The Neighbourgoods Market- For the Love of Food
We aren’t lying when we say The Neighbourgoods Market is not just a girl’s best friend. And to put it quite simply, it’s for people who like to eat! From toddlers to adults, candies to craft beer, this market will cast a spell on your Saturdays from 9am – 2pm and charm you with character, good tunes, and some food made with a little extra ‘TLC.’
As Neighbourgood’s Market visitors ourselves, we got in touch with the Manager, Benjamin Cox, to delve deeper into Cape Town’s not so hidden secret market:
Q1. How did your market come about and when?
The Market was started in 2006 by entrepreneurs’ Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro. It was conceived to be a weekly showcase for the best local producers and designers, a meeting place for local community, and a platform to educate the community about the benefits and importance of buying local, eating responsibly grown food and supporting their local producers.
Q2. What is so special about your Cape Town location?
The Mill houses some of the city’s most charming architecture. The Old Biscuit Mill used to be a mill, built in the late 19th century. The Market is held in one of the original warehouses of this property. Naturally lit by huge skylights and with exposed original red brick, on the interior walls, it is a beautiful relic from the neighbourhood’s history.
The base of the windmill exists somewhere on the grounds, it just hasn’t been found…yet.
Q3. If you had R100 to spend at the market, what would you spend it on?
A freshly brewed coffee from Rosetta Roastery (R20), an omelette from Omelette Boy, (R50) and a fresh ciabatta from Woodstock Bakery to take home for supper (R30).
Q4. What is your all-time favourite stand at the market and why?
I have to say the offering is so diverse and changes so regularly that it’s impossible to choose one all time-favourite. But at the moment my favourite stand is Honeyguide, offering the most incredible array of local raw honey and honeycomb from Mark Farah’s holistically managed apiaries all over the Cape Peninsula.
Q5. Can you tell us about a funny, off the wall, crazy market moment you’ve encountered?
We once had a 35 person marching band of musicians from France do a fully choreographed dance through the market half way through the day, when it was already packed with people. The whole band ended up standing on the long communal table that runs down the centre of the market and playing for the crowds!
So for the love of food, as well as many other treasures, go spend your Saturday at The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill. After all, the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel is just a short drive away from this love affair of a market and will be awaiting your return for a well-deserved siesta.
The Neighbourgoods Market:
Location: Every Saturday rain or shine 9H00 - 14H00
The Old Biscuit Mill
373 Albert Road
Cape Town 7915