Although South Africa doesn’t seem like the most foodie forward country, Cape Town is a whole other kettle of fish. Often described as the foodie capitol of Africa it completely surprised me with its plethora of fresh and seasonal produce.
During the week I work hard and I look forward to my weekends, as I’m sure we all do. Sundays are strictly for resting, binge-watching series, taking long aimless strolls through parks and sleeping in. But my Saturdays, those are reserved for my weekly shop. To me this is so much more than a chore. It is a fun opportunity to plan my week’s meals based on what ingredients look the most appetizing on a Saturday morning.
Organic produce can be slightly harder to find but it’s not impossible. Cape Town has some markets that take part in this food movement and here are my favorites:
Oranjezicht City Farm is located at Granger bay, near the V & A Waterfront. This incredible market boasts a wide selection of fresh vegetables grown in Oranjezicht surrounded by bustling Cape Town. On Saturday morning they bring the produce to the market still glistening with morning dew. The sellers have a wonderful selection of organic veggies that taste as good as they look. There is also an organic cheese stall that always has something new and adventurous on display.
Rondebosch Morning Market
Rondebosch Morning Market is squeezed behind the Rondebosch public library there is a tiny morning market. Although much smaller than the Oranjezicht market, this Southern Suburb gem works on a small scale with a dedicated customer base. They sell lovely farm fresh eggs and organic Dairy from the Camphill farm including yogurt, feta and quark. There is also a sourdough bread stand where a man named Marco sells his incredible loaves. It is definitely worth a visit and you can even pre-order your produce for a weekly pick-up.
The Neighbourgoods Market is a wonderful production carefully pieced together by independent sellers all over Cape Town. Every Saturday at the Old Biscuit Mill these sellers put their best wares on display and the choices are endless. Ranging from organic vegetables to delicious artisan food stores there is something for everyone at this bustling destination. A word to the wise, go early as it can become ridiculously busy later in the day. Address: 375 Albert rd. Woodstock.
These are all great markets to spend your Saturday and each one has its merits. Organic food staples can be sourced all over Cape Town but buying them all in one place is so much simpler.