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Cape Town

necklaces cape town marketOne of the pleasures of traveling so far from home is the opportunity to shop for truly unique items. In Cape Town, there's a variety of shopping experiences to appeal to even the most jaded browser. Steer clear of the mass-produced wooden giraffes and elephants; they are not often a product of Cape Town. Some are made in China. Instead, look out for street sellers who make fantastic wire and bead sculptures and baskets; they are made by the roadside, so each one is unique.

Your shopping quest begins at the wildly popular Greenmarket Square. You'll negotiate with craftspeople, hailing from all corners of Africa, at this open-air market on the cobblestone streets in the central business district (on Burg Street between Longmarket and Shortmarket streets). The square is open every day, except Sundays -- when most vendors head to the Green Point flea market, near the soccer stadium.

On Long Street, just around the corner from Greenmarket Square, is the indoor Pan Africa Market. Here you'll find wood carvings, jewelry, paintings and more. There's also a lovely cafe on the upper floor. While you're on Long Street, take some time to explore the many unique shops and restaurants in the area.

Consider a pit stop at the Red Shed Craft Workshop at Victoria Wharf Shopping Center. Local artisans sell a variety of wares there, and some even offer custom creations while you wait.

South Africa is known the world over for its diamonds and gold jewelry. You'll find many boutiques across Cape Town that will custom design perfect piece for you. Victoria Wharf is home to several reputable jewelers.

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