SOUTH AFRICA SHOPPING - CAPE TOWN SHOPPING - WESTERN CAPE SHOPPING
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What you should know
VAT: "Value Added Tax" is at 14%. Travellers can claim VAT back in the departure hall of the airport. You need to show your passpaort and the receipts. The queue is usually so long that only higher amounts justify the trouble.
Bargaining: is only done on open African markets where you can often achieve 50% of the initial asking price. Customs: Please note that no ivory products may be exported. Likewise no animals (living or stuffed), no predator hides, no snakeskin products, no mussels, corals or plants.
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Shopping Centres
in Cape Town

Shopping in Cape Town mainly happens at a few big shopping centres. In almost all of them you find branches of the clothing chains EDGARS and WOOLWORTH, which sell normal clothes, and of STUTTAFORDS, which ranges in price and quality above the others. The CAPE UNION MART - also present in all the centres - is the market leader in outdoor articles and clothing. Books and magazines can be bought in Cape Town at the CNA or - with a larger assortment and usually an incorporated coffeeshop - at EXCLUSIVE BOOKS. Also represented in all the centres is CLICKS, where you get toiletries at cheap prices.

People buy groceries at CHECKERS, PICK & PAY or SPAR and in the WOOLWORTH Foodhall, which is the only eco-conscious grocer and offers, for slightly higher prices, the best meat and vegetables. Wine is available at grocery stores, while all other alcoholic drinks must be bought at a "bottle store".

We have only mentioned the for visitors most interesting shopping centres. Of course, there are many more smaller shopping malls, at least one in each suburb. Shops usually open at 9 a.m. and close around 5.30 p.m. In the bigger centres many are, however, open until 9 p.m. The grocery chain SEVEN ELEVEN is - as the name indicates - open from 7 a.m. until 11 at night.

V&A Waterfront

Waterfront
Foreshore, Cape Town.
Cape Town's most popular shopping paradise. Numerous entertainment options: Cinemas (Imax included), theatres, Two Oceans Aquarium, scenic helicopter flights, boat trips, harbour tours, trips to Robben Island. Tourist Information. Live music, pubs, many restaurants and fastfood outlets. Bookshops. Jewelry, arts & crafts and gift shops. All the bigger clothing stores and many good boutiques. Red Shed Craft Market. Huge parking area, for free! Website: www.waterfront.co.za

St Georges Mall

City Centre
Pedestrian zone between Castle Street and Adderley Street. Historical buildings, banks and press. Large clothing stores (EDGARS, WOOLWORTH, TRUEWORTH etc). Stalls with ethnic clothes, arts & crafts. Cafés. Little parking.

Gardens Centre

Gardens
Corner Mill and Buitenkant Streets. Small centre with PICK&PAY groceries, good European fashion shop for men, German meat and sausages with snack bar. Clothing stores. Restaurants and bistros. Parkhouse.
Canal Walk / Century City

Milnerton
Century City. N1, turn-off Century City. Huge! All big clothing stores. GAME. PICK&PAY, fashion boutiques, furniture stores, interior decoration, jewellers, sports equipment, music, books, magazines, art and paintings. Toys. Many snack bars, restaurants, coffeeshops. cinema centre. Science Centre. Canal with boat hire. Big parking area.Neighbouring Ratanga Junction. Tel 0860 101165. Website: www.canalwalk.co.za

N1 City Mall

Goodwood
Louwtjie Rothman Ave, Goodwood. Some 15 Km from the centre of town. N1 turn-off "Montevista /Edgemead", turn right. Small centre with big HYPERMART, GAME and PICK&PAY. Good for electrical appliances and groceries. Lots of parking. Tel 021-5951170.

Tyger Valley Centre

Tyger Valley / Bellville
Willie van Schoor Avenue, Bellville. About 30 Km from the city centre. N1 turn-off Durbanville Rd (Exit 25), then left. Big centre with predominantly Afrikaans customers. Cinemas, restaurants, Bistros, bookshops, banks. Very good for clothing, jewellery, sports articles, household ware, appliances, toys, photo and computer. Nice boutiques. Entertainment area. Big parking ground. Tel 021 9141822.

Cavendish Square

Claremont
A smaller centre with fashionable shops, between Main Road, Cavendish Street and Vineyard Street. Affluent middleclass customers from the Southern Suburbs. cinema complex, restaurants, bistros, bookshops. Good for clothing. Nice boutiques. Parkhouse. Tel 021-6718042.

Constantia Village

Constantia
Main Road, Constantia. Tel 021-7945065. Small centre with wide offer in groceries at WOOLWORTH and PICK&PAY. CNA and EXCLUSIVE BOOKS with Café. Posh fashion boutiques. Super Snack Bars and restaurants. Car wash. Big parking lot.

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