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Bay Harbour Market – the market with a view…

When I left Cape Town some 10 years ago, there weren’t really any markets. Unless you count the Grand Parade. Oh and the one in Strand. Markets weren’t really a thing in much of SA and these days I can’t believe my ears when there’s yet another new one. On my last trip down, I went to Market on Wharf (a foodie market) so many times in those few days that the stalls there must have thought me to be a bit stalkerish, not that I was deterred. So on this round we decided to take a drive out to Hout Bay to see what their market was all about.

Bay Harbour Market is decidedly Cape Town. In Jozi I’m beginning to feel like the markets have become more of the same especially with the overlap of vendors. This market is rustic and warm with a huge fireplace in the centre (and a guy posted there permanently to make sure no kids run in – it’s that big).  At least half of the market is food, but there’s enough other things to look at and buy from satirical t-shirts, nail art done while you wait or adult onesies. Given Cape Town Winters the soup stall was very popular and the kids weren’t forgotten with ice cream, sweets and slush puppy on offer. I like the variety and that it wasn’t all pretentious/fancy food too… The live entertainment up on stage added to the laid back vibe…






There’s even halaal food! 🙂 We had schwarmas, samoosas and pies washed down with a freshly squeezed orange and ginger juice.




There’s plenty of seating inside or outside – I really hate having to stand and eat…

And anyway, does it really matter what the market’s like when you turn the corner and have views like this?




There’s a stinky fish smell in the air when you arrive but I forgot about it after a few minutes. And oh it wouldn’t be Hout Bay if there wasn’t a dodgy guy coming over to sell us (illegal) crayfish but Cape Town can’t be that perfect…

Bay Harbour Market is open Friday 5-9pm (nice touch) and weekends 9:30am to 4pm.

Have a good weekend!


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