Cape Town Market Vibes: V&A Waterfront Food Market

Lately, a lot of people are making their way to the V&A Waterfront to shop, lay some flowers on the Mandela statue or make a trip to Robben Island…..

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After joining everyone one that was laying flowers and taking pictures, I went to the food market.   I’m embarrassed to say it was my first time going to the market, but then again there’s a first time for everything.  I found some interesting items from different traders.  There’s an eclectic mix of cuisines offered under one roof e.g. from Italian, Cape Malay, Mexican, Chinese etc.  It’s an interesting culinary tour.  Plus there’s a wide variety of items on offer, think including oysters, fresh vegetables, sea food, pan cakes, desserts etc.

I tried a few items from few traders:

First on my list was the guys juicing it up at the Dr Juice stall, they make what they do seem fun and the juices aren’t bad to taste.  I bought some pies from the Gourmet Pantry, had a waffle and an interesting chat with the guys at the Belgian Waffle and Crepes stall. I loved the biltong at the Stokkies draai biltong stall.  I didn’t get to try out everything but I’m planning on making another trip very soon.

Have you been to the market?  How do you find it?

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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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