A host of stylish African design establishments populate the party capital of the Mother City, which also happens to be one of the most popular shopping streets in Cape Town. Tribal Trends (72-74) showcases a good (but pricey) selection of African-inspired designs; Pan African Market (76) probably the best place to pick up African crafts in Cape Town, with a variety of traders having stuffed every room to overflowing with goods from all over Africa – stop by here before you do Greenmarket Square;
Mungo & Jemima (108) local designerwear and accessories that are worth a look in; A-List (110) forgot to pack your little black dress? Here’s the place to pick it up. Sexy womenswear;
Miyabi (111) you’ll find Durban-born Eastern-inspired Sandaline’s colourful and feminine clothing at other outlets, but this is the home of her casual designer wear;
Imagenius (117) one of the best, most intelligent selections in the whole city, with irreverent, eclectic functional art (ceramics, lamps, artworks, furniture, novelty gifts) spanning three floors of a refurbished turn-of-the-century building;
Mememe (117A) contemporary South African fashion for women – light and lovely stuff; African Music Store (134) comprehensive collection of African music; Darkie (159) known for its signature Afro-comb, this is one of SA’s most popular streetwear and sportswear brands (looking for a pair of bellbottoms?), designed by the very cool Themba Mngomezulu; Wildfire Tattoos & Piercing (192) take home a souvenir you’ll never forget, with a wide variety of designs on display, this is where you’ll find the city’s finest tattoo artists;
Second Time Around (196) has been here for almost as long as the vintage apparel available for sale or hire; Clarke’s Bookshop (211) established since 1956, this is for book collectors (not a Jackie Collins in sight), particularly for those interested in SA art, located in a wonderful old-fashioned shop, ideal for a few minute’s break from the hubbub of Long street; 210onLong (210) young designers’ market, comprising around 8 stalls; look into Jellyfish for contemporary crafts and gifts and cool Ts from Gravy (look for the Electric Zulu label, designed by Craig Native);
Misfit (287) as the name suggests this female fashion boutique is for strong women who don’t intend to blend with the crowd; So You Wearable Vintage (303A) separates the vintage from the second hand.