Time Out is a world famous foodie brand originally having started in London (media company) and in Lisbon (food hall). After major success and global expansion, the brand is heading to the Mother City and aims to open at the V&A Waterfront in summer 2023.

We love a food hall! Having explored De Hallen in Amsterdam and the conveniences of different cuisines under one roof, we’ve been enjoying the expansion of this style in Cape Town with Mojo Market and Maker’s Landing.

“The best of Cape Town” was promised and us greedy locals have been keeping a keen eye on who that will be – and whether we agree with it or not! More information has recently been released about the keenly anticipated Time Out market and I’m happy to say the list is looking good!

What’s the T?

Here’s the expected goals for the Time Out Market in Cape Town:

  • 13 Chefs and Restaurants
  • 3 Bars
  • 1 Stage
  • Combination of Award winning food chefs and local gems
  • Located in the old food hall at the V&A Waterfront

“We have put great emphasis on curating a lineup that is unique to our beautiful region – our mission is to celebrate the best local talent from award-winning to up-and-coming, give guests a local experience that is exciting yet accessible and be a meaningful addition to this fantastic city and the V&A Waterfront.”

Russ Meyer, General Manager of Time Out Market Cape Town.

Cape Town Restaurants at the Time Out Market

  1. Ramenhead
  2. Culture Wine Bar
  3. De Vrije Burger
  4. Unframed Ice Cream
  5. Barakat
  6. Pizza Warehouse
  7. Mlilo
  8. The Melting Pot Seafood
  9. How Bao Now
  10. TBC
  11. TBC
  12. TBC
  13. TBC

In the final 4 spots, my guesses go to El Burro because their smoked chillies are out of this world. Perhaps Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice Cream or Tapi Tapi with their hyper African ice cream flavours. Perhaps Off the Gluten Path for us gluten-free types or Lekker Vegan for a broader choice. Finally, Butcher’s Grill would be welcome. We’ve got to have some proudly South African steak in there! If the building site logo is anything to go by, we may have some donuts arriving. Perhaps Grumpy & Runt?

Restaurants We Love in the Current List

Ramenhead

Having literally gone for dinner there 2 weeks ago I’m delighted to see them on the Time Out “lineup”. The quick delivery and deliciousness of their food (within the restaurant) has always impressed me so I’m confident they will have no issue competing in this fast paced food market. I’m hoping they include the panna cotta on the menu. #YUM

Culture Wine Bar

Who doesn’t love a bit of culture? This venue has actually been one of my favourites for some time (I had my birthday there before the pandemic kicked in), but the space was taken to greater heights by Chef Matt Manning and his team with Culture Wine Bar. Great wines, fun vibes. This should be a goodie.

De Vrije Burger

We absolutely love De Vrije Burger in Stellenbosch and always purposely plan our visit there to squeeze in a burger and ice cream. Their ice cream tastes like the 90’s and we’re here for it. Now we won’t have to travel so far out for this delicious goodness! Stoked about this one.

Unframed Ice Cream

Unframed has been one of our favourite ice cream shops since we lived in town – that is, for quite some years! Very unusual flavours, smooth texture and vegan options, as well we always pop into the food market or in Kloof street to grab a sweet treat from Unframed. A must do.

Restaurants We’re Learning About

Barakat

I’m honestly not familiar with the two lead chefs: Anwar Abdullatief & Chef Yolani Abrahams, but I’m pleased to see there will be the inclusion of hearty South African cuisine, elevated, through their Halal Fine-dining experience. With a focus on Cape Malay flavours, this is a hugely important part of the South African food story and I can’t wait to try it out soon.

Pizza Warehouse

The battle of the pizzas continues! I think every Capetonian has their favourite and the Yard has long time been a talking point at the water coolers across the city. Now the hidden gem will deliver their 4 hand-stretched artisanal pizzas and famously brash customer service to the Time Out market.

Mlilo

Mlilo (firey) by Chef Vusi Ndlovu is another deep dive into South African cuisine. Ranking in the top 7 chefs at the San Pellegrino Young Chef finale in 2018, Chef Ndlovu is dedicated to promoting and showcasing South African food culture and cuisine. This is another space I’m keen to explore.

The Melting Pot Seafood

We don’t eat seafood (I know! Shocking!) so I really can’t comment on this restaurant. I have seen the Melting Pot logo though and never a bad word.

How Bao Now

I’ve never had How Bao Now and actually didn’t even know it was in the Biscuit Mill! I’m gluten intolerant so I tend to pick my battles but I would be keen to try this.

Time Out Food Market Cape Town Launch Date

No launch date has been specifically communicated thus far, but as soon as I have that information I’ll be sure to update this post. The food market will be located just next to the Alfred basin, view illustrated below.

Happy eating and welcome to the City of Cape Town!

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