DÉCOR ROUTE (starting from AN AFRICAN VILLA)For the style-minded, here’s walking tour to give you African inspiration! Walk down Kloof Street until you reach Wale, here turn right and then left into Burg St.where you will see (on the corner of Church and Burg)….
AFRICAN IMAGE (cnr. Burg and Church) – www.african-image.co.za A riot of colour and funky creativity for the voguish. Further on along Burg St. You will reach the ever popular….
THE PAN AFRICAN MARKET (27 Long – www.panafrican.co.za More of the same but inside a building with several floors – cheap (often flawed) curios. As you exit the P.A. Market look to your left to find….
TRIBAL TRENDS (27 Long – 021423 8008) Very stylish use of Africa in décor here, making the art accessible to the Eurocentric eye. One of my favourite shops. If you walk back up Long Street you will find Church Street which has many street vendors selling their wares – not necessarily African but interesting none the less. Then continue up this road towards Signal Hill until you reach Bree Street – take a detour here – turning right along Bree past Christian Barnard Hospital to the corner of Longmarket to find….
AVOOVA INTERIORS (97 Bree Street)www.avoova.com/
This is extremely sophisticated decor ware made of shattered ostrich egg splinters embossed onto objects. I like!
Now you will need to cross Bree and cut back to Church street and the hed further up Church. Cross Buitengracht Street which is very busy – take care here! Having made it across the road, continue up to the corner of Church and Rose Streets…..
THE HAAS COLLECTIVE (Corner Church and Rose)www.haascollective.com/ A wonderful space – much more ‘relaxed’ in style from your previous visit! You could stop for a coffee here and then wander around to learn from how the owners creative minds have though laterally to create interesting objects from ordinary things. Then continue down Rose Street until you see….
MONKEY BIZ(43 Rose) -www.monkeybiz.co.za Which specializes in beaded objects made of wire. (Actially, my favoured source of such goods is just around the corner (see ‘Street Wires’ below). But before leaving Monkey Biz, ask to be given access through their back entrance and up some stairs to Carrol Boyes’ warehouse (www.carrolboyes.com/ ) where you will find pewter work for the home. Come down the grander stairs of Carrol Boyes’ shop and out of the front entrance and turn immediately Right into Shortmarket Street to find….
STREET WIRES(on Shortmarket)www.streetwires.co.za This is a non-profit organisation which has some amazing beaded objects. Continue down Shortmarket Street and turn left into Buitengracht. Carefully cross this busy road and walk down the further side where you will reach Heritage Square which although not a decor mecca, has some excellent restaurants which you may wish to return to (The Africa Cafe www.africacafe.co.za//The Savoy Cabbage www.savoycabbage.co.za/ and Bizerca www.bizerca.com/).
Walk on down the main road and cross Strand (see the Gold Museum on your right) until you reach a pedestrian bridge (our ‘Fan Walk’ during the wonderful World Cup Soccer season). You can cross beneath the bridge if you wait for the lights and you will be in Waterkant Street heading towards the fun area called the De Waterkant Precinct (arty and alternative – actually ‘the gay area’). Look out for ….
AFRICA NOVA(74 Waterkant) – www.africanova.co.za Filled with contemporary local African art objects. Much inspiration here! After this you will definitely need lunch and our all time favourite for it is… LE PETIT TARTE
After your lunch, cross over to the new Cape Quarter Pizza to visit an couple of galleries. Ask them to call a taxi for you because by now you will be exhausted!