Get ready to mark your calendars because later this year, the highly anticipated Time Out Market Cape Town is set to open its doors at the iconic V&A Waterfront.

Time Out Market Cape Town: It’s going to be the first of its kind on the entire African continent!

The V&A Waterfront is a member of the Cape Town Big 6, where Cape Town’s food scene continues to thrive with its dynamic energy.

Imagine a place where the very best of the city comes together under one roof—a haven for foodies, culture enthusiasts, and anyone seeking an extraordinary culinary experience. Time Out Market Cape Town is set to bring the vibrant spirit of Cape Town to life through its exceptional line-up of chefs, restaurateurs, bars, and cultural experiences. Get ready to be wowed by everything this incredible foodie market has to offer.

Visitors to the market can expect a diverse range of culinary delights, from traditional South African cuisine to international favourites. Each of the 13 chefs and restaurateurs has been carefully selected to offer a unique and exciting menu with something to suit every taste. Whether you’re in the mood for bao buns, pizza, or authentic Cape Malay dishes, you’re sure to find something that satisfies your appetite at Time Out Market Cape Town.

Bertus Basson (De Vrije Burger)

The recently revealed chef line-up for Time Out Market Cape Town:

  1. Bertus Basson (De Vrije Burger)
  2. Chef Vusi Ndlovu (MLILO) 
  3. Chef John Van Zyl (The Melting Pot Seafood)
  4. Unframed Ice Cream
  5. Matt Van Den Berg & Carla Schulze (How Bao Now)
  6. Chefs Peter Tempelhoff, Ashley Moss & Service & Beverage Director Jennifer Hugé (Ramenhead)
  7. Chefs Anwar Abdullatief and Yolani Abrahams (Barakat)
  8. Pizza Warehouse (YARD)
  9. Chef Matt Manning (Culture Wine Bar)

Chef Vusi Ndlovu and Chef John Van Zyl

Prepare to have your taste buds blown away!

Time Out Market Cape Town has added an exciting chef-driven concept to their list with the inclusion of Bertus Basson’s famous De Vrije Burger. The chef is renowned for his dedication to traditional South African cuisine and locally sourced ingredients. He’s the proud owner of several successful restaurants, including De Vrije Burger, which creatively narrates the history, people, and cuisine of South Africa.

Chef Vusi Ndlovu’s MLILO concept at Time Out Market Cape Town celebrates Africa’s rich culinary traditions with a contemporary twist on the local favourite “shisanyama.” Each menu item pays tribute to different African countries and showcases Chef Ndlovu’s creativity and innovation. The braai concept celebrates the use of fire in the African food scene to create delicious meals.

Matt Van den Berg and Carla Schulze, and Yann Rey of Unframed Ice Cream

Discover The Melting Pot Seafood, a dining concept that will take you on a culinary journey around the world. With a rotating menu inspired by Chef John Van Zyl’s travels, you can expect delicious dishes like Tuna Sashimi, Mixed Seafood Peruvian Ceviche, and Beer Battered Hake Sliders.

Unframed Ice Cream, founded by Yann Rey, is a true treasure trove of delectable and unconventional ice cream combinations. The flavours are always unique yet often feature a twist on classic favourites. What sets Unframed Ice Cream apart is its commitment to making small batches with real, sustainable ingredients and its dedication to maintaining the texture of its artisanal ice cream.

How Bao Now is famous for its delicious bao buns, and now the chefs, Matt Van Den Berg and Carla Schulze, are set to offer their much-loved dishes, as well as new and exclusive combinations that will only be available at Time Out Market Cape Town. On the menu, you’ll find the Cape Malay Crayfish Bao, a perfect blend of coconut and curry furikake with vadouvan XO, and the Wagyu Sando-Bao, featuring chilli crunch mayo, tonkatsu, and pickled cucumber.

In 2022, the renowned chefs, Chefs Peter Tempelhoff, Ashley Moss and Service and Beverage Director Jennifer Hugé, behind the Japanese-African restaurant FYN, opened Ramenhead, situated in the heart of the city below FYN. This unique ramen shop combines the fine-dining finesse of FYN with an edgy, playful atmosphere, resulting in a menu of delicious ramen bowls made with authentic ingredients – which guests will be able to indulge in at Time Out Market Cape Town.

Ramenhead and Barakat

Chefs Anwar Abdullatief and Yolani Abrahams will bring a halal fine-dining experience, Barakat, to Time Out Market Cape Town, featuring a Cape Malay-inspired menu. Diners can enjoy the unique and indulgent flavours of the Mother City and engage in a one-of-a-kind Cape Malay experience.

YARD has been a beloved part of Cape Town’s culinary scene since 2011. Now, they are excited to bring their famous pizzas and chicken wings to Time Out Market Cape Town. Their pizza menu offers four unique and authentic styles of hand-stretched dough, flavorful sauces, and a variety of toppings to choose from.

Culture Wine Bar will showcase the distinct styles, varietals, and techniques of each wine-making region in South Africa. Celebrating the diversity and complexity of local wines, this bar honours the trailblazing winemakers who are pushing boundaries and producing exceptional wines. Pair your favourite curated dishes from the Market with a selection of wines, or indulge in one of the tasting flights on offer.

Keep your eyes peeled for future updates

Leading up to the grand opening, Time Out Market Cape Town will reveal more about its curated selection of vendors, an impressive beverage program, and how the local Cape Town culture will be incorporated into this experience. 

The V&A Waterfront is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring the food culture of Cape Town. With its diverse range of dining options, high-quality ingredients, lively atmosphere, and exciting events, it’s no wonder that it’s considered one of the Cape Town Big 6’s top food destinations.

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