Port Elizabeth has a brilliant combination of friendly people and amazing markets. One of the best things about our town is that “Support Local” is fully embraced. Here is your alphabetical guide to some of the markets in our beautiful bay.

Baakens Food Truck Funday

Whether you enjoy the funday in the early evening or into the night, it will be a good time. The food truck options are delicious. Naturally, people have their favourites but we suggest tasting around. If you go in a group, get different meals and share – have a full food truck experience. There are also stalls selling locally made products so take a walk around the funday. Take a seat (people bring their own chairs and picnic blankets, but there are tables around too) and listen to the live music that creates an awesome atmosphere. Eventually, you may find yourself dancing away. Check it out, it’s a vibe!

Venue: Baakens Valley (2 Alabaster Street) / City hall

Time: 4 pm – 9 pm

Facebook: Baakens Food Truck Funday

On the first Tuesday of each month, there is 2 for 1 Tuesday at Chicky’s Yard in Baakens Valley. Here you can buy food from your favourite food truck and get another meal free. Enjoy a beverage from Richmond Hill Brewing Company – the Jane Doe hard lemonade is truly divine!

Back to Earth Night Market

The Back to Earth market happens on the first Wednesday of each month. The market is a great mix of arts, craft and food stalls. The eclectic mix of stalls means you can find jewellery, gemstones, crocheted and knitted goods, Wonderbags, clothing and more. There are food trucks on the lawns outside as well as tables inside so walk around at least once to see what is on offer. The market is a great mid-week outing for anyone.

Venue: Old Grey Sports Club (2 Lenox Street)

Time: 5 pm – 9 pm

Entrance cost: None

Facebook page: Back to Earth Night Market

Locally Yours

This is a great market to find handmade products that make great gifts for family and friends. ‘Support Local’ is the very essence of this market. The market has grown from 10 artisans to over 40. There are crafts, fresh produce, mouthwatering food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and plants on offer. Market frequency varies so be sure to follow their Facebook page to stay up to date with new events.

Venue: The Tramways Building (Corner of Lower Valley Road and Union Street)

Time: 9 am – 3 pm

Entrance cost: No entrance but donations can be made (proceeds go to charity)

Facebook page: Locally Yours

Sards Market in the Park

The market takes place on the third Saturday of each month. If you are looking for a morning out with your beloved dog, then this is the market for you! There are great stalls where you can purchase dog food, treats and equipment. There are food stalls so you won’t go hungry either. You can choose from sweet treats, like pancakes and ice cream, to savoury treats, like wraps, samoosas, biltong and more. Other stalls offer jewellery, children’s clothing, succulents, and Lego figurines.

Note: If you are new to the market and are planning on bringing your dog – you need to register your dog with the Bark Park. You need to provide your [owner’s] details and proof of your dogs 3 year core vaccinations (previously known as Annual Vacs), rabies AND an annual Bordetella/ Canine/ Kennel cough (this is not usually a standard vaccine so please ask your Vet!)

Venue: Sards Bark Park (418 Sardinia Bay Rd, Lovemore Park, Sardinia Bay)

Time: 9 am – 2 pm

Entrance cost: None

Facebook page: Sards Market in the Park

The Goodnight Market

This festive (selective) Thursday market is a great place to enjoy delicious food from our top local artisanal food vendors. Food options vary from paella to Asian cuisine to burgers to nachos to various desserts (cupcakes, tarts, chocolate and more). We have sampled most of the stalls and have always enjoyed our food. This array of options is a blessing and a curse – it’s all so good that we struggle to decide what to choose! You can bring your own wine to enjoy, or buy wine, gin or beer at the market. There are also a few stalls selling clothing and crafts (woodwork to homemade mustard).

Venue: The Tramways Building (Corner of Lower Valley Road and Union Street)

Time: 5 pm – 9 pm

Entrance cost:  R20 (proceeds donated to charity)

Facebook page: The Goodnight Market

The Re-Second Market

The market happens on the last Sunday of each month. This market is one of the most loved in PE, hosting over 150 stalls. The stalls provide a range of items: clothing, jewellery, metalwork, woodwork, food, and charities. Charities pay nothing towards having a stall at the market. As the name suggests, the market promotes the re-using, recycling and revamping of items. There are ‘new’ items that can be bought too. There is also entertainment for the kids, ensuring a fun family outing.

Venue: Walmer Town Hall grounds

Time: 9 am – 2 pm

Entrance cost: None

Facebook: The Re-Second Market

The Valley Market

This is a pop-up market at various events around PE (e.g. The Valley Concert and Spar Ladies Race). This market is also food based with many of the stalls at the Goodnight Market present here. The Valley and Goodnight Markets are affiliated with the charity organisation Love Story.

Facebook: The Valley Market

Windsong Bohemian Market

This quarterly market (a market in each season) also supports purely locally and handcrafted/homemade products. Stalls offer tasty food (try the springrolls from Brenda’s Kaon Bisaya for sure!) and what some call “more alternative” items. While listening to the drum circle, you can find beautiful jewellery, dream-catchers, clothing and more. Definitely a beautiful market and vibe! We are sure this market will be a fast favourite for many people.

While almost all markets are cash sale based, some vendors here make use of Zapper. So even when you have spent your cash, you can still buy the amazing merchandise 😉

Venue: 142 Villiers Road

Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Entrance cost: None

Facebook: Windsong Bohemian Market

Stalls to visit

Our two ultimate favourites are:

  • The Mustard Deli – we love the mustards! There are tasters at his table so you can try some. Definitely a stall to stop at!
  • Cupboard Love – this stall has a beautiful mix of products from different artisans in PE. There are some special things here and the owner is very friendly. We always check out her table (and also her physical shop in Richmond Hill).

A newcomer to PE: Obrigado SA – we love these ‘brigas’ (i.e. balls of deliciousness). Brigadeiros are handmade chocolate truffles. We both loved the lemon balls, I loved the Amarula ones and Dan loved the coffee balls. The chocolate balls are good too – definitely, try a mix of flavours.

The Tramways Building

This building hosts a variety of events and is popular for markets. There is parking available under the bridge across the road.

Facebook: The Tramways Building

 

All photos used are from the Facebook pages of the markets (permission was granted). Like and follow the various page for upcoming events. 

Comment below and tell us why you love each market. Also, let us know about other markets so that our post stays up to date.

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4 Replies to “A guide to markets in Port Elizabeth

  1. This is amazing! I love being on the South Coast and want to do some more exploring further down the line and I know nothing about PE.
    So this is so handy, love all the tips and support local projects.

    Great read.

    Thank You
    Cee

     
    1. Thank you for reading it Cee! PE is such a gem of city that we are sure it will be a great holiday 🙂

       
      1. I got confirmation yesterday, that my team and I will be down the South Coast again, month end. If you are anywhere around Margate, let me know and we must have a catch up. Have an amazing day!

         
        1. When we are in KZN again, I will definitely let you know. We won’t be able to make it at the end of the month. Wishing you a fantastic trip!

           

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