Market Magic.

So, here’s the deal. I have previously stated why I absolutely adore The Mother City and one of the main reasons was fashion. Now, as much as I love fashion I think it is safe to say that I probably love food more. This combination of tasty treats is one of the reasons that Cape Town has stolen my heart. The number of markets in the city is enchanting and makes for adventures on a Saturday morning. Or afternoon depending on Friday night’s festivities. After being away for a while, I recently rediscovered my love for two of Cape Town’s most loved places: The Old Biscuit Mill and The Hout Bay Market.

No matter how hungover you are (or aren’t), these markets are the perfect place to spot beautiful people, individual style and indulge in the yummiest little parcels of culinary heaven.

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I first experienced The Old Biscuit Mill when I was in res in Woodstock, which was rather convenient when a group of struggling first years with no cars needed to get to some sort of food after a night out. Since then, I have absolutely fallen in love with every little corner of happiness at “The Mill”. See, that’s how close this relationship is. I could spend all day, and almost all of my money, trying the myriad of delicious offerings and I usually do fill up a little on samples. My first port of call is always Espresso Lab for a White Ice – the greatest thing you will ever drink. Then its off to the Neighbourgoods Market for a few hours of trying to decide what to eat and how find a seat. Being a Gemini, I usually struggle to make a choice – especially because everything looks AMAZEBALLS.

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I might not be in Spain anymore, but at least I can drown my sorrows in paella.
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I don’t know what these are called but they are morsels of yumminess from The Frying Dutchman.

Because of the overwhelming temptation to try every exotic meal and spend R300, I usually opt for my tried and trusted favourite food in the world: a burger. But not just any burger, no no. See, I can make a pretty great burger myself but nothing comes close to the R50 burger at the Biscuit Mill. If I put all my effort into it, I could not describe how delectable this burger is. Rather, have a look and then GO EAT IT.

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These are my creations. Not too bad if I do say so myself.
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The Biscuit Mill Burger Process.
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The Biscuit Mill Burger Result. Drooling.

Apart from the array of out of this world cuisine, The Old Biscuit Mill is always a great place for buying unique items of clothing and trinkets. And it’s just a pretty cool spot.

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Nuggets of inspiration found on houses in Woodstock.

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A Tea Van. This must be what Heaven looks like.

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The Mill is also GREAT for people watching, especially if you love people with individual style. Most people are just really cool, but a lot of them also dress to be seen at this hotspot. Nonetheless, the majority of visitors exude individuality and self-confidence. So here are a few examples of how absolutely wonderful Cape Tonians are…

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Peter Pan collars and a statement necklace. My favourite look at the moment.
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Some people don’t even know how cool they are (i.e. my beautiful room mate, Nika).
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Customized denim shirts. Delish.

While The Old Biscuit Mill will always be a favourite place of mine, recently Cape Town decided to add another adventure to my list of playtime activities: The Hout Bay Market. Apart from the obvious fact that this market is situated in a flipping beautiful part of the city; it is also a lot less crowded than The Mill which makes sitting and eating a whole lot easier. Parking is also much better here, but it is getting more and more popular thanks to the deeeelicious food and people. I mean, clothes. Definitely meant clothes. Again, I always want to eat something from every store but due my often lackluster student budget I am often left with only one or two options. Personally, the soup from ZOOP! is phenomenal, and the Chinese store is also rather fantastic. The nachos are insanely good and every single sandwich slash croissant slash ciabatta looks like it just walked off The Food Network. However, my favourite store has to be Naked Drinks, simply because of the absolutely adorable man who works there, who smiles as though making you fresh orange juice brings him the greatest pleasure in life. SERIOUSLY, I would drive out just to be his friend.

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En route Hout Bay Market. In the middle of winter. Casual.
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I have some pretty cool friends.

The Hout Bay Market is also open on Sundays, sometimes on Friday nights and, like the Biscuit Mill, has events throughout the year. Recently, I went to a Comedy Night and it was so much fun (partly because we had great food and wine, but probably more so because I saw my juice man). The people you find here are also the raddest mix of human beings and have an effortless sense of boho-chic.

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Stop it.

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We are such bad gansgters.

Cape Town is a city of delights and there are so many little (and big) markets, offering a variety of awesome food, drinks, clothes, antiques and  people that you may actually be spoilt for choice sometimes. Just do yourself a favour and go on an adventure.

Take a drive, take a camera and take cash. You’ll thank me later.

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