I’m Fatima, if you don’t know me I’m one of the school’s interns from Paris. Fashion is obviously one of the important things in our daily life. And I can easily say that regardless of your style, you will find your happiness in Cape Town. With an abundance of markets, stores, boutiques and shopping centres the city, choosing where to shop in Cape Town can get overwhelming. There are stores selling high designer clothes and others selling vintage ones. There are also stores highlighting young local designers and proudly supporting South African local homegrown fashion. Whatever sort of retail therapy you’re in the mood for, you will certainly have no shortage of places to shop in Cape Town and surrounds!
Old Biscuit Mill
Mostly, when we are on vacation the goal is to find some unique clothes. Clothes that we can’t find in our original country. Cape Town offers so many possibilities to reach that « Graal ». One of them is to walk through markets. Indeed, you will find a lot of small designers such as; neutral gender and environmentally friendly clothes, amazing original African clothes or luxurious pieces. All of them are located in Old Biscuit Mill Market. While looking for the perfect outfit, you can enjoy the food at one of the stands. Visit this gourmet market between 09:00 and 15:00 every Saturday. Arrive early to avoid the rush at this popular market.
375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Another place where fashion designers clothes can be found is at Long Street. MeMeMe is one of the cutest boutiques in Cape Town and a great place to discover local, emerging designers. Not only is it a great place for finding the perfect summer dress, they stock a large range of accessories like shoes, bags, and jewellery, also made by South African designers. Its location on Long Street makes it convenient to most downtown hotel guests and backpackers.
117 Long St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Mungo and Jemima
Still in Long Street, Mungo and Jemima is a simple and elegant store, one of those where your eyes get stuck and make you, by force, enter the store. For girls who want something long lasting, that is built to last for more than one season. Mungo and Jemima offer handmade basics with a twist including dresses, skirts, jewellery and shoes in pastel colours, feminine florals and simple tailoring. Jewellery is just stunning, you will end up buying at least two pairs of earring.
108 Long St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
The Mother City is also a home to some of the biggest fashion stores in the world. Here you’ll find all the big names you’d find in New York – from Louis Vuitton to Versace and Calvin Klein. At a lower level or more affordable level, you’d find TopShop, Zara or H&M. But for those visiting, you can pretend that there’s no real attraction in shopping stores that already exist in your own city. But keep in mind, that clothes’ collections are always tailored to a countries preferences. In that sense, you can still find cool and original pieces in big brand stores.
It seems that the best place for that is V&A Waterfront. Located in the city centre and open every day from 9 am to 9 pm. This shopping mall has everything. You can find your high-end designers in here but also the main high street fashion houses. The wonderful location just adds to the entire shipping experience and you can easily spend a whole day inside without realising it.
V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Canal Walk is the go-to shopping mall in the Western Cape when you are looking for variety from merchandise to meals. All of the major department stores are represented with a few boutique and specialist shops there as well. The mall has canals as the name suggests which are quite scenic. The opening hours are from 9 am to 9 pm every day.
Canal Walk, Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
All the places mentioned above are perfect to find trendy and up-to-date fashion clothes, nevertheless, fashion is all about recycling old fashion clothes and make them trendy again. We all hoped that our mother or father kept that perfect 501 or that vintage leather bag. Well, dreams will become reality if you go shopping in a vintage store. By good luck Cape Town is full of them.
The Second Time Around
The second time around is one of those Ali Baba’s cave. The store opened in 1976 and has been at the exact same location since then. It’s located in Long street but you can also shop through its website.
196 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Afraid of mince
Afraid of mice is by far my favourite. Literally the Vintage clothes heaven. Nothing is left to chance. Afraid of mince is characterized by its sharp clothes selection and its affordability. designers such as; Marc Jacob, Dior, Christian Lacroix, Ralph Lauren can easily be found for a reasonable price. Lovely, trendy and no dust in other words perfect!
Shop 86, Cnr Longmarket St, Long St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Oh So Retro
The last one is very practical, you can find as many second-hand clothes as new clothes. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend in all the different stores above, Oh so retro is a good comprise. From streetwear vintage clothes to velvet bodysuit, you can find everything at Oh So Retro.
Finally, whether fashion is important for you or not. This guide is your map to the discover South African fashion boutiques, which you can find all over Cape Town. Happy hunting!