The first market I checked out was the Kirstenbosch Craft Market. You’ll find it across the way from the main entrance to the Kirstenbosch Gardens, right by the 3 historical stone cottages, but only on the last Sun of every month from 9am to 3pm. Except during Jun/Jul/Aug when it’s just too freakin’ wet & cold outside and then in Dec they bump it up to two weekends, obviously to capitalise on xmas spending and all that.
We got there around brunch time, so first order of business was to check out their food & drink options. I’m happy to report that on that front they have all the standard market delights covered: good coffee – check; boerie/breakfast/lunch rolls – check; homemade baked goods – check; fresh lemonade – check; and most importantly pancakes – double check…
With regards to the other stalls, this is a “Craft Market”, so arts & crafts and all things homemade is what is to be expected. Anything from bags, clothes, jewellery & natural beauty producst, to home decor, plants & wine accessories. There was also quite a lot of kids & pet stuff, so if you have either of those (or both) you’re totally sorted.
I spotted some things which peaked my interest though… My boyfriend has been worried that I’m going through a huge “kitch Afrikaans decor” phase ever since I bought that adorable ceramic fish from Vamp Furniture. Seriously, what’s wrong with my bloody fish!? Anyhoo, to tease him a little I’ve been hinting (as a joke of course) to the fact that I soooo love doylies and floral printed melamine flooring, etc. So when I found these dachshund door stoppers, I was really tempted to get one and be all like “I got you this as a gift for your apartment. According to my ouma, they keep the cold wind and stuff out ya know…”
Then I stumbled upon these VERY real looking porcelain babies. My mom LOVES these and has a few back in PE. Now as much as I’ll admit that the craftmanship is pretty impressive, to me they are just plain scary. I mean come now, there’s been way too many movies about possessed dolls for me to not be suspicious. I’m definitely not risking it by letting one into my home, just to wake up to it hovering over me in the middle of the night holding a kitchen knife. Just sayin’.
So ja, if you appreciate the artsy crafty side of life, you’re going to dig this market. It certainly is in one of the prettiest settings in Cape Town and those pancakes were good enough to kill for. It’s also doggy friendly, which makes sense because there are so many stall catering to them, it’s like a mini doggy shopping mall. And it’s well known that doggies also want to be there to try outfits on before they commit.