Contrary to popular belief, Pretoria is a fine foodie destination and there is a number of fresh food markets to prove it. Whether you like farm-fresh produce or vegan delicacies, there is something for everyone at Pretoria’s top food markets.
Do yourself a favor and get up before the birds do one fine Saturday morning to visit the Pretoria Boeremark farmer’s market, which has been popular with lovers of fresh, local produce for more than 20 years now. You can find anything from farm produce and homemade milk tarts, cheeses and fruit preserves, to local handcrafts, spices and flowers for sale.
Fresh food and treats at the food market | Courtesy of Hazel Food Market
The Hazel Food Market is especially popular and is open every Saturday morning from 8am to 2pm, with regular night markets also drawing the city’s food lovers. Snack on tasty treats made from locally sourced fresh produce and sip on a cappuccino while the kids play on the jungle gym and jumping castle.
Every first Saturday of the month, health-conscious foodies flock to the Pretoria National Botanical Garden for the Banting Market. Listen to live music while munching on the highest quality, low-carb, healthy-fat foods. The market prefers vendors to grow, bake and process their own products, so you can be assured of the best possible quality. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the gardens while there.
The all-weather, pet-friendly, family-fun Cowhouse Market is on every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The market aims to provide gourmet food that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s also the perfect place to let kids, and their four-legged friends, have a farm-life experience without venturing outside of the city. There are over 40 stalls at the market that provide a wide variety of food, drinks, entertainment and crafts, while live music adds to the ambiance.
Finally, there’s a market dedicated to plant-based eating in Pretoria and it’s held every second Sunday of the month at Klitsgras. The market has a range of delicious dairy-free and egg-free foods, combined with stalls that sell cruelty-free cosmetics and jewelry. Come early for the meditation and yoga classes.
Hang out til late | Courtesy of Deep Roots Night Market
For a little after-work fun, head out to the DeepRoots Night Market every first Friday of the month. The market is held in the leafy suburb of Groenkloof and is all about good vibes, gourmet street food, craft beer and live music. It starts around 4pm and carries on until late. Be part of the in-crowd and hang out with friends at this trendy market.
Market @ The Sheds is an inner-city social market where the hip and trendy come to indulge in craft beer, fine wines, cocktails and gourmet street food to the sounds of live-performance blues, folk, rock, jazz, reggae and Afro-soul. The market takes place on the last Saturday of every month from 11am to 6pm and is hosted inside an old warehouse in the CBD.
Looking for a bit of farm amidst the hustle and bustle of city life? The Centurion Farm Stall Market has a laid-back, country atmosphere and you can buy anything from fresh fruit and vegetables to local arts, crafts and antiques here. The market is on the second and last Saturday of each month from 9am to 2pm.
Farm-fresh produce | Courtesy of Centurion Farm Stall Market
Irene at Smuts Market
Irene at Smuts Market is an extremely popular arts and crafts market that also provides a wide selection of homemade food, as well as craft beer. Located on the grounds of the Jan Smuts Museum, the market is pet-friendly and a great place for well-behaved pooches to have a walk. Every second Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm, with the occasional night market from 6pm until late.
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The Grove Mall hosts its own market that takes place on the upper level every second and last Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm. There is a variety of stalls offering various fresh produce, deli pies, pastries and gifts. The mall also offers a variety of fantastic kiddies entertainment options and a host of superb restaurants for once you’re done browsing the market stalls.