A weekly event that has meteorically risen in popularity is the Bay Harbour Market. Housed in a once abandoned factory at the harbours edge in Hout Bay, over 100 entrepreneurs, foodies and creatives display their goods at a market that draws over 24,000 people a month. The Saturday and Sunday market is open from 9.30 am to 4 pm, and the strict vendor criteria ensure that every stall brings something unique to the trestle table. Exciting foods explore over 26 different culinary styles and antiques, linens, leathers and fashion. There are ample activities for all ages and many little treasures to be uncovered. Seeing as this forms part of the coastal drive which goes from Cape Town, past kilometers of white sand beaches and all the way to Cape Point, it is a “must-include” on your sightseeing itinerary.
Hout Bay (also called “The Republic of Hout Bay” by its’ residents on account of the fact that there are only three access roads) is a beautiful coastal town with a long history. Within the Hout Bay valley you will find country living, a fishing village and an informal settlement. All three of these locations within a location add their own measure of local flavour. For the best fish and chips in the cape, you must pop by Fish on the Rocks, a very casual chip shop that’s been around for decades. Also a Hout Bay icon is Dunes restaurant, with it’s amazing play area for kids, spectacular views and brilliant seafood & cocktail specials. Various markets adorn the wharfs and quays of the working harbour on weekends, with the full bouquet of sea-related activities available to you, from sea-kayaking to shark-cage diving to tours to Seal Island. Hout Bay has long been seen as a kind of retreat from the hectic nature of city life, and the locals make sure that it stays that way.