A number of fantastic shopping locations are available to any visitor of Cape Town. Be sure to ask around but some of the most popular shopping areas include:
Canal Walk Shopping Centre is Africa’s leading super-regional retail mall. Its dominant presence attracts diverse shoppers from an extensive portion of the Western Cape, and further afield, with its comprehensive retail and leisure options. Canal Walk merges the world’s most desirable brands with shopping convenience and entertainment with everyday leisure, all in a majestic setting. Canal Walk Shopping Centre claims to have the widest selection of speciality stores in the southern hemisphere and, with more than 125 000 square meters of prime retail space to cover, few people have the stamina to prove it wrong! When the shopping gets too much, you can enjoy more than 30 restaurants, cafés and coffee shops, serving a range of menus offering juicy South African steak, fresh seafood, pizza and pasta.
Canal Walk Shopping Centre is open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm daily and is located at the following address: Canal Walk Shopping Centre, c/o Century Blvd & Century City Drive, Century City, Cape Town, 7441.
Long Street holds a truly spirited shopping experience with its vintage retail and design stores dotted along the street. Strolling leisurely in and out of the stores on Long on a hot summer’s day is reminiscent of old bohemia. Here you can find all sorts of hidden gems that you won’t necessary find in a conventional shopping centre so be sure to stop by So You, Me Me Me and Imagenius if you’re looking for something a little different. Long Street is synonymous with fashion and is the creative hub for up-and-coming local designers – if you’re shopping for the quirky stylista in the family, Long Street will not disappoint.
You’ll love shopping at the V&A Waterfront with trendy mannequins peeking out of every store window. With over 450 retail outlets to choose from – fashion and jewellery, home-ware and curios, and audio-visual equipment – this shopping centre offers a little something for everyone.
And if you’re not into the indoor shopping vibe, there is an organic market as well as the Red Shed Craft Workshop that offers an alternative range of gifts. The Waterfront is known to host many of the international retail outlets and definitely a popular shopping stop for tourists. End your shopping off with a scoop of Gelato at the famous Gelato Mania, or an ice coffee at the range of coffee bars in the mall.
The V & A Waterfront is open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and is located at the following address: V & A Waterfront, Dock Road, Cape Town, 8001.
For something difference why not visit The Biscuit Mill in Woodstock (375 Albert Rd) – this is a compact easy-to-navigate pedestrianised complex with a small, good selection of shops (amongst others look out for Heartworksfor affordable quirky pieces sourced from South and East Africa, and Imiso for ceramics). There are also excellent restaurants (including Pot Luck and Burrata) in this shopping hub.
Cape Town is renowned for its excellent collection of eating experiences. With so many choices, find lists of popular restaurants below to help make your choice: