eating local, organic, and fresh in Cape Town

Food — By iminglin on April 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm

The weather, geography, and geology gods have looked upon Cape Town favourably.  Other than the striking Table Mountain, the Cape region provides some of the world’s finest wines and brandy, a plethora of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a (declining) supply of seafood.  So where should one look for some of these local goodies?  Check out some of these regular markets to stock up on dinner ingredients, a picnic lunch, or just some weekend snacks.

Cape Town central:

Neighborgoods Market (The Old Biscuit Mill, 373-375 Albert Rd, Woodstock)- Sat 9am- 2pm: the original gourmet market.  The emphasis here should probably be placed on “gourmet;” foodies willing to spend the extra bucks (and keen on being seen) frequent this extremely popular market.

Obs Night Market (Observatory Community Centre, Lower Main Rd, Observatory)- Thursdays from 5pm: fresh food in a vibey atmosphere.

Southern Suburbs:

Montebello Design Centre (31 Newlands Ave, Newlands)- Fridays 9am-1 pm: support local township organic growers

Earthfair Market (South Palm Centre, 333 Main Rd, Tokai)- Weds 3pm-8pm, Sat 9am-230pm: a range of food to fill your kitchen

Porter Estate Produce Market (Chrysalis Academy behind Tokai Forest picnic area, Tokai)- Sat 9am-1pm: A relaxed, outdoor market with a farm atmosphere

South Peninsula

Imhoff Farm Market (Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Rd, Noordhoek)- First Sat of the month: homegrown produce from local farmers

Further afield, popular markets include the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods market (Sat mornings), Greyton Saturday Morning Market, Franschhoek Farmers Market (Sat mornings), and the Elgin Valley Market (Sat mornings).

photo courtesy of nick gray

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