The best December markets

We may not have snow as a background, but our best December markets are top-notch. Find the best places to shop in the festive season.
A list of December markets in South Africa.

Markets are great places to spend time with friends and family, especially the best December markets around the country. They’re also a great place to spend money, boosting the small business owners that bring value and a vibe to these awesome environments.

With the local scene flourishing like never before, supporting local entrepreneurs isn’t the only reason to embrace SA’s vibrant market culture, here are a few more:

  • They’re family friendly.
  • Many markets sell fresh produce from local farms for delicious home cooking.
  • The wide range of drinks, eats and treats ensures that everyone can find something that hits the spot.
  • Live entertainment is a feature at many markets.
  • The unique clothing, crafts and collectables make markets a great place to do some gift shopping.

Here’s a quick list of a few markets worth checking out this festive season – and beyond.

Durban markets

Shongweni Farmers Market

WHERE 457 Mr551 Rd, Shongweni Resource Reserve, Shongweni, 3650. WHEN Every Saturday from 6:30am – 1pm. WHY What began with 12 humble vendors in 1998 has become a 150-stall institution. With the goal of helping people buy local, the Shongweni Farmers Market is a wonderful collection of fresh produce and craft goods. It attracts fans from all over KZN each and every weekend.

I Heart Market

WHERE Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, 4000. WHEN From 9am – 2pm on the first Saturday of every month. WHY Durban’s I Heart Market is a true community affair. Everything sold must be local, creating a unique platform for Durban-based artists, artisans and entrepreneurs. With the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium as a backdrop, the self-styled anti-mall is a fantastic place to be.

Yoco Merchants to look out for at Durban markets

Kerry Godden A brand new player in the boutique fashion game, Kerry Goddam is all about luxury and class. These timelessly stylish garments are gorgeous and elegant. Bobums Colourful, customisable towels made from microfiber fabrics built for the beach. Made by Durbanites that know what they’re doing. Towels don’t get cooler than this.

Johannesburg markets

Neighbourgoods Market JHB

WHERE 73 Juta St, Cnr De Beer & Juta St, Johannesburg, 2000. WHEN Saturdays from 9am – 3pm. WHY A source of speciality food and goods, this market possesses all the energy and enthusiasm that Joburg is renowned for. Since opening in 2011, people have gathered every weekend to enjoy the craft food and boutique fashion that make this venue an institution.

Bryanston Organic Market

WHERE 40 Culross Rd, Bryanston, Sandton, 2191. WHEN Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am – 3pm. WHY A staunch supporter of conscious and sustainable living, this market is a must-visit for anyone passionate about the environment. On top of the amazing food and fresh produce, it’s also famous for art, clothing, curios and children’s toys and events.

Fourways Farmers’ Market

WHERE C/O William Nicol Dr & Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, 2191. WHEN Fridays from 3:30pm – 10:30pm and Sundays from 9am – 4pm. WHY Located on the original Fourways Farmstead, this beautiful venue is home to 107 stalls. stocked with everything local, artisanal and delicious. Live music and a sprawling playground for the kids tops off a wonderful experience for people of all ages.

Yoco merchants to look out for at Joburg markets

Sumting Fresh Gourmet street food specialists with a big personality that matches the flavour of their chicken and cheese. Their signature slang is almost as famous as their food. Jozi Dim Sum Bringing South African flavour to the bite-sized Chinese cuisine, Jozi Dim Sum offers a unique take with levels of deliciousness that even purists can’t argue with. Leefi Haute Design Locally handcrafted accessories made from cork and synthetic baobab leather. Kind to nature, their beautiful bags, purses, wallets and bowties make great gifts. Alexa Lily Creators of some of the most elegant, tasteful planners and notebooks you’re likely to see. High quality and meticulously designed, they provide a great gifting opportunity.

Cape Town markets

ROOT44

WHERE Corner of R44 and Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600. WHEN Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 4pm. WHY Set in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, ROOT44 is the perfect place to enjoy great food, live music and shopping of all shapes and sizes. An abundance of trees and tarps make it the perfect venue for a day out with friends and family, regardless of the weather.

Oranjezicht City Farmers Market

WHERE Granger Bay Blvd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8051. WHEN Saturdays from 9am – 2pm and Sundays from 9am – 3pm. WHY The iconic backdrop of Granger Bay is reason enough to pop into this independent farmer’s market, but the food, fashion and fresh produce make it an absolute must-visit. A community-driven, down-to-earth atmosphere add heart and soul to the experience.

V&A Food Market/The Watershed

WHERE V&A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002. WHEN Every day from 10am – 8pm. WHY The Watershed is the beautiful, bustling home of 150 small business owners. You can find everything from fashion to furniture, seven days a week. Alongside it sits the V&A Food Market – a collection of gourmet street food vendors with something delicious for everyone. It’s legendary location and unique offering make it the perfect everyday inner-city escape.

Yoco merchants to look out for at Cape Town markets

Leefi Haute Design Locally handcrafted accessories made from cork and synthetic baobab leather. Kind to nature, their beautiful bags, purses, wallets and bowties make great gifts. Knysna Oyster Company Purveyors of fine fresh oysters sourced from the cool, clean waters of Nelson Mandela Bay. With products that go straight from farm to fork, quality is guaranteed. Granadilla Swim The beach isn’t a place to be serious. Granadilla’s swimwear is bold and refreshing, with tropical designs and bright colours making SA beaches even more beautiful. Moro Gelato Steeped in Italian family tradition, Moro Gelato uses fresh and pure ingredients sourced on a daily basis. There’s no such thing as too much Moro Gelato!
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