South Africa holidays
Discover Cape Town and its shops with your own personal shopper. Our local expert has her finger on the pulse when it comes to discovering the hidden gems of the Cape Town shopping world and she will tailor your tour based on your specific interests. Cape Town is a hotbed of cutting-edge design and attracts a varied and quirky retail offerings, from individually owned boutiques stocking handmade garments to high-end African art. One-way Long Street (which becomes two-way Kloof Street as it clambers up the mountain slope) is a good starting point, though happening Bree Street (running parallel to Long Street) is being transformed into a decor and shopping mecca littered with independent boutique merchants. Bree Street favourites include South Africa Market, or SAM for short, situated above the bustling restaurant and fashion district on Bree in an elevated loft-like space. A kilometre from Cape Town's city centre, Woodstock used to be home to more textile factories than fashion outlets, but in recent years this industrial area with its stupendous mountains views has changed dramatically. The transformation of the Old Biscuit Mill into a hub of cafes and creativity led the way for further regeneration in the area and The Woodstock Exchange has brought even more fashion and design to the area with a collection of 'workshops-cum-boutiques', cafes and collectives housed under one roof. Mosey around the lanes here and you're likely to walk away with some truly unique finds. Saturdays and Sundays are notoriously bad days for shopping in South Africa and we recommend keeping these days free for sightseeing. That said, if shopping over the weekend cannot be avoided, The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront is your go-to-place to stock up on locally designed goods.