Top 10 Organic Food Markets in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the world's finest organic food markets, where you'll find an astounding array of high-quality fruit and vegetables (often sold by the farmers themselves at reasonable prices); artisan food and beverages; a bustling, feel-good atmosphere; and more than ample seating to watch the interesting people go by. These markets have become an experience in themselves, offering a charming, fun and relaxing weekend outing for the whole family.

So if you're looking to stock up on some of the tastiest and freshest locally-grown organic food in the country, take a look at First Car Rental's list of the Top 10 Organic Food Markets in South Africa.

  • Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

    1. Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market is Johannesburg's original outdoor market, providing a haven of calm and a leisurely shopping experience. The bi-weekly market (Thursdays and Saturdays) showcases an astonishing variety of organic fruits and vegetables from local producers and is plentiful in local coffee roasts, homemade preserves and much more.

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  • Boeremark Market

    2. Boeremark Market, Bloemfontein, Free State

    Bloemfontein's Boeremark is one of the oldest farmers' markets in South Africa, established long before food markets became so popular. Held every Saturday at Bankovs Boulevard, this peaceful, outdoor market is full of stalls selling all kinds of organic food and fresh produce, magnificent cheeses and handcrafted treasures that will keep you coming back for more.

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  • Greyton Market

    3. Greyton Saturday Morning Market, Western Cape

    If the smell of freshly baked bread is your kind of happy, you are going to be smiling a lot at the Greyton Market. Set on the picturesque village green, this market offers an array of organic produce and freshly-made delights, from artisan breads to homemade delicacies including cheese, preserves, yogurt and cured meat. This is organic foodie heaven. There's also a variety of entertainment on offer, from local musicians to horse-drawn cart rides, making it the ideal family-friendly outing.

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  • Neighbourgoods Market

    4. Neighbourgoods Market, Braamfontein, Gauteng

    Originally started in Cape Town, the award-winning Neighbourgoods Market became so popular that organisers launched a Johannesburg edition in inner-city Braamfontein. Dedicated to urban regeneration, this warehouse-style market is set out over two floors in a historic building on Juta Street and features an extensive rooftop area with views over Braamfontein. Highlights include artisan coffee and chocolates, fresh oysters on ice, organic wine, diverse African cuisine and impromptu jazz performances.

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  • Karkloof Farmer's Market

    5. Karkloof Farmer's Market, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal

    This charming market in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands happens every Saturday morning and is a must visit for anyone looking to source the best produce from local farmers and small businesses. Here you'll find everything from the freshest seasonal organic fruit and veggies, to artisan breads, local yogurt, award-winning cheeses and stunning fresh-cut flowers.

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  • Outeniqua Farmers' Market

    6. Outeniqua Farmers' Market, George, Western Cape

    The Outeniqua Farmers' Market is the Garden Route's top organic foodie market, offering a huge selection of locally-grown produce. But what really draws people to this colourful market week after week is the mouthwatering gourmet cuisine. From stunning cupcakes, Thai food bursting with flavour to gourmet burgers, homemade ice cream and everything in between, the Outeniqua Market has something for everyone.

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  • Earth Fair Food Market

    7. Earth Fair Food Market, Cape Town

    Cape Town has been at the forefront of South Africa's food market evolution, with the city now boasting many of the country's best-loved markets, including the Earth Fair Food Market. From free-range meats to traditional stone-ground bread, this market is dedicated to providing convenient and affordable access to ethical and organic food producers and their high-quality products, all in a family-friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

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  • Oranjezicht City Farm Market

    8. Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Cape Town

    The Oranjezicht City Farm Market is a neighbourhood non-profit project celebrating local food, culture and community. This weekly market (held on Saturday mornings) provides a selling-ground for local, small-scale organic fruit and veggie farmers. Located at the Granger Bay section of the V&A Waterfront, the market offers a cosy, farm-style atmosphere with hay bales, lots of seating and great views of Cape Town.

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  • Tokai Forest Market

    9. Tokai Forest Market, Tokai, Cape Town

    Set amidst the peaceful Tokai Forest, this market offers a wonderful selection of foods to tickle your taste buds; stalls filled with gorgeous homemade crafts, clothing and accessories; and family-friendly entertainment including performances by local musicians, horse rides, science demonstrations and arts and crafts workshops. Foodies, fashionistas and families will love it here.

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  • Slow Food Market

    10. Slow Food Market, Stellenbosch

    Bursting with character and charm, the Slow Food Market, which happens every Saturday, features specialty food and wine producers, food artisans, local farmers, natural and organic merchants, clothing, jewellery, seasonal goods and designer ware. All traders are from Stellenbosch and surrounds.

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