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Trendy Cape Town Markets

2 October 2014

The advent of summer in Cape Town also brings a resurgence in Markets and the wonderful festival atmosphere that these markets bring…everything from night markets that are all about food, tipple and a bit of a laugh to awesome gourmet markets showcasing some really extraordinary local food and beverage products, to organic markets.
Here are a few that we highly recommend looking over while you are with us.

The Biscuit Mill Neighbourgoods Market in hip Woodstock has become a Cape Town institution and its clear that our European and American tourists love it too because on a Saturday morning you have to really strain to hear the flat A’s and rolling R’s of the ever sexy South African accent. So abundant are the sing song Swedish tones, the upwardly inflecting American lilt, the short sharp Germanic that at times one has to lift ones eyes toward “The Mountain” to get one’s bearings again. And what’s not to love? This award-winning market features over 100 specialty traders every Saturday, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs, and micro enterprises. And then there is the live music which is quite simply quite extraordinary. Cab it if you can. Parking is a nightmare!!

The Range Night market in Tokai is a stunning setting nestled between wine farms in close by Constantia. This market is on every Friday night and is a welcome change to the usual overcrowded pub or restaurant. Its not poncy, just relaxed and down to earth and fun if there is a group of you.
Other great markets include The Slow Market in Stellenbosch at Oude Libertas wine farm and the Blaauwklippen Market every Sunday.
For a complete listing of every kind of market your heart could possibly desire go to

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South Africanisms

weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

"Toyi Toyi" (pronounced TOY-TOY) this is a traditional South African form of protest. It is a knees up dance done by protestors and can be very intimidating.

Submitted by Jaques Du Plooy

“Rooineks” Is the name the boers gave to the English settlers in the old days because their necks were always sunburnt from the harsh South African sun. The name stuck and you still see a fair amount of sunburnt necks about.

Submitted by Derrick Le Roux

We South africans like a bit of a party, and “Epic” denotes a pretty fab party. If its even better than fabulous we may throw in “flipping” before “Epic” . so ... "That Afrika Burn jol was flipping Epic my Bru”

Submitted by Hlumela Masha

"What a chop!" A chop is a term used to describe an idiot or a moron. If someone has done something silly, or idiotic, you could call them a chop! for example: John left his car lights on and now his battery is dead... What a chop!

Submitted by Britt Ballantyne

Eish! - Substitute any of the following: No shit! Dang! Holy Cow! Ouch! You're kidding! Bummer! Oh well. Geez!

Submitted by Mark Upton

“Bilksem” is a wonderful South Africanism that basically means "we’re going to give them a hiding” Often a way to explain the punishent we’re going to mete out on an opposing sports team.

Submitted by Charles Williams

"At the Robots, turn left" We don't do traffic lights - it's too much like being law abiding. In South Africa we have robots. Much more exciting!!

Submitted by Maria Van Heerden

“laaitie” is an affectionate word for a younger person particularly a son so you might say “My laaitie is taking his bokkie to a flik tonight. “Bokkie” in this context would mean his sweetheart and not his pet Springbok.

Submitted by Eric Van Staden

“Mzansi” has of late been really popularised by our national broadcaster. it has come to mean South Africa and comes from the Xhosa word for South.

Submitted by Jakes Madala

in some parts of South Africa we have a pretty heart stopping collection of creepy crawlies. We call them “Goggas” which comes from the Khoi San word meaning creeping things.

Submitted by Zollie Tshabalala

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