WANDERFUL FIND OF THE WEEK: THE FRANSCHHOEK VILLAGE MARKET!
In the center of town under ancient oaks, this community market is a warm and jovial coming-together of local food, craft and artisanal traders offering delicious things to eat and drink to the soundtrack of live local musicians. Let us find out a little more about Franschhoek Village Market.
HOW THEY STARTED
Food and wine have been defining features of Franschhoek, the Cape's French Corner, since its founding years. A group of 176 hard working and principle-bound French Huguenots including farmers, viticulturists, and artisans found this town in 1688, and their pioneering legacy lives on. These days Franschhoek boasts S.Pellegrino World Top 50 best restaurants, award-winning wine estates, and cultural attractions. Therefore, it only felt right for a thriving village market to continue the legacy. Their high quality goods are traded in the town center, providing a market space for producers, traders and buyers. They have been consistently rated as one of the best markets in the Cape region, and continue to build on the work of their predecessors. The market is managed by dynamic mom-and-daughter duo, Elsuna and Elzahn, who revived the market in 2016.
WHAT TO EXPECT
They vary each weekend so there is always something new! Expect melt-in-your-mouth shawarmas, rotis filled with fragrant curries, gourmet pancakes and delicious braaied meat, as well as snack foods, beer, wine and coffee, RR shop for unique craft, art, vintage clothing, and antiques. They offer free entry and parking, have a play area for the children and they even allow furry family members as long as they are on a leash.
The trading hours are Saturdays from 9am to 3pm, keep in mind it is weather permitting. Another thing to keep in mind is that most vendors only accept cash and SnapScan. There are limited credit facilities however there are ATMS within walking distance. The market is located at 29 Huguenot Road in the center of Franschhoek. They also hold regular pop ups on the first Sunday of the month between 9am to 3pm along with their regular Saturday markets.
The market is all about bringing locals and tourists together while ploughing back into the community. You definitely want to gather the family and friends and spend a lovely Saturday morning at this market.
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