Hout Bay Craft Market (photo courtesy Chris Park)
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Slotted neatly between the mountains and the ocean, you’ll come upon the picturesque village of Hout Bay. Once there, you’ll find it hard to believe you’re a mere 20 minutes away from the Cape Town city centre.
The village revolves around a working harbour and is well-equipped for tourists and visitors, with numerous restaurants, the largest bird park in South Africa (the World of Birds), hiking routes, nature reserves and a beckoning white beach.
One of the village’s most popular attractions is the regular Hout Bay Craft Market, which takes place on the village green in the main street, in a mountainous amphitheatre.
The market, which has been running for 10 years, opens at 10h00 and closes at 17h00. It is widely rated as one of the best in the Cape and attracts crafters from far and wide to exhibit their wares.
There’s guaranteed to be something for everyone at the market. Find clothing, knitwear, leather work, iron and steel work, South African curios and wire work, basket work, handmade soaps and toiletries, woodwork, pottery and ceramics, needlework, glass work, mirrors, jewellery, paintings, puppets, candle wicking, shell ware, hammocks, plants and cacti, dried fruit and nuts, children’s toys and games, and loads more.