There are rows of shops in the Blue shed next to the Aquarium. They sell African products, souvenirs, jewellery, volcanic ash which has medicinal properties, natural perfumes, rock art, paintings, they even have massages from India, China etc. I found paintings made from tea bags very fascinating.
You cannot bargain here, The prices are steeper than in the Green Market Square, but the quality and finish is much better in some cases.
There were quite a few great little shops in Kalk Bay. We bought quite a few things here like luggage, blanket, dishes, clothes, bead jewelry and scarves. See my travelogue for more pics on these shops!
If you are looking for something special to take back for a gift, a memento of your trip - then my advice is to head to Kalk Bay which has a fabulous variety of antique & crafty shops with everything from jewellery to pewter design table ware.
I purchased a corkscrew from this shop "Curiosity" which is a pewter cheetah designed by up & coming South African designer Diana Charmichael.
Ultimately shopping here will give you perhaps something more unusual then one would find at the waterfront.
What to buy: handmade leadfree pewter tablewear, wooden animal salad servers, bracelets, Ethnic & Guinea fowl crockery & table wear, Ostrich eggs, beaded crafts .... the list goes on.
Truley a magnificant shop with a friendly helpful sales assistant.
Located in the V & A waterfront, this wine store has just about everything....the service is extremely friendly....we spoke to "Flesch" and was very helpful. The owner himself Vaughan is always on hand.....bought a case of wines at very reasonable prices and they will export them to the US if you really, really want too......they told me that it's about $100 US for a case of wine to the states !!!!! oooucchhhh...... otherwise great prices, excellent service.... and it's open on Sunday's !!!!
This market is a bit different located on Long st. with a small sign leading you in, you are brought to a local crafts market with 4 floors......dozens of stalls are located here....some small, some large.....the prices here are better than what you would pay in the larger stores..... but it's a CASH only place......haggle the prices on everything !!!! Spent about a hour here picked up some cool painted ostrich eggs for 100 rands..about $15 US...... masks, crafts, paintings, etc., whatever you think of they have it here.
cape union mart have a varities of sports wear and gadgets. and all what you need for tough sports like hiking and mountain climbing...etc
What to buy: i bought a travel hand back which is pretty owsome very light and carries a lot and its 3 years now and it is still holding up
also we bought clothes and winter jackets....
really prices are good for such finishing and durability
What to pay: around > 100$
At Fanny's, browse around for authentic African wares. Much of the stock is hand-crafted, and there is a wide variety to choose from.
The staff are friendly and helpful, without pressurising the buyer.
Iif gifts are purchased, they will be beautifully packed and wrapped.
What to buy: Ethnic African Clothing. cottage furniture, african artifacts, jewellery and gifts. Perfumed candles.
Certified diamond shop in Cape Town...the vendors are friendly and will not rush you into buying. And they provide taxi back to your hotel after you buy the diamond/s!
What to buy: The blue-hued Tanzanite, discovered in 1967 and found in only one place in the world - the small mining town of Arutia situated at the foothills of Mount Kilamanjaro in Tanzania! This diamond reveals a dark blue color when put under the sun and has its own appeal.
What to pay: from $300 to thousands, depending on the carat
The Craft Market is located in Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. It provides an outlet for African wire art, which originated as roadside business ventures. A spectacular array of colourful woven animals adorn the walls alongside elaborate decorative pieces.
What to buy: Beaded amphibians (frogs) and reptiles (akkedisse, geckos) make a fantastic vocal point on the lounge wall.
What to pay: Varies according to size, materials and complexity.
Anpa Jewellery is situated south of Cape Town in the picturesque fishing village Kalk Bay.
The store is situated along the coastal road and offers sweeping views across the ocean.
From July through to November you can (with some luck) watch southern right whales toying in the bay while selecting beautiful jewellery.
What to buy: ANPA specialises in contemporary jewellery design. Most of their pieces are hand made, limited editions or unique pieces. They work with rare and high quality gems from Southern Africa and around the world. The store offers a huge selection of silver jewellery, gems & gold jewellery.
The design focus remains on the gemstones mixed with some real extraordinary and provocative pieces of jewellery.
The company offers a custom jewellery design service & they will create a unique piece of jewellery on order for you. Have a look at the website for their service:
What to pay: ANPA offers jewellery ranging from a little a 290 South African Rand up to 50.000 Rand
If you're in the market for gold jewelry or diamonds, you've come to the right place. Cape Town is known for its great diamond market and gold jewelry. You can find high quality diamonds for far less than you'd pay at home. Shop around for the best deals.
Its a mall of sorts with many factory shops.
Famous brand name clothing, shoes, caps, leather , jeans suits etc etc at various shops .
Some great deals
What to buy: Clothing
Sunglasses, Bondiblus at good prices
The V&A Waterfront offer a huge selection of shops for buying inexpensive quality items, either to bring home as momentos or gifts. You will love it here.
What to buy: Animal skins, crafts, diamonds, Ouma's rusks!!!!
Over recent years massive development within the working harbour of Cape Town have established the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Restaurants, shops and hotels all can be found with beautiful views of the sea front as well as the city and Table Mountain.
One can spend hours here shopping, dining or visiting some of the museums and other facilities here, such as the Two Ocean Aquarium which is the best aquarium in Africa.
The Waterfront is also home to a number of music and entertainment events every year.
What to buy: The shopping offers are almost unlimited and every kind of store can be found in the Waterfront.
One of the best places to show in Cape Town is definitely in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can find a whole variety of stores there, starting from designer boutiques and finishing with gift and souvenir shops.
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