Shopping in Cape Town

shopping in Cape Town
Places to shop in Cape Town are never far away, and expats will find everything from African curios and fine wine, to designer clothing and hand-crafted jewellery.

Location often dictates the kinds of stores that feature in each mall. For example, the V & A Waterfront and the Cape Quarter are situated in prime tourist territory, so expats should expect to find luxury items with prices to match. On the other hand, Canal Walk and the Gardens Centre offer more practical stores that align with local needs and budgets.

Opening hours vary between places, but stores in shopping malls are often open from 9am to 7pm, Monday through Saturday, and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

Shopping malls in Cape Town

V & A Waterfront

Much photographed, the V & A Waterfront has developed in the old Cape Town harbour and is set against the always breathtaking Table Mountain. There is a huge choice of shops, including upmarket clothes shops, supermarkets such as Pick 'n Pay and Woolworths, and bookshops. There are also many restaurants, a cinema, and entertainment options such as the Two Oceans Aquarium, boat trips, bands and buskers. 

Cavendish Square

Situated in Claremont in the Southern Suburbs, the upmarket Cavendish shopping centre is packed with a huge range of shops from supermarkets to boutiques, bookshops and home décor shops. There is also a cinema.

Canal Walk 

Situated off the N1 in the Northern Suburbs, Canal Walk has hundreds of shops, including international brands, clothes shops, supermarkets, restaurants, fast food outlets, toy shops and a cinema. The shopping here might be slightly less upmarket than Cavendish or the Waterfront, but the choice at Cape Town's biggest shopping centre is vast. 

Gardens Centre

On Mill Street in the leafy suburb it takes its name from, the Gardens Centre, with its prominent tower block, is good for convenience shopping with a large Pick n Pay and a tiny Woolworths Food store. There is also a German deli, an art gallery and a few hairdressers, among others.

Constantia Village

With over 80 stores, Constantia Village is an ambient, opulent shopping experience set in the heart of the vineyard-peppered, old-world charm of Constantia. There are a number of great eateries, jewellery stores and fashion boutiques as well as a large supermarket.

Cape Quarter

The Cape Quarter was completely reconstructed ahead of the 2010 World Cup and now occupies an innovative shopping niche in Green Point. Unique designer brands, upmarket artisans, fabulous florists and fantastic restaurants now fill in an impressive artificial courtyard and surrounds. The aesthetic is extraordinary, as are the prices.

Markets in Cape Town

Markets in Cape Town have become a mainstay for local fun. Expats won't find bustling souks or monstrous bazaars in the Mother City, but manageable niche markets have sprung up to offer everything from fresh produce and gourmet eats to collectible antiques and fantastic flea market finds. There are scores of weekly markets of all types dotted throughout the city.

The Bay Harbour Market

Situated in Hout Bay, this market is well worth the trip. It is open every weekend and is a must-visit for local curios, pottery, art and furniture. Kids can go horse riding, and there is a nearby beach.

Greenmarket Square

Cape Town's oldest market is touristy with a wide variety of stalls selling African curios, clothing and candles. Open daily in Shortmarket Street, city centre.

Green Point Market

This market happens in Green Point every Sunday morning from the parking lot of the Cape Town Stadium. It's very tourist-orientated but lively, fun and a good way to spend the morning before heading to the beach.

The Neighbourgoods Market 

Delicious food stalls, local cheeses, wine, crepes, fresh bread, organic food, local designers etc are what make this one of the best markets in Cape Town. Open every Saturday, 9am to 2pm.

Tokai Organic Market

Artisan breads and cheeses, organic veggies, delicious pastries and wonderful breakfasts make this a popular Saturday morning fixture. It is perfect for young families as it has an expansive play area, safe forested section and pony rides.

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