4 Stellenbosch Markets to indulge your inner foodie or shopaholic: Stellenbosch style!
Visiting the many varied markets in and around Stellenbosch is like a rite of passage for locals and visitors alike.
From dedicated food markets to arts & crafts/food market mash-ups, the winelands has a market to suit every taste!
To find the market that suits your style, just keep reading:
1. Root44 Market
Truly the everyman’s market on our list, Root44 has a little something for everyone!
WIth dedicated food, design & decor, and arts & crafts/product tents, Root44 even features live music and an outdoor bar for your enjoyment.
Your four-legged friends are welcome everywhere except in the food tent (for reasons of hygiene and food safety), so no-one needs to be left at home or miss out on the fun!
Load up your kids (fur- or otherwise) and head on down to Root44.
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 9am.
From their website:
“Good food, delicious drinks, lively tunes and brilliant company – we at ROOT44 know South Africans enjoy nothing more.
That’s precisely why we’ve created the perfect all-weather setting where you, friends and family can come together rain or shine.
We’re a market with a difference:
- Housed in sturdy,
- Super cosy marquees (which means rain is never an issue),
- Surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and trees,
- We offer funky live entertainment,
- Craft and homeware stalls perfect for leisurely browsing,
- and an awesome selection of edible and drinkable treats.”
Pro Tip: Because this market is a popular one, parking fills up, and limited food products sell out, fast!
You’ve been warned! While Root44 offers ample free parking, arriving early will save you a bit of a trek to the market’s entrance and get you first-dibs on selected limited ranges of food items which tend to sell out well before closing time!
2. Stellenbosch Slow Market
The Stellenbosch Slow Market is all about SOLE food!
That’s: Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical Food!
The Slow Market and its vendors believe in promoting farm-to-table, organic, healthy eating habits, and supporting local producers.
Not only can you stock up on fresh produce and artisanal food products, but you can also take classes from local artisans!
Learn how to buy and cook seasonally from people with a passion for what they do!
Or, if you’re tagging along with the foodie in your life, but prefer a little arts and crafts yourself, sign up for limited time offerings like our origami workshop to keep yourself occupied while your partner sniffs root vegetables!
Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm
From their website:
“Surrounded by vineyards and oak trees in Stellenbosch the Slow Market is a revival of the public marketplace where you can buy food which is grown, raised harvested and transformed by our producers.
Our market features over 100 specialty suppliers creating a weekly platform for:
- Local farmers,
- Artisan bakers,
- Organic merchants,
- Fine food purveyors,
- Artisan crafts,
- Local fashion,
- Craft beers
- and Estate wines.”
Pro Tip: The Slow Market is on every Saturday from 9am until 2pm, come rain or shine!
There are two Slow Markets in the greater Cape Town area!
One is located at Oude Libertas in the Cape Winelands (“The Stellenbosch Slow Market”), and one is located at Willowbridge Shopping Center in the Northern Suburbs (“Willowbridge Slow Market”).
Visit Stellenbosch Slow Market
3. Blaauwklippen Family Market
What better way to spend a lazy Sunday than at a local market with your family?
The Blaauwklippen Family Market, open every Sunday from 10am until 3pm, is the perfect opportunity for your family to relax and unwind, and spend some quality time together.
With wines and craft beers on offer for the moms and dads, and pony rides and other attractions on offer for the kiddies, the Blaauwklippen Family Market is fun for everyone!
Open Sundays from 10am – 3pm
Pro Tip: If your four-legged friend is whining to tag along, why not visit the Blaauwklippen Family Market on the third Sunday of every month when Blaauwklippen hosts their monthly Vineyard Doggy Walk!
All proceeds go towards the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society!
Regret, no outside food and drink and/or private picnics permitted.
4. The Stellenbosch Organic Farmers Market
Hosted on the breathtaking Spier Wine Farm Estate, the Stellenbosch Organic Farmers Market is described as your one-stop shop for all the organic produce you could possibly need!
From pasture-reared chickens to fresh goat’s milk cheese, you can find it all at the Stellenbosch Organic Farmers Market!
Open from 9am until 2pm every Saturday, this is one market you don’t want to miss!
Open Saturdays from 9am – 2pm
Pro Tip: The entrance to the market is not through the main estate entrance.
Rather, visitors to the market should make use of the Stellenbosch Waldorf School entrance on Annandale Road.
Now you know the best Stellenbosch Markets to look out for when you’re in the area during weekends.
For more information on the specifics of wining, dining, playing, exploring, spending and convening with nature in sunny Stellenbosch, be sure to check back soon for part four in this, our Things To Do In Stellenbosch series.
Next, we will bring you a list of insider insights into the very best places to convene with nature and whip out those green thumbs in Stellenbosch and surrounds!
Bring your family and your four-legged friends and make a day of exploring Stellenbosch in its natural habitat!