Shopping in Gay CAPE TOWN 2021

South African design is showcased at its best in Cape Town’s eclectic and bohemian shopping distrcits

Cape Town Shopping

From authentic markets to designer boutiques, Cape Town is a shoppers paradise.

The Victoria and Albert Waterfront

The Victoria and Albert Waterfront is great for shopping and high-end designer labels.

Cape Town’s shopping scene is eclectic, offering a mix of high-end designer boutiques and international labels with sophisticated Afro-Euro deco stores featuring authentic South African artworks and craft pieces that are a long way from your typical tourist fare.

The best shopping areas can be found pocketed across the city centre and reaching as far up as Kloof street, together with the De Waterkant/Green Point districts. Whilst here, make sure you visit Cape Quarter and the Old Biscuit Mill complex at Woodstock. The entire area is spread out just over a 1 mile radius and is quite compact, however don’t be fooled, you can spend at least half a day exploring each of the various quarters.

The Victoria & Albert Waterfront shopping centre is a great area for strolling and dining and international labels. The more authentic local arts are best purchased elsewhere, at a fraction of the cost.

The Glenn Hotel Cape Town

Long Street Shopping

Explore the eclectic shops on Long Street and take in some stunning Dutch inspired architecture.

Bree Sreet

Designer Stores such as Loom on Bree Street have a wide range of men’s apparel and accessories.

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.


The Old Biscuit Mill offers a compact shopping experience with some great hidden gems.


The Old Biscuit Mill has some great food markets every Saturday. Get there early!

If all this walking sounds too much for you, then visit 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.

Cape Quarter

Cape Quarter in the leafy De Waterkant area houses authentic South African designer stores and galleries.


Canal Walk is the largest shopping center in all of Africa and is home to a great Woolworths department store and amazing food court.

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.

Recommended Hotels in CAPE TOWN

Most of the gay bars and clubs in Cape Town are located in the DeWaterkant district, which is right in the heart of Cape Town, close to the popular V&A Waterfront.

Cape Royale Hotel 5 Star

Great location & great service!

The Cape Royale

This luxury 5-star hotel is located in central Green Point, just a 5-minute from the V&A Waterfront. It offers free Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool, gym and spa.

DysArt Boutique 5 Star

Close to the gay district

DysArt Boutique Hotel

Located in Cape Town’s trendy suburb of Green Point, DysArt is a 5-star guest house offering luxurious and stylish accommodation.

The Westin 5 Star

Close to the gay centre.

The Westin Cape Town

The Westin is set at the gateway to the V&A Waterfront and located adjacent to the CTICC. Hotel guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, free access to the Arabella Spa

The Capital Mirage 5 Star

Exploring Cape Town

The Capital Mirage Hotel

Offering a rooftop bar and outdoor pool, The Capital Mirage Hotel is conveniently situated between Cape Town’s city centre and trendy De Waterkant

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