Why Cape Town is a happening shopping site

From elephant art to antelope jerky, the city offers unique–and proudly South African–finds

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Sunday market in Hout Bay, Cape Town

It was June 2016 when I was lucky to get to fly back to South Africa. Cape Town specifically. Being the last stop in our African adventure, Cape Town is blessed with with a Mediterranean climate, this region is also gifted with natural wonders and breathtaking rock formations, such as the 250-million-year-old flat-top Table Mountain, a stunning landmark that one can reach by hiking or through cableway.

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Tabletop mountain view from Robben Island

With an exchange rate of P3 to one South African rand, Cape Town is definitely the place to be for a shopaholic Pinoy.

Shopping for traditional African arts and crafts is a given, but Cape Town also boasts modern and sophisticated products with African and Western influences.

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Youth and tradition. Friendly sales staff at Watershed wearing traditional African prints

Have a field day exploring the newly renovated Watershed. Located at the V&A Waterfront, this shopping hall has 150 stalls offering everything from ceramics and furniture to textiles, fashion and jewelery—all proudly South African. Some of these products (especially pieces for the home) can be seen in upscale design-savvy shops in London, New York and Paris.

The sales staff is friendly, some of them working students stylishly clad in colorful African garb. “You are my first sale,” one told me excitedly and did an elated little African dance after I bought a set of prints.

For more shopping, drop by the Sunday market in Hout Bay, a short drive from the city. An old fish factory turned into a series of eclectic stalls, the market allows you to interact with the locals selling art, crafts, fashion and food. There’s a stall which sells different kinds of jerky—even antelope jerky.

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Model Alaiza Malinao wears chic African prints in modern silhouettes http://www.triphandbags.co.za

Fashion and product photography Maika Anthoni
Styling Luis Carlo San Juan
Makeup and hairstyle Syd Helmsley
Model Alaiza Malinao