16 Distinctively South African Things to Buy in Cape Town

16 Distinctively South African Things to Buy in Cape Town

The many hopes pinned on this place (Cape of Good Hope) by passing-by sailors over the centuries must have done a good job for Cape Town, seeing it become a colorful cultural hub and prominent metropolis (3rd largest) in South Africa. Overlooking the meeting point of the two oceans (Indian and Atlantic), this place has no shortage of eager visitors and is well-prepared to offer them many interesting things in return. Here's the list of some signature items from Cape Town worth picking up to memorize your trip.
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1. Shine Shine Fabrics and Accessories

Shine Shine Fabrics and Accessories
Increasingly, young designers are making their mark on the face of Cape Town, often by incorporating local cultural symbols into colorful and bold textiles that are transformed into bags, pillows and other garments, sporting proudly the South African flag in such a colorful way that people can notice you from miles away on the street.

Shine Shine is a popular such example, and can be bought at a couple of cute shops around the city. African Image, on the corner of Church and Burg Street, stocks a range of Shine Shine products. A tray will set you back around R189, and fashionable handbags - between R310 and R365. They describe themselves as an independent, tribal art dealership, but are also known to be the first to offer many contemporary design products, including wire work, recycled craft, funky African print shirts, bags, baskets and numerous other examples of Africa's creativity. The Plush Bazaar, at the Biscuit Mill in Albert Road, also stocks Shine Shine products. If you can, go on Saturday, when the Biscuit Mill hosts a local produce market with a selection of goods fit to leave your mouth watering. Alternatively, you can also make an appointment with the designer by phoning +(27) 21 4242425.
Where to find it:
African Image
Address: Church Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 15:00

The Plush Bazaar at the Biscuit Mill
Address: 334 Albert Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday: 08:00 - 14:30
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2. “Cape Town” Photography Book

“Cape Town” Photography Book
Any visitor to Cape Town would agree that much of the city’s appeal is locked in its extraordinary natural beauty that is almost impossible to capture on film. Then why not let the professionals do the job for you?

A couple of books, like “Cape Town – The peninsula and beyond,” offer a collection of the best images available from well-know photographers. Usually on offer for around R200, it is available at a couple of bookstores throughout the city. Select Books in Long Street is a good option, not only because it is situated in vibey Long Street, but because the rest of the selection of books on offer are also extraordinary. They specialize in both out-of-print and new publications. The shop is open roughly from 09:30 to 17:30 on weekdays, and 09:30 to 13:00 on Saturdays, but David (the shop owner) recommends calling the shop first, as he is often on the hunt for more interesting books. You can call him on +27(0)21 4246955. It’s also available at Wordsworth Books in Main Road, Sea Point, as well as Ulrich Naumann Booksellers at 17 Burg Street (behind the Cape Sun Hotel).
Where to find it:
Select Books
Address: Long Street
Telephone: +27(0)21 4246955
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:30 - 17:30
Saturday: 09:30 - 13:00

Wordsworth Books Sea Point
Address: 395 Main Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 16:00

Ulrich Naumann Booksellers
Address: 17 Burg Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 17:30
Sunday: 08:30 - 13:00
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3. Boston Lager

Boston Lager
All South Africans love their beer, and Capetonians have contributed to it with a variety of independent breweries that put a bit more tender, loving care into their brews. Craft beer is made using traditional brewing methods. A good option is Boston Lager. It is sold in a variety of shops around the city, among others, Ultra Liquors at 122 Main Road Green Point. Ultra Liquors also has a branch at 300 Main Road, Wynberg. Also try Cozier Fine Wine & Liquors at 115 Kloof Street, Shop 10, Gardens (open from 09:00 to 20:00 on Monday to Friday and 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays). Another stockiest is the Tops Spar, located at 37 Derry Road in Vredehoek. A six-pack of popular Boston Ale variety, Whale Ale, will set you back R52. They are open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 20:00, and Saturdays from 08:00 to 17:00.
Where to find it:
Ultra Liquors
Address: 122 Main Road Green Point
Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 09:00 - 18:00, Friday: 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday: 08:30 - 17:00

Tops Spar
37 Derry Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday: 08:00 - 17:00
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4. Protea Ring

Protea Ring
Artists and other creative folk have always flocked to Cape Town. Today, many are expressing themselves through jewelry design, incorporating local emblems, like the Protea (the national flower from the Western Cape Region) or local materials - wood and shells.

