There’s very little that you won’t be able to find at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market. It caters to all of the niche interests that define Capetonians of all ages and backgrounds, so I’d like to take you through the story of my, albeit limited, experience of this popular hotspot and why it’s one of the places to be in 2020.
Address: Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront (Next to The Lookout Event Venue)
Trading hours: Saturday 8.15am to 2pm,
Sunday 9am to 3pm
Wednesday 4 to 8pm
So I’ve been to the OCFM three or four times now and I have to admit that I’ve been impressed every time. I’m not exactly your typical hip and trendy Capetonian and I don’t go to markets every weekend or anything like that… but I have been to a bunch of them and, thus far, the OCFM has slowly become my favourite. It’s nice and central, being located just outside of the Waterfront, it has a beautiful view of both the ocean and the mountain from either side and, damn(!), the food is good.
Click through the gallery below to see some of my favourite photos from my latest trip to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market.
Before I get into the thick of things, though, let me make a recommendation. Get there early! If you’re coming through on a Saturday, be at the door at 8:15 – if you arrive at 8:30, you’ll start to feel like a sardine by the time you’ve been served your breakfast or whatever your fancy is with the array of things you have to choose from. It takes no time at all before you see young couples, parents, children and even dogs standing at booths to pick up everything from freshly made smoothies to vegan falafel. My personal favourite is the fried chicken and waffles from the Golden Brown Waffles store in the food section (although, truth be told, it’s a little gratuitous and not exactly ideal for the waistline)… the last time I went for something sweet though, with a delicious and filling stack of pumpkin flapjacks. Although, perhaps you’re not a glutton like me and would prefer a berry blaze smoothie, a fruit bowl or even something from the raw gourmet health food stall. There are also a bunch of stalls serving Eastern & Mediterranean foods… the list goes on. Baked goods, fresh fruit, artisanal coffee – take your pick.
And if you’re a homebody and prefer to cook your own food, there are stalls where you can purchase affordable fresh produce, with every vegetable under the sun available, meats such as gourmet burger patties, freshly baked bread and pastries. I cannot emphasize enough how the OCFM is every foodie’s dream. And it doesn’t end there!
Looking for fresh flowers and pot plants? – they have it! Keen to buy yourself new, boutique-style clothes for the season? – they’ve got it! Need to spruce your living room up with new, hand-crafted decor and add the extra touch of scented candles, diffusers and splash the cash on new furniture? – they’ve got it! If there’s something that’s lacking, with regards to my personal taste, it would be a book store… I’d love to see a section with second hand books or something… but who knows? There seems to be a new stall up every week.
However, when all is said and done, my favourite thing about the OCFM is the atmosphere. It’s not cliquey like other farmer’s markets and everyone seems to be smiling. There are people coming in from nearby park runs, still sporting their running shoes, babies being pushed around in prams, there’s plenty of grey hair (making me feel younger while being caught up in a crowd of 21-year-olds), and, my personal favourite… dogs, dogs, dogs! There’s one particular yorkie that always occupies the space in the corner by the flower stall that is friendly and well behaved and just so damn cute. Oh, and did I mention how easy it is to pay for stuff? No more carrying around wads of cash – every store is equipped with a Snapscan QR code and it takes seconds to get payment out of the way and to enjoy your latest purchase.
If I could find one criticism of the OCFM, however, it would be that they need to find more space. I don’t know how… if they can expand or just extend their trading hours to accommodate for the ever-growing crowds, but it’d just be nicer to have a little more breathing room.
Other than that, though, I have to say that if you’re in Cape Town, you need to visit the Oranjezicht City Farm Market if you want to experience every facet of our culture and the city’s sheer beauty in one location.
Essential Millennial rating: 4.5 out of 5 avocados