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Cape Town Shopping and Sight Seeing

Cape Town
Shopping and Sight Seeing

Old slats used to make shabby chic frames sold at The Old Biscuit Mill


There are plenty of malls with international stores in Cape Town but there are also a few niche areas filled with small independent fashion and interiors boutiques. Here’s TheStyleTraveller edit of the best places to shop in Cape Town.
The Old Biscuit Mill
As the name suggests this regenerated creative hub filled with artists work spaces, studios, shops and eateries was once…you guessed it, a biscuit mill. Head here on saturdays for Neighbourgoods Market, a veritable feast of world cuisines are on offer at the stalls. It’s a foodies paradise.
Calf skin bags at The Old Biscuit Mill
Just up the road from The Old Biscuit Mill, The Woodstock Exchange is another urban renewal project in the Upper Eastside, filled with quirky boutiques and design companies.
Colourful graffiti back drops at Kirsten Goss Jewellery Boutique
Hyped as Cape Town’s coolest street, Bree Street is filled quaint colourful buildings housing boutique stores and businesses. Start the morning at the top end of the street and visit beautiful jewellery boutique Kirsten Goss. Wander down the street stopping off at kooky interiors store Skinny Laminx. Stop for coffee at House of Machines or have a delicious deli style lunch at Clarke’s.

Merchants on Long
South Africa first concept store purveying home grown African designed and made clothing, accessories and interiors. This is the exclusive stockist for many interesting up and coming African labels so it’s definitely worth checking out. Once you’re shopped out, nip across the road to trendy Merchants Shabeen for a quick cocktail.

Cape Town – Sight Seeing
Don’t leave Cape Town without taking in the view from the top of Table Mountain, but apart from the usual tourist sites there’s so much more to do in this beautiful city. 

Wine Tasting
I went to Groot Constantia which is the oldest wine farm in South Africa. Make an afternoon of it, take a walk around the stunning grounds, do a wine tasting and stay for lunch or dinner.

If you have more time in Cape Town I would highly recommend driving out to Franschhoek for a wine tasting experience. There are younger vineyards here and the wines at some of the newer houses are exceptional. Two of the best vineyards that TheStyleTraveller recommends are Babylonstoren and Leopard’s Leap.

Modern architecture at Leopard’s Leap Vineyard
If you have time during your trip it’s well worth a visit to Table Mountain National Park, specifically Boulders Bay to see the African penguin colony. Yes, African penguins! They’re sooo cute!

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