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Photos of various carnivals and festivals in the vicinity of Cape Town

 Shopping in Cape Town   AND VICINITY, SOUTH AFRICA

Whether you want to wind down after a hectic day of activities and exploring or just looking for souvenirs on a rainy day, Cape Town offers an exciting variety of malls, foodie markets, craft outlets and more.


Malls and Galleries

South African shoppers and retailers strongly favour shopping malls over downtown/high street shopping districts. Central Business Districts (CBDs) have progressively experienced urban decay and a rise in crime in recent years, so malls provide increased safety and of course a high degree of convenience. It is not surprising therefore that Cape Town is a shopper's paradise for the lover of large and modern malls that rank among the best in the world!

Victoria Wharf: V&A Waterfront
Canal Walk: Century City, Cape Town

Arts and Crafts

The Red Shed Craft Workshop: V&A Waterfront
The Waterfront Craft Market: V&A Waterfront

Food Markets

V&A Market on the Wharf: V&A Waterfront


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Victoria Wharf | SHOPPING MALL

Victoria Wharf is located on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town.

The Victoria Wharf is a large upmarket shopping mall. Many of the shops and restaurants in the vicinity are housed in buildings that were originally harbour warehouses.

Shopping - V&A Waterfront

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The Victoria Wharf waterside mall is literally a one stop shopping extravaganza for any visitor. The mall hosts a large share of the V&A's 450 retail outlets and is the place to go for fashion, jewellery, leather goods, curios, audiovisual equipment, restaurants, entertainment and more.

Mall stores carry both local and international brands, catering to all tastes and budgets.

The Barrow Court:
Look out for the barrows dotted around Victoria Wharf. Each shares a love and talent for a particular product. The barrows add their own unique shopping experience to visitors of the Wharf.

Trading hours:
The Victoria Wharf is open from 9am to 9pm daily.

The V&A Waterfront:
A variety of accommodation options within and close to Cape Town's Waterfront are within walking distance of the V&A's shopping, dining and entertainment attractions. Otherwise, the waterfront provides ample paid parking and a regular MyCiTi bus service operates between Cape Town's Civic Center and the V&A. There is also the Hop-On Hop-Off red open-top bus that provides a fun way to and from the Waterfront for many visitors to Cape Town.

Within the V&A Waterfront, there are also office buildings, 10 hotels in the harbor area, an apartment marina, 2 craft markets, a fresh food market, a barrow court (inside Victoria Wharf), a wellness center, the Two Oceans Aquarium and an Imax theatre. For foodies, there are a number of excellent restaurants on the Waterfront. One area not be missed is the Victoria and Alfred Market on the Wharf.

Cape Town, V&A Waterfront

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The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is widely acknowledged to be Cape Town's premier shopping and tourist destination and is a well known entertainment hotspot.

The Waterfront offers high-end shopping, excellent restaurants, winery, supermarkets, delicatessens, museums, cinema and amphitheatre featuring music concerts, drama and dance performances.

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The Red Shed is located on the V&A Waterfront.

The Workshop adjoins the Victoria Wharf. Here, shoppers can find an assortment of handmade jewellery, art, textiles, décor, fashion accessories and rural crafts, including ceramics and textiles. Look out for the items made by self-help township groups. Visitors can watch expert craftsmen at work. This is a large craft market, offering a great deal of variety for souvenir hunters!

The Red Shed Craft Workshop

The Red Shed Craft Workshop, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Trading hours:
The Red Shed shopping hours are:
Monday to Saturaday: 9am to 9pm daily (excluding public holidays)
Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 9pm.

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The Waterfront Craft Market | CRAFTs and WELLNESS PRODUCTS

The market is located on Dock Road next to the Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront.

Shop for organic crystals and other holistic lifestyle products, ceramics, antiquities, traditional handcrafts such as bead work by Ndebele women, African wire art, traditional African clothing, batiq art, Cape landscape art, ebony wood carvings, traditional zulu sculptures, gemstone polishing and many other original design items.

The Waterfront Craft Market is another top spot to browse and shop, offering a great selection for souvenir hunters!

Trading hours:
Victoria and Alfred Craft Market and Wellness Center opens at 9:30am and closes at 6pm.
Contact: V&A Craft Market and Wellness Centre Information Desk: Tel: +27 (0)21 408 7840.

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V&A Market on the Wharf | FRESH FOOD MARKET

This indoor market is located next to Nobel Square, between the Victoria and Alfred Hotel and the Waterfront Craft Market. See Market on the Wharf website and map.

V&A Market on the WharfDescription:
This is a market for foodies to explore. Facilities include a demo kitchen, available for corporate or promotional events, kids' parties, etc. Vendors' taste sensations include handcraft food such as cheeses, organic produce, a fresh produce market, Indian curries, Cape Malay spices, Thai and Taiwanese foods, fresh juice bar and many more.

Photos by V&A Market on the Wharf

Trading hours:
The Market will be trading 7 days a week from end of October 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

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The mall is a 10 minute drive east along the N1 from Cape Town city center, located at Century City next to Ratanga Junction Theme Park.

Canal Walk Shopping Mall, Cape TownCanal Walk is a large modern and stylish shopping mall. When construction was completed in 2000, it was the largest mall in Africa at the time. There are currently 400 retail outlets and services within the mall, including lifestyle, designer fashion, jewellery, banking services, over 30 restaurants (including a food court), coffee shops and entertainment that includes 17 Nu Metro cinemas.

One of the exciting attractions at the mall is the Afri-Bizarre which features work and talent of local craftsmen and artists.

Canal Walk also accommodates a sought-after office campus that has attracted large companies such as Liberty Life and Discovery. The mall is part of the Century City development complex, which also incorporates a residential development, theme park and protected wetland reserve.

Canal Walk 2013 Showreel

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The Canal Walk Shopping Centre 2013 Showreel.

Trading hours for Canal Walk:
Daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Cape Town Attractions

| Highlights of Cape Town | Bo-Kaap | Cape Town and Peninsula Beaches |
| Camps Bay | Clifton Beaches | Cape Peninsula Attractions | Castle of Good Hope |
| Groot Constantia Wine Estate | Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens |Robben Island |
| Table Mountain | V&A Waterfront | Winelands and Wine Routes |

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