Milnerton Flea Market- find a bargain
Although Cape Town abounds with markets of all types, there is only one real “flea market” and that is the “Milnerton Flea Market” which, technically, is situated in Paarden Eiland. It has grown from beginnings in a sprawling dusty lot to an extensive, well organised, fenced and tarred market precinct with ample toilets and plenty of secure off road parking. The market is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, depending upon the weather. It is extremely popular and busy on all but the most miserable of days as it is well-known by those looking for
bargains, collectables and antiques. Entrance to the market is free of charge, but you will be expected to tip the parking attendant who doubles as a car guard. The market is set against the backdrop not only of the sea but offers lovely views of Table Mountain and Signal Hill.
Many of the traders make a full-time living from this and other markets, and many of the people who frequent the market shop here to save money as one will find stalls offering health products, groceries, fruit, home bakes, vegetables and other comestibles at prices up to 50% lower than regular retail outlets. The Milnerton Flea market is the place to go if you are looking for reasonably priced tools and hardware, second hand books, plants for the garden and textiles for the home. It is a place to find bargains if you don’t mind having to trawl through a myriad of castoffs and junk. On offer is almost anything that you can think of, including the proverbial kitchen sink. The main attraction of the market is certainly the many stalls that offer collectables such as militaria, glassware, crockery, vinyl records, small items of old silverware, jewellery, paintings stamps and coins.
Whilst this unpretentious market makes no claim to gourmet foods there are a number of stalls that offer refreshments and cooling drinks while you browse the market as well as a range of things to eat. These range from simple burgers and “Boerewors Rolls”, which include the spicy farm sausage that is so typically South African; to Cape Malay and Indian dishes either to eat there or take-home. Look for the caravan offering Halaal Indian dishes; they have not only the best samosas in Cape Town, but lovely spicy curries served wrapped in rotis or with rice. The more enterprising of the stalls provides a few chairs and tables where you can sit down and enjoy a light meal. Another attraction to this outdoor market is the enjoyable opportunity to observe people of Cape Town from all walks of life trawling the market. Many will be walking their dogs or have children in tow because the market has wide aisles between the stalls, making it easy for pushing prams and strollers and very much child friendly.
The market is situated on Otto Du Plessis Drive, Paarden Eiland. To get to there: take the N1 highway out of the city; one of the first exits is marked “R27 Milnerton”, pass through a couple of traffic lights and the market parking area will be visible on your left where you turn into the parking from a convenient traffic light. The market is open from 08:00 until 16:00, although it does not really get going until about 09:00, particularly in winter.
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