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Focus on St George's Mall

Aug 24, 2016

The top of one of Cape Town’s major pedestrianised streets is a drawcard for visitors and city workers alike, with cosmopolitan restaurants, some of the most interesting things for sale, a sense of history – and even a piece of the infamous Berlin Wall.


1. Earth Fair Market

Every Thursday, from 11:00 to 15:00, the block between Wale and Church street comes alive with aromas from around the world, artisanal food products, flowers, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Grab a plate and sit at one of the tables or perch on the steps of the statue of and enjoy the city sunshine. For more info on the traders visit

2. St George's Cathedral

Known as 'The People's Cathedral' for its role in the resistance against apartheid, St. George's Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town. Spend a few minutes contemplating its exquisite architecture, courtesy of Sir Herbert Baker, and be sure to visit the exhibit in The Crypt focusing on the historic peace marches of the late 1980s. The Crypt is also a popular restaurant and live music venue. Apart from its usual services, the Cathedral has Jazz Vespers at 18:00 every last Sunday of the month, and a group walk around the Siyahamba Labyrinth at 14:00 every second Saturday. For more info visit

3. Berlin Wall

A large piece of concrete placed in the mall often stops people in their tracks. It a chunk of the infamous Berlin Wall, donated to former President Nelson Mandela during his visit to Germany in 1996. The piece is outside the home of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, in a building that once housed the mining interests of Cecil John Rhodes.

4. Great Restaurants

If you’re hungry, this area is packed with excellent restaurants. Try the authentic Indian cuisine at Mint restaurant in the Taj Hotel, housed in the historic banking district, go for contemporary Italian at Doppio Zero, or freshly prepared sushi at Nuri Express.

5. Convenience Shopping

With a growing number of residents, Food Lover’s Market offers all you need in basic groceries, plus a wide array of freshly baked goods, cheeses and deli foods - and a selection of ready cooked foods perfect for a city lunch or to take home for later. The central city needs more of these handy food stores. There’s a great sushi bar too. It’s open from 07:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and from 09:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays.

6. Traders from around the continent

Stroll along and stop to talk to the traders to discover more about their hand-made crafts and materials from around the African region.

7. Shopping with a difference

In the nearby streets, there are some amazing shops offering one-of-a-kind items that you won’t find in a suburban mall. There’s the Benger his-and-her clothing stores and around the corner is Ma se Kinders, with a unique selection of baby and children’s clothing, books and toys.

8. Free WiFi

There’s free WiFi (and a place to charge your phone) at the solar-powered bench entrance to The Company’s Gardens and hotspots within the public gardens.

Last modified on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 08:57
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