The Oranjezicht Market is basically famous among Cape Town foodies and its popularity has exploded since their humble origins on the urban farm in Oranjezict. These days the farmer’s market takes place every Saturday at the V&A Waterfront’s Granger Bay, just behind The Lookout. The market is all about bringing independent farmers and artisanal food producers together, meaning city folk can enjoy brilliant fresh produce and yummy local eats, all while enjoying the great atmosphere.
The market offers all things good including fresh fruit and veggies, nuts and preserves, meat, poultry and fish, cheese, yogurt and much more. Apart from that they have great meal options for lunch, including burgers, pork belly sandwiches, vegan cake, falafel bowls and even roasted mushroom sosaties.
I recently paid my first visit to the market and although I was amazed in a good way, it was also a bit overwhelming. With all the stuff going on at the market, especially at peak times, it can be difficult to find your way around.
So if you’re a first-timer like me, here are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your experience.
1. Go early
Timing was probably the biggest mistake I made. Arriving at around 11:00, the market was already packed, making it hard to find parking as well as move around.
The market opens at 08:15, so it may be a good idea to arrive around that time to avoid the long queues and find yourself a table. You’ll also get your hands on the best fresh produce at all the stalls.
In terms of parking, your best bet is at the Granger Bay lot.
2. Download SnapScan
Not really thinking it through, I arrived with only my debit card in hand. The stalls accept cash and SnapScan (another first for me, and I must say it is super easy and convenient to use). Make sure you have data on your phone or SnapScan won’t work.
They usually also have a autoteller parked at the entrance of the market so don’t worry, you won’t be completely stranded.
3. Take a bag with for your goods
You’re going to want to stock up on some goods, so take a big sturdy bag with. It’s not fun walking around with five jars of olives under one arm and a bag of nuts in the other.
The fruit and veg tent does also provides you with cardboard boxes to pack your produce in, so you can always pop in there first.
4. Save up for lunch
The lunch prices at the market are quite hefty but the food is incredible. They cater for pretty much any dietary requirement, whether you’re a carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten/lactose intolerant. I tried the vegan and sugar free beetroot cake from Thank Goodness Foods and it was fantastic!
5. Bring your doggy
The Oranjezicht market is dog-friendly, so make your dog’s day and take them on a Saturday adventure. Just be sure to have them on a short leash. Take a look at the rules on their website, if you’re unsure whether your dog is welcome.
To whet your appetite, have a look at some of the amazing stalls you can keep an eye out for on your next visit.
Apart from the delicious food being offered, they have a big selection of beautiful plants, like these hanging plants from Plantify.
All in all the Oranjezicht Market is a lovely place to spend your Saturday mornings, enjoy healthy food and good company, whilst supporting the local community.
Have you been? Do you have any tips that you can share? Pop them in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you!