Cape Town Markets
Cape Town is famous for its friendly faces, brilliant beaches, magnificent mountains and the V&A Waterfront with its stunning waterfront apartments and marina apartments. But a visit to the Mother City would not be complete without experiencing at least one Cape Town market.
No matter where you’re staying during your visit to Cape Town, you’re certain to find a market just around the corner.
Top 5 Cape Town markets
Green Market Square
Green Market Square is the oldest and most popular market in Cape Town and is situated in Cape Town’s city centre. It has a lively atmosphere and is surrounded by cafés and restaurants. Amongst the goods on offer are a variety of African curios, drums, candles, clothing and specialty stands.
Green Point Market
This craft market is situated in the car park outside Green Point Stadium. What sets Green Point market apart from the others is the live entertainment performed by various street artists. A note of caution: it has temporarily moved to the Chinese Embassy parking lot until after the FIFA 2010 World Cup.
Kirstenbosch Gardens Craft Market
While Kirstenbosch Gardens is renowned for its beautiful flowers and scenery, its craft market, located in the cottages diagonally opposite the main entrance, is growing in popularity. In addition to the gifts, curios, clothing, homeware and food sold, children can enjoy pony rides whilst their parents browse. This makes it a fun day out for the entire family.
Hout Bay Market
Hout Bay market is the perfect destination for your Sunday afternoon drive. Although not the largest of markets, it offers a diversity of goods that range from pottery and wire crafts to painted ostrich eggs and wooden sculptures. An added bonus is that it’s situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Cape Town and is only a walk away from the beach, restaurants and ice cream shops.
One of the largest of the top five Cape Town markets, the Muizenberg fleamarket is held every Sunday and on public holidays at Sunrise Circle. At this busy outdoor market, you’ll find everything you need and some items you’ll never need! Nevertheless, its buzzing environment makes it worth the visit. This is one city most decidedly filled with cultural diversity that is reflected in its markets. Perhaps this is what sets Cape Town markets apart from the rest of the world.
Cape Town Shopping
With an exchange rate that continues to favour the international visitor, Cape Town shopping is clearly right up there on the ‘to do’ list of the vast majority of tourists. Fortunately, the Mother City has a host of shopping malls, craft markets and even a dedicated antique route that is one of the best kept secrets of this iconic South African city.
Shopping in Cape Town couldn’t be easier for the intrepid traveller with the vast majority of shops accepting international credit cards and traveller’s cheques.
Foreign exchange outlets and banks can be found at most of the busy shopping centres and malls, but if you can’t access one of these then make for an ATM machine where you can draw cash with your international bank or credit card.
The V&A Waterfront is the preferred destination of serious shoppers and is by far the busiest. Not only are there two shopping malls but it boasts the largest indoor craft market in Southern Africa, the internationally renowned Red Shed. Here visitors are assured of picking up authentic African curios at reasonable prices.
The V&A is also home to some of the most exclusive marine accommodation in Cape Town, with waterfront apartments competing with mountain facing villas that enjoy sweeping views of Africa’s most recognised landmark, the awesomely powerful Table Mountain.
Top flight clothing boutiques, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants abound and there is plenty of parking both outside and underground.
The ultra-trendy Cavendish Square is situated in the heart of Claremont and has recently been given a sumptuous face lift. It was an instant hit with the younger generation when it first opened its doors and continues to attract the young-chic as the shops and boutiques reflect this youthful exuberance.
The stylish Square consists of three different levels dedicated to restaurants, cinemas and boutiques – whatever your needs, Cavendish Square can meet them.
Said to be the largest shopping mall in Africa, Canal Walk at Century City opened its doors in 2000. There are in the region of 400 stores in this enormous shopping Mecca but it is arguably only for the young and fit as it takes quite a bit of time and energy to get around the complex.
It is definitely geared up for kids, with an innovative Science Centre and the Boogaloos Skate Park specifically designed to keep the younger set busy.
Kalk Bay & surrounds
The area along the False Bay coast from Kalk Bay to Simon’s Town is a treasure trove of antique and bric-a-brac shops where collectibles range from Africana books to hand-crafted jewellery to wonderful bits of ancient porcelain. It is one of jealously guarded secrets of this Tavern of the Seas but Cape Town shopping would not be complete without it.
Cape Town Night Life
Cape Town is unique to Africa in that it embraces a cosmopolitan lifestyle and the entertainment on offer reflects this sophisticated appetite. Clubs, restaurants and theatres flourish throughout the city and surrounds – Cape Town night life rivals some of the best in the world today.
Trendy nightclubs with every musical genre under the sun open their doors at about 9pm most evenings and keep the crowds rocking until the early morning hours. The fabled Long Street in the city centre is one of the epicentres of the club culture and so too is the Waterkant area that borders the CBD and nearby Green Point.
Gay clubs and pubs also have their chosen area and Somerset Road in Green Point is the focal point of the best, though often rather raunchy, gay offerings. The celebrated ‘On Broadway’ Theatre is a highlight of a sojourn to this neck of the woods and features a drag duo, Keiron Legacy and Lilly Slaptsilli, who easily match the very best international drag productions.
Further along Somerset Road in Greenpoint is a small yet ultra lively combination of Salsa clubs, sports bars and chic restaurants that fill to capacity over the long summer season. Virtually adjacent to this hive of activity is one of the entrances to the big daddy of the city’s malls, the V&A Waterfront.
Cape Town Golf Courses
Cape Town has been tipped as one of the most beautiful cities in the world but the metropolis that literally nestles within a national park doesn’t have to rely on good looks alone, she has an added lure, enticing thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe to her verdant limits each year – the challenging golf courses spread throughout the Peninsula.
Cape Town is a fine blend of sparkling oceans and rugged mountain vistas and because of her natural versatility she offers golf courses that can be viewed as purely parkland and others that could well be adjudged as links courses because of their close proximity to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. We take a brief look at three golf courses that have very different attractions and playing conditions, none of which are very far from our Cape Town luxury apartments.
Atlantic Beach – Prime Links Course with Views to Die For
As the name suggests, the course has been adeptly laid out within shouting distance of the icy Atlantic on the West coast, making it one of the true links courses in the country. When the notorious South Easter wind is at its best…or worst…the course is more than challenging. But the magnificent views of Table Mountain in all her glory, and the scents and hues of the indigenous fynbos that is the rough are just some of the wonderful natural attributes the course offers.
This championship course is situated in the shadow of Devil’s Peak and has hosted a number of international tournaments over the years. It boasts lush, green fairways dotted with indigenous trees and the occasional lofty Pine, but what makes it one of the more popular venues in Cape Town is it’s close proximity to the CBD and our luxury Waterfront apartments, a mere 10 minutes by car.
Steenberg Golf Estate – Too many Bogeys? Head for the Wine Cellar instead
Steenberg is situated slap bang in the middle of the Constantia wine route and the course is laid out between the Estate’s Vineyards and commercial pine forests that fringe the base of the stunning Constantiaberg – the rear end of the Table mountain chain. If bogeys are the order of the day, cast the clubs aside and head for the gracious on-site hotel and a tipple or two of ice cold local libation!
The Full Monty
If none of these courses catch your fancy, we have listed the prime clubs in the vicinity of the city, not far from our Cape Town luxury apartments, for your convenience, so go online and pick a belter: