trouble getting around with ease, rent a car with Durban car rental.

Market on Main, Johannesburg

This weekly Sunday market focuses on both artisanal food and up and coming clothing designs from local fashion designers. It takes place every Sunday in downtown Johannesburg and caters for a more discerning, up market clientele. The idea is all about creating more spaces within the city to bring people and cultures together.

Five top South African markets

The Valley Market, Port Elizabeth

This is Port Elizabeth’s answer to Neighborhoods Market of Woodstock in Cape Town. Here you will be treated to a similar setting; however, this market largely revolves around artisan foods. It also focuses heavily on bringing great live music to the Port Elizabeth area, and their last event had chart topping folk/pop artist Matthew Mole on the line up.


Written by Mathew

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