Lady Peculiar, at 3 Andringa Street in Stellenbosch, create wonderful Protea rings (photographed) and their stock ranges from R500 to R1,500 apiece. The shop is open from 09:00 to 17:00 during weekdays, and 09:00 to 13:30 on Saturdays. You can also contact them through their website www.ladypeculiar.co.za. Natasha Wood jewellery is also sold at a number of markets throughout the city, and ranges from R200 to R5000. She mostly uses sterling silver to bring her Protea designs to life. Why not make a day of it, and visit her at the weekly Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market, every Friday from 16:00 to 22:00 at 39 Albertyn Road in Muizenberg. Another is the City Bowl Market on Hope (14 Hope Street, Gardens). They trade every Saturday between 09:00 and 14:00.
Where to find it:
Lady Peculiar
Address: 3 Andringa Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 13:30
Website: www.ladypeculiar.co.za

Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market
Address: 39 Albertyn Road
Opening hours:
Friday: 16:00 - 22:00

City Bowl Market on Hope
Address: 14 Hope Street
Saturday: 09:00 - 14:00

5. Rusks

Rusks
At this side of the world, coffee and tea equals rusks. A dried snack that you dip in your coffee and tea before you eat it, it is a local and national treasure. The most famous brand, Ouma Rusks, comes in a variety of flavors, like condensed milk, aniseed, buttermilk, whole-wheat and muesli. You can literally buy Ouma Rusks in any Pick ’n Pay, Checkers or Spar across the city (all of them open regular business hours) for about R22. Buy a box, and you get to “dip a Ouma” (as the slogan says, meaning "dunk an Ouma") when you’re safely back home. A variety of home-baked rusks are also sold at bakeries and home-industry shops. “Uit ons Kombuis” (from our kitchen) is in the Tyger Valley Shopping centre in Bellville at the corner of Bill Bezuidenhout and Willie van Schoor Streets. They are open during the shopping centre hours.
Where to find it:
Uit ons Kombuis, in the Tyger Valley Shopping Centre
Address: Bill Bezuidenhout Avenue
Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00
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6. Ajax Cape Town or Santos Jersey

Ajax Cape Town or Santos Jersey
The city was one of the FIFA 2010 World Cup hosts and specially-built Green Point dominates the cityscape. Capetonians are avid sport-supporters, and few receive more adoration than the two local Premier Soccer League Teams, Santos and Ajax Cape Town. A jersey of the local soccer (might as we call "football") team is sure to make you friends and make memories when worn back home.

The official Ajax Cape Town shop is located on the corner of Frans Conradie Drive and Bertie Genade Street in Parow. They are open from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 17:00. The shop closes on Fridays at 16:00, and also takes a lunch break every day from 14:30 to 15:30. A jersey here will cost you between R150 and R490, but anything from caps and jeans and other choices are also available.

Santos gear can be bought at Goolam Sports, located at 95 Klipfontein Road. The shop also sells a variety of Santos branded clothes and goodies; jerseys go from R100 to R250. They are open from 08:30 to 17:00 on weekdays, but closed from 12:00 to 14:00 on Fridays. You can also visit the shop from 08:30 to 13:00 on Saturdays. Alternatively, visit the Sportsman’s Warehouse just across the street, open seven days a week from 09:00 to 21:00, although you are likely to find only jerseys there.
Where to find it:
Ajax Cape Town
Address: corner of Frans Conradie Drive and Bertie Genade Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 17:00, lunch break: 14:30 - 15:30
Friday: 10:00 - 16:00, lunch break: 14:30 - 15:30

Goolam Sports
Address: 95 Klipfontein Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 08:30 - 17:00
Friday: 08:30 - 17:00, but closed from 12:00 - 14:00
Saturday: 08:30 - 13:00

7. Cape Jazz Volume 3 – Goema

Cape Jazz Volume 3 – Goema
The Mardi Gras (or Cape Coon festival), famous for the colorful Kaapse Klopse (minstrels) who march through the city, is a yearly highlight. The festivities are associated with a style of Cape Jazz music, or Ghoema Jazz. Today, many songs are jazzed up folk music standards from the Cape and, thus, justify consideration as "world music", even though it has a very distinct, local flair.

