Beautiful French products
for the discerning shopper
The French Market’s La Crèmerie shop is unique in Cape Town in that it specialises in French gourmet food products, particularly regional French cheeses. The owner carefully selects each product to ensure a high quality and a wide variety of tastes. Over many centuries the French have built up this quality of excellence in their food products and strictly control their production methods and branding. The AOP label (name of origin protection) or AOC label (name of origin control) ensures that the standards of production are maintained at the highest level and that you get each original product with its own unique flavour. New stock is flown in from Paris regularly and alongside the cheeses are a range of typical French ingredients that are indispensable in any traditional French home. No kitchen will be without some Herbes de Provence or Dijon mustard, flavoured vinegars, truffle oils and crème de Marrons to name just a few.
The French patès and terrines on offer at La Crèmerie are perfect for picnics or as a treat for those unexpected guests. Feel free to visit The French Market and browse the shop’s incredibly unique French flavoured gifts, cheeses and patès. Ask Suzanne for a free taste of your favourite cheese or bring your friends and family along and enjoy the experience of real French dairy shop.
Partners passionate about produce
Genuine French cheese and other gourmet products sourced from Europe is what made The French Market unique. This key role is the focus of partner Suzanne Himely who grew up with a strong French influence, thanks to her French grandmother Violette. After spending time working in France, then many years with Air France, Suzanne settled in Cape Town. Due to the lack of access to real French cheese, Suzanne decided to bring cheese in from France and sell it to Capetonians. Starting with a tiny stall at the Old Biscuit Mill market in 2006, then adding a weekly stand at the Alliance Francaise in 2008, followed by the opening of the first French Market shop at the Gardens Shopping Centre in 2012. In 2015 Suzanne opened a shop in Johannesburg in partnership with Paul Zwick of Patisserie de Paris, a multi award winning bakery. Suzanne has successfully built the French Market brand throughout South Africa and is the preferred French cheese supplier to the French Embassy in South Africa for their main events.
Suzanne understands the unique taste experience offered by the wide range of cheese produced in France and guides her clients through the selection by identifying their preference and matching it to suit their needs. “I love sharing my passion for French food with my clients and helping them to understand the amazing choice of flavours and textures”
In addition to the core of French cheese, Suzanne sourced French charcuterie and all the core products that you would find in a typical French kitchen’s grocery cupboard from Lentilles de Puy to Crème de Marrons. Suzanne then sourced wines from the great regions of France to complement the delicious French food. With the increasing demand for special ingredients Suzanne sourced truffle products, flours, pastas, preserved vegetables, saffron, vanilla pods, anchovies, roes to name a few, from across Europe and further afield. With the return of Suzanne’s daughter Nicky to Cape Town, the two have combined their unique skills and passions to develop the French Market to its full potential. With the onset of the Covid19 they turned the business overnight from a shop to a full-on home-delivery service offering deliveries across the Western Cape. Suzanne communicates on a weekly basis through her newsletter with clients, updating them on the latest produce available and a weekly recipe. Click here to be added to The French Market’s latest news.
About Nicky Pickup Kersten
Sourcing fresh food from original growers is what sets The French Market apart. This key role is the focus of partner Nicky Pickup Kersten who spent many years working for restaurants at home and abroad, including the internationally famous Soho House group in the UK and US. She understands the ways in which vegetables are grown – nutrients and terrain - and through her experience in working with top producers.
Nicky’s passion for food was ignited first at home, followed by regular visits to France and Singapore as a child, then assisting a French chef in the kitchens of French food specialist Alain Huchon’s La Villa, a top restaurant in Cape Town, as a 14-year-old after school. She then trained in Franschoek under multi-award winning chef Margot Janse, before working her way up to sous-chef positions abroad, first in Soho House’s Babington House in Somerset (UK), and then as part of the team that launched the celebrity counterpart in Los Angeles, followed by the launch in New York. Her positions required intimate knowledge of fresh produce and its journey from the field to the plate. Nicky shares recipes tips and explains how to prepare the ingredients.
The French Market shopper benefits from Nicky’s wide experience of sourcing fresh produce and she has been instrumental in expanding the range of fruit and vegetables now available.
“Our big focus is seasonality and supporting the local network of farmers,” says Nicky. “We can provide smaller quantities and better quality because they are picked in season which gives them better flavour and greater nutritional value.”
The business currently sources from farms across the entire Western Cape, all the way to Citrusdal and Elgen. Fresh and frozen bakery products have also expanded under her watch – from croissants from France to the newest offering - fresh pressed raw fruit juice- fresh farm milk and cream- freshly baked sourdough bread. Door-to-door deliveries are made throughout the week or customers can pick up pre-booked orders from the Gardens shop.