In­door mar­ket is ideal way to warm up win­ter

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

WHEN Ac­cuWeather an­nounced ear­lier this week it would rain for days – with cute vari­a­tions on that theme in each de­scrip­tion – I was thrilled. But it does bring with it a few chal­lenges. What do we do when it’s cold and wet?

Most peo­ple, me in­cluded, tend to bat­ten down the hatches and stay in­doors. And why not? Just about ev­ery­thing you want or need can be de­liv­ered, in­clud­ing wine. But on the other hand, why be a sissy? Off to the Google I went to see what the in­ter­net sug­gested. Turned out, not ter­ri­bly much. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded vis­it­ing mu­se­ums or the aquar­ium, hav­ing spa days, go­ing shop­ping or see­ing a movie, 10-pin bowl­ing, go­ing to the theatre and vis­it­ing the winelands. I went as deep as five pages into the Google search (who does that?) where the orig­i­nal cri­te­ria weren’t even be­ing matched any more and kept get­ting the same op­tions.

I’ve rounded up a few things for you to do – mu­sic, po­etry, cheese and wine, and cof­fee. And this mar­ket, which cropped up a few times in my re­search. The Bay Har­bour Mar­ket in Hout Bay pro­motes lo­cal shop­ping with traders sell­ing ev­ery­thing from fash­ion to food.

Browse the stalls for arts and crafts, funky decor items for your home, ac­ces­sories to per­fectly fin­ish any out­fit and gifts for friends and fam­ily. If you just want to get out of the rain and feast, you can do it here too, with dozens of ven­dors of­fer­ing cray­fish to koek­sis­ters and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Wash it all down with wine or craft beers on tap.

A fire­place is the Cape Town win­ter deal­maker, and there is al­ways live mu­sic to put a wig­gle in your walk. Jack Stone plays solo acous­tic to­day and to­mor­row the duo No Coun­ter­feit play multi-in­stru­men­tal cov­ers.

The mar­ket is in an old re­fur­bished fish fac­tory down near the wa­ter’s edge, and has un­der­cover out­door areas and court­yards. It’s child-friendly so it makes the per­fect fam­ily out­ing.

Bay Har­bour Mar­ket, 31 Har­bour Road, Hout Bay. Open­ing hours: Fri­days 5pm to 9pm, Satur­days 9.30am to 4pm, Sun­days 9.30am to 4pm. www.bay­har­bour.

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