Cape Town is a shopping mecca for everything from arts and crafts to designer outfits, but it’s just as great for picking up some more practical items. Here’s where to go if you’re in the Mother City for some outdoor adventure and looking to buy some gear during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation. 

Cape Union Mart for Adventure Gear

Cape Union Mart is your go-to for all the most trusted brands of outdoor gear. It’s a great starting point for novice adventure seekers and a first choice for seasoned explorers.


There are branches dotted all over the city including at Canal Walk, Cavendish Square and the V&A Waterfront. 


Totalsports brings more to the table than athletics wear. You’ll also find a range of casual outfits in store that are great for surviving in the great outdoors. Protective socks, GPS watches, fitness trackers, water bottles and backpacks are all on offer at Totalsports. 

Sportsman’s Warehouse

According to this mega sports store, hiking is a sport, so you’ll find all you need to head for the hills within their walls. Warm jackets, thermals, gloves, fitness trackers, GPS watches, and hiking shoes are all on the shelves at this trusted sports emporium. 

Rip Curl

If heading out into the Big Blue is your idea of a good time, Rip Curl in the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk or Long Street, Cape Town CBD, has got the action gear to help you on every adventure. Here you’ll find wetsuits, accessories and surfing essentials like booties, rash guards and waterproof watches. 


With oceans of surf along our coastline you’ll find many other surf shops offering all the major brands, along with some unique local brands. Check out the following shops for all your surfing needs:


CBD – Vudu Surf, KISS (Keep it simple surf), Sport ‘n Surf

Muizenburg – Lifestyle Surf Shop, Surf Emporium, The Corner Surf Shop

Big Bay – Big Bay Surf 


Salomon is passionate about the Great Outdoors and stocks a range of accessories to help you get out there. You’ll find only the best-quality trainers, gloves, socks and jackets at this high-end Mecca of outdoor fashion in Canal Walk. 

Just Like Papa

This trendy store in Harrington Street, Cape Town, is a boutique of everything outdoor-related. It’s the perfect place to pick up imported-everything from lip balm to lamps for your camping trip.   

Plan Your Cape Town Adventure

Whether you’re heading off to adventures during or after your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation or planning an outing for another time, you’ll find all the adventure gear you need in South Africa’s favourite shopping destination. Book your accommodation now and start planning some retail therapy in Cape Town.


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