Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a daunting, joyless experience. Breeze through the festive season with Benn van der Westhuizen’s list of local pop-up and special holiday edition markets that are bursting with clever, creative and unique gift options.
Be it to escape city life, or to experience something slightly off the Winelands beaten track, the Helderberg Basin has become the trendiest new stop and one of the favourite destinations within the spectacular mountain fringed valley, is the Lourensford Market.
Situated on the stunningly scenic and historic Lourensford Wine Estate with its sprawling lawns, majestic trees, newly landscaped, award-winning gardens and interactive fountains, our vibrant market space, boasts more than 70 permanent stalls and a number of pop-ups.
Housed in a permanent architect designed structure that is both modern and rustic – it is unlike any other market space around. Quality products are their first priority, and when strolling from vendor to vendor, you will find everything from delectable food, uniquely handmade wares and original art, to organic and locally sourced artisanal produce.
Wrap up your week at their signature DJ hosted Friday Twilight Market or spend a leisurely Sunday being entertained by top class local talent.
Address: Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West
Operating hours: Every Friday, 5pm to 9pm | Every Sunday, 10am to 3pm | Christmas Market weekend, 30 Nov – 2 Dec
Are you going to Scarborough fair? After three successful years, Scarborough Fair is back for round four, offering fun days packed with seasonal festivities for the whole family.
The scenic view plays backdrop to the market’s various stalls, offering face painting, fresh juices, pizzas, organic produce, natural cosmetics and remedies, massages, boerewors rolls, handmade jewellery, baked goods, vintage clothing, plants, dreamcatchers, paintings, prints, costumes, handmade toys, sprouts, hair wraps, original gifts and more.
Address: Camel Rock Restaurant, 264 Main Rd, Scarborough
Operating hours: 2018 markets – 18 Nov & 16 Dec, 10am to 4pm | 2019 markets – 20 Jan, 17 Feb & 17 Mar; 10am to 4pm
Blue Bird Garage Food & Goods Market
Nestled in the heart of the seaside suburb of Muizenberg, Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market takes place in an old postal hanger that offers a host of local, urban food and goods every Friday night and on the first Sunday of each month.
Pop in on a Friday or Sunday and experience a wide variety of food stalls to suit everyone’s requirements, such as steaks, burgers, Mediterranean dishes, vegan options, empanadas, cheese, preserves, brownies, pizza, sushi, noodles, salads, falafels, cakes, fudge and vegan donuts. As well as a beautiful shopping section with jewellery, clothing, leather products, body products and a vintage stall. The Bicycle Bar offers a wide range of local beers on tap including Woodstock Brewery, Lakeside, CBC and Jack Black, as well as a guest tap which changes regularly. A selection of local wines, a variety of soft drinks and kombucha are also available.
The jungle gym provides a safe and fun area to keep the kids entertained with various activities, from face painting to sand art. And since the market is family-friendly, dogs are welcome too. The market is truly community driven and has a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere with surfboards hanging from the walls and local artists grafitti in the outside section, lit up by strings of light bulbs – with live music adding to the festive atmosphere at the Sunday markets.
Address: 39 Albertyn Rd, Muizenberg
Operating hours: Every Friday, 4pm to 10pm | First Sunday of each month, 11am to 4pm
THE CONSTANTIA GIFT FAIR 2018
The annual Constantia Gift Fair is a lifestyle event that brims with inspirational ideas and hand-picked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference – making it the perfect place to drop by and grab a few gifts for friends and family.
Choose from a wide array of gorgeous home and garden décor items, stunning fashion for young and old, and other endless must-have gifts. The deli section is an extravaganza of delicious and exotic food-gifts.
Make a day of it, and enjoy the delicious food, craft beers and award-winning wines from the Constantia Wine Route while soaking up the festive atmosphere, and the sounds of Newton & Co and Leigh Hondy.
Address: SARDA (South African Riding for the Disabled Association), Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia
Operating hours: 7 – 11 November 9am to 5pm | 9 Nov, 9am to 9pm
Entry fee: R30 | U18s free
ROSMEAD FOOD & SOCIAL MARKET
The newly established Rosmead Food and Social Market is one of Cape Town’s fastest growing markets in the southern suburbs, and is fast gaining a reputation as a unique gem that caters for young and old.
With a selection of 30 quality food and craft traders to browse through, market-goers can enjoy a relaxed morning while shopping around the market. The smell of freshly brewed coffee wafts throughout, and there is also bubbly and wine to sip on, as well as live music performances from a range of well-known artists. Bring the entire family along – pets are more than welcome, and a supervised kids play area keeps the little ones entertained.
Rosmead Food and Social Market is also one of the first markets to offer a full Pamper Room, in which the whole family can be treated to offerings including manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, nails and eyelash extensions.
Address: Golf Village, Rosmead Ave, Wynberg
Operating hours: Every Sunday, 11am to 7pm
Tel: 076 231 0235 | Email: email@example.com
MADE IN THE CAPE ARTISAN MARKET AT CAVENDISH SQUARE
Support local entrepreneurship this festive season by getting a few 100% locally handmade artisan gifts from the Made in the Cape artisan market.
