The Best Shops in Cape Town
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
With Cape Town's reputation as a design hub, the city is full of happening outlets carrying clothes, housewares, jewelry, and furniture conceived and created by local makers. Support this exciting design community by browsing and buying from these Cape Town boutiques, malls, and markets.
72 Waterkant St, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cape 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...
78 Hout St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Started by a British master weaver almost 20 years ago, Mungo weaves a wide range of quality linens, throws, blankets, bedding, towels, and apparel, which are sold internationally. The company says that ethical trading and integrity underpin its...
201 Bree St & Buiten Street, CBD, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Skinny laMinx on Bree Street is part showroom and part studio for South African textile designer Heather Moore. It's a tiny space, which makes conversation with the friendly staff inevitable. Skinny patterns are bold and whimsical so items made...
19 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
One of the best coffee shops in the city, the Haas “Collective” (haas means "rabbit" in Afrikaans) has grown organically over the years to include not only coffee, but also design, art, and advertising. Formerly located in an old slave...
4A, Dorsetshire St, Daarden Eiland, Cape Town, 7405, South Africa
Followers and admirers of talented Cape Town based ceramicist, Mervyn Gers, whose unique and beautiful dinnerware graces many private homes, discerning restaurants and other properties, will be delighted at the opening in central Cape Town of a...
21 De Lorentz St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
A walk up the very steep Kloof Nek Road will land you at the textile and plant showroom Handmade by Me + Windowsill. Your reward: A bright studio filled with locally made interior goods (wallpaper, cushion covers) and plants in funky...
B102, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Woodstock is the creative heart of Cape Town, filled with galleries, studios, street art, and artsy types galore. The Woodstock Exchange is a hub for the design set, home to a rotating legion of furniture shops, coffee shops, and furniture shops...
1d, 364 Voortrekker Rd, Maitland, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
"Ubuntu" is a Xhosa and Zulu word for conveying how, when we support one another as a part of a community, everyone in that community can accomplish great things. Ubuntu Bicycles, located in Salt River, is a bespoke bicycle shop combining the...
1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
Among the several art galleries along Main Road in Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay Modern displays a variety of art, jewelry, fabric, photography, and pottery from several different African countries, as well as an exciting collection of the works of South...
V & A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
For years, the large warehouse next to the Two Oceans Aquarium was a dimly lit place where local craftsmen hawked traditional African curios. Many of these items were duplicates of items already found in Greenmarket Square, or worse, were made in...
117 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
MeMeMe is one of the cutest boutiques in Cape Town and a great place to discover local, emerging designers. Not only is it a great place for finding the perfect summer dress, they stock a decent range of accessories like shoes, bags, and jewelry,...
160 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
"Karin Rae Matthee's jewelry line Dear Rae is often a simple play on basic geometric shapes. Her delicate rings and necklaces went on display at local markets like the weekly Neighbourgoods Market and drew attention. She next exhibited at Design...
A102, The Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Imiso Ceramics studio and gallery is located in the Old Biscuit Mill. Founding artists Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane are known for producing high-end interior ceramic art for both domestic and international clientele. This a great studio for...
6 Stowe St, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
As you look at the chair, the vintage country-style fabrics will initially catch your eye, but it's the suitcase frame that will make you do a double take. To Katie Thompson, the fit between old and new only seems natural. A graduate of the Design...
66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
In 2009, Caleb Pedersen made a backpack. He wore it around town while riding his bicycle to and from work, hanging out with friends, etc. Little did he know, his bag's exposure would lead to other people asking, "Where'd you get that bag?" So, he...
Burg St & Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
This little market is full of treasures (and a few tourist souvenirs). What you get to experience here is everyone's trade and how these crafts help support their family and village. Lots of things to buy...and they're willing to bargain.
373 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
Abode's clean, bright interior is filled with a wonderland of craft and design pieces—made by local designers across the country—that range from quirky to whimsical. Find lamps and mirrors made from up-cycled construction materials, housewares for...
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