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T+L's Definitive Guide to Cape Town


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Our favorite one-of-a-kind boutiques across Cape Town.

Heath Nash: The 35-year-old owner of this open studio in Woodstock is a champion of sustainability, repurposing items such as milk cartons and galvanized wire into decorative art. We love the colorful lampshades, made from hundreds of hand-cut plastic flowers.

House of Machines: Equal parts men’s outfitter, motorcycle shop, café, and bar, House of Machines caters to various whims (and tastes). Try one of the small-batch bourbons, then shop for a pair of house-brand jeans and watch the mechanic at work.

Mungo & Jemima: Come here for a carefully chosen selection of feminine-yet-sophisticated women’s wear and accessories—bold pleated skirts; patent-leather brogues—by emerging South Africa–based designers including Coppelia, Margot Molyneux, and Selfi.

O.Live: Rupert Smith and Warren Matthee’s rustic-chic local housewares shop is an aspiring decorator’s dream. You can find everything from textured ceramics to ribbons, natural soaps, and vintage porcelain tea sets.

Olive Green Cat: You’re unlikely to leave this jewelry boutique empty-handed. Philippa Green and Ida Elsje turn out avant-garde treasures—embellished cuffs; rings with diamonds suspended in resin—that make a statement.


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