Perfect for a winter Cape Town evening, pop into the warm and bustling Bluebird Garage Indoor Market in Muizenberg – where people from across the city meet for good food and the feel-good market vibe we’re so known for.
Opening it’s doors in November 2010, when Muizenberg was transforming from a less attractive suburb to a creative area for artisans and artists, the market was originally intended as a place for locals to display their wares and talents.
Recently nominated as one of the top 10 Markets in South Africa by House & Leisure magazine and nominated as Outstanding Market of the Year by EatOut magazine, the Bluebird Garage Market is run and managed by husband and wife duo Kim and Dylan Speer.
“We wanted to create a vibey community market as a platform for local creatives, speciality cooks and bakers,” says Kim Speer, who runs the Bluebird Garage Market with husband Dylan. “We never expected our market to be this popular, nor for it to grow as it has!”
A typical crowd at the Bluebird Garage Market is made up of hippies and surfers, tourists and locals alike – with people travelling from Constantia to Stellenbosch and in-between to spend a relaxed Friday evening in the atmosphere of the market.
Stalls include delicious food options such as vegetarian sushi, homemade ice cream, artisan pizza, local flavour potjie and giant pancakes, with the craft beer corner to help get the night going. Browse vintage clothes and designer jewellery, pick up an old record at the second hand stall or chat up locals in the smoking section.
“We are very selective with stalls and view the market as more of a design and creative space than a craft or flea market,” explains Kim. “Our food people have to have all the correct procedures in order and of course, we have to love everything that is sold or displayed at the market.”
Kim grew up in Muizenberg and has a special affiliation with the place, the people and the history. With local in mind, Muizenberg residents get first choice to have a stall at the market when space opens up.
Although there is a growing market scene in Cape Town – with many people preferring markets to malls – Kim believes there is still only a handful of top quality markets who are selective about their stalls.
“However, the markets that are doing it right really are amazing and as long as people stay unique, ethical and a little bit picky the scene will keep thriving,” she says. “Dylan and I love visiting other markets where we can enjoy the atmosphere without working.”
Kim and Dylan are constantly making changes to keep the Bluebird Garage Market exciting and hope to one day grow into the next door building.
“We feel so blessed that people keep coming back week after week – it was nerve wracking to start with I tell you!”
Be sure to visit the Bluebird Garage Market next Friday, it’s fun no matter the weather – for more information, see their website: http://www.bluebirdmarket.co.za/