Contrary to the popular belief and perceptions of many South Africans, Pretoria is not a boring place at all. The capital city truly offers a lot of things to do. To provide proof of this I’m featuring 4 Saturday morning markets worth checking out in Pretoria today.
For the ultimate (and updated) list of weekend and Saturday markets in South Africa, read “Your guide to the best Saturday markets in SA“.
Boeremark: This well established Pretoria market draws producers from as far as Reitz (in the Free State), Nelspruit (in Mpumalanga) and Tzaneen (in Limpopo).
The Boeremark (which loosely translates as “Farmer’s Market”) is unique to Pretoria. Every week Saturday from 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM visitors can browse through stalls selling coffee, fresh bread, vetkoek, pancakes, various cheeses, pies, biscuits and rusks, meat products, fresh milk and yoghurt, fresh flowers, plants and seedlings, old books and magazines, herbs, spices, dried nuts, handmade clothing, jewellery, leather products, steel art and a whole lot more.
The Boeremark is held every Saturday at the Pioniers Museum grounds in Keuning Street, Silverton (In Pretoria East). For more information visit the Boeremark Facebook page or the official Boeremark website.
The Fig Platter Food and Craft Market: This market is a fairly new and takes place in Wekker Straat in Garsfontein (in Pretoria East). The market venue is located next to the Village shopping center. Besides the weekly food market (which is held every week Saturday) an additional Craft Market also takes place at this same venue on the first Saturday of each month.
Entrance to the Fig Platter and Craft market is free and ideal for the whole family. A jumping castle is also set up to keep the kids busy while mom and dad browse through the stalls for all kinds of interesting things.
The Fig Platter Food and Craft market is open from 9 AM to 2 PM. For more information phone Diane on 0826474642 or Winette on 082 49537533.
The market is also known as the “Noord Kontrei Mark” (in Afrikaans). The North Country market features arts and crafts, bring together local artists and features fresh and seasonal produce.
Besides all this the North Country Market offers safe and ample parking, a tea garden, ready-to-eat foods and numerous other stalls and exhibits. It’s the ideal way to spend the first Saturday morning of the month for the whole family. The market is open from 9 AM to 2 PM on market days. For more information phone 012 5613869.
Hazel Food Market: This awesome Pretoria market takes place every Saturday morning at the Greenlyn Village Center in Menlo Park (in Pretoria East). The Hazel Food Market is open from 8 AM to 2 PM on market days.
This established market offers stalls that sells organic chicken, jams and preservatives, muffins, coffee, cappuccino, flavored sugar, various kinds of cheese, vetkoek, burgers, cakes, sweets, vegetables, fruit, nuts, sushi, dumplings, Greek delicacies, pickles, frozen fish, seafood, German style hotdogs, Indian cuisine, fresh juices, game meat, cupcakes, various sauces, biltong, pizza, pancakes, spices and a whole lot more.
You are almost guaranteed to find something that will tantalize your taste buds if you visit this market. For more information, check out the Hazel Food Market Facebook page, visit the official Hazel Food Market website or phone 083 5545636.
There you have it, proof that the capital city is not boring. Take some time and visit 1 of these 4 Saturday morning markets worth checking out in Pretoria, you won’t be disappointed.