Its special Christmas-themed market runs until 16 December, showcasing beautifully hand-crafted gift and décor items and the tastiest treats,and with new exhibitors joining every few days it is worth returning a number of times to see all the different products on offer.
The market takes place on all floors inside Cavendish Square, with a wide range of exhibitors, including silversmiths, ceramic artists, graphic designers, textile artists, carpenters, toy makers, metal workers, soap makers, jewellers, artisan bakers and more. And true to the market’s strong ‘green’ element, many of the products on offer are upcycled.
Address: Cavendish Square (inside the mall), 1 Dreyer St, Claremont
Operating hours: Daily from 30 November until 16 December
Tel: 072 223 8046 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BAY HARBOUR MARKET
Make the most of the festive season shopping experience by popping into Bay Harbour Market for an authentic, eclectic blend of all things South African. Browse high-quality gifts and mementos, bop along to the sounds of local musicians and devour delicious street food.
The market is housed in an abandoned fish factory turned vibrant wharfside warehouse space thrumming with energy, colour, creativity and sound. Expect an impressive proudly South African range of unique handmade items, from leather goods to exquisite timepieces, awe-inspiring art and quirky stationery, to jewellery and fashion. Health and wellness products are also on offer. Treat yourself and get a massage from the former personal masseuse to Mandela.
To fuel your shopping expedition, all food being sold is freshly made and supplied by local farmers, artisans and small local producers – and everyone is catered for with vegetarian, gluten-free and Banting-friendly options available amongst the local Cape Malay treats, South African game, fresh seafood, moreish steak wraps, spicy Tunisian delights, delectable sushi and Chinese cuisine made by the legendary Chef Wang. Of course, you can’t leave without allowing yourself to be tempted by a koeksister, decadent pancake or sticky sweet, washed down with a refreshing smoothie or fresh juice, freshly-brewed coffee, KWV wines and various craft beers.
Address: 31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay
Operating hours: Fri 5pm to 9pm | Sat & Sun 9.30am to 4pm
THE SPOT ARTISAN MARKET
The start of December sees Rust-en-Vrede playing host to the Spot Market – the only dedicated potters’ market in Durbanville.
This curated ceramics market showcases carefully selected ceramic artists selling their wares, with some of the participating ceramicists including Ann Marais, Adela Friedmann, ‘The Lightforge’, Tanya Burges and others. In addition to the products on offer, there is also live music, curated food and drink vendors, ceramic demonstrations and kids entertainment. The highlight of the day is the ever-popular Raku Firing demonstration, where members of the public also stand a chance to win some of the pieces in a lucky draw.
The market is designed to give the public an opportunity to meet the ceramic artists, experience the pottery making process through dedicated 15 minute demos throughout the day, as well as providing an opportunity to browse a great selection of Christmas gifts and tableware perfect for entertaining this holiday season.
Address: Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville
Operating hours: Saturday, 1 December, 9am to 3pm
Tel: 021 976 4691 | Email: email@example.com
GOOD COMPANY MARKET
No festive market list would be complete without mentioning one of Cape Town’s favourite and beloved outdoor markets, the Good Company Market. Christmas shopping could never be a chore when combined with a fun-filled day of good food, good vibes and good company against a backdrop of historical monuments, views, and beautiful gardens.
Situated in the heart of the Company’s Garden, under the shade of the majestic oak trees, the Good Company Market offers delicious food and beverages (including vegan and vegetarian options), a wide range of crafts handmade by local traders, a dedicated and secure kids play area, a fully-licensed bar offering a selection of wines, gin, brandy and ice cold craft beer on tap.
And because the festive season is all about having fun, the outdoor market offers a range of free fun activities to keep you entertained, including salsa, yoga, volleyball, giant Jenga, kids games and crafts, exciting competitions, seasonal parties and a much-loved trader flash mob. The market strives to reflect the diversity unique to Cape Town and welcomes people of all ages and walks of life.
Address: The Company’s Garden, Paddock Ave, Gardens, Cape Town CBD
Operating hours: Every Sunday, 10am to 3.30pm
MAYNARDVILLE GARDEN MARKET
If December gets away from you and you’re still in need of one or two gifts, the Maynardville Garden Market is perfect for last minute Christmas shopping. Back for its second year, the outdoor market offers a family-friendly event that offers delicious food, locally produced fashion, homeware, crafts, and loads of entertainment.
Set within the tranquil gardens of Maynardville Park, the innovative market focuses on celebrating Cape culture through trade and products, as well as foods and the arts. This year also features Day Zero, the water shortage comedy tour featuring four of South Africa’s best comedians. Guests are encouraged to come early, purchase food and beverages and picnic on the beautiful grounds. A kids corner keeps the young ones entertained while parents shop and browse the market ahead of the theatre production. Other highlights of the event are the Christmas carols, a performance by classical performing artists who put a modern spin on some of Cape Town’s most loved tunes, and to round it all off, a ‘car park-off’ showcasing both vintage and modern marvels.
Stay up to date on competition details and event schedule via Maynardville Garden Market’s official social media pages.
Address: Maynardville Park, 27 Piers Rd, Wynberg
Operating hours: Sat, 15 December, 9am to 8pm | Sun, 16 December, 9am to 7pm
Tel: 083 713 8432 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org