The market culture in South Africa has gained momentum over the past few years. In terms of produce and food, the growth and interest in markets can be attributed to the fact that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of sustainable farming practices on the industry. People are educating themselves on where their food comes from and how it’s treated and markets seem to be a popular choice. This could be because it supports local producers and is a more cost-effective way of shopping.
Here are our picks of SA’s top markets
The Farmers’ Market @ Bamboo (Melville) every Saturday from 9am to 1.30pm.
With an extensive range of fresh produce straight from the farm, this rooftop market is a staple on the foodie scene. Find local and organic produce as well as freshly baked bread and fair trade coffee.
Market on Main (Maboneng Precinct) every Sunday from 10am to 3pm and the first Thursday of the month 7pm to 11pm.
Situated at Arts on Main, this market showcases the best in Gauteng-based food, produce and design. Enjoy authentic, international cuisine and fill your basket with locally grown organic vegetables and homemade preserves.
Hazel Food Market (Menlo Park) every Saturday from 8am to 2pm.
One of Pretoria’s favourite markets, here you will find fresh fruits, vegetables and homegrown herbs. Trendy food trucks, deli-style products, local cheeses and frothy cappuccinos are also on offer.
Market @ the Sheds (Pretoria CBD) last Saturday of every month, 9am to 4pm.
Explore local artisan food, art and design at Pretoria’s popular inner-city market. Food stalls offer everything from gourmet coffee and hot breakfasts to deli-style food, local cheeses and artisan preserves.
Durban Fresh Produce Market (Clairwood) weekdays from 5.30am to 10.45am and Saturdays from 5.30am to 9.30am.
A hit with local chefs and restaurateurs, visit this market for fresh fruit and vegetables sold by local farmers.
The Play Market (Pinetown) every second Sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm.
This family market offers delicious local food. The organisers are dedicated to sourcing homemade, healthy food items and supporting local producers.
Neighbourgoods Market (Woodstock) every Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
Enjoy delicious home-baked breads, gourmet breakfasts, artisan chocolates, craft beers and so much more at this iconic Cape Town market. Arrive early because it fills up fast.
Oranjezicht City Farm Market (Oranjezicht) every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
This community market celebrates local farmers and artisanal food producers. While the market has temporarily moved to the Leeuwenhof estate (the Western Cape Premier’s official residence), traders continue to offer everything from organic vegetables and free-range eggs to delicious cooked and raw foods.
Lady Slipper Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8am to 12 noon in St Albans at the Van Stadens River grounds at the Dutch Reformed Church (NG Kerk) in Old Cape Road. It’s a family-friendly market and features stalls selling farm-fresh produce and meat, all kinds of South African favorites (like pancakes, samoosas, curry and rice and “moerkoffie”) and dairy products, amongst other.
Valley Market (Baakens Valley) on the first Saturday of every month. The freshly implemented Valley Market, hosted from a revamped warehouse in the Baakens Valley, has already received great support from the Port Elizabeth public. It offers unique, quality-driven food and beverage stalls that are a ‘feast for the ey