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My favorite destination for an afternoon drink in anticipation of sunset is on the veranda at
in Sea Point. You can enjoy a glass of South African wine, a Castle beer, or my top choice for a sundowner, a gin and tonic, while patiently waiting for the sun to disappear beyond the horizon. The Sea Point Promenade that separates
from the ocean is ideal for long walks or jogging. A plus to staying in Green Point or Sea Point during your
You can follow the promenade nearly all the way to the V&A Waterfront. (That’s the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, not Victoria and Albert as you might assume.) You have to go to the Waterfront to take the ferry from the Mandela Gateway to
The Waterfront is home to numerous restaurants, but the best one is also the one that you might be the least likely to try.
Although the V&A is well worth a few hours of your time, it is not the place to buy African souvenirs. Instead, go to the Pan African Market on Long Street in City Bowl. The Pan African Market is home to dozens of merchants selling their African wares in stalls on several floors of this old Victorian building. Although most of the products are not made in
where similar curios are available. Whether you are shopping indoors at the Pan African or outdoors at Greenmarket, you should negotiate the price of your purchases. If you aren’t a shopper, but find yourself in Long Street with people who are enthusiastic shoppers, perhaps you would enjoy a cup of coffee at Tribe or tapas and a drink at Fork. Both cafes are located near the Pan African Market on Long Street.
If craft markets aren’t your thing but you still want to shop for some genuinely African products, here are some suggestions for a higher end shopping experience.
The Carrol Boyes store, located in the Waterfront, offers functional metalwork art for the home and office. Boyes’ signature pieces are her cutlery and dining accessories, but she offers an extensive line of other products as well, including clocks, vases, and smaller home furnishings. Carrol Boyes also has shops in
Africa Nova in De Waterkant Village features a higher-end product line with many original items, from paintings to beaded animals to ceramics, all made by local artists. Tribal Trends on Long Street has a greater line of products on its two floors, including larger, more dramatic pieces of African arts and crafts. Two blocks away, on
, is African Image. African Image carries less expensive, though just as interesting products, as these other shops.
For a truly unique retail adventure in
in Bo-Kaap. Even in a neighborhood of brightly painted homes, the yellow Monkeybiz building with red monkey faces stenciled on the exterior will stand out.
Monkeybiz is a non-profit organization that is reviving the art of beading in
Purchasing beaded art at Monkeybiz creates jobs in