Things to do in Cape Town (Local Version)

This is my first blog for 2021, I want to start off by wishing you all a beautiful new year. I feel very blessed to be in the countryside of the Free State in South Africa as I write this blog. We are happy to be skipping the UK winter for a bit 😊

I call this the local version because I will reveal some hidden shops and spots. For the more tourist version click here / My mother in law has lived in Cape Town for most of her life, she always seems to find these amazing shops and spots that few people know of. I will be sharing some with you today!

Factory Shops

This is one thing I’ve loved about Cape Town, there are so many factory shops! Cosmetics, Chocolates, Socks, Shoes, you name it and there is probably one.

  • Chocolate by Tomes

We went for a wine and chocolate pairing one day and the chocolates we tasted were amazing! We asked the lady assisting us where the chocolates were from and she told us, Chocolate by Tomes. You can find them at the Waterfront or you can go to the factory shop for a much better price. They have the most amazing chocolate truffles, all sorts of flavours and combinations.

Chocolate bought at Chocolate by Tomes Factory Shop
  • Indigo Cosmetics

If you are looking for makeup, perfume, nail varnish and other cosmetic items from leading international brands like Yardley, Revlon, Sally Hansen and many others, look no further. This factory shop is like a lucky packet, you never know what you’re going to get.

Address: 16, 20 Evans Ave, Epping, Cape Town, 7460

Various items sold by Indigo Cosmetics
  • Falke Socks

If you like good quality socks at very affordable prices, this is the place. I have only been there once, but I found some really warm socks for the UK winter.

You can put these coordinates into Google Maps to find the exact location:

 -33.920212166695, 18.645421496288495

Socks bought from the Falke Factory Shop

There are a few more factory shops that I know of, if you would like to read more about them, comment below and I can write an extended factory shop blog.


In my last blog you would have read about all the outdoor/meet your friends for brunch/buy some fresh produce and pretty things markets. The markets I will be writing about today are the kind where you can go bargain hunting or find some hidden treasure among other people’s stuff they no longer want.

Some days you are lucky and find amazing things, other days you just go see what there is. With Covid restrictions these markets are currently not running, but hopefully they will come back stronger.

  • SARDA Market

This market happens every 3rd Saturday of the month and is situated in Constantia. This is a very big market and you will most likely find something interesting there. I have never been there myself, but one of my mother in law’s suggestions, so it must be good.

  • Edgemead/Monte Vista Boot Sale Market

You can normally visit this market the last and first Saturday of the month. It is located on the Edgemead/Monte Vista library grounds. This is a smaller market, but you could find some really affordable items here. We used this market to sell a lot of our household items before we left for the UK.

Other things to do

  • Bikini Beach Books

If you love reading and want to see a house full of books, you should visit this book shop. Situated in the beautiful Gordon’s bay. It’s a second hand book store, but the books are normally in a good condition. There is a wide selection of genres available, but you need time to go through this shop properly. You can also walk across the road and take a stroll on the beach.

  • Canal Walk Shopping Centre

If you are looking for a lot of different shops under one roof, Canal Walk is your answer. Whether you are looking to watch a movie, play games, eat out, buy new clothes or do your weekly food shopping, there is a shop for it.

  • Clay Cafe

Clay Café is located close to Hout Bay, so it’s a nice day out kind of trip. If you looking to just relax and be creative, this is the place for you. There are a bunch of different premade pottery items, you then pick your piece and paint it. Clay Café then bakes your item and you can fetch it after three weeks. They also have an outdoor kid’s area, if you happen to have children.

  • West Coast

As I have mentioned in my previous blog, there are many beautiful beaches in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. The west coast has some amazing holiday spots with lovely beaches. We love Yzerfontein and we’ve also visited places like Paternoster and Club Mykonos in Langebaan.

I hope this blog has given you some ideas for your holiday adventures. Please feel free to comment, I would love to hear from you!

Until next time keep safe and thanks for stopping by xx

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