72 Waterkant St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Photo courtesy of Africa Nova
Africa NovaCape Town for a long time lacked the variety of African handicrafts and art that Johannesburg and cities farther north had in abundance. With more migrants has come an explosion of curios. While the three-floor Pan African Market on Long Street and the vendors on Greenmarket Square have plenty to offer and will negotiate on price, several stores stock a more refined selection. Africa Nova, in the De Waterkant district, is by no means cheap, but its handpicked array of ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and other curios is impeccable. The same goes for Tribal Trends on Long Street, which also has bigger items such as furniture. Several other alternatives worth a visit are Baraka, around the corner from Africa Nova; Artvark Gallery, in Kalk Bay; and Monkeybiz, on Wale Street in the Bo-Kaap, whose beaded artwork has been sold in some of the best shops around the world.