The Red Shed Craft Workshop at the V&A Waterfront is a one-stop showcase of South African arts and crafts. Here you could find that perfect décor addition for your home, a quick, chic fashion upgrade or simply something unique and authentic through which to remember your time in Africa.

Did you know?

There are two more craft markets at the V&A Waterfront – the Barrows Court and the V&A Craft Market and Wellness Centre.

For an eclectic range of African art and curios, décor items, jewellery, clothing and accessories, take a turn at the Red Shed Craft Workshop, a market in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. The location makes for weather-ready shopping and you’re bound to find just what you need, whether it’s a last-minute gift or the perfect South African souvenir.

Situated inside Victoria Wharf, which is already chockfull of shopping and entertainment options, the Red Shed Craft Workshop has 22 small outlets, many of which have branches or head offices elsewhere in Cape Town and South Africa. The Red Shed Craft Workshop provides upmarket retail space for local craftsmen and artists. You can often view the tenants in action as they produce their handmade goods.

Wire art is an iconic part of South African craft. You can take home your own wire lampshades, lights and bowls to belts, bags and trendy fashion accessories from Get Wired.

If you’re looking for jewellery that says ‘Africa’, you’ll find it at the Red Shed Craft Workshop. You can get rock-art inspired silver pieces from Juliana Jewellers or big, bold designs in amber and silver from Antique Ethiopian Jewellery.

Your home will enjoy a chic upgrade with the many décor items on offer. Afritrends uses ostrich feathers, kudu horn and African textile designs in its contemporary products. These include throws, lamps, cushion covers and picture frames. Spin Knits’ blankets and throws are handmade by rural South Africans.

Kit out your brood with items from Baboon Kids, a fun children’s clothing brand that’s 100% locally produced. Or decorate the nursery with playful wooden spirals, clocks and mirrors from Atmosphere.

You’ll discover many more authentically South African surprises at the Red Shed Craft Workshop.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

V&A Waterfront
Tel: +27 (0) 21 408 7600

Best time to visit

The Red Shed Craft Workshop is open from 9am to 9pm from Mondays to Fridays, and from 10am to 9pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Around the area

Explore the rest of the V&A Waterfront while you're here. Brilliant restaurants, exquisite shopping opportunities and tourist attractions like the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Iziko Maritime Museum are here.

What will it cost

Prices here start very low (around R50 an item) but can become quite pricey (R4 000 and upwards). Regardless of your budget, you'll find that souvenir.

Length of stay

Put aside at least 90 minutes to explore all that the Red Shed Craft Workshop has to offer. You could spend an entire day at the V&A Waterfront as a whole.

What's happening

Continue the African theme with a meal at Karibu Restaurant, which offers traditional South African dining in a luxurious setting.