Vegan-friendly markets in CT

We are very privileged in Cape Town with the amount of markets available to us. Farm markets, city markets and organic slow markets are becoming super trendy and more and more are popping up around each corner of the mother city. This makes me very pleased as I am a devoted market fan – I love spending hours browsing goodies from stall to stall.

Markets are any vegan’s dream as they almost always sell fresh local produce as well as a variety of raw dishes made from the local produce. Some of the markets are open five to seven days a week while others open up on a weekly, monthly or even yearly basis. Whatever the case, I make sure I visit them quite frequently. Below are a few of my suggested favourites – if you haven’t visited them yet I strongly recommend you do so. It is always a fun (and productive) day out and both vegans and their non-veggie friends have a blast.

City Bowl Market on Hope:

About: Housed in an exquisite old building in Gardens with a fascinating history, the City Bowl Market on Hope is the place to meet friends and feed the family, while stocking the larder with a range of home-made delicacies. It boasts an ancient way of shopping in a modern context at a high quality food market in Cape Town’s City Bowl. The market is populated by a community of remarkable individuals, all of whom care deeply about the food and drink on offer. Many of our stallholders are themselves producers – people who grow, rear or bake the food that they sell. Their mission is to be a viable and sustainable, independent, quality food market, rooted in the local community.

Address: 14 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Opening hours: Thursdays 4.30pm – 8.30pm and Saturdays 9am – 2pm

Cost: Free (and doggies are welcome)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CityBowlMarket

Stalls and goodies I love:

  • The Hungry Herbivore – raw vegan food stall
  • Phili Raw Gold – seedlings and herbs
  • Heavenly Hamburgers vegan burgers
  • Fresh & organic produce from the fruit and veggie farm in Kommetjie
  • Various vegan salads, sushi
  • Raw veggie juice

The Willowbridge Slowmarket:

About: Products have been grown, raised, harvested, caught, preserved or transformed by the producers themselves. You will find high-quality specialty producers, food artisans, local and regional farmers, natural and organic merchants, seasonal goods, responsible and sustainable enterprises and fine-food purveyors. Willowbridge also has permanent stores which includes a health store, Pick& Pay, Dischem pharmacy, Rain and Kauai. This Slow market is also held in Stellenbosch, but I personally have not been to the Stellenbosch branch.

Address: Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Tygervalley, Belville

Opening times: Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm

Cost: Free

Website: www.slowmarket.co.za

Stalls and goodies I loved:

Durbanville Plaasfees

About: A (very Afrikaans) yearly farm festival hosted by Durbanville Bersig Church at Diemersdal Wine Farm. It is a whole day event, suitable for the whole family! The setting provides a true farm style ambiance. Various food stalls, hand-made gifts, competitions and live entertainment shows are offered. I didn’t like that fact that they milked a cow at the festival though, but at least the cows and sheep were all feeding freely on the open farm and not tied up in some dark and noisy factory.

Address: Philadelphia Road, Adderley Street (M58), Diemersdal Wine Farm, Durbanville

Opening times: 15 March 2014 from 9:00-17:00

Cost: R30 per person entry

Website: http://www.durbanvilleplaasfees.co.za/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DurbanvillePlaasfees#

Stalls and goodies I love:

  • Beauty Without Cruelty information stall
  • Dried and bottled fruit and preserves
  • Freshly baked breads
  • Various vegan salads
  • Herb plants
  • Fresh & organic produce from local farmers
  • Live farm animals (for petting)
  • Bigggest butternut competition
  • Uitsig Animal Rescue information stall

Bay Harbour Market

About: Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is a celebration of the vibrancy, spirit and diversity of creativity and culture that make South Africa such a unique country. It provides a uniquely-social shopping and eating experience in an atmosphere which is friendly, vibrant and entertaining…. and, above all, distinctly South African! It also serves as a platform for community-building and upliftment by providing opportunities for the development of creative and business skills towards the creation of sustainable business.

Address: 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay

Opening Times: Fridays: 5pm to 9pm / Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30am to 4pm

Cost: Free

Website: https://www.facebook.com/bayharbour

Facebook: http://www.bayharbour.co.za/opening-times.aspx

Stalls and goodies I loved:

  • Sexy Foods vegan burger stall
  • Dr Juice
  • Vegan salads / swarma’s / spring rolls / dolmades / roti’s / sushi
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