The much-anticipated Cape Town Summer Market kicked off on Saturday December 14 in the heritage-rich Company’s Garden in the heart of the city centre and runs until December 30 (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day). In its second year as the re-styled Adderley Street Night Market, the market promises more vendors, lights and greater accessibility for all Capetonians.
The Cape Town Summer Market also has a twin this year, namely the Langa Summer Market.
“This is in celebration of this historic area and part of the City’s commitment to being an inclusive, opportunity city,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Cllr Garreth Bloor. “We hope the new Langa Summer Market will be a catalyst for further economic opportunity in this area.”
The Langa Summer Market runs from December 20 to 24 in the Langa Quarter just off the N2 (next to the old Athlone power station), just a ten minute ride from the city centre.
Cape Town has seen an explosion of new markets in recent years, but none can boast the setting and convenient location of the City’s flagship summer market. The Company’s Garden is a national heritage site, surrounded by some of the City’s landmark buildings and tourist destinations including the Iziko National Art Gallery and Iziko National Museum, the Planetarium, St George’s Anglican Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the Slave Museum and the Jewish Museum.
Stretching almost a kilometre from the corner of Adderley Street and Wale Street in the north, to the entrance to the Mount Nelson Hotel in Orange Street at the mountain end, Government Avenue forms the backbone of the Garden and is one of the City’s great walking retreats.
The Company’s Garden will be full to the brim with market stalls, selling everything from hand-crafted pieces for the home, stylish clothing and jewellery to tasty food delights and craft beers.
The market runs from 12 noon until 11pm daily, and the City is investing in new lighting to make sure vendors and visitors are safe as night unfolds and the partying begins.