Cape Town Travel Guide


The V&A Waterfront is the prime tourist destination for souvenirs, though these tend to be typically touristy (i.e. expensive and not necessarily authentic). More authentic curios for better prices can be found every Sunday at the Green Point market outside the Green Point

Stadium on Sundays, in walking distance from the V & A Waterfront. Many of these same curios can be purchased during the week in the several multi-story shops at the lower end of Long Street. For the real deal with authentic artifacts complete with provenance and ethnographic background, go to Church Street where there are a couple of shops but be prepared for sticker shock. When buying African Curio, the price at open markets are almost always very negotiable and seldom does the item have a price sticker attached. People with foreign accents are often quoted twice to three times the price they sell to locals, so do negotiate.

Green Market Square54 Shortmarket StreetOriginally a Farmers' Market dating back to 1710, Green Market is today one of the city's best flea markets. There's a range of local arts, craft and curios on offer and the vendors expect to bargain for their wares.

If you like South African wine, buy it here (or anywhere in South Africa) before you leave, because it is much cheaper and there is more availability than overseas. Top guide to wines is the John Platter's Guide, with a few others around too, and with thousands of wines available from the region, you will need a guide (see below for shops that have knowledgeable staff). Read Wine magazine (or the iconoclastic Grape) for the latest information.

Caroline's Fine WinesV&A Waterfront and 15 Long Street in the City CentrePhone: +27 (0)21 419-8984Better selection and more knowledgeable staff. City Centre location recommended, but both are excellent. Foam inserts and boxes for international shipping or for checking with your luggage (safe!). Not cheap though, compared to supermarkets and wineries.
Vaughan Johnson's Wine ShopDock Road, V&A WaterfrontPhone: +27 (0)21 419-2121Quality selection but not exhaustive. Knowledgeable staff. Generally substantial (10-20%) markup over winery prices but of course more convenient.
Wine ConceptsCardiff Castle Building, cnr Main Street & Kildare Road, Newlands (Southern Suburbs)Phone: +27 (0)21 671-9030Another great wine shop, certainly the best outside the City Bowl. A franchised location is on Kloof Street in the Lifestyle Centre.
UltraA large South African liquor chain. Several locations around the city, the one in Green Point is the most accessible to tourists. A warehouse bottle store but with a remarkable wine selection across all price ranges. Case discount (even on mixed cases). Good if you want to stock up for a road trip. Stash a bottle of Amarula Cream in your backpack while you're at it. Great prices -- in fact, often cheaper than at the wine farms themselves.
Arts and Crafts

Distinctively Capetonian in character—are everywhere, from chickens made of plastic bags to bead and wire work to pottery, glass and embroidery. If you don't buy a chicken from a Rastafarian at a street corner (the authentic experience—about 30 rand depending on the size), then try Heartworks (Kloof Street or in Gardens Centre mall) or the Red Shed at the V & A Waterfront. There is also a high-end craft boutique in the Cape Quarter in De Waterkant.

Contemporary South African art has been riding a big wave in the international art world. It is on par with the best in the world and undervalued (unless you buy a William Kentridge). If you like real art as opposed to curios, crafts or posters, and you have the budget for it, there are several serious galleries in town. Try Michael Stevenson Gallery first, then Joao Ferreira Gallery, AVA Gallery or Bell-Roberts Gallery, and there are several others worth seeing. Art South Africa is the art magazine to read if you want to know about the artists, and the adverts list the shows and the galleries.

Shopping Malls

As in any large city you will find a number of major shopping malls with the requisite department sized stores and chain labels:

Bayside Centrecnr Blaauwberg Road and Otto Du Plessis Drive, TableviewPhone: +27 (0)21 557-4350Hours: Shops are open 9AM-7PM Monday to Friday, 10AM-5PM on Saturday and 10AM-2PM on Sunday
Canal WalkCentury Boulevard, Century CityPhone: +27 (0)21 555-3600Hours: Open 10AM-9PM Monday to Friday, 9AM-9PM on Saturday and 10AM-9PM on Sunday
Cavendish SquareVineyard Road, ClaremontPhone: +27 (0)21 657-5620Hours: Open 9AM-7PM Monday to Saturday and 10AM-5PM on Sunday
Constantia Villagecnr Constantia Main and Spaanschemacht River Roads, ConstantiaPhone: +27 (0)21 794-5065
Kenilworth Centrecnr Doncaster and Chichester Roads, KenilworthPhone: +27 (0)21 671-5054
Longbeach Mallcnr Buller Louw Drive and Sunnydale Road, NoordhoekPhone: +27 (0)21 785-5955
Maynard Mallcnr Main and Wetton Roads, WynbergPhone: +27 (0)21 797-1714
Mainstream Centrecnr Main Road and Pricess Beach, Hout BayHours: Shops are open 9AM-5PM Monday to Friday, 9AM-5PM on Saturday and 10AM-2PM on Sunday
N1 CityLouwtjie Rothman Drive (off Monte Vista Boulevard), GoodwoodPhone: +27 (0)21 595-1170
Tyger Valleycnr Bill Bezuidenhout and Willie van Schoor Avenues, BellvillePhone: +27 (0)21 914-1822Hours: Open 9AM-7PM Monday to Saturday and 9AM-5PM on Sunday
Victoria & Alfred WaterfrontBreakwater Road, Cape TownPhone: +27 (0)21 408-7600Hours: Open 10AM-9PM every day

source: Wikivoyage

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