its a food, craft and clothes market

Saturday saw the start of a fabulous new market in Hout Bay called the ‘Bay Harbour Market’ . Its located at the far end of the harbour past Snoekies in an old warehouse that has been converted into a permanent trading area with fixed stalls.  Its all undercover so perfect for summer and winter.

Its buzzing and festive with live music throughout the day.

james selling fabulous lamb sandwiches stuffed with feta and a relish

James Blomeris who writes the blog ‘Blompot‘ sells flame grilled organic lamb sandwiches in fresh ciabatta which are heavenly.  My friends ate his pies and said they were awesome.

This is a little about what the rest of the market looks like:

the fabulous nap are there knocking up delectable treats
loads of seating space inside and out to settle into your delicious snacks and drinks
martin from 'keg king' is there selling great craft beers
bubbly and oysters, cocktails and a roaring fire make this very cosy in winter
whole crayfish on the braai and fresh gourmet sandwiches
fabulous satay from sunshine satay, alibaba falafel and shwarma's and chinese make for a multi cultural eating experience
good times
the venue is laid out well making browsing between the food stalls quite easy

I cant wait to go back to peruse the craft and clothes side of the market. I got a bit focused on the food, the friends and the wine, and landed up having a superb afternoon.

Its a lifestyle market so the place to go if you want breakfast, lunch or just afternoon drinks and snacks.  Its vibrant and African, and a celebration of good local food, arts and crafts.

The Bay Harbour Market

too much fun



  1. Wow, thanks!! I love markets, but I am a bit tired of the Old Biscuit Mill and most of the other markets are outdoors, so I will definitely visit this market soon!

  2. Lovely! Our local food/crafts/farmers market shuts down June-Oct. in a concession to the super-hot&humid FL weather. Plus the CSAs all go dormant in the summer anyway so there’s never much in the way of produce to be had.

    I’ll snap some pictures for you when it starts up again in October — you’d be amazed at the similarities (and the differences).

    And I’ll have a lamb pie to-go. Yum!

  3. Bubbly AND oysters …….. now THAT’S my kind of market!!! Oh my queendom for some bubbly and oysters right now! Looooooong day xxx I shall be down there soon for a culture shot! xx

  4. Sam

    Bern its so much fun. I think its opening on Friday evening too, so a very festive night out with friends can be had.

  5. Sam

    Janice, I could eat oysters and drink bubbly every single day of my life :-). *love*

  6. Sam

    Hi Trish, I would So love to see those pics when they reopen. We are really making progress here in Cape Town with our markets. They are becoming more prolific and a part of a lifestyle.

  7. Sam

    The Biscuit Mill is fabulous for food, but the overcrowding is unbearable and everyone lands up sitting on the ground in the parking area. This is better organised.

  8. Lovely post Sam. Your photographs are great! I’m very excited to have this Market in my ‘hood and hopes that it injects some much-needed income into an area that is depressed and beset with social problems. (But it hope that it doesn’t lead to the harbour becoming all gentrified, or, worse, turning into a Waterfront development or shopping mall. I love that this is still a working fishing harbour.)

  9. Sam

    Hi JA, I think the market will be a success and a tourist attraction in summer. I also hope they keep the harbour as is, but a little more development might not be a bad thing, intermingled with existing infrastructure. I can see the fishmongers and other retailers in the area getting a boost through the increased visitors. A bit like Kalk Bay, where the posh restaurants intermingle with the fisherman in the little harbour etc.

  10. This market is great – awesome vibe – amazing cross section + selection of food to – loved the inside outside couches to sit on and chat!! Lamb ciabatta with homemade roaste baby tomaoto relish a winner not to be missed! Could do with someone sellling MCC by the glass – unless I missed it somewhere ?

  11. Sam

    Hi Carla I think they were selling bubbly by the glass with the oysters, but not sure if it was MCC.

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