Hg2 : The Hedonist

Kloof Street 19

From outdoor gear to DJ equipment via jewelry: Koloof Street can definitely boast some of the coolest shops in Cape Town. O.live (Buitenkloof Studios) quirky very individualistic décor shop with an Afrikaans sensibility that mixes vintage pieces (porcelain buck; 70s coffee set; enamel tin) with gorgeous current items, some of them bespoke; laLESSO (Buitenkloof Studios) cool beach gear for girls who want to flaunt their African credentials, with innovative use of the East and South African kanga fabrics in bikinis, skirts and dresses;rnCape Storm (Buitenkloof Studios) serious, no-nonsense clothing and gear for the outdoor enthusiast, from good quality fleece coats to cycling shorts, lightweight camping plates to whatever-you-need-to-get-out-and-stay-fit; Nap Living (41) pick up the classic classy Cape Town look here, Kloof being one of four outlets of this gorgeous design emporium, with décor to die for, bits of beautiful jewellery and a small but perfect selection of simple classic leisure clothing in neutral shades – the kind you want to wear while lounging around your beach house in Clifton or Camps Bay;rnThe Lot (Beckham House) funky ‘rock ‘n roll’ men and women’s clothing and hats; the women’s fashion section is better. Aimed at the young woman who wants to make a statement and is not afraid to show a bit of skin; Wardrobe (45B) feminine but modern take on looking and feeling cool, with thin fabrics featuring plenty of florals; most of the female designers showcased work exclusively for this one-off store;rnPoppa Trunk’s (45D) edgy mens-wear ‘youth’ shop, with, amongst other things, the coolest collection of belt buckles south of the equator. Good T’s; Hi-Five (Mooikloof Centre) rare independent music specialist stores, selling music (CDs & vinyl) and DJ equipment, but we also love the great selection of funky T-shirts;rnXupa Xupa (Mooikloof Centre) fabulous kitsch and naughty gifts, as well as a few cool items, all at ridiculously low prices, the perfect place to pick up a joke gift and have a laugh at your dinner host’s expense;rnAstore (Lifestyle on Kloof Centre) local designers like David West and Citizen Brand alongside Limited EditionrnAdidas and design books – a one-stop shop specializing in A-list cool; Blue Collar White Collar (Lifestyle on Kloof Centre) the owner of the fab unisex shirt shop (bias towards men) with a sideline in great fabric swimming trunks, has been in the clothing industry for almost four decades and he knows his shit;rnBaroque (Lifestyle on Kloof Centre) girly gorgeous, with lots of silk ‘n chiffon ‘n lace, and flowing lines at the aptly names Baroque. Plus, arguably the best collection of glittering costume jewellery in the city. Even the strappy sandals (a few on show) are faux jewel encrusted; Wine Concepts (Lifestyle on Kloof Centre) regular wine tastings and a great selection of South African wines, plus an intelligent salesperson to guide you through the plethora of choices. What’s not to like?rnWellness Centre (Lifestyle on Kloof Centre) health shop ‘supermarket’ in Cape Town, with a chemist, deli/café, beauty therapists, books and various other sections for a great one-stop shop for health nuts and others; Amulet – OK, not strictly Kloof Street but a short stroll up Lower Kloof towards Kloof Nek, and definitely worth it – a female design duo who make well-priced, soulful jewellery pieces that suit both hippy and hip; the perfect gift for a woman you love;rnLIM (86A) stands for Less Is More and that’s evidently owner Pauline’s mantra, going by her classy collection of modern-organic homeware items (pity the paper-thin Shapiro bowls are so breakable), hide bags, lamps, furniture and affordable jewellery; her great eye is evident throughout; Klooftique (87) too big to fit in the suitcase but this range of bespoke furniture is worth checking out, and worth waiting for your shipment to come in; Melissas (94) great place to pick up a treat for a dinner party host or edible gift for someone back home – check out the Afro tea selection (also an outlet at Waterfront and other locations); Stefania Morland (153) Stefania worked in costumes before she opened her design shop with clever constructions that manage to meld feminine wiles with intellect. Very individualistic, head-turning stuff;rnStock Exchange (116) specialising in pre-owned designer wear, allowing the rich, well-travelled City Bowl ladies to treat it like one vast revolving wardrobe. Thrilling bargain hunting, if you find your dream item in your size.rnLoft Living (122) beautiful décor shop at the top of Kloof; large item furniture but worth shipping home

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