5 South African outdoor markets to try this summer

Shopping centre’s are becoming tired right? Also there is nothing like to going out with the family on a Saturday to see what is on offer at a good old flea market. It gives the patron the opportunity to engage with the artisan and really get to know the person and the product they are making.

This is also a way of ensuring some kind of quality control when shopping and getting to support the maker of the product directly instead of supporting big business. With a world of great markets out there all over South Africa there really is no reason why you shouldn’t get out there and experience them for yourself. Here are 5 great markets around South Africa to enjoy.

I Heart Market, Durban

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For a few years now, I heart Market has been providing Durban, with a monthly market at the popular Moses Mabhida Stadium and offers patrons an assortment of arts, crafts, cakes and other delicious things to eat and drink.  It’s also situated in an area of the city which is conducive to cycling, skateboarding and running and its proximity to other leading sporting stadiums in the city and the beaches makes it a popular Saturday morning destination.  Visit their website for more information.

Greenmarket Square, Cape Town

This is one of the oldest markets in the country and is open daily from around 9am until 5pm. It’s been providing the city of Cape Town with its curios and trinkets for many years and today is famous for its African inspired arts, crafts, clothing and ornaments. It’s also a location of the city where a lot of action happens from buskers to tour operates to eccentric wanderers you’re likely to find them at Greenmarket square. Visit this website for more information.

The Old Biscuit Mill – The Neighbourgoods Market, Cape Town

Food (like happiness) is always better when shared

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This weekly market was founded in 2006 and since then come rain or shine it’s been providing people of the Woodstock area a community based initiative with the mandate to ‘revive and reinvent the Public Market as civic institution’. The main objective seems to be, to give an opportunity to over 100 traders in various disciplines in the area of food, farmers and organic merchants. They also have live acoustic music. Visit The Old Biscuit Mill every Saturday to check it out.  Also visit them here online.

Market on Main, Johannesburg

Still as vibrant i thought it would be. ��

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This weekly Sunday market focuses on both artisanal food and up and coming clothing designs from local fashion designers. It happens every Sunday in downtown Johannesburg and caters for a more discerning, up market clientele. The idea is all about creating more spaces within the city to bring people and cultures together. Visit their website for more information.

The Valley Market, Port Elizabeth

Lovely vibe in The Bay! #portelizabeth #pe #market #family #vibe #saturday

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This is Port Elizabeth’s answer to Neighbourgoods Market of Woodstock in Cape Town. Here you will be treated to a similar vibe; however this market largely revolves around artisan foods. They also focus quite heavily on bringing great live music to the Port Elizabeth area and their last event had chart topping folk/pop artist Matthew Mole on the line up. Visit their Facebook page for more.