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Getting to know some Cape Town neighbourhoods.
Cape Town is one of, if not the most beautiful cities in the world, (our biased opinion) .But what makes Cape Town different from every other beautiful city in the world. We have Table Mountain, yes and stretches of white coastline but there is a whole other side to the mother city that often gets overlooked in your travel magazines. We’re talking about the neighbourhoods.
Take a stroll through Woodstock, on a Saturday afternoon and take in the energetic vibe and all the streets have to offer, stop over and have a look at the arts and crafts ‘hut’ don’t be put off by its appearance, inside you will probably find the best-hidden gems. Woodstock reminds me of that great grandmother you see now and then at family functions, she might be old but she has a certain charm and has a way of putting a smile on your face, just like the charming coloured houses along the streets, and the street music that fills the air as you stroll down the road.
Of course, the Old Biscuit Mill is a must see when you visit Woodstock, it is almost a requirement that when one visits Woodstock, one must step in the Biscuit Mill and sip on a rose water ice tea or some form of craft beer, or else technically your visit did not count.
Bo-Kaap is often featured as a highlight in Cape Town, and with good reason. With houses painted in rainbow pastels. Bo-Kaap is a fan favourite neighbourhood in Cape Town. With its cobblestone streets and historic mosque, it is a great pace to spend an afternoon, not to mention it is a great place to get in touch with your inner travel hipster and get those Instagram photos. #nofilterneeded
Written by Kelly Heroldt
With weather like this there’s no reason to be indoors. Cape Town is home to a medley of outdoor markets, each with its own personal spice. Whether you’re looking for tasty food, local produce or second-hand treasures, it’s all right here on your doorstep.
When looking for things to do in Cape Town, marketing in Tokai is definitely on the top of the list. The Tokai Forest Market is shaded by leafy trees and show-cases an impressive array of local goods and fresh produce- all just 20 minutes from the city centre. Enjoy a morning snacking on speciality baked goods and sipping on homemade lemonades and ginger beers, or browsing arts and crafts, or interesting jewellery.
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm, Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Where: Chrysalis Academy, Porter Estate, between Tokai Forest and Table Mountain National Park
Be sure not to miss: The wide range of beautifully handmade leather goods.
Oranjezicht City Farm Market (Granger Bay)
Head over to Granger Bay and get all your shopping done for the week with an exciting selection of fresh, organic produce, locally made condiments and delicious dairy products. A community run, non-profit organisation, Oranjezicht City Farm Market promotes small-scale food production and is one of the first permanent food bazaars in Cape Town.
Not only is it a great place to get fresh ingredients, it is also home to food stalls that will have your mouth watering. Pop past for lunch, and treat your taste buds to a host of different food styles.
When: Saturday, 9am-2pm
Where: Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront
Be sure not to miss: Sipping on a freshly squeezed juice with a view of the sparkling harbour
Milnerton Flea Market (Milnerton)
From car parts to t-shirts, telephones to exercise machines, jewellery to pancakes and more, Milnerton Market has every second-hand treasure you could imagine. Search through piles of once-loved merchandise or take advantage of the impressive selection of dried fruit and nuts that come at a fair price. Feast your eyes on the weird and the wonderful, and get lost in the search for prized nuggets.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 07:00 – 16:00
Where: Otto du Plessis Drive, Paarden Island
Be sure not to miss: Freshly laid, organic eggs. Make sure to get them early before they sell out!
Blaauwklippen Family Market
A mere 30km’s from the City Bowl is one of the oldest wine estates in the region, the Blaauwklippen Vineyards family estate. Set against the backdrop of incredible Stellenbosch winelands, the Blaauwklippen Family Market is the ideal place to fight off those Sunday blues.
Choose from freshly baked breads and olives, while the kids enjoy carriage rides and other fun activities. Browse the crafts, jewellery and fashion on offer, or simply enjoy a craft beer on the lawn, and tap your feet to the beat of the live band.
When: Sunday 10am-3pm
Where: On the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, opposite the Techno Park, Stellenbosch
Be sure not to miss: Every third Sunday of the month, the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society holds a Vineyard Doggy Walk fundraiser. Walk a pup for a good cause!
With fresh air and fantastic things to see, Outdoor Markets in Cape Town are a perfect way to start, or end, a sunny weekend in the Mother City.
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