The 411 on shopping in Cape Town

Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and also the oldest. It boasts some of the most modern shopping malls in the world that boast state-of-the-art displays, and latest fashion brands. Before you set out to go and shop however, you will need to know the following things.

1. Know where to shop

Depending on what you are looking for, you need to know where to get what. There are fashion edge malls as well as flea markets. Knowing where to get what at the best rate will help you avoid unnecessary walking.

2. Avoid buying on the street unless when accompanied by a local

Tourists, especially those from the west are believed to be rich. If you buy an item from the street, its price will probably be inflated. It is better to hold your horses and buy the item from the shop.

3. Avoid back end roads

If you are carrying valuables, walking the backstreets is inviting muggers. You do not want to lose your shopping before you can even get to open the items. Crime in backstreets of Cape Town is rampant - it may very bad if you are a tourist and you do not know your way around the city.

4. Beware the Cheap Imports from China

Always check out where the thing you are buying was made. The South African market place is flush with cheap imitations from China and India. Always make sure that the brand you buy is not imitated.

5. Pay with Credit Cards

Cape Town is largely a cashless economy city and thus you can pay for your shopping in virtually all the shops using your credit card. It is safer to carry credit card than cash.

6. Only buy from English Speakers

South Africa is home to several ethnicities. Most of them speak English but the unscrupulous will talk to you in their local languages pretending not to speak English. Always make your bargains with somebody that can speak English.

Cape Town is one of the best cities in Africa to get African made wares. You are lucky if you get to buy some of this. They are usually handmade and thus high quality. Besides, wouldn't you want to show off to your friends by adorning yourself in an African made dress?

by Kennedy Runo on 01/15/2014 in Shopping