Blue Bird Garage market, Muizenberg
Cape Town has a number of well-established and long-standing markets but we find that many guests of our self-catering Noordhoek accommodation enjoy browsing, mingling with the locals as well as eating and drinking fine home-made food and delights as an interesting and economical option to restaurants. The southern end of the Cape Town peninsula, aka the “Deep South” now has a number of good food and produce markets which are easy to get to, with plenty of parking.
One of the new markets which has been going since 2010 is the Blue Bird Garage Market, which is situated at 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg; located in an old aircraft hangar in one of the older parts of the town. It is easily found next to False Bay station alongside the roadway crossing. Don’t be tempted by the touts to park in the narrow streets next to the market as there is ample, safe parking available in the main road just a few metres away.
This market has proved popular from the onset with those looking to purchase home-made and home-cooked foods including a range of gourmet dishes or, for many, an interesting alternative evening out where each can choose their own snacks or meals to be enjoyed at one of the many tables provided in the middle of the market, to be enjoyed with some interesting wine or beers to be found at the little bar in the corner. Currently you will find a range of beers from the Birkenhead Brewery; try these and experience the remarkable difference in taste from the mass produced stuff.
At the entrance to the market is a beautiful selection of fruit and vegetables that almost defy you to pass without buying; we left weighed down with a loaded basket at prices much lower than the local supermarkets. On offer is a choice of food that defies anyone not to find something to enjoy. The most delightful smells wafted from the lids of the “25 Rupee” stall, where home-made Indian curries and rotis were on offer. Equally enticing was the Thai food situated alongside authentic Chinese cuisine, which included not just the usual spring rolls but filled dumplings and a range of mouth watering stirfries. Just as one can hardly go to a restaurant anymore without finding sushi you will also find the genuine thing being prepared here before your eyes. The choice continues to middle eastern filled Pita breads, gourmet pizzas and artisan bakes. There is plenty to tempt the sweet tooth; including home-made fudge, nougat and the delectable Portuguese custard tarts known as “Pasteis de Nata”.
This market is not only about food but you will find a range of craft made jewellery, interesting clothing including a hilarious range of Laugh it Off T shirts, books and esoteric items.
The Blue Bird garage market is certainly child friendly and kids will find much to keep them occupied and enjoy eating while parents continue their shopping.
Initially the market was opened on Fridays from 3 pm to 9 pm only, but it is now trading on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to meet the popular demand.
It is just a short drive from the market to the popular attractions of Muizenberg, including the iconic Surfer’s Corner, where you could be tempted to tarry and watch the surfers at play.