Some regard Johannesburg as South Africa’s shopping capital but Cape Town is the supermall of boutique and specialist street-side stores.
Here, our top ten hidden-est Cape Town stores:
1. Shelflife streetwear, Loop Street, stocks top of range, rare designs from Adidas, Nike and Reebok to name a few. Highlights are sick, detailed kicks, artfully putting the “I” back into sneaker desIgn. If hard-to-find items ,from top of range street/sport design houses is your things, also check out a store in Claremont and Kloof Street.
2. The Lot, also Vineyard Sreet, Claremont and Kloof Street, is one of few stores that does unisex and does it well. Current supply sticks to trends of flat peaks in highlighter shades, colourfully saturated skinny jeans, great sunglasses and accessories and a selection of beautiful, bohemian tops and dresses for girls. Next door to The Lot is Poppa Trunk’s. Items also trendy, with more emphasis on edgy – better caters to guys. Both of these stores stock dress-to-be-noticed.
3. Comic book enthusiasts’ paradise is Reader’s Den (hidden away in Stadium on Main, Claremont). These cats supply a mad variety of comic books (and can order anything they don’t have) as well as t-shirts, posters, DVDs, graphics novels and just about any other paraphernalia your fanatic heart desires.
4. For photo fanatics, Exposure Gallery at the Old Biscuit Mill, is an invaluable discovery for professionals, hobbyists or just anyone keen to look around. The staff – so unlike the usual stuck-up store assistants, who snub you for your simple questions. They’re infectiously enthused and will talk you through their unbelievable range –from old fish eye and motion photography, to colour splash cameras that saturate according to chakra, this store feeds and nurtures every digital and celluloid fetish.
5. For lovers of retro, second-hand and collectibles, Mabu Vinyl is the business. A haven for browsing, collections range from the first coloured edition of The Ninja Turtles illustrations, to rare tapes and records.
6. For avid readers, the best bookstore in the mothercity is The Book Lounge – situated on Roeland Street, in the heart of the city. Frequent readings and book launches make this a happening, cosy store to spend a few hours. Really helpful staff, rare books and the warm feel of an august, antiqued study library.
7. Torino Chocolate is situated just between town and Camps Bay. A library of praline shells, rare whisky truffles and slices of homemade, fresh cream, chocolate nougat. The smell alone puts cocoa on your tongue, and you can’t enter without purchasing something.
8. Katie Magoos, Roeland Street, is a country-girl inspired store, with a range of A-line cotton dresses, as well as glamorous and peculiar costume jewelry. A really great place for one-of-a-kind, unusual designs at fairly reasonable prices.
9. Mememe’s name hints at its function – the store is a thorough indulgence for every girl’s retail fantasy. Mememe understands that some girls and girl enough to not need floral dresses and minnie mouse heels. Think Alice and Dorothy-inspired retail - feminine accentuates in every form.
10. Imagenius, just opposite, is a two-tower cavern of jewelry, artworks, ceramics and novelties. From plastic coated parasols, for the Eliza Dolittles of rainy days, to environmentally-friendly high heels and finely-crafted, hand-painted crockery. It can’t be explained, it just has to be tried.