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Cape Town Shopping – Shops, Stores, Best Buys & Inside Tips

Cape Town Shopping

Whether you’re looking for handcrafted jewelry, unique arts and crafts, or everyday items, there are plenty of places to shop in Cape Town.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

A place to buy almost anything you can think of, the Waterfront in Cape Town has become one of South Africa’s most visited destinations. The Waterfront is safe, filled with both unique gift shops and malls with mainstream stores, and you can also grab something to eat and watch the boats on the water.

Informal Markets and Stalls

Handmade gifts from local vendors can be great mementos of your trip. Greenmarket Square is one popular place to find small shops with inexpensive and artistic wares. People from South Africa and neighboring countries gather at Greenmarket Square and sell everything from hand-painted masks to ostrich eggs to woodcarvings. You can also find pockets of colorful informal markets throughout Cape Town.

When you need a break from shopping, stroll around, listen to the music, and sample some local food.  Always remember, if you stop at a market or stall, make sure that whatever you purchase can be legally transported in and out of your country.

Jewel Africa

Jewel Africa is a certified diamond shop in Cape Town which will provide a taxi back to your hotel after you buy your jewelry.  Jewel Africa sells the blue-hued Tanzanite, which is found in only one place in the world and reveals a dark blue color when placed in the sun.

Shops in Kalk Bay

The Shops in Kalk Bay include a used book store, The Potters Shop, and Cape Boho, where you can purchase leather bags and luggage.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Cape Town shopping.

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