Bay Harbour Market Outing
A month ago, I received a media invite to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay to “experience the vibrancy and creative spirit of Cape Town’s most vibrant market”, the invite said. Having never been to the market, my curiosity was piqued and I decided to RSVP to the event to see what it was all about.
The Bay Harbour Market is located on the water’s edge in the old authentic part of the Hout Bay Harbour, in a refurbished fish factory. The market is an eclectic mix of fashion, art, food, décor and music. There are various traders that offer an array of services from arts and crafts, delicious food and drinks to unique décor items. The vibe at the market is down to earth, fresh and exciting.
Speaking at this particular event I attended, was Enver Duminy CEO of Cape Town Tourism, who I actually had the honour of chatting to prior. I got to learn a bit about Cape Town tourism and what his role in promoting the city entails. I often say there is ALWAYS something to do in this windy, beautiful city and we owe it all to people like Enver whose job it is to promote Cape Town and make it a tourist attraction. He is clearly doing a good job because, since 2012, Cape Town has seen an annual increase in tourism revenue, earning billions yearly.
Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism in South Africa was also scheduled to speak at the event but he, unfortunately, could not make it. So, the event was concluded with a spirited hip-hop dance performance by a local youth group.
At the event, we were treated to complimentary tasting plates from the food traders, with drinks by KWV Wines and live music from Ocean’s Riff .
I wandered around the market to see what each vendor offered, I walked from stand to stand and started with food and then moved on to clothing, accessories and décor. I even ended up buying a beautiful scatter cushion with a print of a portrait of The Chinese Girl – one of Tretchikoff’s best-known painting – and coasters with a portrait of the Balinese Girl. I concluded my day with sugar-free ice-cream from Banting Chocolate Gelato at the market and left a happy camper!
While the Western Cape has a number of markets with delightful offerings, the Bay Harbour Market is definitely not one to miss with my favourite spots being Tretchikoff, Simply India, Naked drinks and Chapman’s Peak Antiques.
If you haven’t been, why not give it a visit one of these weekends, they are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Market entry is free and you can enjoy by yourself, with a partner or your whole family – even with the little ones.