• Greenmarket Square

    Crammed with wares from all Africa, this is surely the place to buy gifts and mementoes. It would be hard to count how many vendors there are selling here on the cobbles – but no prizes for guessing that a large proportion are women. Women from all over the continent  – DRC, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria who’ve come to the Cape to make not just a living, but a home. There isn’t a woman here who doesn’t have a story to tell, a journey to share, and almost certainly a treasure you’ll want to take home with you.

  • The Philani Centre 

    Give something back to the community by visiting the Philani Development Centre, part of an organisation that uplifts and supports the poorest people. You can see the school and craft workshops, and pick up some feel-good souvenirs of your day in their shops. Visit as an individual or as part of a tour. The patron of the project is Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

  • Long Street

    This is one of the best streets in Cape Town to wander down – there are some great boutiques showcasing the work of hip young designers, as well as some of the most popular restaurants and nightspots in the city. Check out the dealers in the Long Street Antique Arcade or pick up some African artefacts at the Pan African Market. Just off Long Street is the Church Street Antique Market where you just might find the missing spoon from Granny’s cutlery set.