The French Market

About The French Market

Beautiful French products for the discerning shopper​

Suzanne HimelySuzanne Himely
French Market proprietor

When you step into the French Market shop in the Gardens shopping centre, you feel as if you have entered a shop in the heart of a French country village. Your senses are overwhelmed by the heady aromas of ripening French cheese. Shelves are laden with delicacies that you would typically find in a French kitchen such as mustard from Dijon, Tarragon vinegar, Piment d’Espelette, Herbes de Provence, Truffle products, Duck and Goose products to name just a few.  This is the place to spoil yourself with traditional French delicacies. The French Market shop is unique in that it specialises in gourmet food products, particularly regional French cheeses, plus other gourmet products from Europe. We have carefully selected all the products to ensure a wide range of flavours to suit all palates. We have added French wines to pair with your choices. This is a great place to browse for original and interesting gifts.

The Front Market
The French Market


The French Market is a family owned business. The creator of the French Market, Suzanne Himely, inherited her French Grandmother’s taste for fine French food. 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. With a strong background in Sales and Marketing in the Airline and Travel industry, Suzanne took her passion for the taste of great French cheese from a hobby selling cheese at the Old Biscuit Mill Market in 2006 to a permanent retail store in the Gardens Centre in 2012.

Suzanne says “I love sharing my passion for French food with my clients and helping them to understand the amazing choice of flavours and textures”. Over the last 16 years Suzanne has successfully built the French Market brand into a leading gourmet food supplier. The French Market is the preferred French cheese supplier to the French Embassy in South Africa for their main events. The latest development of the online shop enables the delivery of these unique products across South Africa. 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.

The developer of the French Market brand beyond the gourmet range into locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables is Suzanne’s daughter Nicky Kersten.

Sourcing fresh food from local farms adds value to the international products. Nicky spent many years working as a chef for restaurants at home and abroad, including the internationally famous Soho House group in the UK and US. Her positions required intimate knowledge of fresh produce and its journey from the field to the plate. The French Market shopper benefits from Nicky’s wide experience of sourcing fresh produce and Nicky 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 Western Cape.

The French Market
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