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A Shopper’s Guide to some of Cape Town’s Most Exciting Malls


We all know that while on vacation a shopping spree (or 5) is inevitable. A holiday is the perfect excuse to update your wardrobe or buy something you love and of course, you will want to return home with gifts and memorabilia of your time spent in Cape Town.

Most shopping malls in and around Cape Town offer guests a variety of stores to choose from, as well as a myriad of restaurants for any occasion and various other attractions to keep the whole family entertained. These malls also offer safe parking and are usually easily accessible from main highways, with numerous entrances.

While discovering the beauty of Cape Town and exploring all the attractions our Mother City and the surrounding areas have to offer, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places where you can pull out your credit card and leave smiling. Whether you are in search of a stylish new outfit, a meaningful gift, a beauty salon to get your nails and hair done or simply need to do some grocery shopping, the following shopping malls come highly recommended and should allow for some memorable outings.


Holiday Apartments’ Favourite Shopping Malls:


Canal-WalkCanal Walk Shopping Centre – Century City:  This cosmopolitan shopping mall has become many a shoppers’ dream destination in Cape Town since it first opened in 2000. Canal Walk Mall is framed by Table Mountain in the distance and is surrounded by the luxurious Century City lifestyle estate, showcasing flowing lagoons, lush green plant life and a number of things-to-do. With over 400 stores, shopping is bliss and iconic names such as The Body Shop, Cotton On, Guess, Carol Boyes and Diesel form part of the selection. Restaurants, both casual and upmarket, further enhance the appeal of a day or evening spent at Canal Walk. The Nu Metro cinema is of the best quality, with 17 2D and 3D shows to choose from. Bring the whole family along for an amazing outing – Canal Walk Mall is open from 9 am to 9 pm every day. Enjoy Holiday Apartments’ selection of accommodation options in Century City, to be close to Canal Walk Mall.



blue routeBlue Route Mall – Tokai: Offering visitors the perfect mixture of quality, convenience and relaxation, the popular Blue Route Shopping Mall in Cape Town has established itself as a firm favourite among shoppers near and far. Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s bustling Tokai suburb, Blue Route Mall is a modern and spacious shopping haven that expands over two floors. For entertainment, the entire family can enjoy the Ster Kinekor cinema complex, with 2D and 3D movies, or dine at restaurants like Tribakery, Silver Mountain Spur or Primi Caffe. Over 120 delightful stores come together to afford shoppers the best variety of attractions and no shortage of choicxe. This Southern Suburb shopping mall is perfectly situated for visitors to enjoy views of the Constantiaberg Mountains, while being only a 10 minute drive from Claremont and a mere 20 minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre.  Open 9 am to 7 pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9 am to 5 pm on Sundays and public holidays. Guests can appreciate Holiday Apartments’ range of accommodation options in Tokai for an amazing vacation experience.



Table-Bay-Mall-exterior-CopyTable Bay Mall – Bloubergstrand: The latest addition to Cape Town’s trendy range of shopping malls, Table Bay Mall is a lifestyle and shopping sanctuary that appeals to all ages and is located along the stunning West Coast, just moments away from the beachfront. Guests can look forward to over 150 shops that consist of local and international brands from the likes of Woolworths, Exclusive Books, H&M and even a large Virgin Active gym. The design of this mall was inspired by the curved and flowing lines of the world’s most elegant power yachts, while green building technologies were utilized throughout the construction process. As you discover more of this mall, grab a bite to eat from a few popular restaurants like a Spur Steak Ranch and Mugg and Bean coffee shop. Click here for Holiday Apartments’ selection of accommodation options in Blouberg, which will put you in close proximity to Table Bay Mall and all that it has to offer.



v&aV&A Waterfront – Cape Town: An absolute must for any newcomers visiting Cape Town and a definite favourite among locals and shopping enthusiasts, the V&A Waterfront is an emporium of entertainment, shopping, dining, perfect for becoming one with our countries culture and character. With more than 450 retail stores to be discovered, from fashion and homeware to curios and high quality brands, the luxurious Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is in a class of its own. Restaurants of the highest calibre serve a range of cuisines, such as the popular fine dining Belthazar eatery to seafood at Sevruga and the best African cuisine at Karibu restaurant, while a foodcourt offers more casual takeaway varieties. The giant Cape Ferris Wheel and well-loved Two Oceans Aquarium can form part of your visit, too. Choose from Holiday Apartments’ stunning accommodation selection in the Waterfront Marina, perfectly located right by the beautiful waterfront.



tvTyger Valley Shopping Centre – Bellville: Feel right at home shopping and catching up with friends and loved ones in Cape Town’s friendly suburb of Bellville. A wonderful fusion of locally loved and internationally acclaimed brands form part of the shopping appeal when visiting Tyger Valley, while the Funky Frogs centre provides a fun setting for the kids while you shop. Add a touch of glamour to your holiday wardrobe by browsing through the many fashion outlets, such as Forever New, Aldo and River Island, or get your nails done at Dream Nails or the Sorbet Drybar. Enjoy a day out with the family; Tyger Valley Shopping Centre is home to Ster Kinekor cinemas, a casual food court and some lovely restaurants that include Asian cuisine at Asami, the Cape Town Fish Market for some divine seafood and Cafe Bagaso for a good cup of coffee and a light meal. Spend time in this delightful holiday destination for an amazing vacation and enjoy Holiday Apartments’ range of accommodation options in Bellville.



somersetSomerset Mall – Somerset West: Delighting shoppers from this beautiful seaside suburb of the Western Cape with a diverse and appealing variety of shopping opportunities, Somerset Mall delivers a “fun-filled entertainment environment” to young and old and also regularly welcomes tourists. Adding to this well-rounded shopping centre is a lively foodcourt area for casual dining, as well as a number of alluring restaurants such as the popular burger joint RocoMamas and also John Dory’s, famous for their excellent seafood. Visitors can shop for stylish clothes and the latest looks at stores like Truworths, Poetry and The Fix. Somerset Mall is a convenient, contemporary and popular shopping facility that can be enjoyed all year around, for anything from a quick drop-in for groceries or a day spent shopping and enjoying a variety of attractions. Experience a memorable vacation near this shopping centre, click here for Holiday Apartments accommodation options in Somerset West.