Those unfamiliar with Hout Bay, could easily overlook this vibrant gem, with it being located in a working harbour inside a rather inconspicuous looking shed (the old fish factory).
But while its not all glitz and glamour on the outside…… the magic happens on the inside. During the weekend the place becomes alive with people of all ages and cultures gathering alongside one another to celebrate the markets unique festival spirit.
So let us tell you more about our bustling “Hidden Gem of the Week” and one of our favourite Cape Town markets……
Bay Harbour Market has certainly put the seaside town – Hout Bay on the map, with not only the local seagulls flocking here for the awesome South African vibes. People visit not only for the usual market knick knackery but also for the tasty food and the innovative and creative crafts.
There’s everything from high-end jewellery and soft furnishings to vintage clothing, South African novelties, delicious food and kid’s toys for you to choose from. The space acts as a platform for nearly 100 small traders to sell their goods and directly engage with their customers.
You really are spoilt for choice!!!!
The aroma of mouth-watering food hitting you the moment you walk in. With food stalls offering everything from seafood platters, oven-fired pizza to gourmet sandwiches, speciality soups and everything in-between.
And this is delicious food that won’t break the bank!
We especially enjoy heading to Bay Harbour Market for breakfast (or brunch for those sleeping beauties). From healthy, fresh juices and smoothies to classic bacon and eggs there is something for everyone. But our guilty pleasure has to be the gourmet croissant on offer (big enough to share).
And it is never too early for cake right………
The live groovy tunes create a happy buzz to this bustling market. The township guitarists and too cool for school sax players certainly help in keeping a relaxed atmosphere amongst the eager market-goers.
The musicians also change each day, so it’s rare to see the same face on stage more than two or three times in a single year! Whats more there’s no extra charge to catch these talented live acts, meaning you’re free to spend the cash you saved on an entrance fee for a spot of shopping.
From its seaside perch, this is a market with a perfect location (and only a stones throw from Seal Island and the famous Chapman’s Peak scenic drive).
31 Harbour Road
+27 (0) 82 570 5997
Be aware that the market is ONLY open on weekends. Fridays: 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays: 9:30am to 4pm and Sundays 9:30am to 4pm.
Do not worry if you are without a car as the MyCiTi’s bus – 108, stops just outside the market.
Be prepared to be astounded by the VERY affordable prices… you can easily spend as little as R50 on a filling meal!
The market is mostly indoors and there is a MASSIVE fireplace, making it a great visit for those cooler winter months too.
Be sure to speak to our friendly reception crew on other awesome things to do in Hout Bay as you can easily spend the whole day here!