Shopping in Gay CAPE TOWN
South African design is showcased at its best in Cape Town’s eclectic and bohemian shopping distrcits
The city centre houses some of Cape Town’s quirkier stores from boutiques offering hand made garments to high end art galleries featuring contemporary African art pieces. Head for Long Street with its numerous cafes and restaurants and take in its stunning dutch-style art deco shopfronts. Take a turn off at Bree street and check out the high-end designer brands such as Paul Smith.
Greenmarket Square offers lots of African curious. Take time to browse and negotiate the best price. The nearby Pan African market offers more variety and better deals. Those looking for more authentic antiques and trinkets should detour down Church street and roam its cobbled walkway. Pass long street and head up to Kloof where you will find young fashion designers and trendy boutiques.
If all this walking sounds too much for you, then visit The Biscuit Mill in Woodstock a compact pedestrianised zone that is easy to find your way around and offers some quicky pieces and ceramics. Foodies should check out the Food Market held here every Saturday featuring the best food in the country. Think delicious breads, superb cheeses, meats, tarts, pies and more, all available to sample. It gets busy, so head there early.
De Waterkant is the heart of Cape Town’s gay district and is more gentrified than Long Street. It has two squares, lots of cafes hidden among its cobbled streets and is home to Cape Quarter which features local design stores and a truly authentic shopping experience.
And last but not least, for those who really want to explore a shopping mall, head to Canal Walk, one of the largest shopping centers in South Africa. Make sure you visit Wollworths, (no relation to the Iconic American Brand) which has some great clothing options and a nice food hall.
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