Foodies! Meet Time Out Market Cape Town’s first five vendors

It’s been a good few months since we bid a sad farewell to the V&A Food Market, consoled by the announcement that the prestigious Time Out Market would be building its first African home right here in the Mother City later in 2023.

After much anticipation, Time Out Market Cape Town has announced the first five award-winning vendors set to create a curated mix of the city’s best culinary and cultural experiences.

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Located in the V&A food market space, Time Out Market Cape Town will feature thirteen kitchens, four bars and one stage to bring together an unmatched atmosphere of the very best the city has to offer, all under one roof.

In the spirit of ‘the more, the merrier’, the market is set to host approximately 750 guests in total, with indoor seating and quayside tables offering jaw-dropping views of our beloved Table Mountain.

Renowned for its global success, the market’s concept aims to celebrate food, drinks and the proverbial melting pot that is Cape Town’s vibrant culture and restaurant scene in a communal dining setting.

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The first five vendors, revealed

De Vrije Burger 

A burger bar, but not as you know it.

Revered by locals and established by award-winning restauranteur, chef and TV personality, Bertus Basson, De Vrije Burger will serve its iconic range of  next-level burgers with a curated menu that celebrates homegrown South African flavours with free-range meat and homemade buns.

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How Bao Now

Famed for its upscale take on Asian street food with bao buns as the star of the show, How Bao Now was created by dynamic and talented chefs Matt van den Berg and Carla Schulze.

In addition to their Woodstock outpost, their Time Out kitchen will offer a range of iconic buns and some exclusive new flavour combos too.

Bao bun enthusiasts can expect crayfish baos infused with Cape Malay flavours, a coconut and curry furikake, as well as a Wagyu sando-bao with a chilli crunch mayo, tonkatsu and pickled cucumber.

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MLILO ‘Fires of Africa’

Since wrapping up his most recent pop-up in the Mother City, talented and award-winning chef Vusi Ndlovu will unveil a new pan-African experience at his permanent kitchen at Time Out Market Cape Town.

Also highlighting diverse culture, but on a continental level, and with fire at the heart of the concept, MLILO ‘Fires of Africa’ will showcase contemporary takes on dishes representing different countries in Africa.

Foodies can expect traditional Zulu shisanyama, Kenyan classic nyama choma with a fresh kachumbari salad, Senagelese lamb didi and more.

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The Melting Pot Seafood 

Deemed one of Cape Town’s best-kept secrets and a one-star winner at the Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards 2022, Chef John Van Zyl will host a concise, globally inspired menu with a focus on the Cape’s bountiful seafood at the Time Out Market.

Seafood lovers can expect a journey of flavour, with dishes such as tuna sashimi with fermented black bean dressing, coconut and mint, as well as beer-battered hake sliders with smoked potato purée and a best-in-class tartar sauce.

Picture: @themeltingpot_cpt / Instagram

Unframed Ice Cream

For the love of ending off with something sweet, Yann Rey’s award-winning Unframed Ice Cream will be offering a range of artisanal ice creams with flavour combinations created entirely from scratch to create one-of-a-kind sweet delights.

Expect to explore the unknown with ice cream flavours such as lemon-infused olive oil with white chocolate, vegan beetroot chocolate ginger and more.

Not only will they offer ice cream but also a range of sweet treats such as waffles and cookies.

Picture: @lifeunframed / Instagram

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