It’s that time of the year again and with Christmas just around the corner, best get started on those Christmas shopping goals for 2016. Nobody likes a last minute rush, so for those who can go ahead and commence their Christmas shopping plans why not head off to some of the 5 top shopping malls in the Mother City. Cape Town has so much to offer albeit beautiful places to see, exciting adventures to partake in and excellent nightlife just to name a few. So without further ado let’s get to those malls.
1- V&A Waterfront
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront can be considered one of the oldest shopping destinations in Western Cape, South Africa, as its roots stems back to colonial era. The V&A Waterfront’s beginnings commenced roughly in the 1600’s when Jan Van Riebeeck went about building a refreshment station for Dutch ships at the point of Africa (part of the Dutch East India Company project). Today the V&A Waterfront or simply known as the Waterfront boasts an exquisite shopping mall with over 450 lavish retail shops plus restaurants. On the outer parts of the establishment you’ll find an array of arts and crafts markets. The Waterfront is located in Cape Town along the Atlantic Seaboard and also features the harbour, residential apartments and several hotel establishments.
2- Canal Walk Shopping Centre
The popular Canal Walk Shopping Centre or simply known as CW or Canal Walk was established in 2000, it was and still is one of the Mother City’s largest shopping centres featuring 402 retail stores as well as restaurants. It is located in Century City, a world class establishment topping more than R17billion since its development began in 1995. There are currently over 60,000 residents living in the establishment as it features several residential establishments as well as the Grand Hotel and many activities to enjoy such as Grand West casino, the Ice Rink and much more.
3- Tygervalley Shopping Centre
Tygervalley Shopping Centre is a fairly big mall, not as large as the V&A Waterfront or Canal Walk shopping centre, but still features an excellent shopping experience, with 270 luxury retail stores catering for everybody’s taste. It initially opened its doors in the year 1985, and underwent refurbishment to help sustain the old establishment in 2012. The mall is located in the Bellville region within the Northern Suburbs Cape Town.
4- Somerset mall
Located in the Helderberg basin in Somerset West, Somerset Mall offers shoppers a variety of 200 retail stores and restaurants to choose from, catering for everything from hair salons, clothing outlets, speciality stores and more. It has secure parking able to accommodate 4,225 vehicles.
5- Blue Route Mall
Blue Route Mall is located in the Southern Suburbs in Tokai, it opened its doors in the early 1970’s which was made possible by the steady and dedicated customers that conveniently utilised it as a shopping facility. The mall has an assortment of 120 retail shops including restaurants and has also underwent a revamp to aid in refurbishment and improvement. Even though it has a smaller amount of shops, it offers the shopper a great shopping experience.
Most malls showcase events and expos throughout the year and there are many great things for families to enjoy, some include activities such as go-carts, ice skating, cinemas and various other forms of entertainment. These may be the 5 top shopping malls in the Mother City, but when in the Mother City, you are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping, entertainment and lifestyle needs. So enjoy your experience and happy Christmas shopping.
Safe travels and peace to all!