The Cape Winelands are well known for their elegant wine farms, award-winning restaurants and jaw-dropping landscapes. But for the traveller looking to sample a little of everything the winelands have to offer in a single morning, there’s no better destination than one of the region’s ever-popular markets.
Offering up a range of artisanal fare and locally produced crafts, the Cape Winelands’ markets are perhaps some of the country’s finest, highly sought-after by both young and old every weekend.
More than just a showcase of wares, these markets offer live music, plentiful wine sampling opportunities and serene surrounds, encapsulating all the traveller must-haves in a single, atmospheric space.
Of course, not all markets are created equal, which is why we’ve put together a handy guide to some of our favourites in Franschhoek and surrounds.
Blaauwklippen Family Market
Famous for both its wines and its acclaimed weekly market, Blaauwklippen Wine Estate is the perfect place to while away a lazy Sunday in the winelands. The beautiful vineyards lend themselves to a meandering afternoon of browsing, with a variety of fresh produce and a selection of craft, fashion and jewellery on offer.
Expect to be serenaded by live music as you relax on the lawns with a glass of Blaauwklippen’s best, while the kids are entertained in the play area.
Open every Sunday from 10h00 – 15h00
Stellenbosch Slow Market
Stellenbosch’s slow food market, which features over 100 producers, artisans and craftsmen, has fast become the leading gourmet food market in the Cape. Pop into the historic Oude Libertas, bedecked with Bedouin tents come rain or shine, and experience a showcase of locally produced fare in the spacious oak-lined piazza, set amongst sprawling vineyards.
Open every Saturday 9:00 – 14:00
Franschhoek Village Market
Consistently rated as one of the best markets in the Cape, the Franschhoek Village Market is a fresh food, art and craft extravaganza conveniently located only a few hundred metres from Akademie Street’s door. Expect ample wining, dining and shopping opportunities at this Saturday staple, which is frequented by locals and travellers alike.
Open every Saturday 09:00 – 15:00 (weather dependent)
The Lourensford Market
Lourensford’s scenic estate in Somerset West is home to a vibrant Sunday market, which boasts numerous permanent and pop-up stalls. Stroll from vendor to vendor to sample delectable food, unique wares, original art and artisanal produce, and complement the fresh fare with the estate’s acclaimed wines and in-house craft beer.
Don’t forget to take full advantage of the doggie bar on hand for your four legged friends, and an entertainment area custom-made to cater to your kids’ amusement.
Open every Sunday 10h00 – 15h00
Root 44 Market
Arguably the most loved and visited market in the region, Root 44, set on Audacia Estate on Stellenbosch’s Annandale Road, offers the full trifecta of market goodness – good food, exceptional wine and panoramic mountain views.
Set in an all-weather environment – complete with cosy Downing marquees – this ever-popular market offers a diverse shopping experience thanks to its vast range of craft and homeware stalls. Take a leisurely browse and top up on organic olive oils, spreads, leather goods or even children’s clothing, while feasting on delicious food and a variety of local wines and craft beers.
Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 – 16h00