Look out for the Cape Jazz series of CDs, specifically Volume 3 – Goema. They can be bought for under R100 at Look & Listen stores in the city. There is one in the Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre on the corner of Charl Cronje Drive in Tygervalley (open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00 and 09:00 to 17:00 on Sundays). Other options are the ones located in Century City, Milnerton at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre (Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 22:00, Saturdays from 08:30 to 22:00 and Sundays from 09:00 to 22:00) and in the Cavendish Square, Claremont on the corner of Vineyard Street and Main Road (Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 19:00, Saturday from 8:30 to 19:00 and Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00). Look and Listen is one of the country’s biggest music chain stores, and they stock a wide range of local and international artists.
Where to find it:
Look & Listen, in the Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre
Address: corner of Charl Cronje Drive in Tygervalley
Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00

Century City, Milnerton at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Address: Canal Walk, Century Boulevard
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 22:00
Saturday: 08:30 - 22:00, Sunday: 09:00 - 22:00

Cavendish Square, Claremont
Address: on the corner of Vineyard Street and Main Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 8:30 - 19:00, Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00
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8. Hip Hop Fashion

Hip Hop Fashion
Cape Town welcomes all types of visitors, but has definite soft spot for the exquisitely clad variety. Many fashionistas have set up shop in glitzy Cape Town, and local designers offer their exclusive gear at boutiques around the city, as well as shopping mega-hubs, like the V&A Waterfront. Based in Cape Town, Hip Hop is one of South Africa’s iconic fashion labels. The brand is famous for glamorous gowns and is the first choice for many Cape Town fashionistas.

Hip Hop stores are located in the following shopping centers: Cavendish (Cavendish Square Dreyer Street) in Claremont Road (open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17.30, Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00); The Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City (open seven days a week from 09:00 to 21:00); The Tyger Valley Shopping Centre at the corner of Bill Bezuidenhout and Willie van Schoor Streets (open Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00) and Sundays from 09:00 to 17:00); The Factory Boutique in Buitenkant Street (open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00) and Access Park in Chichester Road, Kenilworth (open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00). Photographed is the iconic Hip-hop blossom maxi-dress that retails for R1,995. Hip-hop clothing can set you back anything from R500 to R5,000.
Where to find it:
Cavendish Square
Address: Dreyer Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 17.30
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday: 10:00 - 14:00

The Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Address: Century Blvd
Opening Hours:
Every Day: 09:00 - 21:00

The Tyger Valley Shopping Centre
Address: corner of Bill Bezuidenhout and Willie van Schoor Streets
Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 09:00 - 19:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00

The Factory Boutique
Address: Buitenkant Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 13:00

Access Park
Address: Chichester Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 14:00

9. Groot Constantia Wines

Groot Constantia Wines
Once the choice of Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis Philippe of France and members of the British Royal House, the Groot Constantia wines are still synonymous with some of the country’s favorite wines. Located on the Constantia Wine Route (take Groot Constantia Road off the Constantia Main Road), a visit to this historic wine farm will not only take you through some splendid scenery, but also land you in a historic hotspot. The farm’s history goes back as far as 1685, and is a fine example of Cape Dutch architecture. A wide range of estate wines are created and sold here, anything from Semillon to Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot and Cap Classique. Prices range from R56 for a 2010 Blanc de Noir to R1980 for six bottles of 2008 Grand Constance (375 mℓ). Wine can be bought on the estate or delivered, but a visit to the farm is recommended for a leisurely walk on the shady estate, a visit to the museum or a bite to eat in the restaurant.

