Cape Town guide - Shopping and restaurants
Cape Town is an affordable shopping destination with a wide variety of goods on offer. From hand-crafted jewelry, beautiful beadwork and traditional African arts and crafts to designer labels, diamonds and precious stones.
Cape Town offers a shopping experience for everyone. Visit one of the shopping malls or experience one of the local flea markets and streetside stalls for gifts, and souvenirs.
Cape Town is home to many upmarket shopping malls most of which include big chain stores and smaller boutiques as well as Restaurants, coffee shops, cinemas, grocery shops and banking facilities. Some malls even offer curios shops. Most malls offer safe pay per hour parking.
The major shopping malls are:
V & A Waterfront – Waterfront
Gardens Shopping Centre – Gardens, Cape Town
Cavendish Square – Claremont, Southern Suburbs
Constantia Village – Constantia, Southern Suburbs
Canal Walk – N1, outside city centre
Most shopping centres are open for shopping 7 days a week and at least from 9am – 5pm evening
Markets & Unique Shopping Experiences
A visit to one of Cape Towns markets is a great way to pick-up a wide variety of gifts and souveniers. The cobble-stoned Greenmarket Square in the centre of town is a vibrant craft market where you will experience the pulse of Cape Town.
The Red Shed Craft Workshop and the Waterfront Craft Market - both at the Waterfront - are indoor markets open 7-days a week. Clothing, jewellery and an array of crafts and artwork are available.
Sunday is the time to head to the Greenpoint Market in the parking area of Greenpoint stadium. The market is a flea-market and craft-market combined with goods from CD's and sunglasses to African art and beads on sale.
Wining & Dining
Wine and food are essential aspects of life at the Cape because to begin with, we’ve got world class, award-wining restaurants.
Cape Town is home to a wide variety of excellent restaurants presenting a range of cuisine from fresh Mediterranean flavours to exotic Asian spices, local Malay dishes to traditional African meals. Restaurants in Cape Town are generally well priced and are often run by top internationally trained chefs. In addition you’ll generally find excellent wine lists offering a wide selection of top local wines and more often than not the location itself will offer superb views and a memorable ambience.
Here is a list of some of our favourite Restaurants in and around Cape Town:
HQ – best steak and salad in the world
+27 21-424 6373
Cape Quarter, 100 Shortmarket Street, CPT
Café Paradiso – for ambience and vibe
+27 21-423 8653
110 Kloof Street, CPT
Il Leone – Excellent authentic Italian food
+27 21-421 0071,
22 Coburn Street, CPT
Keenwa – Eat Peruvian and feel Peruvian
+27 21-419 2633 50
Waterkant Street, CPT
Bukhara Restaurant – Authentic Curry Restaurant
+27 21-424 0000
Shortmarket Street, City Bowl
Baia Seafood - outstanding, fresh seafood
+27 21-421 0935
V & Waterfront, CPT
Salt – best views in Cape Town
+27 21-439 6170
The Ambassador hotel, Bantry Bay, CPT
Beluga – classic restaurant with great meat and wine selection
+27 21-418 2948
Uitsig and La Colombe at Constantia Uitsig – both award wining (go to www.constantia-uitsig.com to find out more)
Links to other highly recommended restaurants: