Christmas is around the corner, and with the festivities fast approaching why not pop into these Cape Town markets to grab a gift for your loved ones. Each market provides a merry vibe, showcasing great gifting options, tasty cuisine and entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy a fun day out while you work your way down those Christmas shopping lists.
The Earth Fair Market beams good vibes and family festive-fun, featuring live music from local artists and a wide selection of amazing breads, cheeses and cuisine to savour.
Suburb-dwellers starved of cool things to do during weeknights can pop in for a great dining experience. The artisanal food vendors serve delicious Indian curries, ribs, Thai bowls and more. The beverage list features 12 craft beers on tap, gin and brandy options, and an Origin Coffee stand for the coffee-lovers.
Farm-fresh produce and pasture-reared meat, poultry and organic vegetables can be found at the semiweekly wholefoods market. The Wednesday and Friday night markets are family-friendly, set up with a kids entertainment area run by Freedom Adventure Park.
The Saturday morning market has enough meat, organic vegetables and dairy on offer for you to stock up for the festive season. Great indoor and outdoor seating areas, arranged with communal tables in the middle of the bustling stalls.
When: Wednesday 4pm to 9pm, Friday 4pm to 10pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm
Where: South Palms Centre, 333 Main Rd, Tokai
The Christmas Wonderland Market invites family and friends to get into the festive spirit with a magical yet leisurely outdoor shopping experience under the willow trees at Timour Hall Villa in Constantia Valley.
The venue will catch visitors by surprise as it transforms into a decorative Christmas wonderland spectacle never seen before in the city. The market boasts some exquisite and unique gifting ideas, perfect for spoiling your loved ones this Christmas. Featuring top local brands such as NINA Lifestyle Decor, Takkleberry, Gabrielle Swimwear, MALOK Clothing and Sunny The Label.
Local talent and artists take to the stage, adding to an uplifting and intimate ambience to awaken the senses. Christmas Wonderland Market promises to be packed with a variety of chic fashion and swimwear, art, jewellery and other lifestyle must-haves.
This Cape Town market also doubles as the ultimate Christmas wonderland experience where families can relax with live entertainment with stunning food and drink concepts. Guests can unwind at the lounge styled seating areas set amongst the lush setting. Kids are also in for a treat with their very own entertainment area filled with archery and jumping castles.
Cost: R60 at the door, and R50 for pre-sale tickets. Book via Quicket
When: The market takes place on the 16th of December from 9am to 8pm
Where: Timour Hall Villa Estate, St Joan’s Road, Constantia Valley
Find a unique handcrafted memento or a special gift to take home at Spier’s vibrant and colourful craft market.
Located at the historic Stellenbosch wine farm of Spier, the market is nestled under the shady trees near the Tasting Room. Guests are invited to browse through the wondrous array of exquisite paintings and head-high wooden carvings to jewellery, leatherwork, textiles and ceramics.
Make it yourself: A range of customised experiences are available for guests. Let one of the artists teach you the basics of their trade and take home your very own work.
Carefully selected by curator Sue Heathcock, the artists and designers are always happy to insight into their artistry. From beautiful wire and beadwork trophy heads, intricate paintings and sculptures weaved from recycled aluminium.
Advanced bookings are essential for the ‘Make it yourself’ experiences. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Daily from the start of December, between 10am and 5.30pm and remains open until 7pm the week before Christmas
Where: Spier Wine Farm, R310, Stellenbosch
Pop into the Fab Ideas Christmas Market where you will find affordable presents that are perfect for the whole family.
This year’s Christmas market takes place at a new venue, featuring the unique, vibrant family-friendly shopping experience bursting with original products. All items are bar-coded and tills offer credit/debit card facilities to ensure hassle-free payment.
Share the Christmas spirit and choose from a wide variety of precious gifting options. The market has an abundant 100 indoor exhibitions and fabulous products for shoppers.
This year is all about supporting local. Showcasing South African businesses and their authentic craft #buylocal #localislekker.
Enjoy a fun day out with friends and family at the Fab Ideas Christmas Gift Fair. Guests can look forward to food stalls whilst accomplishing all your Christmas shopping at the same time.
When: Tuesday, 15th December to Tuesday, 22nd December
Where: Generation Schools Imhoff, Kommetjie Rd
This 2020, it’s all about supporting local and what better way to do that than by popping into Bay Harbour Market – a true celebration of South African culture, diversity and creativity.
A popular hot spot for tourists and locals alike. The vibey seaside market is situated inside an old fish factory overlooking Chapmans Peak in Hout Bay.
Shop for festive spoils with their newly launched gift vouchers for a simpler shopping experience. You can purchase these vouchers from the Bay Harbour Market website for your friend, colleague, loved one, distant cousin or neighbour. They’ll have the entire market to choose something special, and it’s the perfect excuse for a day out.
The market serves the very essence of the South African spirit. A distinct shopping experience accompanied by divine cuisine from all corners of the globe. Guests can enjoy an awesome line-up of local musos on the Fever-Tree Sound Stage while working through their Christmas lists.
When: The market is open on Friday 5pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.30am to 4pm
Where: Bay Harbour Market, 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Calling all bargain hunters, the Second-Hand team invites you to their annual thrift shopping market featuring a splendid range of rare and vintage collections at the Observatory Community Centre.
The Obs-official Thrift Fest is a fantastic spot for a second-hand shopping spree ahead of Christmas. With bundles of hand made goods, clothing, trinkets and rare accessories, this year sees 40 local traders displaying their showpieces.
Second Hand encourages sustainable trading and entrepreneurism at various venues around Cape Town. Check out more Thrift Fests taking place on the Second Hand Facebook page.
The festivities at the Observatory Community Centre include a playground for the young ones, music to set the vibe and great food and beverages vendors. Enjoy a day out in Observatory with friends and family while picking up a bargain or two.
The Second-Hand team also work as Recycling drop off point on the day. So if you have any papers, plastic, tin or glass lying around, bring it along for a free entrance.
Cost: Entrance is R10 for adults and R5 for kids under 12 years.
When: See the full list of upcoming markets here
Where: Observatory Community Centre, Rawson St, Observatory
The V&A Waterfront invites all kids between the ages of 4 to 14 years to take part in their market, providing a safe and supportive space to practice being entrepreneurs.
Kids are encouraged to explore any aspect of creativity that they enjoy from creating art, craft, baking and just about anything they can think of that can be sold at a market. All products have to be their own. Prizes for the young entrepreneur that makes the most profit are up for grabs.
To enter, kids must submit a 1-minute long video about themselves, what they’re selling and why they should be part of the V&A Waterfront’s Kids Market.
Videos should be sent via WhatsApp to the V&A number on 082 975 2940 before 30 November 2020
– The young entrepreneur must be the maker of this product
– Only kids between 4 – 14 years old may apply
– Shortlisted kids are sent an application link to complete
– Once applications have been submitted it is reviewed by a committee and each week a different group of entrepreneurs has the opportunity to participate on only one of the Market dates.
– The V&A Waterfront provides one table and a table cloth
– The young entrepreneur is responsible to dress their own stand and create their own signage
When: The Market takes place on selected Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Market dates are12 December 2020, 19 December 2020, 9 January 2021 and 16 January 2021
Where: Alfred Mall – between The Forum and Old Town Italy, V&A Waterfront