As one of the first markets in Cape Town, the Neighbourgoods Market has really set the bar for markets in the city. Many have started up subsequently, but few have survived. The really worthwhile ones include the Earth Fair Market in Tokai and the Stellenbosch market at Oude Libertas. However, none are as successful or popular as the Neighbourgoods market.
But the Neighbourgoods Market has become a victim of its own success. With limited space in which to expand, it has become crowded to the point of unpleasantness and it has become very expensive as the stallholders realise the demand is greater than the supply.
This has created an opportunity for other markets to open in the city bowl. But they need to be good markets in order to be successful. What makes a market successful? The most obvious elements are the stands, the location and the venue. There have to be enough stands and they need to be of a high quality. The market needs to be accessible with ample parking, and the venue needs to be big enough with enough seating, etc.
The City Bowl Market on Hope Street seems to be getting these things right and is growing every week. Barely over a month old, the Hope Street market is creating quite a buzz. With around 50 good quality stands and a bar with five beers on tap, it’s a great place to spend a morning.
The times I have arrived early, I have seen people leaving with bags of fresh fruit and veg, which means the market is serving a real purpose. There are some great food options for those wanting some breakfast or lunch and there is a choice between seating outside or inside.
I think it’s a great alternative to the Biscuit Mill market. If you, like me, are sick of the crowds and high prices, check out the Hope Street market, you won’t be disappointed.
City Bowl Market
14 Hope Street, Gardens