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The V&A Waterfront is the city’s most popular shopping mall, with good reason: it has a vast range of shops, the setting on the harbour is lovely and there’s a huge choice of places to eat and drink when you want to rest your feet. The city centre also offers variety and, for some people’s taste, a grittier and more interesting venue for browsing, especially if you’re looking for collectibles, antiques and secondhand books. For crafts and gifts, wander about Kalk Bay’s Main Rd or Long Street, while the most sophisticated central shopping area – small, modern and full of desirable goods with great cafes – is the Cape Quarter in the Waterkant. Don’t expect much to be open on Sunday afternoons, except at the Waterfront.

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