Shopping in the Eastern Cape
Shopping in the Eastern Cape offers visitors a chance to know the local culture and customs better, apart from finding great bargains on souvenirs and local crafts. From a nearly one kilometre long shopping mall to tiny corner shops overflowing with bric-a-bracs, from glitzy shopping centres selling branded goods to colourful flea markets that are a mainstay of life here, Port Elizabeth offers an great shopping experience to the discerning buyer.
Port Elizabeth and Addo are great for picking up souvenirs, as well as for visitors keen on taking in the sights and sounds of this part of South Africa.
Use this Eastern Cape Shopping Guide to gain some local insight into interesting shops and markets to browse around in. More general information about shopping in South Africa can be found in our South African Shopping Guide. And don't forget to try the local cuisine in some of the fantastic Port Elizabeth and Addo Restaurants.
If you are planning a shopping tour of Port Elizabeth and Addo, here is a tip: most shops are open between 9 am and 5 pm. If you plan to shop later in the evening, the best places to head to are the malls, which stay open until late.
Crafts and Souvenirs
Don't leave Port Elizabeth and Addo without buying a few unusual gift items and souvenirs. Handcrafted ceramic toys, glasswork, xhosa dolls, and leather goods are popular buys. Go green by investing in furniture made from recycled wood. Look for authentic local Port Elizabeth and Addo handicrafts at emporiums, but you can also buy cheaper souvenirs from the vendors on the beaches. In Addo, you will find souvenir shops selling everything from handcrafted key chains to wildlife-themed tee shirts.
Port Elizabeth's cavernous malls are a testament to the growing economy of this beach city. Most tourists combine their shopping trips here with an evening spent dining at the restaurants and diners near the malls. Many malls go much further than that - they have facilities such as beauty salons, roulette tables, and a lot more. Malls in Port Elizabeth sell everything from branded clothes to hip accessories and kitchen appliances. The city's best-known mall is located next to the beach, offering tourists the chance to combine their shopping trip with a day at the beach.
Port Elizabeth's shops stock everything from holiday staples such as swimsuits and hammocks, to organic produce sourced from local farmers. Some of the smaller stores may not be too high on glamour but they offer personalised attention to customers. Many grocers deliver food to tourist yachts moored off the docks. Lawrence Street has stores that sell antiques, and these are quite a rage among tourists keen to take home a little slice of history. Clyde Street is a good destination for people with bigger wallets, you can buy jewellery made of rare metals and set with precious stones.
If you want to see local colours firsthand and get a feel of bargaining, this is one experience you should not miss. You can haggle with the flea market vendors for locally produced items. Bargaining is not only encouraged, it is expected! You might actually end up offending the vendor if you don't try it. So go ahead, indulge to your heart's content. The beach hosts a weekly flea market as well, and this attracts many tourists.
The Rand (ZAR) is the currency of South Africa and each Rand is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at the larger hotels, bureaux de change, and banks.
Currency exchange rate (guideline only) - 1 Rand = US $0.14 / € 0.09 / A$ 0.15
2a De Gama rd Jeffreys Bay
Tel: +27 200 2616 / 200 2643
Billabong Concept Store
De Gama Rd Jeffreys Bay
Tel: +27 42 200 2640
1a De Gama Road Surf Village Jeffreys Bay
Cnr R102 Humansdorp & St Francis Drive Jeffreys Bay 6331
Tel: +27 42 200 2900 - Fax: 086 543 9195
Intersection of the N2, N10 and R72 travelling to Grahamstown, Cradock and Port Alfred.
Tel: 041 468 0353 - Fax: 041 468 0183
Greeanacres Shopping centre
Greenacres shopping centre Ring Road, Greenacres 6054
Tel: 041 363 0791 - Fax: 041 363 3060
The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World
Marine Drive, Summerstrand Port Elizabeth
Tel: 041 507 7777