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You cannot miss shopping in Cape Town. Its most famous shopping spot for souvenirs especially is the V&A Waterfront. However, not everything you find here is authentic even for the exorbitant prices you pay. Thus, where to shop in Cape Town can be a challenge.
For authentic artifacts, complete with ethnographic and provenance background, you should take a trip to the Church Street but be prepared for the sticker shock. African curios when sold in the open market do not come with a price tag unlike the ones sold at Church Street but are extremely negotiable.
If you are sure of your haggling skills, visit the Green Market. Originally a farmer’s market, it is now city’s best flea market selling a range of crafts, curios and other local art.
Vaughan Johnson’s Wine Shop
Cape Town has more than two thousand vineyards and an equal variety of wines. Because it is much cheaper and more easily available than in overseas, make sure you do not leave with a bottle of the finest wine in the region. Vaughan Johnson’s Wine Shop at the Dock road has a great quality selection of wines at even better prices.
A large South-African liquor chain, Ultra, has several locations around the city the most accessible to the tourists being the Green Point. The wines sold are often even cheaper than the ones sold at farms; stack up a case before you hit the road.
Old Biscuit Mill
The city's first and busiest market is located at the Old Biscuit Mill. The focus of the market is on food and food lovers from all over the city come to the bustling market to pick up strong coffees, sandwiches, micro-brewed beers, among many other delicacies. However, the Old Biscuit Mill is not the bargain centre as it was until a few years ago as it has not just gained popularity but also increased its prices. The prices are still worth it as the quality, variety, and ambiance has let the place stay on the to-do lists of many travelers.
For fashion lovers, Kloof Street running towards the mountain side of the city is a must visit. The street is lined up with a variety of niche stores, though small in size,
filled with wares not just from across the country, but from across the entire continent and even the whole world. The entire streets' boutiques focus on selling fashion goods and designs of a similar sort and hence house some great local designs up on sale. Even if you are not a big fashion buff, the street is worth the visit for its coffee shops, restaurants, and bars for strolling around at night which is a common sight here as many travelers and locals fill the area for late evening and night walks.
Since Cape Town is a large city, and like any large city, it comes with its fair share of malls. Some of the best ones are Bayside Centre, the Blue Route Mall, Longbeach Mall, and Mainstream Centre.
It is a shoppers’ paradise only if you know where to shop in Cape Town.