Stellenbosch is a university town in South Africa's Western Cape province. Surrounded by the stunning vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg, you'll find the Root 44 Market.
Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Root 44 is a favourite destination for South Africans and tourists alike. This is a market with a difference - because it is housed in sturdy, super cosy marquees, it means come rain or shine, Root 44 will always be open.
Root 44 offers funky live entertainment, craft and homeware stalls with perky names like Hoity Toity Pallet Chic and Off-cut Art. Whether your outing to Root 44 is to find that elusive 'one-of-a-kind' furniture piece to take home or to stock up on your weekly organic fruit and veg, the whole ambience lends itself to leisurely browsing. Feeling peckish? A delectable selection of edible and drinkable treats are readily available to satisfy the most discerning palate.
Mussels or Potato Spirals? - Images: Elaine de Wet
The eclectic offerings from the traders include hand-picked antiques, gorgeous childrens' clothing, funky t-shirts, jewellery, homeware, leather goods and various other arts and crafts, ensuring you enjoy retail therapy par excellence.
Various traders at Root 44 - Images: Elaine de Wet
Audacia Wines and impressive craft beers can be enjoyed by oenophiles (lovers of wine) and beer aficionados alike. Look out for the sweet treats to die for, wood-fired pizzas, traditional roosterkoek - pronounced "roor-stir-cook" (traditional barbecue bread) and biltong. The selection is bountiful - for the health conscious, there's a selection of salads and sandwiches or if something spicy is more up your alley, then try the varieties of curry. Something for everyone and more than enough to satisfy any tummy rumblings you might incur during your browsing and shopping.
Root 44's range of 'take-home' products are superb, with olive oils, spreads, home baked breads, cured and smoked charcuterie products and a selection of fresh, organic produce - ensuring you definitely won't go home with an empty shopping bag.
Beautifully shaded outdoor venue - Images: Elaine de Wet
For the little people, Root 44 have non-stop entertainment with a natural wood play park and lawn area. While the children are playing, Mom and Dad can enjoy a glass of local wine or ice-cold soft drink at the vibrant Blue Moon Bar. Blankets and picnic baskets are available at the Blue Moon Bar too.
Our furry family members are welcome everywhere at Root 44 except for the food areas and as long as they're on a leash.
Entry to this vibrant week-end market is totally FREE.