In the market

Looking for an entertaining alternative to endless shopping malls? Embrace the lively atmosphere and treasures on offer at one of these dynamic markets around the country

Market on Main
 Arts on Main, 245 Main Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

Happening every Sunday from 10am to 3pm, and the first Thursday night of the month from 7pm to 11pm, Market on Main, situated in the thriving Maboneng Precinct, is the perfect place to immerse yourself in urban living. Exemplifying everything that makes Jozi such a vibrant city, Market on Main offers a wealth of food and design stalls, all run by people with a passion for creative expression. With a focus on sustainable living in a relaxed setting, the market’s food offerings include a mix of organic delights, freshly prepared meals for every taste, delicious cupcakes and rooftop bars with recycling bins on hand to protect the environment. Embrace your artistic side with vintage clothing, art, photography and jewellery while enjoying the chilled beats spun by guest DJs.

Essenwood Market
Essenwood Road, Berea, Durban

Offering a fun morning out for the whole family, the charming Essenwood Market takes place every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Situated in Berea Park under the shade of evergreen trees, it’s the perfect place to escape the heat. This small but substantial food and craft market has over 200 stalls offering delicious food, baked goods and crafts. Amidst lush greenery is a fun children’s play area close to a tea garden where the parents can enjoy a morning coffee and a piece of cake. Alternatively enjoy a freshly prepared picnic under the shade of the trees. Stalls offer crafts including handmade jewellery, handbags, clothing, shoes, decor, plants and African curios. Regular buskers add to the jovial atmosphere.

Bay Harbour Market
31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town

Open on Friday nights from 5pm to 9pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9.3oam to 4pm, the Bay Harbour Market is located in a once-abandoned factory on Hout Bay Harbour. Brought to life in 2011 with over 100 traders offering everything from interior decor to vintage clothing to a host of freshly prepared meals, the market is all about celebrating diverse tastes. Each trader is carefully selected and no two stalls are the same, providing unique entrepreneurs the perfect platform to market their wares. Dedicated to the upliftment of the local community and the environment, the market is known for its pig mascot Viola Queen of the Bay  who walks around collecting money for community project, Hout Bay Cares. With an ever-changing line-up of musicians, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy live entertainment whilst winding your way through the weekend.

Wild Oats Community Farmers Market
Address: Corner N2 and Jan Van Riebeeck Street, Sedgefield

Situated in the heart of the Garden Route on the western outskirts of Sedgefield, Wild Oats epitomises everything that makes small town farmers’ markets so appealing. The best place to gather local produce and enjoy a delicious breakfast, Wild Oats’ popularity extends far beyond the community it serves. Attracting locals, tourists and celebrities alike, the market is dedicated to promoting local goods, to encourage skills development and community upliftment. Open on Saturday mornings from 7.30am to 12pm in summer, and from 8am to 12 am in winter it’s a great way to start your weekend. From delicious baked goods, to freshly farmed vegetables, to free range  meats, cheese, chicken and more, it’s the ideal way to stock your fridge and fill your stomach.