Cape Town’s Best Boutiques

A walk down Kloof and Long Streets in Cape Town’s Gardens district is a must do for several reasons including: first, the endless bars, restaurants, and boutiques that line the streets and second, the peri-peri sauce on the potato wedges at the fast food joint, Nandos. Salivation aside, there are a few great spots for shopping in Cape Town and my friend, Gila and I were fortunate enough to stumble upon these spots.

First is the Nap Boutique at 41 Kloof St. (tel. +27 21 422 3781).  There we found countless adorable bone bangles, beaded necklaces, and slouchy Cape Town-cool clothing (including my new favorite line, Take Care Clothing).

Next, we discovered Milk Boutique on Long Street (just south of Long Street Liquors), a funky-chic shop where the owner also designs the clothes. Gila was fortunate enough to add her own touch to the top she purchsed—originally the heart (see photo)

a top from Milk

was pinned to the shoulder of the shirt, but she cheekily had Milk’s seamstress move her heart to her sleeve (clever, eh?).

Finally, we glided through the cleanly designed Misfit (287 Long St., Cape Town), which featured the boutique’s signature brand, Misfit, as well as Take Care clothing and several other South African and Australian lines. While a bit less affordable than Nap and Milk’s offerings, Misfit is a stop not to be missed. (If you don’t make it all the way to Cape Town, be sure to check out their online shop!)

After checking out these boutiques, be sure to stop by the antique market towards the end of Long Street (near the intersection with Church St.) where you can even order some sushi at the neighboring sushi bar.

All in all, Cape Town’s Long and Kloof Streets offer some diverse and satisfying shopping experiences, a healthy tug on your inner fashionista and your wallet.

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About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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