We’re all about finding ‘hidden’ gems! Although the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is no secret in the Cape Town food scene, we had just never had the chance to visit. And now that we have been once, we will be heading back there time and time again.
Winter in Cape Town is something special, and it’s quite comedic. We all flock to the fire sides of bars, restaurants and markets to sip on iced-coffees, chilled local crafts beers, ice-filled wine spritzers and cold sushi and wraps. Without fail. We’re a fun group of people in Puffer jackets (speaking for ourselves included, of course).
The market was packed on our Saturday late morning visit, just full of happy people milling around filling up on some awesome local treats and snacks, chatting with friends and family. Lots of little dogs and kids around having a great morning in the indoor old warehouse, filled with great smells and good vibes. From sauces, pâté and dips, to deep fried cheeses and decedent chilli popper varieties, burgers, wraps, and dim sum delux platters – there was just so much choice – and at the best prices around.
First off, let’s talk about spendings. Markets are still the trendy thing to do in Cape Town, and they can just get really stupidly expensive very quickly. Gustav and I really noted that this Bay Harbour Market has to be one of the best value for money markets that we have been to on Cape Town (Sitting around the same cost per head as a visit to Shongweni Farmers Market in KZN, which was ‘cheap’ on our visit). We spent a total of about R200 with 2 coffees, each having a good lunch meal – which is great for locals looking for something different to do at the end of the month when the budget is a bit tight.
There was just SO much vegetarian (and vegan, actually) food to pick from, we actually found it a bit overwhelming. There was a lot of choice – depending on sweet or savoury, boojee or value meals AND then hot or cold. Stand out winners for snacks and lunch HAD to be the absolutely-to-die-for Mozzarella Sticks with Truffle Mayo from Holy Macaroni and all of the delicious breads and dip tastings around the market (can’t specifically single one out because all of the rest will get jealous, you know what I mean?). We also LOVED the Spanakopita from Tunisian Delights.
Cannot even wait to go back!
Follow the Bay Harbour Market on Social: Website, Facebook and Instagram. Find them at 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay in the Western Cape of South Africa, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There’s a fair amount of parking around the market. Please remember to tip your car guards and if it’s cold, but them a nice cup of coffee on your way out. Although there is no safety risk, we would suggest not leaving any valuables lying in your car – rather safe than sorry.