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April 23, 2013

Top stylish shopping spots in Cape Town: an Instagram essay

As far as my favourite stores in Cape Town's CBD go, these five are at the top of my list at the moment. I tend to shop where products stand out by way of design and quality, and where I know I’ll always get amazing service.

If I’m going to part with my plastic, I must have a fabulous shopping moment and be able to connect with the people who manage or own the stores – it’s a big part of the experience for me.

Paul Smith

This store in Bree Street, owned by Anthony and Anne Keyworth, has long been a shopping destination for me. I love those famous stripes, I won’t lie. I always used to make a beeline for the Paul Smith (PS) store in Covent Garden in London, and oh the joy when we got our own PS in the Mother City! This is where I go to buy my scarves, sneakers and a fab coat when I spy it. The quality of Paul Smith's garments is legendary, and the attention to design detail is exceptional – linings, cuffs, buttons ... there's always that special touch on PS apparel.

  • 137 Bree Street, city centre (corner Bree and Wale); +27 (0)21 424 0354


How I love those Paul Smith stripes ... just one of my top stylish shopping spots in Cape Town



LUSH captivated me when I first discovered it overseas about 20 years ago – those interiors with their pyramids of bright bath bombs and the aromas in each store are to die for (you can always sniff out a LUSH store, long before you see it).

The products at its V&A Waterfront store are not just attractive because they are good, but because they are 100% vegetarian, 83% vegan, 60% unpreserved and 38% naked (no packaging required), and are not tested on animals. I buy organic mascara, lipstick, soap, deodorant, body creams and bath bombs here – I'm a fan for life.


Bath bombs for any occasion, or just for a spoil, at LUSH...



Have you seen my cool shirts, some a tad mad, with cats, birds and other random designs? I'm a BCWC (bluecollarwhitecollar) fan because these shirts set me apart from the masses, and I get great service from Anna and her team. Bluecollarwhitecollar has been on the style radar for five years, with a store in the Lifestyle Centre on Kloof Street and a pop-up stand at the Old Biscuit Mill  in Woodstock on Saturdays. Paul van der Spuy is the multi-award-winning designer behind the range of shirts and cool T-shirts, and in summer, retro shorts.


Unique shirts for any occasion at bluecollarwhitecollar...



My best place to buy unique tzatzkes is Heartworks – a haven of unique toys, trinkets, brooches and fun ornaments. This store sells beautifully made items – anything from Christmas tree decorations, to superbly carved wooden animals, to placemats, handbags, coasters, bracelets and keyrings.

This is the place to buy great gifts for friends overseas. The items sold are proudly South African and there’s always something very different to be found, worn, given or just displayed.


Some of the amazing wooden sculptures from Heartworks in the Gardens Centre


Extreme Eyewear

It is said that every face deserves the best frame, and if you’re looking for something über-fabulous, go and see Justin Blecher at Extreme Eyewear, purveyor of sunglass and optical couture. He stocks a stunning range that will make wearing specs an event. He’s a great optometrist who has looked after my blues for years.


Fabulous frames at Extreme Eyewear


Allison Foat is a publicist in the entertainment industry and the founder and owner of DIVA PR. An Instagram addict, Allison is inspired by Cape Town’s beauty on a daily basis. Visit www.capetowndiva.blogspot.com for more of her tasty and stylish adventures, and follow @AllisonFoat on Twitter

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