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V & A Waterfront: Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping (over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audiovisual equipment) and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina.
Visit the aquarium or simply take in the views of Table Mountain on the big wheel.
A kilometre from Cape Town’s city centre, Woodstock used to be home to more textile factories than fashion outlets. But in recent years this industrial area with its mountain views has changed dramatically. The transformation of the Old Biscuit Mill into a hub of cafes and creativity led the way for further regeneration in the area. More recently the opening of the Woodstock Exchange, a collection of workshops-cum-boutiques, cafes and collectives, has bought even more fashion and design to the area. It is now one of the most popular spots to find a range of boutique clothing, artworks and creatively inspired culinary treats
The Cape Quarter is the one of the most unique retail experience in Cape Town. Wander between 3 blocks of Chic and fall in love with the boutique shopping experience in the historic De Waterkant district.
Cape Town is famous for its markets, and the bustling City Bowl is no exception. Browsing markets is a great leisure activity, but also a fun bargain-hunting mission. You’re sure to find something unique, whether you’re on the lookout for a piece that’s innovative, traditional, vintage, gourmet or creative. You’ll also get to meet characteristic market sellers with great insights into the City Bowl’s patchwork of cultures.
Some of the popular Cape markets include:
- Neighbourgoods Market
- City Bowl Market
- V&A Market on the Wharf
- Holistic Life.Style and Eco Fair
- Pan African Market
- Church St Antiques Market
- Adderley Street Flower Market
- Earth Fair Food Market
- Bo-Kaap Food and Craft Market
Art & Designers
Art galleries in Central Cape Town:
Iziko South African National Gallery
It houses an outstanding collection of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. The regular changes to the permanent collection enables the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. Look out for ‘The Butcher Boys’, a sculpture by Jane Alexander.
Open: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 17h00 Government Road | Cape Town
The Cape Gallery
Situated in the heart of Cape Town, this gallery seeks to expose art that expresses a love of the African continent. The emergence of a vibrant street art scene has added an essentially African character to the work on display.
Open: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00; Saturday: 10h00 – 14h00; Sunday: appointment only. 60 Church Street | Cape Town
Created 10 years ago to promote local artists inspired by street pop art. Specializing in the background mechanics of managing and marketing artists and their art, this gallery leaves artists free to exercise their creativity. It also specialises in media exposure, sourcing and selling art as well as shipping worldwide.
Open: Monday – Friday: 10h00 – 17h00; Saturday: 10h00 – 13h00; Sunday: appointment only. 54 Church Street | City Bowl
The Association for Visual Arts – in partnership with Spier – is one of Cape Town’s oldest nonprofit art galleries and promotes advancement of visual art and artists, with particular emphasis on the Western Cape. Exhibitions change every four weeks and, as the gallery space is divided into sections, four exhibitions can be held simultaneously.
Open: Monday – Friday: 10h00 – 19h00; Saturday: 10h00 – 13h00 35 Church Street | Cape Town
Erdmann Contemporary (inside the Blah Blah Bar)
This gallery was launched to promote contemporary comic art and to represent a select group of painters, sculptors and conceptual artists. It has also launched Collect Photography, which promotes affordable photography by local and international talent.
Open: Tuesday – Saturday: 10h00 – 22h00 84 Kloof Street | Cape Town
Located in the heart of down town, G2 Art represents the cream of contemporary artists, with an exciting range of local contemporary local art. A range of ever popular old Cape Town prints and photographs are available to order, as well as frames.
Open: Monday – Friday: 10h00 – 16h30; Saturday: 10h00 – 14h00; 61 Short-market Street | Cape Town
Everard Read Gallery Cape Town
The interior of this gallery is designed to maximize the exposure of fine contemporary painting and sculpture, and takes particular pride in discovering and sustaining a growing stable of local artists.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 18h00; Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00; closed on Sunday and public holidays, except by appointment. 3 Portswood Road | V&A Waterfront
Art galleries in Atlantic Seaboard:
Dealers in fine art, Carmel Art is the exclusive distributor of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. It also stock a wide range of works by South African artists in a variety of mediums.
Open: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00; Saturday: 09h00 – 14h00; Sunday and public holidays: 10h00 – 14h00. 1st floor | Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village | 27 Somerset Road | Green Point
Art galleries in Woodstock & Observatory:
Sulger-Buel Lovell Art Gallery
The Lovell Gallery focuses on helping art lovers become collectors. Specialising in fresh, quality, fine art by up and coming artists, this gallery makes contemporary fine art available to collectors while it is still affordable.
Open: by appointment only 139 Albert Road | Woodstock
Featuring fine art by leading South African artists, the walls exhibit an ever-changing parade of local works in various media. This is complemented by a selection of works by international artists.
Open: Tuesday – Friday: 10h30 – 16h00; Saturday: 10h30 – 13h30. 2nd Floor | The Hills Building | Buchanan Square | 160 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock
This is a contemporary art gallery, which focuses on giving South African artists access to the rest of the world and has regularly debuted the work of international artists in South Africa.
Open: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00; Saturday 10h00 – 13h00 Buchanan Building | 160 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock
This independent, artist-run exhibition space showcases new developments in contemporary South African art and is not afraid to be experimental. In partnership with Pro Helvetia, the gallery also hosts residencies for visiting Swiss artists.
Open: Tuesday – Friday: 10h30 – 16h00; Saturday: 10h30 – 13h00 113 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock
The Goodman Gallery Cape Town
The Goodman Gallery encourages and promotes contemporary South African art, focusing on artists from South Africa, the greater African continent, and other countries that engage in a dialogue with the African context. The gallery has major spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and has also opened Goodman Gallery Projects at Arts on Main in the Johannesburg CBD.
Open: Tuesday – Friday: 09h30 – 17h30; Saturday: 10h00 – 16h00 3rd Floor | Fairweather House | 176 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock
This fast-rising young gallery has become a destination point for curators and collectors to experience innovative work. By giving voice to new talent, the gallery intends to grow public dialogue and critical debates within the contemporary art community.
Open: Tuesday – Friday: 09h30 – 17h00; Saturday: 09h30 – 14h00 1 Argyle Street
Woodstock Greatmore Studios
Greatmore Studios brings people from diverse cultural backgrounds together in a working environment. The residency program encourages new ideas, creativity and productivity, while the outreach program raises awareness of the visual arts in the wider community.
Open: Monday – Friday: 08h30 – 17h00 47 Greatmore Street | Woodstock