Last updated on Oct 3rd, 2018 at 12:13 pm

The Bay Harbour Market is one of Cape Town’s most popular hangouts, located in the Hout Bay harbour near a few popular fish and chips establishments and housing around 125 traders…

The area has been reinvigorated by the market, now next door to a brewery and art studio.

A warm spring day with typical fishing harbour smells in the air, it wasn’t surprising to find the road jam-packed with cars and people heading towards the vibey market. Housed in a warehouse, the market becomes a hub of activity on Friday nights and continues the festivities over Saturdays and Sundays.

With the spirit of Afrika Burn, the market is truly all-inclusive

T-shirts, hats, bags, jewellery, artwork, portraits, sculptures, and lots of tasty food choices, the market is bedecked with stalls, each peddling some sort of hand-crafted or locally-produced selection with a story to tell.

While you’re bound to find a great gift for someone or a new addition to your wardrobe, the real highlights are the food market and the people-watching.

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The Boom Bar is a central drinks spot where visitors can get into the festive spirit and soak up the bustling atmosphere. It truly is an all-inclusive place for everyone, as witnessed by the diverse range of people, hairstyles and dress codes.

Infused with the bohemian spirit of Afrika Burn, the Bay Harbour market is a wonderful spot for anyone wanting to chill out at one of the many open tables, enjoy Cape Town’s good life, and try out an alternative shopping destination.



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Vegan delights & unique eats and treats – yes there are deep-fried Bar Ones!

Earth Tribe is one of the market’s fantastic vegan food stalls run by Kudo who is passionate about the stall’s various products, including the wonder-product Moringa oil.

Generous portions of nachos, hearty burgers, succulent lamb, fresh seafood, breakfast pizzas, delicious artisan soup and cheese sticks… it’s one of those markets that has something for everyone.

During our visit, my husband enjoyed a filling and tasty plate of beef and black bean nachos, which included salsa, melted cheddar and sour-cream sauce. Served in a metal plate and melted before his eyes, the Mexican-themed stall has everything from deep-fried Bar Ones to an adventurous range of jalapeno poppers.



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There was also a gluten-free and wheat-free stand where they were selling a variety of confectionary items. While attempting to get as close to vegan as possible, I found myself at the pizzeria, ordering a variation on the vegetarian pizza on a gluten-free base with no cheese. The result was wonderful, with what could be described as a matzo-style base, and while there was no cheese to hold the ingredients together for ease of eating, it was delicious.

Making friends & live music

Being such a busy environment, you just have to sit where you can, making the market experience very communal and even cozy. We found ourselves seated opposite a sweet older couple, who enjoyed a Belgian waffle with ice-cream accompanied by syrup. They also raved about their hearty tomato soup and tasty-looking cheese stick.



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The couple loved the experience, mesmerised by the talented musician on stage behind us. Calling him a “one-man-band” would not do his craft justice, as the artist created a bed of music to weave his guitar playing skill in a number of world-music-infused instrumental pieces. He could’ve been in his own world, eyes shut and allowing himself to be taken by the music as if in a meditative state. It was quite magical – the perfect music for a bustling marketplace.

After my custom pizza, I decided to find something to drink, settling on a natural smoothie juice bar where I enjoyed a creamy blend of various fruits and veggies.

Curiosities galore

We strolled around the marketplace, enjoying the many curiosities on display, both products and people. Hilarious and cute animal-themed Sherpa hats, custom-made T-shirt logos and a variety of arts and crafts later, I found myself at an artist’s stall, where I was compelled to buy several beautifully composed Southern African Bushveld bird and animal colour pencil sketches repackaged as card prints. Matthew Bell is the very talented artist.



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Bokke and Blomme’s fiery store ⚡️⚡️⚡️

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If you like bustling markets, craft food and curiosities with a bohemian edge, then you should definitely make a point of spending a morning or afternoon at the Bay Harbour Market – one of the first of its kind. It’s a big and festive event, where you can enjoy good food, freshly brewed coffee, experience a cross-section of society and tap your toes to some great live music. The authentic community feel gives it heart, the something-for-everyone quality makes it easy to take friends or family, and the festive spirit will probably bring you back for seconds.




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