A guide to Cape Town’s independent retail stores.

Whether shopping for yourself, or hunting for gifts for friends and family, we want to encourage you to dig a bit deeper, explore the city, and support local businesses. This month we feature HOMEWARE, DESIGN, ART, BOOKS & MUSIC.

Anthony Shapiro Studio is a mixed-use ceramics space where retail, classes and production coincide. The studio hosts regular classes and workshops for the public and it’s not uncommon to see Anthony or his collaborator, Linda Khuzwayo, working away on the production of their basic wares or highly decorative works.

The retail space showcases a wide variety of ceramic works for sale, including Anthony’s own products, the decorative Ant and Linda COLLECT range, and the work of other contemporary South African ceramicists.

79 Roeland Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 4:30pm, Saturdays: 9am – 2pm

Chandler House is a small gallery, shop and studio located in an 18th century Cape Georgian house on Church Street. The store is the brainchild of Michael Chandler, who opened the shop doors in December of 2013.

The Voorkamer Gallery hosts fantastic exhibitions by local artists on a monthly basis, and the rest of the beloved shop is filled with beautiful locally made homeware, gifts, antiques, textiles and a selection of art by established and emerging artists. What began as a platform for showcasing his designs soon grew to include other inspiring, talented and hard-working local artists and makers.

Upstairs from the shop is Michael’s studio where he paints his ceramic commissions.

53 Church Street. Mondays – Fridays: 10am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm

Chefs Warehouse Cook’s Bookstore and Pantry is the retail component of the highly rated Chefs Warehouse and Canteen restaurant. The recently renovated wine bar now adjoins the restaurant, with the store taking its place under the stairs of the Cape Heritage Hotel at 92 Bree Street.

The store also stocks a range of locally sourced wood products, useful kitchen items and a small range of food products, along with a selection of knives by Global, Wüsthof and Shun. The hand-selected range has been carefully curated for the discerning cook, and items can be ordered upon request.

The store stocks some cookbooks by well-known South African chefs and restaurants, including those by Liam Tomlin, owner of Chefs Warehouse and Canteen.

92 Bree Street. Weekdays: 9am – 6pm

LIM has been around since 1997 and still occupies its original location. Founder and owner Pauline Mutlow brings her unique African minimalist aesthetic to Cape Town’s furniture and design offering. Her refined furniture forms are offset against a carefully curated range of locally handmade objects for the home, creating a tactile and sensual shopping experience.

All furniture is handcrafted in Cape Town, with a focus on timeless quality and the beauty of good design, creating pieces that can stay with clients for life. LIM is also well-known for a unique and changing collection of authentic African collectables and textiles.

86 Kloof Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 9:15am – 1:15pm

Mungo makes heirloom quality homeware textiles at their weaving mill in Plettenberg Bay. Behind each product is the accumulation of thousands of hours of experience, carefully sourced natural fibre yarn, and traditional weaving machinery, history and knowledge – both learned and passed down.

At Mungo’s Cape Town store you’ll find their full range – including their signature flat weave towels, 100% linen bedding, throws, and the finest table and kitchen linens. Beneath the shop is Mungo’s inner city micro mill – a space where contemporary woven textile design meets traditional weaving on their restored antique loom.

At the core of this family-run company is their drive to shape and uphold the standards of sustainable production, whilst manufacturing a quality product that is made to last.

78 Hout Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 9am – 2pm

Ride a White Swan is a treasure trove of international and local mid-century furniture, lighting, art glass and objet d’art. The store is easy to miss, hidden away at the Caltex petrol station on Orange Street, just down the road from the Labia Theatre and Mount Nelson Hotel.

With an ever-changing selection of products in-store, it’s the kind of place that is worth a regular visit. The store is managed by the amazing Riana Parker, who will go out of her way to assist you. Ride a White Swan is also a song by T.Rex.

42 Orange Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm

Robert Sherwood has occupied their Victorian corner store location since 2012 – the space functioning as both showroom and design studio.

They showcase art, furniture, sculpture, objet, and ceramics by both local and international artists and designers in an everchanging setting. Their love of art means that they always focus on pieces that they personally appreciate and wish to display.

173 Bree Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm

In 2007, founder Heather Moore started the Skinny laMinx blog to chronicle her textile design work. Over more than a decade, it has transformed into a much-loved textile, pattern, and homeware brand across South Africa and the globe. The Skinny laMinx style recipe is simple: mix together a love of mid-century design, a good dollop of pattern, and top it off with equal parts playful and chic.

The Bree Street shop stocks the brand’s mid-century inspired pillows, a range of patterned kitchen and dining linens, shopping bags, hats, and accessories, as well as Skinny laMinx textiles sold by the meter. Everything at Skinny laMinx is made in South Africa.


Upstairs from the shop, Heather and the team can be found designing, cutting, sewing, packaging, and shipping their beautiful patterned goods.

201 Bree Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 9am – 2pm

Villa Africa is a visionary design practice that collaborates with talented local artists – producing a unique story-driven range of African-inspired art and furniture. The Loop Street store is a showcase for a range of products designed and produced in Cape Town, and exported worldwide.

65 Loop Street. Weekdays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm

Vorster & Braye produces a carefully curated range of contemporary ceramics in a wonderfully serene space amid the bustle of Long Street. Visitors to the studio can browse and purchase from the full range on display, with the added attraction of seeing the items being made.

The Vorster & Braye team meticulously crafts each piece through a wide range of techniques, including hand-throwing, slip-casting and jiggering.

Made from a variety of clays and glazes, the range retains the authenticity of handmade objects, while keeping a consistently clean, precise form. From planters to plates, the ceramics are restrained, elegant, and made to outlast fleeting trends.

96 Long Street. Weekdays: 8am – 5pm

The Roastin’ Records store is home to a record label that puts out some of South Africa’s most innovative artists from a variety of genres, from ambient electronica to psychedelic rock, indie and even some heavier releases.

The store also boasts a noteworthy selection of hard-to-find and popular international releases, legendary local pressings, old favourites, and limited editions, as well as a selection of secondhand gems. It’s a cosy environment with lots of art and LPs to take in.

28 Wandel Street. Mondays – Fridays: 10am – 5pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm

Clarke’s Bookshop on Long Street in Cape Town.

Clarke’s Bookshop has been trading in Long Street since 1957. The ground floor is dedicated to new books on South Africa, covering everything from politics, history, biography, fiction, cookery, children’s books and natural history.

Some of the shop’s main interests are South African art, photography, and architecture – with a large selection of monographs, catalogues, and artists’ books. Upstairs you’ll find two rooms filled with general secondhand books, and in a third room you’ll find antiquarian and collectible books, mostly Southern African.

Clarke’s also has an impressive collection of African maps and prints, and stocks some fiction and non-fiction books from the rest of the continent.

199 Long Street. Mondays – Fridays: 9am – 5pm, Saturdays: 9:30am – 1pm

proto~ is the store at A4 Arts Foundation. As an extension of A4’s programme, proto~ experiments with the ‘museum shop’ as a site of production and exchange. It draws inspiration from artists working in their studios, in practice and play, and provides a platform for artists to share fragments and processes.

The hub of this investigation is a collection of ensembles and maquettes which are for sale in-store. proto~’s utility range includes stationary, notes and totes – and in print a selection of photo essays, monographs, zines, and vinyl.

A4 Arts Foundation is a free-to public, not-for-profit laboratory for the arts of Southern Africa. A three storey building on Buitenkant Street is home to A4’s exhibition space, studio, archive and classroom.

23 Buitenkant Street. Tuesdays – Fridays: 10am – 5:30pm, Saturdays: 10am – 2pm


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