8 street markets and crafts fairs in Cape Town, South Africa, that every international student should visit
One of South Africa’s capitals, – yes, South Africa has more than one, – Cape Town has mountains, beaches and such cultural diversity that makes it spectacularly beautiful. Its natural beauties draw millions of tourists to Table Mountain and to the Cape of Good Hope.
While you’re taking your English Course in Cape Town, you should visit not only its famous tourist spots but also its many street markets and craft fairs. Here you can find 8 street markets or craft fairs in Cape Town, all very diverse and filled with a great variety of food and local goods.
373 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Open only during Saturdays starting at 9am, it takes place in an old factory in the Woodstock neighbourhood. Apart from delicious food, you’ll also find art galleries and fashion stands.
EARTH FAIR FOOD MARKET
Tokai (South Palms Centre, 333 Main Rd), open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm and every Wednesday from 3pm to 8:30pm.
St Georges Mall (St George’s Mall: Upper St George’s Mall, in front on the cathedral), open every Thursday from 11am to 3pm
It’s one of the city’s main gastronomic fairs and it takes place in two different locations. You’ll find a great variety of fruits, vegetables, restaurants and live music in both places.
30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Open all week, the market is located in its namesake hotel. It offers multiple gastronomic options and also features live music. Food and Craft stands are open all week at different hours.
Food booths: Mondays through Thursdays from 11am to 10pm and Fridays through Sundays from 10am to 10pm
Crafts: Everyday from 10am to 6pm
Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West, Cape Town
With over 70 permanent booths, this free-to-enter market offers everything from delicious food to exclusive crafts and even locally grown organic produce.
Burg Street & Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
One of the most well-known places for souvenirs and general crafts. There you’ll find paintings, fabrics, armbands, home decorations and even kitchen supplies. This market is exclusively for crafts and there are no food stalls inside, you can only find them outside. It’s open everyday from 9am to 5pm.
BAY HARBOUR MARKET
31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town
A market that brings together crafts, food stalls and live music. It’s open from Fridays through Sundays. On Fridays it’s open from 5 to 9pm, on Saturdays and Sundays it’s open from 9:30am to 4pm
CENTURY CITY NATURAL GOODS MARKET
Energy Lane, Century City, Cape Town
The market is located in Century City’s Central Park, 20 minutes from downtown Cape Town. It offers music, crafts, fashion and obviously, great food. During summer, the market happens on the last Sunday of the month, from 9am to 2pm and during winter it’s on the last Friday of the month, from 4pm to 9pm.
V&A FOOD MARKET
V&A Food Market, Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
It happens every day, but on different hours depending of the month.
From May through October: From Sundays through Thursdays: from 10am to 7pm. Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 8pm
From November through April: From Sundays through Thursdays: from 10am to 8pm. Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 9pm
From December 16th through the 30th the working hours are from 10am to 9pm
Apart from many street market and crafts fairs options, Cape Town still has a lot to offer to the international students. Choosing Cape Town as a destination for your English course will, without a doubt, provide you an unforgettable experience of life abroad.
Find out more about International House Cape Town. The school offers multiple English courses and cultural activities for students. Learn about the teen programs, for students between 13 and 15 years old, and about the English courses for students aged 16 or older.
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