It is November and the year is almost over! Everyone seems to be slowly moving into holiday mode. It has been a long year filled with ups and downs, so it is certainly the perfect time to unwind and spend time with loved ones. I personally am looking forward to lingering at markets – not just any markets, but the farmer’s kind, hosted in spacious venues, while absorbing the sounds and sights of nature, listening to soothing live music and enjoying a glass of wine. This is basically the best environment in which to take some time out or even a day off.
If you’re here for a sojourn from your visit at The Delight Swakopmund or if Windhoek is your home and shopping malls and supermarkets aren’t your thing, I’d suggest that you take the beaten path and explore Windhoek’s art and food markets.
Windhoek markets you’ll love:
Windhoek City Market
This is held twice a month on a Friday afternoon, with unique themes to intrigue eager visitors in search of a little time to relax and enjoy soothing local live performances. Here you’ll admire the specialised vintage clothing on sale, as well as jewellery, crafts and homemade gourmet and international food.
It is the ideal market for children, with child-friendly areas for them to play in while Mommy and Daddy catch up with friends and family. Here you’ll make new friends or run into your primary school buddies whom you have not seen in years. So definitely try it out!
Please do not miss out on the Christmas Market taking place on Saturday 9 November 2019 at Omeya from 9am – 3pm. Perhaps you’ll find the perfect Christmas presents for your baby sister or brother.
Situated a few kilometres outside Windhoek on the northern edge of the city, this is the perfect Saturday morning escape for a five- or ten-kilometre run or the 19-kilometre MTB ride, while simultaneously appreciating the mountain scenery. The early morning activities are followed by a market, held in an artsy rustic warehouse, which is also the perfect venue to host your special day.
Be wooed by gorgeous unique earrings and leather bags fit for a princess, while enjoying your chai latté and contemplating at which stall you should purchase your food. Don’t forget the little nephews and nieces as there is a perfect space for them to play.
Green Market or Bio-Markt
This farmer’s market is held every Saturday at 3 Dr Kenneth David Kaunda Street (formerly Uhland Street) in Klein Windhoek at the The New Apostolic Church right across the road from the Wilde Eend Bistro. It is the ideal place to purchase fresh vegetables, dairy products, bread, meat products and juice.
There are also various homemade crafts, sweet treats, honey, jams and chutneys. For those who love fresh blooms there are plants and flowers on sale too. While you shop for your fresh produce, enjoy a cappuccino, a quiche or a delicious stuffed brötchen.
Bio-Market – Held every Saturday 8am – 12pm.
Although these markets are the perfect place in which to unwind, they are also where Namibians and visitors to our country can support one another’s dreams, as they are ideal opportunities for small business owners to learn and grow.
If you’re trying to break your trip or simply feel uninspired, go and saunter around these markets on their open days. Make a few new friends and let the assortment of food stalls help you forget about what to make for breakfast or dinner.
Have you ever been to any of the markets? Share with us what you like most about markets.
Author – I’m Nela, from a small village called Ongha in Namibia. I am intrigued by research, writing and photography as it is an ideal way to gain knowledge about people and the world. And of course… to share it too!