Seeing the ads for the Cape Town Night Market reminded me of when I first attended the switching on of the Christmas lights ceremony about five years ago – so disappointing! Nothing like the extravaganza this year. Things are on the up in Cape Town.
We ended up parking quite far from Adderley Street, the traditional place for the night market, but the balmy weather made for a pleasant and safe stroll through the streets of the mothercity.
There were security officials all around, and the street itself and the Coca-Cola mobile stage were cordoned off by traffic officials. The festive lights put me into the Christmas mood, making me feel like a child again – until my eyes fell on the stalls and I morphed into a crazy shopaholic at a 99c discount store.
The stalls offer a range of extremely affordable products including silk and linen malay scarves, kaftans and dresses, traditional Cape Malay delicacies and snacks such as pies, pineapples on sticks, samoosas and daltjies. I bought a bag of various spices for about R50 while my partner and his appetite scoured the food tents. I was impressed at how everything is extremely reasonably priced, and good quality too.
The live entertainment was very local – sourced straight from the Cape Flats, with the opening act being a boy band from Mitchell’s Plain. I was in a receptive mood though and they were actually rather good – reminiscent of BoysIIMen with synchronized swaying and finger clicking.
The night market is a truly festive Cape Town market for all ages. It absolutely brightened my night with its plethora of colours and goods and festive cheer. It’s a great place to look for last minute Christmas presents and a fun alternative night out.