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Joburg, Cape Town, Durban

Best places to shop

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There is nothing wrong with a little retail therapy, but sometimes we want to stand out and find pieces that are unique. It’s ok to ditch your regular shopping malls from time to time to find some little stores off the beaten path, in search of something different.

 We’ve put together a list of some amazing shops in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban, with some really great finds.

Egality, JHB

For him and her, Egality is a stylish clothing store on one of Joburg’s most buzzing streets, Parkhurst's 4th Avenue. The store stocks the best local and selected international designer fashion brands - including footwear, jewellery and accessories. Egality has a range of pieces to suit anyone; from modern and contemporary to timeless everyday wear. A visit to Egality won’t leave you empty handed.

Nonna, JHB

Nonna is a lovely little gift shop situated in the trendy street of Parkhurst. From gifts and decor to teacups and vases, kids products and more, they definitely have something for everyone and you cannot get enough of their gorgeous items. Nonna frequently has new products arriving in store, ensuring you’ll find the perfect gift or even a little treat for yourself. Nonna also provides unique gift hampers to fit any budget.

Ceramic Factory, JHB

This Ceramic Factory on 4th Avenue in Linden is full of endearing ceramic creations, offering different collections every few months so you’ll always find something different to take home. The store is fully stocked with their ceramic gift range, décor items, light fixtures, collectables and tableware. From basic items such as bowls and jugs to whimsical ornaments, including bunnies, owls, robots and dinosaurs; you will always find pieces to fall in love with at the Ceramic Factory.

Romantiques, Cape Town

Not exactly in Cape Town, but in Hermanus, Romantiques is the best antique store you’ve ever seen that will instantly take you back in time. The store is set up in an old house, with each room housing different types of pieces. One of the rooms is filled with gorgeous antique jewellery, vintage makeup compacts and clothing and it is all beautifully displayed. Romantiques is filled with nostalgia and you can find just about anything - war memorabilia, books, collectable dinky toys, cars and airplanes and even the finest crockery.

Romantiques, Cape Town

Not exactly in Cape Town, but in Hermanus, Romantiques is the best antique store you’ve ever seen that will instantly take you back in time. The store is set up in an old house, with each room housing different types of pieces. One of the rooms is filled with gorgeous antique jewellery, vintage makeup compacts and clothing and it is all beautifully displayed. Romantiques is filled with nostalgia and you can find just about anything - war memorabilia, books, collectable dinky toys, cars and airplanes and even the finest crockery.

The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town

Home to the popular Neighbourgoods Market, The Old Biscuit Mill offers so much more in the form of designer stores. If you’re into artwork, decor and quirky pieces, there is a range of awesome shops perfect for you. Visit the Old Biscuit Mill if you’re on the hunt for some custom made furniture, Continuum makes some beautiful pieces from reclaimed timber, while Lime Grove offers a stunning range of decor and gift items, which are mostly handmade using natural materials.

Shoppe, Durban

Shoppe is a beautifully organised space, filled with the very best of South African designer homeware and accessories. Items gracing the store’s shelves include ceramics, recycled pieces, textiles, candles, lighting, art, décor, books, soap, plants, cards and furniture. It’s the perfect place for fabulous gifts and quirky goodies to bring some life to empty spaces. Shoppe features a wide range of South African local art, and always has a constant flow of new and original stock.

KZN Society of Arts Gallery, Durban

The KZN Society of Arts gallery regularly exhibits the work of established artists of provincial, national and international reputation in five exhibition spaces, each showcasing a different category of art. Visiting the gallery is a real treat as you get to view some extraordinary pieces while taking home some lovely finds from the crafts shop. Both the gallery and crafts shop support and promote local art and with its excellent selection of arts and crafts, you will definitely find some worthwhile souvenirs.

Other shopping destinations

Smaller luxury shopping centres often have lovely boutique stores where you can find amazing new pieces from clothing to decor and artwork. Here are shopping centres with some hidden gems that you’ll be glad to have paid a visit.

 BluBird, Johannesburg - Trendy Blubird Shopping Centre is perfect for shoppers looking for exclusivity and a stylish meeting place for shopping, pampering and dining.

 Nicolway, Johannesburg - Nicolway includes a strong health and beauty offering, home/decor, and banking services, offering convenience and quality retail.

 Oxford Village, Durban - Oxford Village provides a unique shopping experience with with a strong family focus offering a wide range of stores, catering for all interests.

 Cape Quarter, Cape Town - Cape Quarter is an upmarket shopping centre with a light and airy ambience. Filled with unique boutiques, stores and eateries, it is just as ideal for everyday shopping as traditional malls.

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