Experience Goodness at Market on the Wharf in the V&A Waterfront


The V&A Waterfront Food Market was founded by entrepreneur Greg Anderson in December 2012. With a passion for food, hospitality and retail he decided to take on the creation of a leading artisan retail store with a distinct market feel. The ideal location came available in the V&A Waterfront where the market was launched to afford South Africans and foreign visitors a one-stop-shop where they can purchase the finest that local producers have to offer. This decision was guided by the substantial growth of food markets in this country, a deeper consumer understanding of quality, the passion to preserve artisanal skills and protection of  entrepreneur’s in smaller business enterprises. Added to this mix is a showcase of a cross culture of authentic street foods, an artisanal beer bar, a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen used for “foodie” workshops and the perfect setting looking over the working marina. This market was created for the people and thus attracts a broad spectrum of visitors and is intended for everyone to enjoy. Open Everyday the market differentiates itself through quality, affordability and being accessible 7 days a week.


Market on the Wharf (locals call it the Waterfront Food Market) is at the Old Power Station, Building 19, Dock Road, Pier Head, V&A Waterfront. Tel: 021 276 0200. If you’re unfamiliar with the V&A, this building is behind the Two Oceans Aquarium on Dock Road as you enter the Waterfront.

2014/15 Market times are as follows: 
1st June – 31 Oct  10.00 am – 17.30 pm
1st Nov – 30 April 10.00am – 19.00 pm
The market is open 363 days of the year – 7 days a week.
The market is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Full details and stall directory can be found on the wharf market website at www.marketonthewharf.co.za or via Twitter (VAFoodMarket).
What makes this market such a valuable addition to Cape Town’s culinary and lifestyle scene though, and what can you look forward to on a visit? 

Why Visit V&A Market on the Wharf?

Here are six reasons that you will want to check out Market on the Wharf (and probably on a regular basis too): 
  1. Demo Kitchen: Presented by South African Master Chef 2012 Runner-Up Sue Ann Allen, the Demo Kitchen is a unique concept that takes market culture to a whole new level. This service is available for bookings for a range of events, from product launches to special occasions.  
  2. Organic Foods: Dr Juice, Seared, Bosini Bros and others bring their wholesome goodness to shoppers. Then there are also fresh fruit and veg suppliers, free range egg and dairy stalls and other products such as argan oil too. If you like your food simple, good and wholesome, you are sure to find plenty of delicious, 100% organic delights.  
  3. Fresh Seafood: For those in need of a decadent Omega 6 boost, be sure to stop past The Oyster Lady. These oysters are massive – some market-goers have snapped shots of half-shells as big as a hand! Sushi lovers meanwhile can enjoy tasty morsels at Salushi eXpress.
  4. Sweet Treats: Honey, sweets, ice cream, pastries, preserves, waffles and other sweet things help to balance things out after a super healthy first course. Stop past The Creamery, Flannerie Bonaparte and Fortain Chocolatier for pure indulgence, or for something a bit healthier, you can try dried fruit and nuts at By Nature or Cecilia’s World.
  5. Global Cuisine: From Argentinian to Danish; Italian to Greek or even German, Indonesian, Thai and local options such as Cape Malay, you can explore the world’s cuisine without leaving the market. You will also find Halaal, Kosher and Vegetarian stalls.
  6. Gourmet Delicacies: In need of something beyond the ordinary? Gourmet options range from Bubble Tea Company to Bite Me’s Gourmet Panini, Royal Bavarian Bakery, The Deli Box, Pronoto Mama and many others besides. Coffee fundis can stock up on their favourite Origin roasts, while tea lovers have a world of choices at the Nigiro Tea Merchants stall (that’s right ‘Nigiro’ is simply ‘Origin’ spelt backwards). Upstairs, there is even a level dedicated to craft beer.
  7. BONUS REASON: There is a Drop & Go parking infront of the market as well as a locker facility for your shopping! 
It’s no secret that Cape Town loves all things relating to good food, good vibes and good times. Markets such as these offer a great way for all that goodness to merge, while for local merchants and suppliers, it is a good way to introduce visitors to a diverse range of products. 
While the market is open during the week too, weekends have more of an atmosphere, making this a good time to check out the V&A Market on the Wharf.
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