The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is where Capetonians stake their arts and crafts, some clothing shops, authentic cuisines, and African Liquors accompanied by live reggae music. What a brilliant mixture hosted under one roof!
Outside it looks an old factory, but once inside it is incredible! The cozy ambiance with wooden chairs and tables is pretty quirky. It is probably one of the best places for hang out in Cape Town. Thanks to my newly found friends who invited me to join them over a couple of beers! The place is full of energy and upright vibe with unpretentious crowd. People drink, sing, laugh, clap and dance to good old school reggae music creating an upbeat ambiance.
The market has tons of African Souvenirs, clothes, and overwhelming artisan shops. And oh, irresistible variety of foods, too! Freshly crafted in front of us!
The market is such a temptation for memento collectors from African wood carvings, beadwork, and tanzanite to Amarula. The choices are endless! The colorful beadwork tribal jewelry and handmade leather bags caught my attention, I was ensnared to buy for my sisters back home. I took the opportunity to get some Rooibos tea and salt scrub for myself, too!
Black label beer took me by surprise! It actually taste pretty good! The live music sets the right mood and I was so grateful to meet such cool new foreign and local friends. It’s those cute little moments to connect with the people from all walks of life that adds the overall impact of our journey.
We put our wine and beers up for cheers to more travel, adventures, and a new form friendship! We hugged each other and bid goodbye as it was my last night in Cape Town. Making new friends is definitely one of the most fantastic things that can happen during travels. I fell in love with South Africa not just with the beautiful views, escapades, and food, but the people I met during my stay. Cape Town will always be special.
How to get to Bay Harbour Market?
- Take the My Citi’s Bus 108 and stop outside the market. Salty air of Hout bay will welcome you!
- If you purchased a Hop on Hop off Bus, you may take the Blue Line Bus and Stop at #24. You can walk from Mariner’s Wharf to the Market.
- Uber is also available in Cape Town and if you’re a bit tipsy from a Saturday Night Jam, you may take Uber and it is way cheaper than regular cabs.
- Try Black Label Beer and some local wines!
- The place can be crowded. Arrive early to get a good spot.
- Amazing live band entertainment on weekends
- The Bay Harbour Market is a foodie Haven! Try Paella and homemade chakalaka! J
- Happy Hour is between 5-6 PM. Get that double beer ya!
- This is a shopping utopia! Bring some Rands, and shop till you drop!
- Prepare your haggling and negotiation skills!
- There’s a great vintage and antique store for vintage collectors out there
- There is no entrance fee and food is pretty affordable. You can get a decent delicious food from R50 and up.
- The Market is open during Friday from 5:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30AM – 4:00 PM.
- Come with an empty stomach and enjoy the drinks and the food with a good live music and vibe!
- I highly recommend The Bay Harbour Market! It’s truly a fun market that you’ll love to come back again and again!