Among the many things to do in Knysna we also have authentic local markets that knock the spots off shopping in a supermarket.
Locals make these Garden Route market experiences a way of life and for tourists it’s not only a fun way to spend your morning, but you also get to taste some great locally made & grown produce.
Wild Oats Farmers’ Market
The market takes place every Saturday and offers South African eats from the favourite shawarma, to samosas to vetkoek and more, all to be savoured in a cheerful outdoor setting with wooden benches on a floor of charming wood chips. A way of life, locals meet friends for coffee alfresco whilst doing their weekly shopping – award-winning cheesecake or chocolate brownies, fresh-from-the-garden vegetables, free-range meat from local farmers, delectable cheeses, seedlings for the garden, jams and designer breads.
Another firm favourite is the splendid Protea bundles on sale – a South African flower experience – at very reasonable prices.
For more information email email@example.com or phone +27 82 376 5020.
Every Saturday from 7.30am – 12 noon in the summer and from 8am until 12 in the winter.
It’s a scenic 24 km drive from Knysna or 38km from George.
Scarab Village and the Mosaic Market
After shopping at Wild Oats, walk across the road to the Mosaic Market and Scarab Village which is Sedgefield’s one-stop arts and craft destination. Great for presents and niche items, the market offers original South African art, handmade clothing, metalwork, wooden products, hand-spun wool, ceramics and much more.
A fun experience for the whole family, there is a playground for the kids and dogs on leads are welcome. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +27 44 343 2455.
Every Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
The Mosaic Market also opens seasonally on Wednesdays from 8am to 12pm – please visit their website to confirm their operating times.
It’s an easy 24 km drive from Knysna or 38km from George.
Harkerville Saturday Market
Not a flea market, not a farmers’ market, but a combination of all things nice, this is another great option on a Saturday morning to stock up on fresh organic food for the week. Meet friends for a delicious breakfast, coffee or scrumptious cakes whilst stocking up your pantry.
The emphasis is on natural and organic products; fresh bread, organic vegetables and home-cooked meals. You will also find locally produced cheeses, fresh mushrooms, delicious pies, fresh meats, jams, pickles – and more!
Products of a variety of South African crafters and artists are on sale including art, décor, woodwork, jewellery, locally made clothing and even toys – and kids look forward to the activities on offer.
For information phone +27 44 533 9094.
Open from 8am until noon on Saturday mornings.
It’s clearly signposted on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
The Montessori Night Market is a weekly hit
Friday night dinner at the Montessori Market is an institution in Knysna. With live music and bonfires on colder evenings, the atmosphere is intoxicating and makes for a lovely relaxed evening out with friends. Head to the bar for ice-cold beers in summer, or a warming glass of red wine on a cooler evening whilst enjoying the live music. Kids have a play area and lots of space to run – in a safe environment.
It is a great spot to unwind after a busy week and sample some delicious local food. A variety of food stalls cater for most culinary tastes and preferences, including Thai, Italian, Indian, German and the culinary delights of Kilzer’s Kitchen, a local food institution. For more information please call +27 44 382 5316.
Weather permitting it is on from 16h00 to 20h00 every Friday in the balmy warm weather from October to April.
Follow the scarecrows on the Main road to the school field of the Knysna Montessori School in Welbedacht, No 4 Narnia Village.
Templeman Square Craft Market in Main Road
It’s impossible to miss this market situated in Main Road Knysna. Crafters sell locally produced keepsakes and African curios and it is worth a visit for that unique South African keepsake.
Open Daily from 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
Blackwaters Esoteric Craft Market
With a beautiful setting on the banks of the Goukamma river, this market is a paradise for those that love bohemian, esoteric and holistic delights. Experience vegan food, gluten free food, arts & crafts, Boho clothing & furnishings, yoga wear and outdoor sessions, organic vegetagles & seedlings, massages, energy healing and much more!