Cape Town Shopping Guide

Cape Town is well-renowned for its paradisiacal surroundings, characterised by impressive mountains and white sandy beaches adjacent to azure waters which echo the hues of the setting sun at dusk. But beyond the city 's natural beauty, Cape Town is also a shopper 's paradise.

For the international traveller, shopping in Cape Town is comparatively inexpensive due to the favourable exchange rate, with locally produced items, like jewellery, being particularly inexpensive.

Many of South Africa 's most talented goldsmith 's and jewellery designers have made Cape Town their home and shopping for their sought after creations will delight those in the market for exclusive pieces. Textiles and clothing in Cape Town are also well priced, in particular luxury items like leather goods. The same applies to art works, antiques, books and award winning wines.

In Cape Town there are shops for every taste and budget from markets and quirky shopping arcades to upmarket shopping malls and exclusive boutiques.

Designer heaven at the V&A Waterfront

For the most exclusive designer shops, there really is only one place to go - the V&A Waterfront. The V&A is Cape Town 's most visited tourist attraction and has become Cape Town 's shopping Mecca.

At the end of 2007, a new fashion wing was opened with a range of famous designer brands setting up shop in Cape Town. If you 're looking for designer labels, you 'll find them here, including Max Mara, Gucci, Versace, Guess, Louis Vuitton and many more.

The Waterfront offers over 250 shops from designer boutiques to craft stalls, a host of restaurants and coffee shops and plenty of other activities, including entertainment for children.

Chic shopping in Constantia

Constantia Village Shopping Centre is home to art galleries, antique dealers, chic fashion boutiques, glittering jewellers, lifestyle and interior décor emporiums, e-stores, adventure dealers, fresh food halls, beauty salons as well as a row of cosmopolitan restaurants offering a tempting selection of African, Oriental and European fare.

We 've all been told that home is where the heart is. At Constantia Village Shopping Centre you can source all the décor your heart desires from the latest modern pieces to antiques, linens, African inspired designs and paintings.

Stylish Boutiques in Cape Town 's newest shopping enclave

The Cape Quarter is Cape Town 's best kept secret. Home décor, art and artefacts, fashion, beauty, health and lifestyle related stores are all delivered here among distinctive Cape Malay architecture.

This is where people are drawn together, attracted by the authentic ambience of charming restaurants and a thrilling shopping experience. The Cape Quarter 's central piazza and ingenious use of space, as well as its mix of contemporary and authentic design has commendably preserved Cape Town 's historical heritage for stylish modern usage.