On Saturday I went to the very first City Bowl Market on Hope Street and I will definitely be heading back there again soon. I bought some organic Rooibos with sieve (R20), gemsbok biltong (R45), dark chilli chocolates from Saszali chocolates (delish!) at R8.50 each, and two Paulaner weiss beers (at R25 per 500ml draft).
I think it will do well in Winter as it is indoors and offers quite a fair amount of space for standing and seating.
They have a variety of food products available to take home and dishes to eat while at the venue, so it’s ideal for morning shopping followed by a light lunch.
The rooibos was definitely the find of the day. It is free of any types of additives; colorants etc and the same leaves can be used 2-3 times over. I tested it! The amount I bought for R20 fills a 1litre jar and as I am a real tea junkie, this is a great addition to the tea-cupboard.
The only thing is you have to wait 10 minutes for the tea to draw – and the colour of the tea is a gorgeous deep red.
Some of the other impressionable products available include: honeys, freshly cut flowers, herbs, cupcakes, breads, cheeses, organic nuts and dried fruits, olives, pastries, locally brewed beer on tap from Darling and Napier, wraps, Indian curries and a boutique clothing store just outside.
The market is inside a big red and white building (14 Hope Str). (www.citybowlmarket.co.za)