You can visit Groot Constantia seven days a week. The shop is open from 09:00 to 18:00, and the tasting room from 09:00 to 17:30. While on the Constantia wine route, you can also visit a few more wine farms in the near vicinity. A pleasant option is Constantia Uitsig in Spaanschemat River Road. Their shop is open from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday, and from 10:00 to 16:00 on weekends and public holidays. Buitenverwachting in Klein Constantia Road is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 and from 10:00 to 15:00 on Saturday. They are closed on Sundays.
Where to find it:
Groot Constantia
Address: Groot Constantia Road
Opening Hours:
Every Day: 09:00 - 18:00
The Tasting Room: 09:00 - 17:30

Constantia Uitsig
Address: Spaanschemat River Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00

Buitenverwachting
Address: Klein Constantia Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00

10. Waterblommetjies (Pondweed)

Waterblommetjies (Pondweed)
Literally translating from Afrikaans as ‘small water flower stew’, waterblommetjiebredie is a true South Africa delicacy. The flowers, commonly known as Cape Pondweed (or Cape asparagus), are found in the marshes of the Western Cape, and were probably introduced to Dutch settlers by the Khoi San. A waterblommetjie is a relatively rare sight today, but the plant, commonly used in a mutton or beef stew, is still firm, although rare, favorite. Luckily, this treat does not have to be forgotten. You can find a fresh batch at certain time through the year, but the canned variety is almost just as good. A stew back home, with this added, is sure to be a rare delight for any guest, or just worth a night reminiscing about the Cape.

Canned waterblommetjies can be picked up at some Pick ‘n Pays, Woolworth, Checkers or Spar stores for about R23.99 a can. Pick ‘n Pay in Constantia at the corner of Spaanschemacht and Main Road (Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 18:00, Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 09:00 to 13:00), as well as the branch in Plumstead in Gabriel Road (open from 07:45 to 20:00 from Monday to Saturday, and from 9h00 to 20h00 on Sundays) stock them. So does the Checkers in Plumstead on the corner of Cecil and Kennith Roads (open from 09:00 to 19:00 on weekdays, and from 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and 09:00 to 14:00 on Sundays).
Where to find it:
Pick ‘n Pay in Constantia
Address: corner of Spaanschemacht and Main Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday: 09:00 - 13:00

Plumstead
Address: Gabriel Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 07:45 - 20:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 20:00

Checkers
Address: corner of Cecil and Kennith Roads
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday: 09:00 - 14:00

11. Amarula

Amarula
Amarula is the only cream liqueur in the world made from a real Marula fruit (grown in Phalaborwa, South Africa) and is distilled and bottled in the Western Cape. Said to be filled with the African spirit of the marula fruit, you can taste the exotic fruit of Africa. With a bottle of Amarula you can entertain in style, and the drink can be enjoyed on ice, or in a variety of cocktails and coffees. It’s widely available, and you can pick up a bottle for around R80 at a variety of stores.

Try Midmar Liquors in Strand Street (open from 08:00 to 20:00 Mondays to Fridays, and 08:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays), where you will also find a huge variety of other alcoholic beverages, including local wines. Or, if you feel like a road-trip while on the lookout for your bottle of Amarula, try Blue Bottle Liquors. Travelling down the Main Road, there is one located in surfing hub Muizenberg (165 Main Road) and travelling further down, in quirky Kalk Bay (138 Main Road). Both of these stores are open from 09:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday, and from 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturday.
Where to find it:
Midmar Liquors
Address: Strand Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday, Sunday: 08:00 - 17:00

Muizenberg
Address: 165 Main Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00

Kalk Bay
Address: 138 Main Road
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00

12. Cape Malay Spices

Cape Malay Spices
Originally, the Cape of Good Hope was established as a refreshment station for ships traveling the spice route, and Dutch settlers brought the Malays to Cape Town, originally as slave labor. With them, they brought a rich cultural history, specifically their use of spices. Their legacy is entrenched in Cape Town’s culture, specifically through their cooking and seasoning. Varieties include the use of over 30 chilies, and different combinations of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. You can almost taste 300 years of history in one bite.

