Atlas Trading, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town: Shop Review

Atlas Trading
94 Wale Street
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
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Specialty: Indian cooking spices
Contact: Tel: +27 (0) 21 423 4361, Fax: +27 (0) 21 426 1929
SA Blog recommends a look inside? If you need spices!

Further Insight & Opinion
If you’ve been bitten by the curry bug, and need to impress your travel mates by whipping up a steaming pot of dhal or a pan of scrumptious butter chicken in the house kitchen right now, then head to Atlas Trading in the Bo-Kaap, where you’ll find practically every Indian spice on Earth – including the hard-to-find ones, like ganthora and white cardamom.




Atlas has been around for generations, and its interior and set-up haven’t changed much down the years. For instance, you place your order first, then pay, then collect what you’ve ordered at the counter. Despite this antiquated approach to business – or, indeed, perhaps because of it – the shop does a roaring trade. Your custom will be most welcome!

  • Need a recipe? Check out Your Correspondent’s own Indian culinary effort, The Masala Cookbook.