I was always a big fan of the Oranjezicht City Farm Market when it was in its original location. And I used to try visit on a monthly basis. However, when it moved to Helen Zille’s home and then again to the Waterfront I fell out of the habit of going. However, on a weekend stayover at The Radisson Hotel the Oranjezicht City Farm Market was in walking distance at Granger Bay and we thought a visit would be an easy lunch option. I was so impressed and now my parents actually visit most Saturdays to pick up fresh veggies, flowers, fantastic dips, mayos and fresh bread. It really is so wonderful to shop with your eyes and buy beautiful produce for the weekend.
I couldn’t resist taking photos of all the beautiful food! Check out these giant avos and beautiful porcini mushrooms! I love the idea of heading to the market on Saturday morning and planning a whole feast out of whatever is fresh, delicious and seasonal on offer. This is a fantasy of mine – in reality my weekends are too unpredictable, I would buy too many things and they’d go dodgy in my fridge until I make yet another curry. But my mom does this and a whole ton of other Cape Townians get on the band wagon – I’d encourage you to do the same but no judgies if you just head down for a falafel and a really good cup of coffee!
Aside from amazing veggies and fresh produce you can get your hands on ready made food for breakfast or lunch at the market. Alternatively ready made foods to take home for lunches and dinner parties. My mom now often gets hold of quiches and desserts for dinner parties.
On the day we visited we had a quick easy lunch. My mom had a stuffed sweet potato with camembert and cranberry sauce – it was delicious and I would highly recommend it! I had a delicious lamb wrap with tzatziki, tomato, rocket and red onions. From the looks of instagram and feedback – you can’t go wrong with whatever you order!
And obviously no market day is complete without ice cream! Moro Gelato is in charge of this and they create amazing ice cream. They have the most gorgeous mint coloured ice cream stand with all the flavours hidden away! I had a scoop of chocolate and salted caramel or squished into one sticky mess. It was delicious and not excited about having to share!
Make sure to visit them after lunch – but not too late as many of their most popular flavours run out quickly!
My mom’s favourite part of the market is the flowers. There is the most beautiful florist at the market called Okasie. There is a lady names Manon who works freelance for Okasie and is at the market with them once a month. Ask if she’s there have her create a bespoke flower arrangement for you. She is unbelievably talented and you can pick and chose all your favourites with her expert guidance! We were surprised by how affordable her big bunches of flowers were – and if you do have a budget constraint work with her to chose more affordable flower options for your bouquet.
Happy marketing 🙂