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June 19, 2010

Cape Town’s Canal Walk: shopping for everyone

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Canal Walk. Photo courtesy flickrbug

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The interior. Photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe

Cape Town’s Canal Walk, a shopping centre 10 kilometres north of the city centre, is a great place to combine sport and shopping during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

The food court area features a giant screen where you can watch 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches live, and the massive range of shops and entertainment on offer means that there is something for adults and children alike to see and do. From sports stores and outdoor equipment shops to general fashion retailers, Canal Walk is so big that you will need a few hours to get around it. Figures indicate that it hosts some 21-million shoppers each year.

Hundreds of fans gathered in the food court this afternoon, to watch the Springboks play Italy in a rugby match on a big screen, while other televisions in the same area screened the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ game between Australia and Ghana.

This area sports flags of all the teams taking part in Africa’s first football World Cup and is a great place for those interested in sports to relax, while their relatives, partners and friends explore the vast array of shops.

Pieter Jacobs, a Bellville resident who frequents Canal Walk on a regular basis, advises visitors to Cape Town that the big shopping centre is worth the trip out.

“You can buy pretty much anything you want here and there are a lot of things to do for the whole family,” he said, while cheering Ghana on. “There are cinemas here that have all the latest movies, lots and lots of shops, and then for children, you have places like the MTN Science Centre and of course, Ratanga Junction is just across the road.”

Canal Walk enjoys direct access from the N1 highway. Scheduled tourism shuttles offer luxury transport between the city, several Atlantic Seaboard hotels and Canal Walk.

So, for the ultimate family day out during winter, head to Canal Walk for a spot of shopping and sports.

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