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Cape Town Shopping Tour (Self Guided), Cape Town

Cape Town is grand with quality shopping opportunities. Colorful African crafts are present here in almost every store. Shops such as Shine Shine and Imagenious, offer items entirely unique to Cape Town. Take this tour to explore the best shopping venues of Cape Town.
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Cape Town Shopping Tour Map

Guide Name: Cape Town Shopping Tour
Guide Location: South Africa » Cape Town (See other walking tours in Cape Town)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: JohnB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Diamond Works
  • Adderley Street
  • Long Street
  • Pan African Market
  • Greenmarket Square
  • Shine Shine
  • Wellness Warehouse
Diamond Works

1) Diamond Works

Diamond Works is one of the largest jewelry factories and stores in Cape Town. South Africa is a major diamond exporter, making it a perfect shopping destination for this precious stone. Here at Diamond Works you can see how diamonds are cut and assembled. You can then purchase high-quality finished products from the factory's shop.
Adderley Street

2) Adderley Street

If you want to do some up market shopping while you are on holiday, you should go to Adderley Street, which is the main street in Cape Town’s downtown district.

The street runs from Heerengracht to the entrance of Company Gardens, after which it becomes Government Avenue. It was named after the British Member of Parliament, Charles Bowyer Adderley, who fought against the British Government’s plans to turn the Cape are into a penal colony like Australia.

The street is full of shops, restaurants and offices. At night markets flourish and during the day a permanent market in the square in front of Central Station sells leather goods and curios. You will also find the famous Flower Market where freshly cut flowers have been sold on this spot for over 100 years.

Along the street there is the entrance to the Golden Acre, which is the oldest shopping centre in South Africa. Another building of note is the Groote Kerk on Church Square. At the end of the street you will discover the Slave Lodge Museum.

In front of the museum’s entrance is a statue of Jan Smuts, who was a member of the British War Cabinet and who helped create the Royal Air Force. From 1919 to 1924 and from 1939 to 1948 he was the Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.
Long Street

3) Long Street (must see)

If you want to get in touch with Cape Town’s day-and-night life, then Long Street in the City Bowl district is the place for you.

During the 1960s and early 70s this was the place to be if you had a bohemian outlook and if you were anti-apartheid. This area was the San Francisco of South Africa. Little has changed over the years, except for the political point of view. But we are not here for politics!

This is one of the oldest streets in Cape Town and it is still surrounded by beautiful Victorian buildings that have balconies enclosed by ornately wrought iron grills. During the day bookshops, stands selling souvenirs and antique shops are happy to welcome visitors, but Long Street comes alive as soon as the sun sets.

If you have been longing to taste an ostrich steak or prawns from Mozambique, you can get both here in one of the many restaurants that serve African food. If you want to eat curry, don’t worry! On Long Street, you will find the spiciest Indian food that you have ever tasted.

If you want to dine and dance, several bar/restaurants offer a tasty meal and then put on a variety of music from local ethnic to heavy metal. If you want a calm night out, some bars feature poetry reading sessions with alcohol-free cocktails afterward.

If you are into arts & culture, perhaps "First Thursday" will fancy your boat (art galleries stay open – free of charge – until late on the first Thursday of the month).
Pan African Market

4) Pan African Market

One of the best places to visit in Cape Town is undoubtedly the Pan African Market which is lodged in a superb building in Long Street.

In 1997 five traders took over an abandoned building on Long Street and set up a market on the first floor. At first the town council decided to chase them out, but seeing that locals and tourists alike flocked to the area, they granted a long term lease on the building and renovated it so that the market could grow.

Today, the market that you can visit holds over 35 stalls, with permanent shops on the second and third floors. These shops and stalls represent goods from over 14 African countries including Kenya, Senegal, Mozambique and Cameroon.

This fabulous market offers a wide range of arts and crafts and bartering is the name of the day! Don’t look at the few price tags – if you want to buy a tribal mask or some authentic bead jewellery – the more you haggle with the stall holder, the happier he’ll be to lower the price!

There are tailors who will run up a tribal costume in an hour, so while you are waiting you will have the time to browse through stands selling tribal drums or visit the numerous “witch doctors” where you can buy natural remedies for everything from in-growing toenails to hair loss!
Greenmarket Square

5) Greenmarket Square (must see)

No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to Greenmarket Square, one of the key tourist attractions in the city. Built in the 18th century in the heart of Cape Town's business district, the square was initially used as a slave market, then a cattle market, until ultimately became a principal gathering place for merchants. Today it houses a flea market, one of the best in South Africa, where you can find anything – from European clothes to tribal costumes to precious jewellery and more.

There are also a number of restaurants and cafés surrounding the place, serving delicious local food and drink; for extra fun, there are numerous buskers, mime-artists, jugglers and magicians to keep you entertained. Other nearby attractions include The Old Town House, home to the Michaelis Collection of 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings; a Victorian Gothic church; and the Inn on the Square, last of the 19th century local townhouses still in place.

Why You Should Visit:
Not for people looking for peace and quiet – it's a fun place to sit outside in the sun with a drink/snack and watch the activity.
It's also a good place to find all your souvenirs instead of buying them at a mall or airport.

As with most markets, prices vary wildly so always try low-balling the price. Take cash and be prepared to haggle to get a good deal.
Don't forget to visit the small – pedestrian-only – streets around the Greenmarket, but be cautious/aware of your surroundings after dark.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm
Shine Shine

6) Shine Shine

Shine Shine presents itself as a chic African fashion shop. You will be pleasantly surprised by the multitude of colorful fabrics available. It is an ideal spot for finding some unique African bargains. Also be sure to check out the store's impressive selection of bags.
Wellness Warehouse

7) Wellness Warehouse

What to buy here: 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 and Cavendish Mall (Mondays to Saturday 9 am - 7 pm and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm). 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 8 am - 7 pm, Saturday 7:30 am - 7 pm and Sundays 8 am - 5 pm). You can also visit the Food Lovers Market at the corner of Loop Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue (open Monday to Friday 7 am - 6:30 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 3 pm) for the Khoisan range of plain, flavored and African range of products.

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