A popular choice is the Atlas Trading Company at 94 Wale Street in the Bo-Kaap. This spice shop really gives you a taste of the Cape Malay culture itself. Popular choices include the 100g packet of leaf masala (consisting of twelve different spices) for R5.14. Atlas is open from 08:00 to 17:00 Mondays to Fridays (but closed from 12:00 to 14:00 on Fridays) and from 08:30 to 12:45 on Saturdays. Alternatively, try the Woolworths Cape Malay Curry Cook-in Sauce (R24.95) or their Cape Malay Curry Powder (R12.95). Both are available at the Woolworths food courts in Cavendish Square (open from 09:00 to 18:00 seven days a week) located in Dreyer Street, Claremont and the Canal Walk Shopping Centre (open from 09:00 to 21:00 seven days a week) in Century Boulevard, Century City.
Where to find it:
Atlas Trading Company
Address: 94 Wale Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 17:00 (closed from 12:00 to 14:00 on Fridays)
Saturday: 08:30 - 12:45

Woolworths Food Courts in Cavendish Square
Address: Dreyer Street
Opening Hours:
Every Day: 09:00 - 18:00

Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Address: Century Boulevard
Opening Hours:
Every Day: 09:00 - 21:00
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13. Beaded Necklace

Beaded Necklace
Traditional African jewellery are widely recognizable by their bright use of colors, and most often, the use of beads. Beaded accessories are scattered all over the city, from street vendors, trying to make a sale, to sleek boutiques. If you’re looking for that special beaded necklace to liven up any outfit, head towards Long Street. A major street in the City Bowl, it is a famous bohemian hangout and filled to the brim with restaurants, coffee shops, designer boutiques and quirky shops.

Look out for the Pan African Market, comprising 33 stores and stalls representing at least 14 countries of Africa. As a meeting place for African migrants and visitors from around Africa and the rest of the world, PAM now houses a dynamic market place where traders from all over the continent make and sell their art and run small businesses. Beaded necklaces go for anything between R120 and R360. The market is open on weekdays from 08:30 to 17:30 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 15:30. The Greenmarket Square, just around the corner on a cobbled square between Short and long Market Streets, is also well worth your time.
Where to find it:
Pan African Market
Address: Long Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 17:30
Saturday: 09:00 - 15:30

Greenmarket Square
Address: around the corner on a cobbled square between Short and long Market Streets
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14. Fynbos Products

Fynbos Products
Considered by many to be synonymous with the Cape Region, these aromatic shrubs are also used to make specialty soaps and beauty product – fresh from the earth. A number of beauty products have been produced, enabling you to take the fynbos goodness even closer to home.

The Kirstenbosch Shop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (recently voted the best picnic spot in the world) sells Fynbos bath salt at R25, and also stocks the Cape Fynbos range of oils at R50 each. It comes in two varieties, ‘Wild’ and ‘Dream’. The shop is open seven days a week, from 09:00 to 19:15. You don’t have to enter the garden the visit the shop, but a walk through the botanical gardens itself is a truly magical experience. You can also visit the Wellness Warehouse at 50 Kloof Street, where they keep a small variety of fynbos soap for under R20 (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 19:00, Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00). Kloof Street itself is lined with quirky shops and restaurants, and you can easily while away the afternoon here.
Where to find it:
Kirstenbosch Shop
Address: Rhodes Drive
Opening Hours:
Every Day: 09:00 - 19:15

Wellness Warehouse
Address: 50 Kloof Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday: 10:00 - 15:00

15. Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea
South Africa’s home-grown and much loved herbal tea is indigenous only to the Cederberg region in the Western Cape. A very popular choice in almost all homes and restaurants, a sip of this red drink, when back home, is sure to bring back fond memories of your holiday. Famed for its relaxing taste, it is also caffeine-free and filled to the brim with anti-oxidants. This herbal drink is widely available in Cape Town and you can pick up a variety of brands at a multitude of shops across the city, like popular supermarkets Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, Checkers and Spar. Brands like Eleven o’ Clock Rooibos Tea, Freshpak and Clipper Organic are popular choices, especially in its original form, but the tea is also developed into many different flavors.

