Port Elizabeth Markets
The Port Elizabeth Markets are so much fun. Usually held outdoors, they offer locals and visitors the opportunity to browse stalls with so much to offer. Markets are usually really varied, offering a wide array of food, clothing, gadgets and accessories. They appeal to a broad base of the population and are usually excellent for shoppers on a budget. Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, offers visitors plenty of shopping opportunities, including a number of markets. These are:
The Flea Market on the Beachfront
Every weekend, hundreds of stalls line the promenade along the beachfront. These stalls sell clothing, shoes, jewellery, hair accessories, cosmetics, electronics, handbags, pre-loved goods, books, music, baby clothing, sweets and so much food! This part of the beachfront has recently been renovated, so those visiting the market can now do so with a beautiful background created by a lake and picnic area. There is plenty of on-street parking. The market is not covered, so sunscreen is essential in the hot summer months.
Art in the Park
On the first Sunday of every month, vendors gather to an open area in St George’s Park (Park Drive) to “set up shop”. Antiques, hand-made clothing, homemade preserves, baked goods and plenty more is on offer. Being set amidst the greenery of the park and alongside a play area for children makes this a great way to spend a Sunday with the family. Stalls usually begin to pack up at around lunch time, so be sure to get there in the morning.
The main road through what used to be PE’s city centre is now called Govan Mbeki. Every day, vendors line this street with fruit, vegetables, clothing, shoes, sunglasses and bags. Of course, there are a number of established shops along Govan Mbeki too, so this really does make for a shopper’s paradise.
Lady’s Slipper Farm Market
Farm-fresh produce and a few arts and crafts are the order of the day at this market, which has the picturesque Lady’s Slipper Mountain as an unbeatable backdrop. Huge breakfast fry-ups make the perfect meal before doing your weekly shop for fresh fruit, vegetable and meat, straight from the farm. This market is situated next to St Alban’s Prison on Old Cape Road, right at the foot of the mountains.
Richmond Hill Night Shopping Market
The suburb of Richmond Hill comes alive after dark because of the many restaurants that line its quaint suburban streets. As a result, many of the stores in the area (including décor, art and clothing shops) stay open until 21h00 on select nights. Keep an ear and eye open to find out when another of these markets will be held. Have a bite at one of the trendy restaurants, a cocktail at a vibey hotspot and then peruse the shops for which this area is renowned.