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The name Baraka comes from a Swahili word which roughly translates to blessing. The shop was started in July 2007 and has gained a lot of fame. This shop has an overwhelming range of décor, jewelry, crafts, gift items, vintage items and more. Most of their pieces are made of recycled materials. These pieces are predominantly sourced from small, local and independent craftsmen of South Africa. The shop has been garnered with lavish accolades and has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015.
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.
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.
Africa for Africa and all under one roof! In the heart of the city, on trendy Long Street, is the three-story Pan African Market. Offering all sorts of African wares including, but not limited to, curios, pottery and textiles, the Market gives the visitor an authentic African experience. This is due to the many traders who hail from all corners of the continent. Besides the restaurant selling simple fare from all over Africa there is also on-site drumming instruction and hair braiding offered. There is lots to see and experience within the labyrinthine interior. A great place to find that authentic African gift.
Avid collectors, antique dealers, shoppers and bargain hunters gather every Sunday and public holidays at the Green Point Stadium parking lot—come rain or sun shine. Featuring about 400 stalls, this flea and crafts market is the largest of its kind. You will find a large range of goods, collectibles, antiques, clothing, jewelry, masks, wood works, bead works, paintings, pottery, electronics, home wares, plants and much more—the list is just endless. For tourists, this a good place to buy local arts and crafts, that are also great souvenirs to take home. If all that shopping has tired you out, then seek the food vendors selling local delicacies and goodies.
LIM gets its name from famous architect and artist Mies van der Rohe's saying, "Less is More." This is truly LIM's motto and what they strive for. The store is located in the buzz of Kloof Street in Gardens, Cape Town. However, when you step off the street and into the store, it is as if all the business and chaos of Cape Town are worlds away. Lim emanates a classy and elegant atmosphere with its beautiful home ware, smart lay out, and minimalist decorations - there are no unnecessary objects to turn your focus away from its beautiful products. What you see is what you get - the store is irreducible. Expect friendly, professional service and extremely good quality products. - Annchen Marais
Heartworks is tucked away deep in Gardens, and really is a hidden gem in terms of arts and crafts. Heartworks is a tiny art and craft store, hosting the most beautiful ornate and interesting little artworks made by local designers with love. Its welcoming and cozy atmosphere will draw you in, where you may get lost in the many colorful and interesting little objects. Heartworks is like a wonderful tribute to the crafters of South Africa, who use whatever materials are immediately available to them, such as wire, clay, beads, et cetera. Whether you are looking for a unique souvenir, or just for some inspiration, Heartworks is a must visit in the Gardens area. - Annchen Marais