Finding it on foot – the best way to shop in Cape Town where the city centre’s Long and Bree Streets are happy to give it up with style.
Tourists like to kick off or end their expedition at Greenmarket Square and that makes perfect sense. This cobbled square is one of the first trading areas of the city and dates back to the 1700’s – today it is a thriving African market with arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery.
Whichever route you take – up Long – up for Capetonians means in the direction of Table Mountain – and back down Bree, or in reverse, you are in for a shopping treat of note. The essence of Cape Town’s unique creativity and design pours out of almost every doorway. The very latest in fashion – from urban chic to bohemia and vintage, as well as décor from local designers to rare antiques for collectors, is there for you to buy.
The Pan African Market, Clarke’s Book store and the Turkish Baths are Long Street institutions and deserve a visit too. Bree Street is undoubtedly one of the coolest and hippest street in Cape Town with top-class eateries satisfying your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs. Ask the locals and you will get any number of recommendations – from vegan options to Peruvian cuisine.
The shopping on this street is amazing. International clothing brands, unique jewellery, art by emerging young artists, ostrich egg-shell décor pieces and sought after local design, just a hint of what’s on offer. After your shopping spree, join the locals for the “after-work unwind” with some sidewalk café sundowners and get ready to party the night away.