Great foodie shopping at Cape Town’s Oranjezicht Market

Today we’re heading to beautiful Granger Bay close to Cape Town’s Waterfront. How I love a food market and the Oranjezicht farmers market is absolutely fabulous. It’s a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers that’s set overlooking the sparkling sea.

There’s plenty of seating where you can relax and munch on the many dishes available and a wide range of stalls to delight. The tempting displays definitely make me buy more, but as I love everything I’ve bought there that’s really not a problem.

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The market looks out over the azure sea

As you walk in you’re greeted by a fabulous floral display, include vibrant bunches of perfect proteas – South Africa’s national flower.

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Beautiful bunches of proteas to take home

Fresh produce

This has got to be the best place in Cape Town to stock up on all the fresh stuff you’re going to need for your week. The fruit and vegetable displays are stunning and everything is of the highest quality. Boxes of fresh figs, massively juicy watermelons, plump grapes, carrots in myriad shades, tomatoes, chillis, herbs, leaves, garlic…well, pretty much whatever that’s seasonal and delicious. Make sure you take a bag – you’re not going to be able to carry it all if you don’t! I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Chillis in different shapes, sizes and colours

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How’s this for a vegetable display…almost makes me want to become vegetarian

More chillis to add spice to your life

A fresh herb selection and beans that are purple and yellow

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Heirloom tomatoes – juicily bursting with flavour

A table full of squash is a work of art

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Love the pink oyster mushrooms…and you can even grow your own

Some of the wonderful fruit on offer

There’s also plenty of great-quality meat, cheese, bread, fish and sauces available.

Snacking opportunities and takeaways

As well as all the fresh produce there’s so much to tuck into at once to keep your shopping strength up – or to take home for later feasting. Baked goods, fresh bread, samosas, sushi, pies, wraps, Vietnamese rolls, eggs Benedict, steak rolls in many forms, bacon and egg croissants, bagels..it’s astounding. Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer.

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You’ll find plenty of sweet treats to indulge in

Perfect little pies made in a muffin pan

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The sweetest and most custardy of Portuguese custard tarts

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The chefs are busy with bacon and potato rosti

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The colourful sushi selection is described with passion

The prettiest of plants are also on display

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There’s a lot of eating on the go happening here

This is some market – seriously, I could go every week and take a batch of pictures like this showcasing different products – there’s so much on offer here. My advice is to go and see for yourself – and go soon, cos you’re going to want to go back again and again.

You’ll find the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape town.

It is open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Read more about the Oranjezicht City farm by clicking here.

 

Food market: Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre

I love a food market. My sister recently sent me a feature listing the best food markets in the world and I thought: What a good way to spend a year (or however long it might take) – flying around the world testing and rating food markets. Well, I can dream, can’t I? Luckily there are plenty of delicious foodie shopping opportunities right on my doorstep here in London. Like the Alchemy Festival which has just popped up on the Southbank.

This is a 12-day celebration from London street food specialists KERB exploring the cuisines of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. And what a celebration it is with plenty of brilliantly colourful stalls to shop from and the aroma of spices filling the air.

How about some curry from the Peckish Peacock?

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Love the style of this food truck

Or something from the perfect pinkness (and blueness) of Dosa?

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How can you resist such a beautiful decorated stall?

I couldn’t decide and meandered around and around before choosing something from a country I’d never experienced the cuisine of – Afghanistan. YumAfghan’s menu looked tempting and I opted for some Afghan-style BBQ – one marinated lamb skewer coming up.

While I waited for the chef to cook it I spotted another Afghan speciality called Mantu. A delicious-looking (and sounding) dish of steamed dumplings. Next time?

The tempting Afghan menu

The tempting Afghan menu

My skewer was wonderful. Perfectly tender, tasty lamb cooked medium-rare and served with a spicy green sauce and yogurt.

Close up to my tasty Afghan treat

Close up to my tasty Afghan treat

There are also plenty of drinking options, from coffee to cocktails, custom-made sodas to lassis, plus a full bar. And some more exotic choices. How’s this for a drinks list with a difference?

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And just around the corner you’ll find The Bloody Oyster. A traditional red London bus where you can indulge in a bloody Mary and oyster feast. Who can resist that?

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All aboard for oysters and bloody Marys

Alchemy Festival started yesterday (May 19th) and runs until May 30th 2016.

You’ll find it at Southbank Square, Belvedere Road, London SE1, a few minutes walk from Waterloo Station.

Opening times

Monday – Thursday 12pm to 8pm

Friday 12pm to 9pm

Saturday 11am to 9pm

Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 12pm to 8pm