Crisp, cool winter’s days make the DECO team hungry… for tasty home-made treats and unusual handcrafted designs and gifts. So this weekend we’re heading to some amazing markets in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to satisfy our shopping and culinary appetites. Why don’t you do the same?

CAPE TOWN
Top of the weekend’s Mother City agenda is the Bo-Kaap Cultural Market – we’ll be in Rose Street to fill up on traditional cakes, rotis, curries and samoosas, as well as stock up on fresh flowers, spices and jars of tangy home-made pickles. * Last Saturday of the month, 10am-4pm, 67 Rose Street, Bo-Kaap, 072 643 0054

The City Bowl Market on Hope is a foodie’s dream. Go there for everything from Drizzle It’s fresh Italian pastas and sauces, to products by Sea Logix, who use South African seaweed in their spices and chutneys. And it doesn’t stop: with Belgian waffles and handmade chocolates to die for, it’s hard to accept that there’s so much food, yet so little time…. * Every Saturday from 9am-2pm, 14 Hope Street, Gardens, www.citybowlmarket.co.za

JOHANNESBURG
There’s nothing quite like Market on Main’s Bloody Mary Happy Hour on a Sunday morning! Joburg’s premier food and design market offers a heady mix of fine foods and fabulous design. You’ll find Ethiopian food from Little Addis, raw food from Jozi Uncooked, a range of hearty soups and fabulous coffee. * Every Sunday, 10am-3pm, Arts on Main, 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, www.marketonmain.co.za
The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market is Joburg’s original outdoor market where there’s so much more than fresh produce and healthy food on offer – there’s plenty to take home with you in the form of hand-crafted wares, clothing, works of art and photography. * Every Thursday and Saturday, 9am-3pm, Culross Road (off Main Rd), Bryanston, www.bryanstonorganicmarket.co.za

DURBAN
The Stables Lifestyle Market retains the look and feel of the old stables, making it a great spot to while away a morning browsing through the books, toys, home decor and antiques. There are also plenty of food choices, and the music and entertainment make this a lovely family-friendly destination.  * Wednesdays and Fridays from 6pm-10pm and Sundays from 10am-5pm, Jacko Jackson Drive (near Rugby Stadium), 031 312 3058
Hillcrest Heritage Market has it all, from gumboots for rainy days (not a bad idea at this time of year), to restored furniture, paintings and plenty of farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, preserves, cured meats and cheeses. Have an early lunch or stock up on goodies for an afternoon picnic. * Last Sunday of each month, 9am-1pm, 9 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, Natal Midlands, 083 235 6857