Port Elizabeth Markets
Here’s our list of some of the best markets to find in Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas. We’ll be updating whenever a new market comes our way, so make sure you bookmark this page to stay in the know. Want to see where you can find other amazing markets across South Africa? Go to our online market directory. THE GRANARY MARKET Text Barbara Robertson Photographs Donna Watson The Granary at The Millhouse, 20 Stanley St, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, themillhouse.co.za WHAT: This newly refurbished warehouse in Port Elizabeth’s historic Richmond Hill, a former bakery dating back to 1925, is home to The Granary Market. Running since September last year, the market spills out onto vibrant Stanley Street, now the epicentre of the city’s eclectic wining and dining experience. Passing through no less than three generations, the rustic market site has belonged to the Brito family since Spanish immigrant Manuel Brito first established the iconic PE bakery. The entrance to the spacious interior is guarded by huge sliding wooden doors opening out onto the cobbled pavement to welcome the public in on the first Wednesday of every month (4–9pm). WHO: Richmond Hill is, without doubt, the Friendly City’s most hip and counter-cultural area so The Granary Market, with its mix of arts and crafts, and a wide selection of home-made cuisine, is a popular port of call for laid-back locals. Of course, the cosmopolitan restaurants lining the street – and ample parking – are magnets for discerning diners who flock to this culinary hub. WHAT TO EXPECT: The Granary Market is not only great for picking up quirky collectables, crafts and accessories, but also for sourcing vintage clothing, fun fashion (for children, too) and original gifts from independent designers. There’s plentiful seating, both indoors and on the pavement, for folk to revel in the market scene and enjoy drinks from the fully licensed bar, accompanied by live music. X-FACTOR: The venue offers 22 stalls earmarked for local products – ones that cannot be bought in retail outlets – and provides a platform for emerging musicians. Future plans include a monthly food market at which PE chefs and foodies can sell their gourmet specialities. This article originally featured in the June 2013 issue of House and Leisure. Want to see where you can find other amazing markets across South Africa? Go to our online market directory.