City Bowl Market

Moseying down Hope Street in Gardens, Cape Town, on a windy Saturday morning, I couldn’t help but notice the flurry of people tumbling out of the entrance to the much talked-about City Bowl Market. Tucked away in a reddish old building with an impressive façade, the market is the latest rival to the Mother City’s trendy Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill. This market has a definite earthy feel, backed by the gentle Jack Johnson tunes in the background, the mielie-meal bags that double up as seating, and the hay bales strewn across the floor. Foodies will enjoy the fresh produce, which includes gleaming red pomegranates and heaps of farm-fresh fruit and veggies. My absolute weakness was the display of divine orange, yellow, pink and red roses that are top-quality and a fraction of the price you would pay in-store. Other highlights are the handmade jewellery, decadent Saszali chocolates, tasty flatbreads, soups, cheeses, and wonton noodles as well as freshly-squeezed, fruity smoothies. Curries from 25 Rupees are also perfect for a cold day. The family-friendly atmosphere – jungle-gym included – makes it suitable for little ones, while the fair-style candyfloss available from Caterkid is also a hit. And when you’re done tasting and buying, you can recharge your battery at the upstairs bar, overlooking the hustle and bustle in the brightly-lit hall below. The silent Charlie Chaplin films playing on the projector also added a special, old-world touch that make you want to come back for more. Catch this must-see market every Saturday, 9am – 2pm at 14 Hope Street, Gardens.