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The Best Vintage Shopping In Cape Town

The Best Vintage Shopping In Cape Town

by Must ReadsMarch 24, 2014

While Cape Town may be well known for its beautiful beaches and incredible mountain views, this South African city is also a great place to let loose and indulge in some relaxing retail therapy. Many visitors head to the malls to buy the best in contemporary fashion, but the most unique and precious finds can be sourced out at Cape Town’s quirky vintage clothing stores.

Second Time Around

Located in the city center on bustling Long Street, Second Time Around is Cape Town’s oldest and most well known vintage clothing store. Every piece is carefully selected to create a diverse and unique collection, with garments from the 1930’s and onward to browse through. Almost anything you can think of can be found at Second Time Around, from wedding dresses to leather boots, and every item is presented in good quality condition to guarantee lasting use.


If you’re hoping to travel outside of the city to explore Cape Town’s coastal villages, head to the beautiful and scenic Kalk Bay for an exciting selection of vintage shopping and antiquing. Franki’s is a chic boutique showcasing a range of local designers, but vintage enthusiasts can move to the back room to check out Franki’s Vintage Room. You’ll find a great collection of vintage embellished bags, cocktail jewellery and pre-owned designer garments.

Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s Box can be found in the city center on Loop Street, and it’s a veritable treasure chest for those looking for interesting, quirky clothing and jewellery. You will have to do some digging to find that right piece, but it’s well worth it when you come across that perfect dress or handbag. Pandora’s Box is especially great for 80’s pieces, including genuine 80’s power suits and jeans.

Glitterati at Antique Arcade

Long Street is definitely Cape Town’s best shopping spot, and Antique Arcade is one of the top locations for sourcing unique and exciting vintage clothing. You’ll find a wonderful collection of vintage tweed jackets and beautiful belts, all collected from vintage auctions and street markets by the owner, Terry Mullins. This store is pretty small and hidden at the back of the Antique Arcade, but it’s well worth a visit if you’re hoping to go home with something special.

Afraid Of Mice

For those looking for high quality designer vintage clothing, Afraid Of Mice is the best that Cape Town has to offer. Located on Long Street, the store claims to offer all of the classics clothes that “you wish your mother had kept for you,” and they really do sell on their promise. The prices are surprisingly affordable, especially when compared to designer vintage stores in other major cities, and you’ll find Oscar De La Renta, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and a host of other famous and fashionable brands. The items in Afraid of Mice’s collection are truly one of a kind, in perfect condition and 100% authentic, offering a premium shopping experience for Cape Town’s fashionable crowd.

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