Cape Town Shopping: Where to Shop for Best BuysAuthor: Candy Smith
Seasoned shoppers in Cape Town will tip you to buy diamonds. This is diamond country if you do not know it yet, and the biggest diamond of 7,000 carats was found in South Africa. But well, you can dream on. But for diamonds, South Africa is the place for you, and the diamonds have wound their way to Cape Town. So get your share when you do the shopping rounds.
Diamonds and Then Some
Hard-nosed shoppers know where to do their Cape Town shopping. They know where to get handcrafted jewelry, masks, wines, intricate beadwork, precious stones and diamonds. Well, the place is teeming with shops, trendy malls, flea markets, souvenir shops, and streetside stalls open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If shopping is your pleasure, there are Cape Town hotels within walking distance to the shops and specialty stores for great finds. Staying near the shopping district will save you time and avert the stress that comes with shopping.
Here are the top
shopping places in the city:
• Canal Walk. This is a large shopping mall, which houses hundreds of stores and restaurants. You can find designer labels here and all the stuff the fashionable you’d like to strut back home. If you want a break from window-shopping and comparing prices, you can drop in at the skate park or take a spin in the indoor karting track. Want something less physical? Go to the gaming arcade.
• Cavendish Square. This is the hippest mall that carries world-renowned goods and fashion items. Walk the sky bridges that connect Cavendish Square to Cavendish Connect. With hundreds of stores to choose from, it will literally take you days to finish your shopping. The mall is right smack in the heart of the Southern suburbs.
• TygerValley. If you are looking for musical instruments, visit this place in the Bellville area, and do not forget to drop in the food court area where you can get a sampling of international or local cuisines.
• Pan African Market on Long Street first started out as a crafts store and grew to what it is today—a three-story market. It is always a tourist stop for tribal craft such as masks, swords, ostrich feathers and eggs, drums, headdresses, African art, curio, textile, and pottery. The latest hot item in the market is the exquisite wirework.
Square is the oldest market in Cape Town. Just look at the cobbled square. You
can find everything here. Curios, sandals, fabrics, jewelry, and antiques.
Surrounded by restaurants, you can always sample the local dishes and a glass
of red Cape Town wine.
• Neighborgoods Market is Cape Towns premiere gourmet market where you can feast on organic soups, local cheeses, warm gluhwein, fresh citrus fruits, and organic avocados. Stock up on spices, and winter herbs, wine and fresh winter veggies. The market is open rain or shine.
Don’t forget to ask for sales invoices from the shops. You can still claim back the VAT you paid on items you are taking back home. If the value of the goods you bought exceeds R250, you get 1.5 percent of the VAT deducted.
When in South Africa, never miss to try out the incomparable Cape Town accommodation--quality customer service plus world-class comfort and convenience.