Cape Town has many attractions and many things to do,
but do not go with so many hopes of returning with bags
and more bags in the suitcase. There are many stores and
various items to buy, it is true, but when compared to
other tourist cities, the reality is not so attractive.
The country's domestic trade is very strong and, unlike
other destinations with great tourist appeal, there is
no invasion of international brands. As many of the mall
brands are not world famous, if you want to shop, pay
attention to stores that you don't know by name. It is
worth remembering that South Africa is very rich in gold
and diamond; then, the trip can be a good opportunity to
acquire a jewel. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage coats.
Prices tend to be at least a little lower than those
practiced in Brazil, however, when interested in a
product, we recommend not to be driven just by
enthusiasm and make the conversion to check if it really
is a purchase that pays off.
Remember that part of the money with purchases can be
recovered through Tax Refund - just keep your tax notes.
Check out this post for more
details on how to get your refund.
The famous Waterfront is one of the best places on
the Cape to shop. The region is full of stores and has a
great mall, Victoria Wharf, with stores like Gucci,
Adidas and TopShop. Very close to the mall and also in
the Waterfront area is the Craft Martket, which sells
handmade products, such as wooden objects, soaps and
Another mall that can yield good acquisitions is
Canal Walk, which is large and has stores of all kinds.
The negative side is that it is far from the center and
is more worthwhile for those who are really focused on
shopping, because, for sightseeing, other places are
Long Street, which is successful at night, is yet
another place with good stores. There you can visit some
of the local stores and buy travel souvenirs. The tip is
to go during the day and do not fool around in the
street at night, as there are trumpets in the region.
Staying at least one Saturday in Cabo, go to the Old
Biscuit Mill and you will not regret it! It is a market
that brings together clothing sales, some interesting
stores and simply irresistible foods; makes you want to
try a little bit of everything. We suggest arriving
before 10 am to check out the place before it gets too
busy, in addition to going prepared to make your
The Canal Walk is one of the shopping centers in the
Cape region. It is further away from the tourist region
of the city and therefore many people end up not knowing
There you will find some international brands, such
as Nike, Puma, Rip Curl, Guess, Hugo Boss etc. But the
vast majority of stores are of national origin.
The place is worth it if you are really committed to
shopping, otherwise the Victoria Wharf meets your needs
well and is not too far from the center.
Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town
Craft Market and Wellness Center
Anyone looking to buy crafts doesn't even have to
leave the Waterfront to find it. Craft Market is a
market located inside a shed on the Waterfront that
sells various types of products.
There you can find paintings, objects carved in wood,
magic games, paintings, handmade soaps, clothes and
other products of your own creation.
Attached to the same market is the Wellness Center,
an area where you can find a massage therapist,
hairdresser, people who play cards and read the hand to
predict the future, etc.
Green Market Square
Those who like to buy handicrafts when traveling
cannot miss the Green Market Square, an open-air market.
The place has little structure and is formed only by
vendors' stalls in a square in the center of Cape Town,
but it is here that you should find the best prices for
crafts in the city.
When you are interested in a product, be sure to
bargain the price. As this is an area of great tourist
interest, sellers end up putting the price of their
products up there. Therefore, negotiating is the best
way to guarantee a good deal.
Old Biscuit Mill
Anyone who spends at least one Saturday in Cape Town
cannot fail to check out the Old Biscuit Mill. The space
consists of different areas: in some clothes for adults
and children are sold; in others there are shops and
restaurants; and the most delicious part (literally!),
which is the food market area.
The place works only on Saturdays and, as it is
usually full, we recommend arriving before 10am. There
is a huge variety of foods that sell there, so you can
buy some things not only to consume on the spot, but
also to take away. It is interesting that, although the
place is relatively small, large tables are installed,
where people who have never seen each other sit next to
each other to eat.
It is worth leaving to make your breakfast / lunch at
the market. There you will find waffles, juices, olives,
cheeses, pates, sandwiches, cakes, pizzas, among many
other delicious delicacies. Some stalls offer tastings
to encourage purchase and ensure that you enjoy the
product you buy.
The area where the Old Biscuit Mill is located is not
considered very safe, and is not suitable for hanging
out on the street at night. Go to the fair or enjoy Test
Kitchen, a renowned restaurant in the place; other than
that, there is not much to do in the neighborhood.
Many city dwellers do not know this market. Know
exactly where it is so you don't have trouble getting
Albert Road, 375, Woodstock, Cape Town
Anyone who likes to do some shopping can not miss the
Victoria Wharf. The mall is located in the heart of Cape
Town, on the Waterfront, and is easily accessible.
There you will find a wide variety of restaurants and
shops like Gucci, Lacoste, MAC, Puma, Adidas, Mango, Top
Shop, Hugo Boss, Timberland, as well as a supermarket.
Most stores operate between 9 am and 9 pm, but the
hours of each store may vary.
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town