Shopaholics will be happy to hear that South Africa’s Mother City is home to dozens of shopping centers where you can find everything from designer clothes and gadgets to household items and gifts for your loved ones. The high season for shopping runs from November to January and many shopping malls in Cape Town offer premium discounts during this time of year. From shopping centers that house luxury boutiques and offer an abundance of entertainment options to malls that attract South Africa’s major retailers; check out our round-up of the best shopping malls in Cape Town.
1 Canal Walk
One of the biggest shopping malls in Cape Town and the third largest mall on the continent, Canal Walk is home to over 400 stores, boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment options. Expect to find a number of high-street clothing stores, electric stores, bookshops, cinemas, and coffee shops, as well as holiday activities and regular events for children. Plenty of parking spots are available for visitors and there are several parking bays for senior citizens and visitors with small children.
2 Somerset Mall
Offering around 4,000 outdoor parking bays and 640 undercover parking spots, Somerset Mall boasts a variety of stores and high-end boutiques. Valet service is available and there several baby-changing rooms on-site. Thanks to its central location, Somerset Mall is easily reachable from suburban areas including Strand, Somerset West, and Stellenbosch.
3 V&A Waterfront
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront boasts over 450 retail outlets where you will find everything from audio equipment and craft markets to fashion to entertainment centers and home-ware. It is definitely the most popular shopping destination in the city for tourists and offers plenty of sightseeing and entertainment options including sunset cruises, 2 Ocean Aquarium, and the Ferris Wheel. In case you get hungry, there are over 80 restaurants in the area where you can try international cuisine and local specialties.
4 Bayside Mall
Located just a short walk from the beach, Bayside Mall is home to most of South Africa’s major retailers and features dozens of coffee shops and eateries. There is even an on-site Ster Kinekor cinema complex with 8 screens, as well as a nice food court. If you are visiting with children, make sure to check out the huge Game Store at the Bayside Mall. This shopping center is an ideal place to visit if you are coming from Parklands, Table View, and Blouberg area.
5 The Tyger Valley Centre
The largest shopping center in the Northern Suburbs, The Tyger Valley Centre boasts around 275 stores, medical facilities, banking mall, restaurants, and a Ster-Kinekor cinema complex. It is an ideal place for travelers who are staying outside the center of the city and offers excellent trading hours. Besides great shopping options, the Tyger Valley Centre also has an amazing bowling arena, as well as pool and a games arcade.
6 Blue Route Mall
Located approximately 20 minutes from the center of Cape Town, Blue Route Mall is home to an 8-screen Ster-Kinekor cinema complex, around 120 stores, and dozens of eateries and coffee shops. Facilities include plenty of parking space, parking for the disabled, baby changing facilities, wheelchair service, and 24/7 security. What’s great about this mall is that here you can shop for groceries and also purchase some nice clothes or jewelry.
7 Cavendish Square
There are many shopping malls in Cape Town, but only Cavendish Square houses 200 of the most upmarket and elite boutiques and stores. This award-winning shopping center also boasts a large selection of excellent eateries ranging from fast food joints to upscale restaurants. For Italian specialties, have lunch at Primi Piatti. There is an undercover parking on-site, as well as numerous coffee shops and 2 Ster Kinekor cinema houses.
8 Gardens Shopping Centre
Located in the center of the city and just a few minutes from all the popular sightseeing attractions in South Africa’s Mother City, Gardens Shopping Centre is an ideal place for residents of areas like Vredehoek and the Gardens. Here, you will find everything from boutiques and Internet cafes to hair salons, copying/printing shops, and pharmacies. In case you need to get some groceries, head out to the on-site Pick n’ Pay.