Shopping Malls in Cape Town
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 that match the money foreigners bring to spend. On the other hand, Canal Walk and the Garden 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.
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.
Situated off the N1 in the Northern Suburbs, Century City literally 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.
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 Foodstore. There is also a German deli, an art gallery and a few hairdressers, among others.
With over 80 stores, the 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.
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.