City Bowl Market on Hope

25 Sep

I’ve been meaning to go to the City Bowl Market since City Bowl Marketit opened earlier this year to a flood of positive reviews from the twitterati who called it the less pretentious version of the Neighbourgoods Market at the Biscuit Mill (whose trendiness is only surpassed by the lack of parking).  I finally made it there this weekend and was delighted to find it both  unpretentious (big hall, trestle tables, hay bales, people cruising around in cycling kit) and sophisticated (Saszali handmade chocolate, sashimi grade tuna,  butternut & gorgonzola tartlets – yes please!).

Saszali Chocolate

Saszali Chocolate

Since hubby was surfing somewhere up the West Coast I was free to do several circuits of the hall at my leisure, lingering long at the samples in order to make just the right choice.  There’s a small fresh produce section by the entrance with free range meat close by, and some crafty stalls, but the majority of traders seem to be of the luxury foodie goods variety, many dishing up delicious fresh and healthy food right there so next time I’ll be sure to come at lunch time (I was sorely tempted by the gourmet salads table).

Bags by The Pink Pincushion

Bags by The Pink Pincushion

Upstairs in the gallery is a beer & wine “bar” which yesterday had some live jazz, and to my surprise, the next room is a fashion market selling beautiful clothes, bags, shoes and vintage looking jewellery.  There was more going on outside the main hall with signs for rugby and beer but I made my escape clutching my fynbos honey and fresh macadamia nuts as the lunchtime crowds poured in.   I’ll be back.

14 Hope Street, Gardens

Saturdays 9am – 2pm

Butternut and Gorgonzola Tart

Butternut and Gorgonzola Tart





6 Responses to “City Bowl Market on Hope”

  1. Madelen September 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm #


    Thank you so much for this stunning article! City Bowl Market really appreciates it. I have tagged your article onto our Facebook.

    Kind Regards

    Madelen (organizer of City Bowl Market on Hope)

    • Cathy September 27, 2011 at 5:27 am #

      Thanks Madelen!
      I really enjoyed it. Next time I’ll be back with my husband for lunch!

  2. Anne September 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    This sounds like a treasure of a place to visit – your food pictures are enough to make one wish to fill up there!

  3. Susan Molzen September 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Thanks so much for the mention!! 🙂 And hope you will be back soon . I am Having an OPEN DAY on Thursday 29th Sept @ 8 Cherry Lane Constantia ( along with a few other Traders) if u are interested. 10am – 7pm , with snacks and Champers!!
    Susan Molzen The PInk PIncushion ( 076 2880556)

    • Cathy September 27, 2011 at 5:28 am #

      It’s a pleasure! I thought your bags were really beautiful – they’d make a stunning gift.

  4. Erica Kleine September 29, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Hi Cathy

    Thanks for the great info about lovely markets around CT.

    If you enjoyed the Hope Street Market (one of my own favourites) then you’ll probably also enjoy the Obs Holistic Lifestyle Fair, coming up this Sunday 2 Oct.

    A summary of a soulful Sunday atthe IObs Fair: a shady picnic on the grass, artisan cheese, organic olives, traditional sweet shop confectionery, fresh juice creations, newly baked artisan bread & croissants, organic chocolates, free range eggs, Indian sweetmeats, divine coffee, vegetarian & vegan delicacies, Sunday papers, a head, neck & shoulder massage, organic soy massage candles, comfy bohemian clothes, unique jewellery creations, a free showing of the film ‘The Secret’, soulful folk music, an insightful tarot reading, great company, well-loved books, one-of-a-kind artistic works, friendly dogs, happy children, a game of chess… why would you want to be anywhere else this coming Sunday? Hope to see you there!

    You can find out more on our Facebook page under Obs Holistic Lifestyle Fair

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