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The Railway House

Main Rd, Cape Town, South Africa

Forgotten Treasures in Kalk Bay

Just south of Cape Town along the Cape Peninsula, Kalk Bay is a picturesque fishing village and offers visitors several antique shops to browse along the main road. You never know what treasures you'll find.

Quagga feels like stepping into the library of someone well-traveled and distinguished. Glass cases hold rare books and vintage maps. If you are the type to freak out around clutter, I dare you to visit What Not and China Town. It's on a side street from Main Road (follow the yellow brick road sign) and is a house full to the brim with what I can only describe as the largest collection of knick knacks I've ever seen. Railway House (pictured here) is similarly cluttered and will draw you in for a good while as you browse the aisles, too.

What catches my eye? Vintage postcards. At R5 to R30 per card, it's a bargain and a fun thing to search for, especially in a destination that took considerable effort to reach at the turn of the century. The ones with writing sometimes share interesting anecdotes from vacations into "deepest, darkest Africa" long ago. For some of the quirkiest souvenirs for your friends and relatives back home, try the shopping for antiques in Kalk Bay.
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