No matter your desire, you can find shopping & markets in Cape Town that offer something you’ll love. Designer stores, art, jewellery, and high-end African curios abound. Below is a selection of some of the shops and markets we often recommend to our guests. Alternatively, join our shopping guide for a swirl of the shops that suit your interest.
Cape Town Shops & Markets
Tribal Trends – A diverse array of upmarket African designed items and art (a must-visit store for serious shoppers!)
Monkeybiz – Dedicated to reviving the tradition of African Beadwork, taking the love and knowledge that is passed down, over the centuries, from mother to child and becoming a bridge from traditional bead works into contemporary artworks.
Africa Nova – Offers a combination of gorgeous African art and craft pieces.
Cape Cobra – The finest assortment of exotic ostrich leather pieces in Africa.
Streetwires – the finest wire and bead craft art made by over 60 full-time employees – visit their studio to see the artists at work. Guided tours and workshops available on request.
V&A Waterfront – for a range of top quality shops – the Watershed Market is a must visit.
Kalk Bay – now that the roadworks are complete this is a great stop on the Peninsula tour for some bohemian and quirky shops and very good galleries.
Markets (especially organic food markets) have taken in off in Cape Town and are a favourite with locals for a social breakfast and stocking up on yummy foods for the weekend.
The NeighbourGoods Market – located in Woodstock, this is one of the most established and best known markets in the city and is based at the vibrant Old Biscuit Mill. It opens every Saturday morning from 9am to 2pm and offers delicious fresh ingredient food stalls for all tastes. Recommended to get there early as it can get very busy! Worth a look at Heartworks and Imiso Ceramics while you are there.
Mojo Market – a vibrant urban market in Sea Point with a mix of great food, accessories and clothing. Located in Sea Point and open 7 days a week.
Audacia Market – near Stellenbosch, the Root 44 Market is a food and craft market and is an exciting addition to the Cape market scene, offering visitors a wide variety of food choices, in beautiful wine farm surroundings. It’s open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm and plans to operate throughout the winter season. It offers live music and is very kid-friendly, with a natural wooden children’s area to keep the little ‘uns entertained.
Others in the Winelands worth a look include: Lourensford (1st Saturday and Sunday of every month), Stellenbosch Slow Food (every Saturday morning), Laborie Lazy Days – every Saturday morning.