General opening hours

Major malls generally stay open till about 21h00. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

  • Most shops and businesses are open between 09h00 and 17h00 on weekdays and on Saturdays until 13h00.
  • Major malls tend to stay open later: up to 21h00 during the week, on weekends and on most public holidays.
  • Government agencies keep to limited weekday only hours, often closing around 15h00.
  • Most banks close at 15h30 weekdays, but are open on Saturday mornings (from around 09h00 to 11h00).
  • Muslim-owned businesses close between noon and 13h00 on Fridays.
  • Most stores, cinemas and restaurants are open on most public holidays. The exceptions are Christmas Day, December 25 and New Year's Day, January 1.

Visit Greenmarket Square for well-priced local products. Photo © Cape Town Tourism