We’re back again with another market series and this time, we scoured around to find some great craft and vintage markets you may want to sift through in Cape Town.
1. Die Kattebak Vintage Market
Die Kattebak Vintage and Craft Market at the Palm’s Decor and Lifestyle Centre is a treasure trove of vintage finds. Spend hours browsing racks of old, new, repurposed, recycled and pre-loved goods. You can find everything from vintage clothing and jewellery to stylish cutlery and plants for your home. There’ll also be live music, gourmet nibbles and craft beer for you to replenish as you hunt around for bargains.
When Once a month on selected Saturdays, 9 am – 2 pm
Where Palms Decor and Lifestyle Centre, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Contact +27 (0)21 462 0394 or email [email protected]
2. Milnerton Flea Market
If you’re a collector of old items and odd things filled with character, then you”ll definitely appreciate the Milnerton Flea Market. This market boasts a wide assortment of antique collectables, discarded bric-and-brac, inexpensive second-hand goods, arbitrary household items and more. The thrill lies in scavenging through a sea of apparent clutter to find that one hidden gem you just can’t leave without. It is best to arrive early, as most of the bargains are conducted before 10 am, and Saturdays are better than Sundays if you want to benefit from new stock before the weekend crowd rolls in.
Where Marine Drive and Milner Road Intersection, Paarden Eiland
When Saturdays 8 am – 2pm, Sundays 8 am – 3pm
3. Pan African Market
The Pan African Market in Long Street showcases the best in African art, culture and craftsmanship. It comprises of more than 30 stalls, representing countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique and of course, South Africa. From humble beginnings, the market now boasts three floors of stunning artifacts. The traders are happy to answer any questions you may have and will provide fascinating information and stories that contextualise their work. The market not only provides a platform for African artists and entrepreneurs, but also enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation for African cultures.
Where 76 Long Street, CBD
When Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Contact +27 (0) 21 426 4478
4. V&A Watershed
As a tourist hub in Cape Town, the V&A Watershed provides a platform for exquisite local talent and products to be showcased to a global market. The indoor street-style retail space accommodates more than 150 small businesses, all selling art, ceramics, crafts, fashion and accessories, furniture and furnishings, gifts, jewellery, curios and textiles. Some highlights include Essie Letterpress, a design and print studio that produces bespoke stationery, and Jasper Eales Original, a collection of cutting-edge, eco-friendly products that focus on sustainability and essentialism. The communal workspace, Workshop 17 is host to a range of informative workshop events, while live entertainment and exhibitions are frequently scheduled in the Watershed as well. Remember this is a tourist spot, so expect tourist prices.
Where The Watershed, V&A Waterfront, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town
When Daily 10 am – 7 pm
Contact +27 (0) 21 408 7600
5. Country Craft Market
The Country Craft Market is an outdoor market that has been promoting high quality hand-crafts for the past 30 years. Started in 1938 with just 17 crafters, the market now boasts more than 180 stalls of hand-made goods. The Country Kitchen offers scrumptious refreshments for weary visitors, including the charitable Rotary Braai area and Scouts Tea Garden. Country Kids keeps the little ones occupied with jumping castles, face-paint and sand-art.
Where Southey’s Vines, 186 Main Road, Somerset West
When Selected Saturdays in summer, 9 am – 2pm (visit countrycraftmarket.org for a full list of times and dates)
Contact +27 (0) 21 852 6608/ +27 (0) 21 843 5002
6. Green Market Square
The historical Green Market Square, with it’s trademark cobbled streets, is one of Cape Town’s most vibrant and authentic attractions. Through the years its has served as a market for slaves, vegetables and more, and currently operates as an informal trading ground for vendors selling African crafts, curios, souvenirs, clothing and accessories as well as other specialty items. This is a must-do activity for visitors to the Cape and locals alike to experience at least once.
Where Burg Street and Longmarket Street, Cape Town
When Daily, 9 am – 5pm