Qualitative antiques and good advice. Here you can find interesting books from the colonial time, next to old postcards, vodoo material, bows and shields and arrows from the San and curiosities like handwoven africa - condoms ...
The shop is a "must - see" but be not too intimidated by the things he sells - under them are also things from the "Third Reich", flags and things like that.
What to buy: Antiques, Postcards and Curiosities
(such as the African Condom in the picture. Handwoven of natural materials ... it is actually more a joke, but it can be used as ... say a flower holder...)
What to buy:
To have a real authentic African Braai you need a few things: Wood! Yes wood. You also need meat; preferably Texas steak which is a huge steak already marinated in tasty spices and feeds about 4 people. Also you will want some Boerwoers. This is a thick tasty sausage that has no comparison anywhere in the world. Preferably from the butchers counter. You also need some cheap firelighters and matches, and possibly some dishes and utensils. Finally you need 2 other key ingredients. Cold beer and friends. Shoprite here has EVERYTHING you need for a Braai except friends. A one-stop shop for the complete Braai experience!
Please note they also sell fresh prepared salads, pastas and canned mushrooms with sauces (pepper, cheese, mushroom). I recommend them all, especially mushrooms with pepper sauce for your boerwoers.
This is an improvised market for African crafts located just off the stairs leading to the lighthouse. It is huge and the vendors are rather aggressive in their pricing. The thing to do is to check beforehand how much a similar piece costs in the swanky stores of the endless strip-malls and then go prepared to the market. The street sellers try their best in a very African manner, consistent with what I have seen on the opposite side of the continent, in Egypt, by offering a price way over anything that is negotiable. For example a hypo statuette he was offering for 3500NAD when exactly the same product, probably coming from the same sweat shop, was 400NAD in a store!? When confronted and his arrogance and insolence exposed, the "poor" African salesmen changed the tune and focused on the fact that HE was the artist and we rich tourists should appreciate this. Long story short the hypo went for 250NAD and just because at the end he was rather begging than selling. Here is an authentic African experience!
What to buy: Wooden statues