When in Cape Town, do as the Capetonians do: Go bargain hunting at a markets, visit the V&A Waterfront at the quietest time and invest in creatives by supporting local.

V&A Waterfront

From gadgets, toys and camping gear to international designer wear and jewellery, everything your heart desires can be found at the V&A Waterfront. Avoid the rush and get your shopping done early between 9am and 11am. Not finding what you’re looking for at the 450 retail stores? Then check out the Watershed, hailed as Africa’s new home for craft and design, where you can browse 150 stalls and shop 360 local brands.

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Go bargain hunting at trendy markets

Have a look at our definitive guide to markets in Cape Town. 


Shop local in the CBD

The centre of town is perfect for the curious, adventurous and indecisive, as it offers a wide variety of quality items on a wide price spectrum. You can start with local curios, African-inspired design and handmade goods at the Green Market Square. Next, try on some local designer items hot off the runway at Merchants on Long, Mungo and Gemima and Imagenius on Long Street. If Vintage is more your thing then Afraid of Mice, or Second Time Around on Long is where you want to be. Down Church Street, head over to Chandler’s House for locally made artisanal gifts, antiques, textiles, homeware and a selection of fine art.

If you’re interested in local design, read more about Where to find local designers in Cape Town.

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Shop online

Avoid the crowds altogether and shop conveniently from the comfort of your phone, tablet or laptop. Online shopping has vastly improved in South Africa and you can conveniently shop from large established retailers and smaller business owners online. Here are a few of our favourite online shops to try:

  • Jane Sews: Shop high quality, functional easy-to-wear artisanal apparel, accessories, leather shoes and kidswear online and have it delivered either to you or the recipients of your gifts within two to four working days. They will even wrap them for you! Visit janesews.co.za
  • Kin Shop: For your fancy friends who already have everything you can look into buying an exceptional and quirky art pieces made of paper, metal or clay. Their collections cater to artsy types ranging from animal lover to the fine jewellery fanatics. Visit kinshop.co.za
  • YuppieChef: You can order craft beer online! What a time to be alive. Foodie’s will have a field day browsing cooking related gadgets, appliances, gift packs and food and drinks available to order online. Their festive shopping deadline for in-stock items is 21 December at 2pm. Visit www.yuppiechef.com
  • Tiny and Co: Takes the hassle out of gifting with great gift ideas and easy-to-navigate sections. For a delivery fee of R65 your deliveries should reach you withing one to three business days. Visit tidyandco.com