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Take something home with you and discover why Cape Town is ranked as one of Africa’s top design cities

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The V&A Waterfront is a massive hub of activity. Here, you’ll find restaurants, shops, entertainment, adventure, accommodation—there’s a reason it’s so popular after all. So, while it’s not strictly a neighbourhood, we decided to include it as an honorary one for our neighbourhood series. Where to eat and make merry   Restaurants V&A Food Market This leading artisan retail…

The recently renamed Diamond Gallery offers an experience like no other, with their showroom designed by internationally recognized interior designer Clinton Savage. The private buying room and Tanzanite emporium offer an experience not to be missed by any gem enthusiast. It is perfect for those shopping for a special anniversary gift or a keepsake to wear as a reminder of…

Cape Town is a fashionable city and a visit to the Mother City means you need to be on the lookout for all the talented local artists that call the city home. Here’s our list of design stores not to miss – from jewellery and fashion to interiors. Arts, Crafts and Interiors The Watershed Next to the…

Diamonds, they say, are a girl’s best friend. They glisten and shine and beguile us with their beauty. The celebrated stones are also very much a part of the Mother City’s history and charm and it’s no surprise visitors come to our shores looking to leave with something that sparkles. If you’re wanting an exclusive, luxurious outing while in Cape…

The Cape Town Diamond Museum and the Shimansky Diamond Experience at the V&A Waterfront is a must. The song goes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. No argument there, because I’ve never met a girl who doesn’t like something with a nice sheen to it. But then they work pretty well for guys too, particularly when they’re trying to…

Get to know Cape Town a little better by walking through her streets. The City Walk is a good introduction to what the Mother City has to offer. A pre-determined route through the city, the City Walk gives you the opportunity to experience some of the sights and sounds of Cape Town’s CBD. While this route can be done as…

The Waterfront has truly grown into a place for everyone. On top all its current offerings – shopping, eating, nightlife, water sports, boat trips, helicopter rides, accommodation, creative designer spaces and so much more – the V&A continues to expand. The latest space set to make waves is Workshop 17. This is an innovative space where those involved in entrepreneurship…

Visitors to Cape Point can choose from a wide variety of merchandise branded with the Cape Point logo, including t-shirts, fleece tops, caps, hats, mugs, teaspoons, key rings, magnets, books and more.

Located at Cape Point, within the Table Mountain National Park, the Parks Shop celebrates its home within the floral kingdom by offering locally made products, many from uniquely African extracts. These products include everything from clothing to handcrafted ceramics.

Cape Diamonds, Cape Town is a workshop for artisanal, bespoke, handcrafted jewellery in South Africa. A unique feature of the ranges offered is the Fynbos range of diamond engagement rings, reflecting the natural beauty of South Africa’s resources.

African music has a uniquely vibrant and beautiful sound, and the aim of African Cream Music is to share this sound with the rest of the world. African Cream is an independent record label based in Johannesburg with an online music store where they sell a selection of some of the best artists the continent has to offer.

With 35 years of experience, African Gems and Minerals are veterans of their industry. They deal in every aspect of gemstones, crystals, fine minerals, fossils, antique mining memorabilia and lapidary. Visit the website to browse the online catalogue.

Afrogem, since 1966, has flourished in its role of being a semi-precious stones shop in South Africa, selling products such as diamonds, tanzanite and gemstones. A beautiful showroom plays host to guided tours in English, Afrikaans, German or French, where you can take stock of jewellery, facetted stones, carvings, minerals and more.

Proudly promoting local artists ART IT IS opens its doors in trendy Woodstock bringing a contemporary and vibrant addition to a fast emerging art scene.

Driven by a deep passion for Africa, its people and its ways, Ashanti Design is a contemporary celebration of traditional craft.

What better way to indulge yourself than by browsing through unique and bespoke Cape Town craft. For those with discerning taste and a flavour for the exquisite, Avoova produces hand-crafted décor and interior pieces clothed in a mantle of ostrich eggshell. Along with decorative accessories, there are also larger interior pieces.

The friendly, welcoming, and unique Bo-Kaap Bazaar is located in the heart of the Bo-Kaap.

Visit the Bo-op shop in the heart of Cape Town’s Bo-kaap area, corner Rose and Wale Street. Here you will find leading design brands from Cape Town under one roof. Enjoy a coffee from Deluxe or visit the Harvest Deli on the same premises. Follow Bo-Op on Instagram. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Among the designers you will find are: Anna…

The warmth and comfort of Cape Alpaca goods is spun from locally-farmed and bred herds of the animal so as to create yarns, throws, rugs and knitwear. Also coming out of the Quenti Alpaca & Mill are stylish ponchos, baby blankets for the little ones as well as cosy socks and scarves.

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