There’s no doubt you’ll have a great time in the Mother City.

But with so many stunning attractions to visit, before you know it your time will run out and leave you with less time to shop for special souvenirs in Cape Town for your friends back home.

Here are the top places to buy souvenirs in Cape Town and return home with a little bit of the city.

Where to Buy Souvenirs in Cape Town

V&A Waterfront

A popular tourist destination, at the V&A Waterfront one can find many activities. These activities include helicopter rides around the city, sunset cruises, and big wheel rides and many retail stores to shop from.  For amazing souvenirs, arts and crafts, be sure to browse around inside and outside the mall. Even street performers can be seen performing close to the harbour.

V&A Waterfront for souvenirs in Cape Town
V&A Waterfront for souvenirs in Cape Town

Green Market Square

Right in the centre of the city, the Green Market Square has many local vendors and artists showcasing a variety of arts and crafts. The souvenirs you’ll find at the market are slightly cheaper than what you would find at the V&A Waterfront, and it’s guaranteed that the goods aren’t imported but in fact hand-made locally. Here you’ll be surrounded by beautiful buildings dating back to the early 1900’s along with lively café’s and restaurants.

Long Street

While Long Street is well known for being one of the popular spots for nightlife activities in the CBD, it also has many local stores selling crafts and clothing unique to South Africa. It’s a great walk, as you’ll get to see people of diverse cultures passing you by and the famous Table Mountain in the background as you hop from store to store.

Cape Town International Airport

If by chance you happen to have time before your flight, be sure to browse through the many stores inside the airport. You’ll find all sorts of souvenirs. Popular souvenirs to purchase include African woodcarvings and wire art.

Hout Bay Harbour

Hout Bay Harbour is a spectacular tourist attraction in Cape Town, where tourists and locals get to jet off on boat rides to Seal Island and dine at fantastic fisheries. What’s more, you’ll find local craftsmen displaying beautiful beadwork, woodcarvings and more. If that’s not enough for you, in close proximity the Bay Harbour Market is a beautiful place to find unique souvenirs for family and friends back home.

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