Gardens Shopping Centre
Mill Street, Gardens
Cape Town | Map
Specialty: Big shops, boutique shops, banks and holiday accommodation.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 465 1841 (shopping) 461 8000 (holiday apartments)
Fax: +27 (0) 21 465 2097 (shopping) 461 5588 (holiday apartments)
SA Blog recommends a look inside? Possibly
Further Insight & Opinion
If you explore Cape Town’s city bowl on foot, you’re bound to bump into the Gardens Centre eventually. Situated on the verge of the city center, its tall, grey, ugly tower – which contains holiday flats – is difficult to miss. (The best view of the city, architecturally-speaking, is from within.)
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Despite its ungainly exterior, the mall is a favorite with Capetonians, because of its concentrated blend of the essential (Clicks, Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, the major banks), the luxurious (designer shoes, clothing and knick-knacks, gourmet deli, etc.) and the caffeinated (more coffee houses than you can shake a stick at).
- Shopping tip: the mall’s Pick ‘n Pay is the best place in the city bowl to purchase picnic and party essentials (including wine – for other alcohol, go to the mall’s liquor store) and has a great and inexpensive deli for cheap bites.
The walk to the mall from the heart of the city (Long Street – map – or Kloof Street – map), though seemingly short, is longer than you think. It’s always better to cadge a ride, buy the driver a cuppa while you shop, and get whisked back to your abode, bags of goodies (or groceries, most likely) in tow.
- Transport tip: Using Rikkis is a convenient, inexpensive way to get to and from the Gardens Centre.