Cape Town Shopping
For Capetonians wanting to live in the city, Gardens is a sought-after address (one shared by the five-star Mount Nelson Hotel). It's a leafy neighborhood close to the buzz of the city center, and home to a great mix of trendy bars, shops, and restaurants—most of them lining Kloof Street. A leisurely stroll here will introduce you to antiques and vintage boutiques, as well fine food and wine shops. Melissa's Food Shop is where locals lunch, and Heartworks across the streets sells southern African crafts. Look out for Magda van der Vloed's handbags and wire brooches, as well as embroidered teddy bears made by a women's collective. If you're seeking great finds for the home, step into Lim for cutting-edge local design, including weathered wood sculptures, crocheted mohair, and leather ottomans. Continue down Kloof Street and you'll eventually hit Long Street, which is crowded with bars, clubs, and restaurants as well as book, music, and fashion stores.
Green Point is a trendy neighborhood on the slopes of Signal Hill, overlooking the V&A Waterfront. The locals here like to see and be seen, and you'll find plenty of delis, cafés, bars, and restaurants. An easily walkable area and a good place to explore is De Waterkant, a neighborhood within Green Point made up of narrow, often cobbled streets lined with terraced houses dating back to the 1700s. If you visit only one shop in De Waterkant, it should be Africa Nova, for contemporary arts and crafts. The shop is a riot of patterns and colors, with quirky ceramics, pink chairs made out of recycled plastic, and delicate silverwork by Nic Bladen. Hungry for a snack? La Petite Tarte is a snug French patisserie that serves divine tarts and quiches.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is an enormous pedestrian mall on the water, with wonderful views of Table Mountain. It's a tourist favorite, with boat trips around the harbor and lots of designer stores and outdoor cafés. Stop at Cape Union Mart for outdoor gear like hats and windbreakers and the Carrol Boyes Shop for pewter cutlery and accessories.
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