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Shopping in Cape Town

Greenmarket Square within the city centre sells hand-crafted African gifts, including wooden masks and near life-size wildlife. The quaint Bo-Kaap area specialises in local beadwork, while the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront mixes classic with cutting-edge international retailers. Shop all day at Canal Walk , Africa's biggest mall, or go window-shopping at Platandia , one of Cape Town's most exclusive diamond shops. On Saturday most street shops close at lunchtime.

A view of Canal Walk, Cape Town. Courtesy of Canal Walk
A view of Canal Walk, Cape Town. Courtesy of Canal Walk
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Canal Walk

Las Vegas-style mall

Recalling the grandeur of Las Vegas, Canal Walk is home to 400 restaurants, cafés, cinemas and shops, from international fashion to local boutiques. It is set in Century City, home to a wetland centre, a theme park and golf village.



Opening Hours

Daily 9am-9pm

Address

Century Blvd, Cape Town 7441

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 529 9699/8

Transport

By taxi

Website

Canal Walk Website

Greenmarket Square, Cape Town. Photo by Barbara Realini, © Whatsonwhen
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Greenmarket Square

Hand-crafted goods

Greenmarket Square is Cape Town's most famous African street market, set in a cobbled square within the city centre. Find hand-crafted wooden carvings, homemade goods and clothes, or simply enjoy the vibe at one of the lovely surrounding cafés.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 9am-4pm (until 2pm Sat)

Address

Shortmarket St, Cape Town 8001

Transport

By taxi

Elephant beadwork. Courtesy of Monkeybiz
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Monkeybiz

Ethical beads

With the help of 450 highly skilled women from Cape Town's townships, Monkeybiz in Bo-Kaap has taken the art of beadwork to a whole new level. Ethically produced, the collections range from magnets and coasters to jewellery and dolls.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm; Sat 9am-1pm

Address

65, Rose Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 426 0636

Transport

By taxi

Website

Monkeybiz Website

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Clarke's Bookshop

Rare editions

Located in Long Street, Cape Town's renowned lane for unusual outlets, Clarke's Bookshop is a delightful bookshop. It stocks everything from new books to out-of-print and rare editions, and specialises in Southern African art collections.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-1pm or by appointment

Address

211 Long Street, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 423 5739

Transport

By taxi

Vaughan Johnson Wine Shop under the arcade, Cape Town. Photo by Barbara Realini
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Vaughan Johnson Wine Shop

Bottled gifts

With more than 5000 South African wines, choosing a good bottle can be a little daunting. Vaughan Johnson Wine Shop in the bustling V&A Waterfront has pre-selected 100 varieties of locally produced wines, representing a good cross-section to choose from.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Address

Dock Road, Waterfront, Cape Town 8002

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 419 2121

Transport

By taxi

Website

Vaughan Johnson Wine Shop

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Platandia

Precious jewellery

At Platandia, in Greenpoint, only three of nature's purest and most precious elements (platinum, tanzanite and diamond) find their way into high-end jewellery. Meticulously crafted, each collection is a dazzling fusion of raw material and exclusive design.



Opening Hours

By appointment only

Address

Studio 316 The Foundry, Cardiff Street, Cape Town 8001

Telephone

+27 (0) 21 421 9797

Transport

By taxi

Website

Platandia Website

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