A red wine varietal found only in South Africa is a great souvenir gift - to yourself or others.. Better still, stock up on a range of local wines at a selection of the country’s best wine estates.
2Carol Boyes silverware
Local silversmith known for her quality kitchen and dinnerware, Carol Boyes silverware is found in shopping malls countrywide, but is made in the Western Cape.
3Local art & craft
Places like the Waterfront Craft market, the Red Shed Craft Market and Montebello Craft & Design Centre, is where you’ll find the best of local arts and crafts.
4Monkeybiz ceramic and beaded art
Don’t leave without the gorgeous ceramic and beaded artworks from women who live in the Cape’s most impoverished townships. There are dolls, animals, magnets and no two pieces are the same!
5Cape Dutch antiques
Peruse the streets above Greenmarket Square for affordable Cape Dutch antique furniture and household items, or head down to False Bay and visit the antique shops en-route.
6Cass Abrahams Cookbook
The Doyenne of Cape Malay cookery, her books offer easy-to-follow recipes to recreate typically Cape cuisine. Available at big mall bookshops.
7Knysna wood art
Known for its hard woods this town’s galleries and markets offer up wooden sculptures, bowls and toys that are one of a kind.
If you’re looking for an extra-special souvenir that will last a lifetime, diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend. There are fantastic jewellery shops all over the Western Cape and a dedicated Tanzanite shop at the V&A Waterfront.
9Cape chutneys and preserves
The famous Mrs Ball’s chutney is a must, as are preserves such as whole fig, watermelon and korrelkonfyt – grape jam
10Something Out of Nothing
Visit the home of Golden Flowers in Kayalitsha and buy gorgeous tin flowers (roses, sunflowers, daises) made from discarded tin cans… where else in the world?