My Trendy Market Find

While visiting Cape Town last month, I was introduced to a really cool local’s hangout — a food market that sits in the heart of a converted factory. I didn’t see this in any of the tour attractions, but it’s one of those finds that came about by talking with the locals. (A traveler’s tip I highly recommend…always ask the locals where they like to go on the weekends. You’ll know it’s a good spot.)

The market, set in what’s called the Old Biscuit Mill (adequately named as that’s what the building once was) has a wide enough range of dishes to suit anyone’s tastes. The liveliness, the crowds, and the selection foodies would go mad for, reminded me of a mini version of London’s Borough Market. That’s a big compliment coming from me because I consider Borough one of my very fave spots in the city.

The photo below is from where I dined. I went with the Chicken Schnitzel a la Napolitana, which is an Argentinian sandwich with inspiration from Austria and Italy. Not a bad mix for a South African lunchtime, eh? It’s basically a chicken breast sandwich topped with mediterranean flavors including sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella. A fried egg goes on top, and the whole package is yum, yum good.


Next up in the photos below is a basketful of biltong. That’s traditional South African beef jerky. Normally I’m not a fan of beef jerky, but I really liked this stuff.


The following photos are more ways to share the market scene with you. As a photographer who loves snapping markets and similar gathering places, I had a very fun time with all the visuals.


Merry gingerbread men!


Aptly named market for a neighborly vibe…though neighborly more in the sense of a block party, as this place was packed!


So overall, a highly recommended place to see if you find yourself in Cape Town.


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