Many tourists in Cape Town visit the Green Market to bargain for souvenirs from South Africa; most of these not made in the Rainbow Nation. But The Gallery Shop in nearby Church Street is a different story. It showcases contemporary handmade craft and art from South Africa. The owner focuses on beadwork, jewellery, ceramics, felt and recycled materials; all made by crafts people in the region. The shop supports community projects and Aids Organisations. The unique items are small, lightweight and easy to pack. And, very important: affordable! With other words; you don’t have to bargain… 😉
Many tourists to Cape Town visit the Waterfront. Alas … next to the Waterfront is the Watershed; a new building (with a yellow top gable). It’s one of those few places in the Mother City where one can buy truly South African made souvenirs. And unique these are!!! Unfortunately the Watershed is severely under-marketed by the tourism authorities and travel organisations. Pity, pity….
Helon Melon is one of those outlets in the Watershed. The owner and name-giver deals directly with the designers and crafts people who supply this shop. The prices are very reasonable. Helon Melon also has some of her own staff engaged in creating unique pieces; from jewellery to clothing and everything in between.