Destination: South Africa: Cape Town
If you only have time for one shopping excursion, make it the new Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill (9:00 am -2:30 pm; 373-75 Albert Road; 021-448-1438; www.neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za) in Woodstock near the Salt River Circle on a Saturday morning. The market, on a rather unsalubrious stretch of industrial properties, opened just nine months ago, and in that time it’s become a weekly ritual for many Capetonians. Go early and eat breakfast at a communal table in the small and charming organic food market, which sells fruit and vegetables, artisanal vinegars and honey, pancakes and coffee, nuts, seeds and pestos. Try to resist loading yourself down with goods (or not; I managed to bring a bottle of fynbos vinegar and a jar of ginger honey back in my suitcase—both supremely impractical), then head to the shops in the refurbished Old Biscuit Mill complex. Stop first at Heartworks; it has an irresistible collection of local ceramics and crafts.
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