It became a farmers' market in 1710 and is now the city's best-known flea market. It is also home to many buskers including dancers, singers and musicians as well as some of Cape Town's more colorful and eccentric characters. It is bordered by a good selection of restaurants and cafés with outdoor tables for alfresco coffees. Beautiful old buildings, including the Old Town House, look over the square. The best time to explore Greenmarket Square is on a sunny Saturday morning. Credit card acceptance vary between businesses.
Afraid of Mice is a quintessential women’s clothing store that stocks all the clothes that you’ve wished your mom had set aside for you. The store is located on Long Street at the corner of Longmarket in Cape Town, South Africa. It is known for its unique collection of second hand and vintage clothes that are handpicked by Simone and Bianca Brandi: the owners of the store.
Canal Walk Shopping Centre at Century City is a major tourist attraction and a small shopping and entertainment city in itself. The diverse retail experience over here includes about 400 stores and boutiques that represent some of the best national and international brands. The complex also includes a massive food court with plenty of restaurant, cafes, bars and clubs, 20 cinema halls, an entertainment park, MTN science center, a skate park, a gaming zone and a host of other facilities—Canal Walk has just about everything you can imagine. If all this is not enough, the mall also has a huge multi-functional event space which hosts an array of festivals, competitions and fun activities for kids.
This designer clothing boutique can be found on Cavendish street in the suburb of Claremont in Cape Town, South Africa. Studio 8 prides itself on stocking original and high fashion garments from designers in the United States and Europe. Most of the well-known brands can be found in this store along with some lesser known ones that are just as chic.
Merry Pop Ins is both kid and environment friendly. The store sells an extensive selection of second hand clothes that are well washed, well loved and ready to be purchased. The ideal of this store to reuse provides customers the opportunity to get great clothes at great rates while preventing harm to the environment caused by wastage. This store also has a play area and arts and crafts area to keep visiting children entertained.
Since its establishment in 2010, Babette clothing has grown tremendously and now has a dedicated following. The store features a collection of garments and accessories that are vintage and vintage inspired. This collection includes both imported items as well as articles that are regional designer wear.
This family-owned and managed company has been part of the Cape Town jewelery scene for more than 40 years. The business has won numerous awards for innovative jewelery design and superb craftsmanship. Whether you are searching for original, exclusive jewelery or simply wish to make a wise investment, the highly trained staff are on hand to advise and assist you. Custom designs can be created within days. Uwe Koetter offers an opportunity to tour the company workshops where you can witness the grading of diamonds and other gems and watch master designers and goldsmiths at work. (Call ahead to arrange your tour).
Africa Nova is an elegant store dealing largely in Kudhinda (the Shona word ‘to stamp'), an attractive, locally produced, hand-made fabric. This beautifully decorated shop has as its centerpiece the original solid wood postal counter. Local artists' works are on display, and there is a good selection of jewelery and bead work. The store is involved in the Christmas Africa Project, whereby local Mandela Camp residents produce Christmas decorations.
Afrogem invites you to visit their workshop, which is the oldest producer of hand-cut tiger-eye gemstones in South Africa. Take a guided tour around the factory, where you will see gemstones cut, polished and then set. A final stopover is the shop where you can make accessory and jewelery purchases to suit every pocket. As well as tiger-eye, other stones available include rose quartz, amethyst, South African jade and malachite.
Vaughan Johnson's wine and cigar shop stocks a large range of Cape wines and Cuban cigars, as well as whiskey and spirits. It also offers professional advice on wine, storage, shipping and new releases. A global export service is offered and six bottle boxes can be packed which can be checked in as baggage, or carried on board. Staff also offer information on wine routes in the Western Cape.
O.live is a firm favorite for exquisite housewares and design items for the home amongst stylish Capetonians. It is hard to walk by the ever changing and always inspiring shop window without taking a glance at what is on offer inside. The store showcases an incredible selection of exquisite vintage finds and new designs, from retro portraits to funky new tea towels by popular local label Skinny laMinx, and from 50s style coffee sets to the quirky and beautiful ceramics of Liesel Trautman. It is the perfect spot to browse around for some unique pieces for the home or for something different for someone special. -Bordeaux Martin
Arigato is tucked away in Gardens, Cape Town, like a hidden gem. It is a beautiful little boutique with a sincere quaintness in the shadow of Table Mountain. Draped with all kinds of beautiful and extravagant vintage items in the window, it is impossible to stay outside once you first spotted Arigato Boutique - you simply have to peek inside. Arigato Boutique sells good quality vintage items that are timeless and one of their kinds. It emanates a atmosphere of nostalgia and old familiarity. Set some time aside to visit Arigato Boutique - you could really lose track of time once you enter! - Annchen Marais