Cape Town's secret place to shop the vintage fashion, jewellery and organic food

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A local Cape Town treasure - a must-visit for every vintage and jewellery lover 

Hidden in a red and white building on Hope Street in the suburb of Gardens in Cape Town you will find the City Bowl Market – a treasure of must-have fashion and organic culinary delights from all over the globe.

Inspired by Swedish import, Madelen Johansson, this market is housed in a fascinating building that is now a Church but over the years has changed its religious use from Mosque to Synagogue to Jehovah’s Witness’ Kingdom Hall. Mimicking the diversity of its history, the market attracts everyone from young to old, trendy to mainstream.

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Saturday morning’s market hosts a wide range of stalls from vintage clothing, to hand-made jewellery, and of course, there’s all the wonderful food. What makes the market special though, is that you can stock up your kitchen with freshly grown veggies and organic foods for much less than the grocery store price, and without the bonus chemicals. It brings our modern lifestyles back to basics, giving us the opportunity to bring our hard-earned cash to the “green-grocer” for a wholesome bunch of carrots or organically grown turnips. There’s even a home-based charcuterie with free-range meats and a selection of deliciously adventurous sausages, such as braised leek and sage pork bangers.

The Thursday evening market is a more recent addition to the mix at the City Bowl Market. It has fewer stalls but is more food-centric with the focus on enjoying dinner at one of the long open tables amongst fellow market-goers. Like a walk through the countries of the world, the choice of meals is vast: a Turkish Cypriot’s take on delicacies from her home-land; Argentinian style Empanadas; Caribbean-European fusion foods, Patata home-made Spanish omelettes; Heavenly Hamburgers; South China Dim-Sum and a selection of hot noodle dishes; or Waymenels’ hot salt beef and pastrami sandwiches, delish.

There is so much choice, leaving you option after option for each time you visit the market to have a delicious, wholesome plate every time. Each one has it’s own story too, a small family-run business trying to make a living or a couple of beach-bums wanting a new direction in life who run a coffee stand from heaven.

And if you’re after a sweet treat, life gets difficult. Try to decide which one to pick between the decadent La Petite Moo Brownies, Take the Cake gourmet cupcakes, or the One More authentic Belgian waffles… it really is everything you could want and more, and more, and more.

Keeping up with South Africa’s craft beer trend, there’s a great bar supplying the crowd with Darling Slow Brew or a local Jack Black Lager, or go for something different at the other two bars offering organic wine and bubbly or a cheeky cocktail.


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—by Dominique Kotze

Photos: by Tristan Sandwith

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