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Top ChoiceShopping Centre in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Watershed

One of the best places to shop for souvenirs in Cape Town, this inventively designed retail market gathers together over 150 tenants representing the cream of Capetonian and South African producers of fashion,...

Top ChoiceMarket in Green Point & ­Waterfront

OZCF Market Day

Produce grown on the Oranjezicht City Farm and other local farms is sold every Saturday here alongside many other edible and souvenir products. It's a great event – one of the best of its kind in Cape Town – with...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Guild

Trevyn and Julian McGowan have made a business out of cherry-picking the cream of the South African design community and promoting it to the world in annual collections. Opened in 2017, this is their permanent...

Top ChoiceMarket in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Bay Harbour Market

This imaginatively designed indoor market at the far end of Hout Bay Harbour is one of Cape Town's best. There’s a good range of stalls selling items from clothes to craftwork, as well as very tempting food and...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Africa Nova

One of the most stylish and desirable collections of tribal and contemporary African textiles, arts and crafts. You’ll find potato-print fabrics made by women in Hout Bay, Ronel Jordaan’s handmade felt rock...

Top ChoiceMarket in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Neighbourgoods Market

This is the artisanal goods markets that kickstarted the craze for similar markets across the Cape – and it's still one of the best. Food and drinks are gathered in the main area where you can pick up groceries...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Southern Suburbs

Montebello Design Centre

This development project has helped several great craftspeople and designers along the way. In the leafy compound, artists' studios are scattered around the central craft shop, where you can buy a range of gifts,...

Top ChoiceShopping Centre in Johannesburg

27 Boxes

27 Boxes

This shipping-crate complex of boutiques, galleries and eateries is well on its way to establishing its Melville street cred. A newly planted park, indigenous nursery, and fun kids' playground add to the allure....

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Johannesburg

Kim Sacks Gallery

Kim Sacks, a renowned ceramicist and ceramics teacher, has assembled an astounding collection of handcrafted pots, baskets, tapestries, rugs, jewellery, and other crafts from all over Africa. This is not a place...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Streetwires

Their motto is ‘anything you can dream up in wire we will build’. And if you visit this social project, designed to create sustainable employment, and see the wire sculptors at work, you’ll see what that means!...

Top ChoiceMarket in Johannesburg

Market on Main

Spilling out of Arts on Main onto Fox St is this buzzy weekly market. You'll find the usual selection of takeaway food stalls downstairs (look out for the one serving delicious cups of Ethiopian coffee or spiced...

Top ChoiceMall in Johannesburg

44 Stanley

44 Stanley

The antithesis of consumer tack, 44 Stanley is a blueprint for future mall development. It’s a warren of lanes around shady courtyards and features an eclectic collection of local designers and speciality...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Kalk Bay Modern

This wonderful gallery is stocked with an eclectic and appealing range of arts and crafts, and there are often exhibitions here by local artists. Check out the Art-I-San collection of printed cloth, based on...

Top ChoiceShopping Centre in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Old Biscuit Mill

This former biscuit factory houses an ace collection of arts, craft, fashion and design shops, as well as places to eat and drink.

Top ChoiceShopping Centre in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Woodstock Exchange

As well as good places to eat and drink, there's a fair amount of original retail at the Exchange, including the boutique Kingdom, which mixes fashion and accessories with interior design, and Ballo, which makes...

Top ChoiceArt in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

AHEM! Art Collective

Shining a light on the graphic art and illustration talents of local artists, as well as importing some great pieces from France and elsewhere, this gallery/cafe/co-working space is at the vanguard of Obs' arty...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Out of this World

Buddha statues meet Nigerian tribal crowns at this interior design emporium piled high with treasures from across Africa and Asia. Here also, in a courtyard garden, is the pleasant Stranger's Club cafe, which is...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Monkeybiz

Colourful beadwork crafts, made by local township women, are Monkeybiz’s super-successful stock in trade – you'll find their products around the world, but the largest selection – in myriad colour combinations –...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Rialheim

Locally sourced clay is used in the Robertson-based factory to make these stylish, mainly monochrome ceramics that range from plates and mugs to decorative items such as dogs and rams' heads. Upstairs check out...

Top ChoiceMarket in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Hout Bay Lions Craft Market

Browsing the stalls at this little village-green market, a fundraiser for the Lions Club of Hout Bay social-upliftment organisation, is a lovely way to while away an hour or so on a Sunday. You’ll find crafts...