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A Shopaholic’s Guide to Cape Town CBD

Cape Town has a wealth of shopping centres spread across its sprawling suburbs and districts… but it also offers a fine selection of boutiques and markets for those in need of some CBD-based retail therapy.

1 – Peruse the vibrant and busy Greenmarket Square

One of the best places to do city shopping, whether it’s for gifts or redecorating your family home, is Greenmarket Square. This market area could even be considered the pulsing heart of CBD shopping.

Browse its stalls for a variety of fabrics, prints, paintings, outfits, sculptures, jewellery and beadwork and embark on an African adventure in the heart of the Mother City.

For more information, visit Greenmarket Square at Burg Street & Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town.

2 – Browse the dynamic Watershed at V&A Waterfront

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With over 150 tenants and 365 brands, this impressive shopping warehouse offers a wonderful selection of African wares, beauty products, toys, homeware, textiles and locally made fashion items too. It’s your one-stop Destination Design, conveniently located near the Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront itself.

For more information on The Watershed, contact the V&A Waterfront Information Centre on: (021) 408 7600 or visit it at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.


3 – Be inspired by Chandler House

This small design shop and studio, the brainchild of innovative and talented SA designer, Michael Chandler, is located in an 18th century Cape Georgian building. The building contains both the Voorkamer Gallery and the shop proper.

At the Voorkamer Gallery, one can enjoy monthly exhibits, while the shop provides locally produced homeware, antiques, textiles, a vast art selection and artisanal gifts for purchase and perusal.

For more information on Chandler House, call them on (021) 4244 810 or visit them at 53 Church Street, Cape Town.


4 – Shop till you drop with Mungo & Jemima

Shopaholic’s Guide to Cape Town CBD

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Aimed at shoppers (of all ages), who seek clothing with its own ‘voice’, Mungo & Jemima is the brainchild of Coppelia’s Kristy Bannerman and GOOD Clothing’s Marian Park-Ross.

Together, the pair wanted to create a space for local designers to showcase their wares and so, in 2008, Mungo & Jemima was born.

Though the flagship store will most likely call Long Street home, they’ve now opened another branch at the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed, and additionally offer an online shop for more remote buyers.

Discover clothing and accessory items from GOOD Clothing, Coppelia, Selfi, Margot Molyneux and I Love Leroy, as well as Famke, Laloo and Pichulik to name just a few.

For more information on Mungo & Jemima, call them on (021) 424 5016, or visit their stores at either 108 Long Street and at Shop B1 & 2 at The Watershed, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.


5 – Transform your home or office space with Skinny laMinx

Skinny laMinx is a Cape Town-based design company, which favours “mid-century style, Scandi-inspired, Japanese crazed pattern and colour”, with some African chic thrown in to top it all off.

They offer fabrics and homeware, ideal for brightening and/or tastefully transforming your home and office space.

For more information on Skinny laMinx, see their website at: or find them at 201 Bree Street, Cape Town.

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6 – Get a little possessive with Mememe

This popular boutique/emporium offers South African, ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories.

Started in 2001 by the award-winning sculptor and fashion designer, Doreen Southwood, Mememe came about after Southwood identified the need for an accessible and independent fashion emporium for local designers.

Now with a Johannesburg branch as well, Mememe offers curated collections by leading SA designers and expressive, individualistic garments to take home and love… just for you.

For more information on Mememe, contact them on: (021) 424 0001, or visit their Cape Town shop at 117A Long Street, Cape Town.

Other great shopping spots in the CBD include Imagenius and the Pan African Market – and if you’re keen on branching a little further field from the city centre, try the Old Biscuit Mill.

Whichever you pick, know that Cape Town CBD has a lot to offer those true shopaholics among us.