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The Ultimate Guide to Shopping for Local Gifts During Your Cape Town Stay

local giftsIt’s a fact of life that your friends back home are going to expect a little something from your trip to South Africa. If you want to surprise them with a gift that smacks of local flavour, don’t waste your time in the big malls and tourist centres. You’ve got better things to do during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation.

Here’s a list of totally unique South African ‘things’ and where to find them. As they say in SA – ‘local is lekker’.


Nothing tastes like Africa more than this marula-infused liqueur, which is South Africa’s answer to Bailey’s Irish Crème – only much better.

You’ll get it from purveyors of fine liquor anywhere in the city, but be warned – once you’ve tasted it, it’s hard to rein yourself in and there’s a limit to how many bottles you can export. Check with your airline first.


This indigenous South African tea is more than just a comforting tipple. You’ll find it infused into beauty products too. Share the health-giving benefits of this local treasure with female friends and family with these skincare treats from African Extracts in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town.


South Africa’s amazing wines are available around the world, so be sure to pick a brand that has a charming back story from one of the estates you’ve visited. It’s not hard to find boutique wineries that are producing excellent vintages available only in South Africa. Again, baggage limits apply so you may have to restrict this gift to friends you really want to impress, or get the wines sent to them.

Local Crafts

The choice of handmade trinkets in South Africa is completely overwhelming and your tastes will dictate what you choose here. During your Cape Town stay, head for some of the city’s top shopping spots and markets to find something for all tastes. Here’s a shortlist of some top picks:

  • Beaded jewellery from the Montebello Art Centre
  • Wire push cars from Streetwires in BoKaap
  • SA-inspired designer clothing from Naartjie in Hout Bay
  • Super cool teen T-shirts from Springleap (Kloof Street) or Laugh it Off at the V & A Waterfront
  • Paper Mache bowls and animals made from recycled plastic bags at the Pan African Market
  • Carrol Boyes silverware at gift stores everywhere
  • Bead and wire key rings also sold everywhere
  • Gorgeous Chapel Bags from Woodstock
  • Artisan chocolate from DeVilliers in the Cape Quarter or Paarl’s Spice Route

Don’t sweat the small stuff searching for local gifts during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation, you’re sure to find amusing trinkets wherever you travel.


Keep reading our blog for inspiration on where to go and what to do during your Cape Town stay.


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