It seems like Markets are hugely popular in Cape Town, and it sometimes feels like there’s a new one opening nearly every week. Being lovers of food and all things fabulous, the That’s Cape Town team diarised the opening of a new market at the Palms Centre in Salt River. We went along half-expecting the same-old… Usual traders; space so cramped you can hardly move, but we were very surprised and happy.
Firstly, the space is fantastic – with traders scattered on different levels across an open courtyard, and loads of room for growth. The water-fountain and jazz saxophonist created the perfect ‘relaxing’ ambience that Saturday mornings should be all about. And then the traders – it was refreshing to not have come across each of them at some-or-other market somewhere else in the city. Unique traders stocking quality products, and with such variety!
Being the brainchild of Isabella Niehaus, one of South Africa’s most well-known stylists, the market produce is a mix of goodies with a distinctly West-Coast feel. Expect fresh mussels, oysters and crayfish; natural fynbos teas; the most beautiful bunches of colourful flowers; a ‘French’ table laden with home-made goods and even a wine producer from Tulbagh!
We really enjoyed our visit, and will be keeping an eye on this new Cape Town treasure to see how it grows. The market is on every second Saturday, from 10am – 3pm. Get there this weekend, 25 February! To find out more, take a look at the Market’s Facebook Page, here.
In the last few weeks leading up to Christmas, That’s Cape Town (being lovers of good food and suckers for anything festive) visited many Christmas Markets. Some were really lovely, a few were a complete disappointment, but a few really stood out. The Blaauwklippen Christmas Market is one of these.
Blaauwklippen’s weekly market has been running for some time now, so when Market Architect, Hugo Le Roux, got to work planning a specially Christmas-themed, evening market, he had a strong sense of what would work and what wouldn’t. Adding a number of new craft stalls, and stringing long strings of lights through the big trees created a festive, almost magical feel, with the horses playing in the paddocks a little way away, and the many old-fashioned carriages standing out on the front lawn.
Candy-floss, popcorn, pony rides and a jumping castle, ensured the kids were very well taken care of and mom and dad were free to sip on a glass of wine, listen to the Marimba Band and wander through the stalls. A number of stalls struck us as unique and special: an antique jewelry stall was a breath of fresh air, considering all the modern jewelry most markets have for sale nowadays; Burtschers Chocolaterie was also there, selling a vast array of handmade delicacies that were beautiful to look at, and delicious to taste. We were particularly interested in the chocolate appreciation courses Birgit told us she offers. The Art stall, too, with its original, local pieces for sale reinforced that local is, most definitely, lekker.
On the food side, the Thai stall, replicating an authentic Thai food market stall was a real treat. The shwarmas from Eddie and his team were definitely one of the highlights of the evening. With four different home-made chilli sauces to try, and the many shwarma ingredients stuffed generously into a bulging pita, the meal was both incredibly tasty and very good value for money. Lastly, the ice-cream stand, Cold Gold is so good it demands a mention. Only starting the company a few months ago, and creating each of her inventive flavours by hand, the proof of Janine’s talent lies in the fact that she has been nominated for two of the prestigious local Eat In awards. With flavours like White chocolate, cashew and coconut; and a kiddies ‘Bubblegum’ flavour made up exclusively of a mix of fruit flavours (taking her 3 weeks to perfect!) her ice-cream is an art and truly a passion for her.
Serving several award-winning wines, (you really need to try the Before & After – an aperitif made of fortified Nobel Late Harvest) Blaauwklippen has remained an unpretentious, family focussed farm. And if you missed out on the Christmas markets, be sure to visit their weekly market on a Sunday morning. You will be wowed. We assure you.
In early August, Leisure Hotels (a hotel group with five hotels in Cape Town) decided to put their outstanding food and beverage team to even better use. They decided to create some “how to” videos using Stefan, the Executive Chef from the STrand Tower Hotel who certainly knows his stuff!
Here, Stefan whips up a perfect Hollandaise sauce to accompany a delicious peppered steak. He makes it look so easy!
Enjoy folks, there’s more to come!