- Published on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 15:26
- Written by Anya Hollands
FLEA markets needn’t only be for the pram-pushing, leather sandal wearing families of Cape Town.
Although it is true that places like the Old Biscuit Mill may drain your funds and leave you feeling frumpy, there are over thirty other markets in Cape Town to choose from. Whether you’re a purveyor of fine food or just looking to stock up on vegetables for your digs, these markets are a refreshing alternative to smelly Pick ‘n Pay queues and Biscuit Mill blues.
Market Name: Milnerton Market
Where: Situated off the R27 west-coast road, in the area of Paarden Island.
When does it happen: Saturdays and Sundays from 07:00 until 16:00 (get there early).
What’s the dealio: The Milnerton Market is pretty much an array of junk being sold out of people’s car boots in a great big dusty lot.
Why you should go: The sea-breeze wafting over the stacks of tasteful treasures and the potential for impressive bargains. It’s especially worth the drive and dust if you’re looking for a specific prop for a shoot or project, because the selection of bizarre objects is endless and very cheap.
Need more info: www.milnertonfleamarket.co.za
Market Name: Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market
Where: 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg.
When does it happen: Fridays 16:00 until 22:00, the market focuses mainly on homemade food and confectionaries and on Sundays from 11:00-15:00, the warehouse transforms into a vintage and collectables market.
What’s the dealio: It’s a small mecca of delicious treats, handcrafted jewellery and vintage clothing in a cosy old warehouse and unlike the Biscuit Mill, no one will judge you for hovering around the ‘testers’ table.
Why you should go: For the largest and most inspiring slice of red velvet cake you’ll ever eat.
Need more info: bluebirdgarage.blogspot.com or search for ‘Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market’ on Facebook.
Market Name: Porter Estate Market
Where: 7025 Tokai Road, Tokai Forest.
When does it happen: Saturday mornings, 09:00 until 13:00
What’s the dealio: You’ll be surrounded by wholesome families munching on wholesome goods and the aroma of forest air mingled with sizzling bacon and brewing coffee – guaranteed happiness.
Why you should go: This market is best known for its unique selection of organically grown food and is the perfect place for artisanal breads, homemade chocolate, pestos and extraordinary farm-style coffee.
Need more info: www.outdoormarket.co.za
Market Name: Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay
Where: Centre of the Hout Bay harbour, Harbour Road Cape Town.
When does it happen: Fridays 17:00 to 22:00 in the summer, Saturdays 09:00 to 17:00 and on Sundays 10:00 to 16:00.
What’s the dealio: The food stalls are extensive and not too pricey and there is a well-stocked bar, which makes this market a splendid place for supper with friends on Friday nights. This is a large market and offers virtually everything, from organic lemonade and vegetarian burgers to locally produced clothing and home ware.
Why you should go: There’s always some fun live music on the go and the old fish factory, where the market is held, is teeming with jovial market-goers.
Need more info: www.bayharbour.co.za or search for ‘Bay Harbour Market’ on Facebook.
Market Name: The Baxter Food and Goods Market
Where: Baxter Theater Gardens, Main Road, Rondebosch.
When does it happen: Sundays from 10:30am until 16:00.
What’s the dealio: It’s the least impressive of the markets mentioned, but there are gems to be found in the form of vintage blouses (if that’s your thing), handmade jewellery and of course cakey delights.
Why you should go: It is a mere roll out of bed for any student in residence at UCT.
Need more info: www.baxtertheatre.blogspot.com