Every week the scene is set for sublime socialising in the luxury Cape Town environment of Company’s Garden at the Good Company Farmer’s Market, which stands out amongst its peers as the premier place to linger in the sunshine on a Saturday.
Company’s Garden is one of Cape Town’s iconic green oases, and has been drawing the crowds since 1652, when the Dutch East India cultivated it as part of the supply station to ships passing this way. Today, this patch of green features several iconic and historic sites as well as a lovely garden where the public can relax and enjoy this peaceful spot.
Apart from these cultural meanderings, the Company’s Gardens offer opportunities for jogging or simply relaxing in a shady spot, book in hand. However, Saturday visitors are in for an extra treat when they visit these welcoming environs.
The Good Company Market has been carefully set up in the Paddocks area with the ambience of the gardens in mind, featuring rustic tables easily spaced under the shade of the oaks. Here patrons can mingle with their peers, take a breather from exploring the market and enjoy a bite to eat. Alternatively, you can hire a peaceful private picnic spot and a brolly for ultimate enjoyment of the restful surroundings.
Numerous food stalls offer luxury Cape Town treats such as traditional Cape Malay foods from Spicy Cape Cuisine, homemade fudge prepared by Sweet Dreams, artisanal pizza form Maggino Bros and Blerri Boerie boerewors rolls. One of the latest establishments to join the food frenzy is Little Saint, with its tortilla depatatas (potato tortillas).
The bar cart offers wine, bubbly and Striped Horse craft beer, and the farmer’s market has only the freshest produce on display.
It’s not all about food, glorious food though; I loved the craft stalls offering luxury, upmarket goods. Chill Winst5an, Nama Collection and Tribal Beading Sandals are just some of the high-end retailers you will find plying their goods here – great for some retail therapy to enhance the laid-back vibe.
Children and well-behaved dogs on leashes are invited along, and the market features pony rides and other activities for the youngsters to enjoy, should they tire of fun and games on the expansive lawns.
Head for the Company’s Garden this Saturday anytime between 9am and 3pm, and experience laid back Cape Town luxury at this pristine and welcoming venue.