For dedicated followers of fashion this place is a treat, and has become a magnet for some of South Africa’s leading fashion designers whose work regularly graces the catwalks of local fashion weeks.
Contemporary design and fashion44 Stanley is home to a number of local independent fashion labels. At Guillotine by Lisa Jaffe you'll find sensual fitted forms and luxurious fabrics, with an emphasis on the architecture of each clothing item and for timelessly chic pieces (including bridal and ready-to-wear items) there's Lunar. For men and Odrin is a super chic menswear store and there's also Thabiso Modise MoMa, stocking a personally selected range of items from cult European menswear labels as well as his own designs. For accessories Cape Town’s hip handmade leather accessories label Rowdy Bags is a favourite, especially as all their items come with a lifetime guarantee.
GiftsThe Atelier bookshop is a visual feast for bookworms, with imported, limited edition, collector’s item books, for adults and kids, and has a functioning antique printing press, where specialised prints can be ordered. The atelier also has an interesting art gallery space. Opposite the store, you can find the quaint second-hand bookshop L’Elephant Terrible, to satisfy your literary needs without breaking the bank with a wide range of Africana titles, first edition classics and beautifully illustrated botanical reference books.
For that hard-to-find jazz title or the latest vinyl releases visit Mr Vinyl. Among many other must-visit stores is the divine Belgian chocolate store Chocoloza, and Mungo Design where you will find luxurious woven linens made according to traditional 19th-Century techniques. For the cutest gift cards and stationery pop into the design studio and gift store Brunch. A must-visit for unique homeware, accessories and clothing sourced from some of the world's most exotic locations is The Storer, while Gone Outdoor stocks the iconic Patagonia range.
PamperingWyatt is an eco-conscious hair salon, owned by acclaimed stylist, Candice Wyatt-Minter. Get a signature adventurous Wyatt hairstyle, while sipping coffee in a salon suited to a décor magazine shoot.
CinemaJoburg's original independent cinema, The Bioscope is devoted to bringing the latest in arthouse, indie, documentary and African films to the South African big screen. As well as a spacious 47-room cinema, there's The Bioscope gift shop where you can buy movie-related memorabilia such as books and posters as well as the first physical Limited Edish store selling cool T-shirts (many of them movie inspired) designed by talented illustrator and The Bioscope's founder Russell Grant.
Places to eatFor a delicious breakfast or a relaxed family meal, Salvation Cafe is an ideal choice, with one of the best selections of both savoury and sweet breakfasts and a popular courtyard terrace. Enjoy the scent of freshly roasted coffee at Bean There, South Africa's first roaster of Certified Fair Trade coffee, and don’t forget to buy a bag to take home.
Vovo Telo takes bread to an art form with a wide range of healthy, sweet and savoury breads and at Vicky Bain's Belgian chocolate Chocoloza you can find some of the finest handcrafted chocolates as well as seven different varieties of hot chocolate, while Forest Gelato serves up the best homemade gelato and sorbets. For sundowners and casual drinks and small plates of an evening settle in the super pretty Peachy courtyard.