Christmas shopping can be daunting, especially if you haven’t the faintest idea of what to get your relative or friend. Thankfully, Cape Town
has a plethora of unique boutiques and shops that stock a range of fun products, from fashion to furniture. Why not skip the shopping mall queues this year and stop by one of these cool Cape Town boutiques instead.
The Watershed, V&A Waterfront
Situated at the ever-popular V&A Waterfront, The Watershed is the best shopping destination when it comes to local design and craft. The building houses more than 150 tenants representing over 365 African brands. If you’re looking for an unusual gift for your partner or something uniquely African for a friend back home, then The Watershed is definitely the place to go.
17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, +27 21 408 7600
The Watershed, V&A Waterfront © Courtesy of The Watershed
Situated on the Long Street strip, MeMeMe stocks a range of trendy womenswear and accessories from top South African designers, including the award-winning owner herself, Doreen Southwood. Pick and choose from the well-curated selection of chic dresses, classic separates, shoes, jewellery and handbags for yourself or a friend.
MeMeMe, 117 Long St, Cape Town, +27 21 424 0001
MeMeMe © Courtesy of MeMeMe | © MeMeMe
Pan African Market
Set in an old Victorian building, the bustling three-story Pan African Market is one of the best shops in Cape Town for African arts and crafts, clothing and accessories at reasonable prices. Whether you’re looking for a traditional African shirt or a set of wooden animal figurines, you’re bound to find it here.
Pan African Market, 76 Long St, Cape Town, +27 21 426 4478
The Pan-African Market © Shan01/WikiCommons
If you’re looking for something a bit more high-end, stop by Stable, a premium décor boutique on Loop Street. The store offers an eclectic array of furniture, homeware, accessories, lighting and storage solutions from over 100 South African design brands. If you’re unable to visit the store in person, take a look at their online shop which offers both domestic and international shipping.
65 Loop Street, Cape Town, +27 21 426 5922
The Old Biscuit Mill
Besides being a shopping hotspot for local designer homeware, arts and craft, clothing and furniture, The Old Biscuit Mill is a great place to relax and grab a bite to eat at one of the resident delis or restaurants. An additional drawcard is the weekly Neighbourhood Goods Market which features over 100 specialty traders selling everything from artisanal food to clothing.
375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, +27 21 021 447 8194
The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town © Tracy Hunter/Flickr