About Cape Town Shopping

For the international tourist, Cape Town is a hotspot of malls, markets, boutiques and excellent hotels. And, thanks to the favourable exchange rate and comparatively low production costs, dedicated shoppers that are touring South Africa can look forward to some excellent deals on absolutely exquisite items.

Did you know? Although often viewed as the safari or game paradise of the world, South Africa also has plenty to offer in terms of world-class shopping.

Most Cape Town malls stock a variety of local and international labels. These range from Afro-centric textiles and designs to creations by the likes of Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo, and Vera Wang. Between these internationally-acclaimed outlets, shoppers will find quirky designers, upmarket boutiques, and vendors that create unique pieces.

Travellers to South Africa often love the jewellery available in the Mother City because it is extraordinarily beautiful and particularly inexpensive. This is because many of South Africa's most talented goldsmiths and jewellery designers live in Cape Town. Other popular finds in Cape Town include well-priced leather goods (bags, furniture, shoes, clothing, and other accessories), art, antiques, wine, and books.

Cape Town’s shopping Mecca is, undoubtedly, the V&A Waterfront. However, other popular malls include Cavendish Square, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, and the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village. The main street of Sea Point also reveals loads of stunning finds; while the little village of Kalk Bay is all about the quirkier side of life, with charming nooks that are home to incredible little treasures like antique shops and book stores.

Popular markets include Greenmarket Square in the City Bowl, the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay, and the Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill.

Most Cape Town shops will accept your international credit card and traveller’s cheques, and nearly all major Cape Town shopping centres have foreign exchange bureaux. You can draw money with your international bank and credit cards from almost any ATM (Automated Banking Machines) and these are plentiful in Cape Town. See all Cape Town Malls & Shopping.

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Cape Quarter

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Standing out as one of the most stylish shopping centres in the Western Cape, the Cape Quarter in De Waterkant is home to over 100 stylish retail stores and ...

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Cavendish Square

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Popular with residents all over Cape Town, the Cavendish Square Shopping Centre is an award-winning shopping mall situated in the heart of Cape Town's Southern ...

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Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

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As the most popular shopping destination in South Africa, the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, at the V&A Waterfront, is a hub of excitement and activity. It is one ...

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WhereCape Town Shopping, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

WhenMost shopping centres open early and stay open till late.

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