Made in the Cape at Cavendish Square is one of my personal favourites on the market calendar.  Not because of the ambiance and surroundings, which aren’t my ideal (generally prefer the great outdoors or something closer to it), but because of the lovely quality of the goods on display. The stallholders have been chosen with such care and an eye for quality and often quirkiness – and every time I’ve been (which is fairly often), I’ve come away with something exciting to hide away in my gift box (bring on Christmas – I’m covered!).

Here’s a bit more about the market and its ethos:

Made in the Cape is an artisan goods event held once a month at Cavendish Square, Claremont. We celebrate the creativity of the Cape with a showcase of innovative, original and thought-provoking hand-crafted goods. Everything sold here is crafted, produced and packaged in the Western Cape – no more buying goods from China, it’s all completely local! There is a myriad textiles, jewellery, ceramics, woodwork and much more on display.

And this coming weekend, the market will be in particularly fine fettle, as it will be celebrating its first birthday – always a good sign for a fledgling market on the Cape Town scene.  The Made in the Cape Birthday Market will be held this Friday (2 August) to Sunday (4 August) – details below.

It’s a great way to support local artists and crafters and help grow our local economy – and a greener way to shop.  It’s also a fantastic place to find Christmas gifts to stash away and save yourself from the last-minute late-December dash you know you want to avoid (just focus on all beach time you’ll be gaining by getting it done now!).  And if, like me, you’re not much of a mall rat, once your gift shopping is done and dusted you can always escape the confines and head to the lovely nearby O’Ways Cafe for a respite (try their roast banana and salted caramel crepes – they are truly sublime).

If you’d like to know more about the stallholders and the market itself, check out the Made in the Cape Facebook page.

Made in the Cape Birthday Market – Event Details:

Dates & Times:  2-4 August 2013.  Friday and Saturday – 9am to 7pm;  Sunday – 10am to 5pm
Location: Cavendish Square, Claremont
Contact:  Lauren –

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