Karen and I went to the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair this morning. It’s held annually on the roof top at Hyde Park shopping centre. It was actually the first time either one of us had been.

We got there as the doors opened at 10am, and I’m really thankful we planned that because the parking was already a nightmare in the centre.

As we normally do when we walk into a market, we headed straight for the champagne. The first stand we saw was Graham Beck and we tried the Rose sparkling wine. It was really delicious!

There were actually so many wine farms and gin distilleries at the fair. I only saw one stand that sold coffee and another one that sold non-alcoholic drinks! But plenty booze everywhere!

I bought a few bottles from Hermanuspietersfontein, who had a stand at the market. I absolutely LOVE their wines! I also spotted my favourites from Steenburg and Idiom wine farms. I could have spent a fortune on wine actually.

The market is filled with artisanal goodies, and is a little smaller that what I was expecting. I loved that a lot of the stalls were new to us, so we got to experience some eye candy.


These cuffs are from Kirsten Goss. I love her range of earrings!

Jane Sews was at the market, and for the first time I really stopped to browse properly. I tried on every pair of her gorgeous leather shoes hoping to find one that fits. Alas, my feet are far too narrow for her designs. It’s such a pity, because I really love them. The quality of her leather is just amazing. I did however, fall in love with a pair of black culottes so they came home with me.


Of course, we had to stop at our favourite Darling Sweets to stock up on toffees. This time they also had salt from the West Coast. I can’t wait to use it!

La Fede was at the market too. She had such stunning handmade stuffed toys this time. I absolutely love the fox and the llama!


I really should have bought this T-shirt! It’s going to be mine when I go to the next Kamers market. It’s so me!

I stopped at a parfumerie that is based in Cape Town. All the base fragrances are sourced from Africa. What stunning scents! I really liked the one called M… and tried a sample but decided after walking around the market that I smelt like a spa oil.



Karen is obsessed with Dear Rae jewellery, so we stopped there too. I spotted these chokers, so a brass one came home with me.

The lamb and chicken in pita from Soul Souvlaki looked amazing, so we had that for lunch.

We stopped at a stand that made cocktails with prosecco. I had a cocktail with elderflowers, and Karen chose one with candyfloss and lime! Don’t they look gorgeous?!

The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair is on tomorrow for the last day. If you’re going, it’s cheaper to get a ticket online before driving to Hyde Park.