Almost available around every corner, why not visit the Pick ‘n Pay in the V&A Waterfront for your purchase? Here, Eleven O’ Clock can be picked up for R15.49. In the same shopping centre you can also buy your tea at the Woolworths, or visit Melissa’s. This food shop sells rooibos leaf tea at about R36 for 250g. You can tie the occasion up with a trip to the City’s working harbor, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa. All shops in the Waterfront are open from 09:00 to 21:00. Enjoy a cup of tea (or just about anything else you can imagine) in one of the 80 or so restaurants and watch the ships go by while the majestic Table Mountain looks on.
Where to find it:
V&A Waterfront
Address: 19 Dock Road
Opening Hours:
Every Day: 09:00 - 21:00
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16. Sea-Salt Products

Sea-Salt Products
Nestled where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, the ocean is a much part of the city as the iconic Table Mountain. Not surprisingly, sea-salt products are available. At selected spots you can find salt harvested of the shores of St Helene Bay on the West Coast, or Nature’s gift for curing, soaking, marinating, pickling and much more.

Another brand is the Oryx Dessert Sal products (from R24) available at the Wellness Centers in Kloof Street (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 19:00, Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00) and Cavendish Mall (Mondays to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00). Pick ‘n Pay also stocks a product range of plain, fine and course salts, as well as seaweed, tomato and olive and garlic and herb flavors. These are stocked at, among others, the Camps Bay Pick ’n Pay in Victoria Street (open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 19:00, Saturday from 07:30 to 19:00 and Sundays from 08:00 - 17:00). You can also visit the Food Lovers Market at the corner of Loop Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue (open Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 18:30 and Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00) for the Khoisan range of plain, flavored and African range of products.
Where to find it:
Wellness Centers in Kloof Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday: 10:00 - 15:00

Cavendish Mall
Address: Dreyer Street
Opening Hours:
Mondays - Saturday: 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00

Camps Bay Pick ’n Pay
Address: Victoria Street
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 07:30 - 19:00, Sunday: 08:00 - 17:00

Food Lovers Market
Address: corner of Loop Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 07:00 - 18:30
Saturday: 09:00 - 15:00

Other Interesting Souvenirs from South Africa


If traveling to South Africa is not an option for you right at present, or you simply can't afford extra space in your luggage, fortunately, these days, you can find a wide selection of authentic and truly interesting South African souvenirs online. Presented here are some of the top South African products sought by foreign visitors, now available online for your convenience.

1. Beadwork crafts - Widely practiced by women of indigenous tribes of Southern Africa, this craft is unique to the region in terms of materials used, which include glass beads as well as natural objects, such as seeds, shells, bone, ivory and more, to make necklaces, earrings, etc.

2. Wire Art - Exquisitely hand-crafted sculptures of animals, cars, motorbikes, birds, etc., made using beaded wire, as well as tin and other recycled materials.

3. Carrol Boyes -Handmade kitchen utensils and home accessories created by the avant-garde South African artist and designer Carrol Boyes, who draws inspiration from the human form and beauty of nature.

4. Rhino Force Bracelet -Buying this bracelet you buy life for rhinos, as profits from its sales are used to fight rhino poaching in South Africa, home to more than 90% of Africa's total rhino population.

5. South African Food -Traditional food unique to South Africa and local culture, boasting great ethnic flavor, requiring no refrigeration, and thus representing excellent snack and trail food. This includes Droewors (Dried Sausage) made from lamb and beef, fully cured and ready to eat; Beef Biltong Sliced, a popular snack produced from game or beef, fully cured and ready to eat; and Ouma Seed Rusks, a crunchy snack meant to be dipped into coffee or tea, made with pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seed.

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Self-Guided Art Galleries Tour of Cape Town

Self-Guided Art Galleries Tour of Cape Town

The art scene in the western Cape must be experienced by art lovers, as Cape Town is home to many artists and galleries that provide an inside look into African art. Each of these galleries on the tour offer unique masterpieces both on display and for sale. Take this tour to see the most important art galleries of Cape Town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Self-Guided Tour of Cape Town's Garden District

Self-Guided Tour of Cape Town's Garden District

This green inner-city suburb of Cape Town is very popular with tourists. It dates back to 1652 when the first garden was opened. A number of cultural and architectural sights are located within this district. Take this tour to enjoy a picturesque and artsy walk through the gardens of Cape Town.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km