Get your geek on: fun shopping in Cape Town

Don’t know about you, but I could really do with some retail therapy! Luckily, you can seriously shop till you drop in the Mother City. So we went for a walk on the quirky side: Slytherin ankle socks, anyone?

Quirky Me

Super Hero Pencil!

If you are doing quirky, where better to begin than at Quirky Me? “Kooky decor, genius gifts” is their tag line and they do have some seriously fun stuff. Founder Ingrid Corbett is aiming to make the space around you more fun and interesting and sourcing her wares locally. Loved her stuff, especially the  Super Hero Pencils and the Mia Wallace closed edition print by South African embroidery designer Danielle Clough.
Shop 6, Courtyard, Constantia, Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town

Three floors of cool and funky African design, hand picked by sisters Jacqui and Mandi Hunter. Jacqui also designed the restaurant at The Grand Daddy Hotel. Oh those FAB Shine Shine pillows. I love Shine Shine, a Cape Town based brand founded by Tracy Rushmere and developed with graphic designer Heidi Chisholm.
E1, Watershed, V&A Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa

Treasure Box

Slytherin ankle socks

Fancy some Slytherin ankle socks? Arwen’s EvenStar? A Dalek necklace? Narcissa Malfoy’s wand? A golden Snitch fidget spinner? Consider it done! Born on a rainy day during a Harry Potter movie binge, lusting after Hermione’s Timeturner Necklace,
Treasure Box specialises in movie inspired jewellery. Fish Hoek Cape Town, Western Cape

Yuppie gadgets
All the stuff you never knew you needed, like a water melon keg tapping kit. A Ron Burgundy dress up kit. A samurai sword umbrella. Yes. I need all these in my life. And then there’s The Shit Box, a cardboard portapotty, perfect for festivals and camping trips. Well, perfect….
7 17th Ave, Maitland, Cape Town, 7405, South Africa

Just for a laugh: No food on the Death Star

Bring the pretty: Haldane Martin

While I am mostly food focused – wait, do I smell fresh bread? – I also love pretty things. As it happens Cape Town based architect and designer Haldane Martin actually manages to combine two of my favourite things: eating&drinking and very pretty design. Though his rather masculine, stream lined, dark, steampunk designs are perhaps not what most people would think of as ‘pretty’. Haldane famously designed the interior for Truth Coffee’s head quarters in Cape Town and the Google Umbono Incubator, but more recently he has also transformed the Striped Horse brewery bar and did a lovely, dreamy, pink design for Hip Hop Fashion. Haldane qualified as a designer at Cape Tech back in 1992. He won theStyle Student Award and pretty much started designing his own homeware from then on. Martin describes his style as Contemporary South African. Have a look:

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