Cape Town and Peninsula Shopping

When it comes to shopping, Cape Town has something for everyone—from sophisticated malls to trendy markets. Although African art and curios are obvious choices (and you will find some gems), South Africans have woken up to their own sense of style and creativity, and the results are fantastic and as diverse as the people who make up this rainbow nation. So in a morning you could bag some sophisticated

tableware from Carrol Boyes, a funky wire-art object from a street vendor, and a beautifully designed handbag made by HIV-positive women working as part of a community development program.

Cape Town has great malls selling well-known international brands. The V&A Waterfront is an excellent place to start by virtue of its location at the harbor. Cavendish Square in Claremont and Canal Walk at Century City are also vast, the latter on the N1 heading out of town toward Paarl. But you could be anywhere in the world. Gardens Centre in the suburb of Gardens is small and manageable, offering a good selection of stores (Germans love it for the German deli). It's beyond the malls that you can get a richer shopping experience, one that will give you greater insight into the soul of the city and its people.

Shopping malls usually have extended shopping hours beyond the normal 9–5 on weekdays and 9–1 on Saturday. Most shops outside of malls (except for small grocery stores) are closed on Sunday.

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Africa Nova

  • Art Galleries

If you aren't crazy about traditional African artifacts, you might want to visit this store, which stocks contemporary African art that's...

African Image

  • Crafts

Look here for contemporary African art and township crafts, colorful cloth from Nigeria and Ghana, plus West African masks, Malian blankets...

African Music Store

  • Books/Stationery

The people who work here are passionate about African music and eager to pass on their love to anybody who lends them half an ear. You...

Exclusive Books Waterfront

  • Books/Stationery

This is the biggest chain of bookstores in the country. It carries a wide selection of local and international periodicals and coffee-table...

Greenmarket Square

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

You can get good buys on clothing, T-shirts, and locally made leather shoes and sandals, and you can find a plethora of African jewelry,...

Hout Bay Harbour Market

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

Food, drink, clothing, crafts, and even good-quality live music performances: this is a great all-weekend shopping and chill spot—by...

Mnandi Textiles

  • Textiles/Sewing

Here you'll find a range of African fabrics, including traditional West African prints and Dutch wax prints. The store sells ready-made...

Oranjezicht City Farm

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

This has to be the most beautiful setting in the world for a fresh produce and food market—on the slopes of Table Mountain in the gorgeous...

Pan-African Market

  • Crafts

You'll see some glorious cultural contradictions here. The lobby of this building is a gem of Victorian tiling, and the first and second...


  • Crafts

There must be some budding engineers among these artists. You'll see streetwire art everywhere in Cape Town, but this shop is a trove...


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