You have just two weeks left, people of Jozi, to do your Christmas shopping. Here are some of our favourite shops, all selling divine goodies with a creative South African flavour.
In Braamfontein you will find the ingenious ‘I was Shot in Johannesburg’. They have a range of t-shirts, photographs, handbags, purses and notebooks, all with an inspiring and relevant Joburg theme. Very hip and trendy, but also very community conscious. ‘I was Shot’ was started as a photographic project, helping to get the homeless off the streets. They’re on Juta Street, but have recently opened a kiosk in the Rosebank Mall for easy shopping.
The 1866 Boutique in Maboneng sells local and hand-made goods, proudly South African, original and innovative. I love their antelope mounted wall-lights made out of paper, as well as the baskets, wooden spoons, motor-cycles out of recycled drink cans, giant bean bags, beads, wire art and necklaces. The shop is next to the 12 Decades Hotel and is just too much fun!
If you’re after jewellery, head to Kirsten Goss in the Birdhaven Shopping Centre. Kirsten handcrafts gold and silver with precious and semi-precious stones; exquisite delicate designs. She shares a space with Capetonian handbag designer, Missibaba, so you can do a lot of shopping (or damage) here. Not for you if you’re on a tight budget, but divine to look!
The African Cream Store is the only place to go to for music. You can buy online at www.africancreamstore.com or from their store in Randburg. They’re always the first with new African music, old African music, in fact, anything African music. They have brilliant compilations, original musicians and have this extraordinary way of mixing and matching music. I shall say no more, look at their website immediately!
For books, make your way to Love Books in Melville. Owner run, Love Books is small, personal and inviting, with a great selection. They’ll order books for you if they don’t have them, and it’s in the The Bamboo Centre with a few galleries and antique stores around, so good for all kinds of shopping. Love Books leads into The Service Station with their delicious fresh salads and great selection of cake and coffee, so read, eat and be happy!
Art Africa, on Tyrone Avenue in Parkview is an old time favourite. They have a fabulous selection of African arts and crafts, starting with teeny beaded key rings and Zulu love letters and leading to collectors’ items from Ghana and Senegal. They also sell fantastic wire Christmas trees and beaded and felt ornaments to hang off them. Perfect for African style Christmas stocking fillers.
In the Dunkeld Shopping Centre you will find Firehouse. This has become a favourite haunt of mine for decor — well priced table mats, table cloths, fabric from India, flannel pyjamas, slippers, scarves and shawls – all things delicious!
You’ll find Nonna tucked away in a corner of The Cobbles in Parkhurst. They have an unusual selection of kikois, exquisite ceramics, hand-made dolls and wooden African style sculptures. It’s fun and funky and also across the road from Polly Potter which is a fabulous toy store for young kids. And a pastry at Vovo Telo will make your shopping experience easier!
We have not even mentioned the Jozi markets! Neighbourgoods, Market on Main in Maboneng, and The Sheds at Fox Street, all fabulous for trinket and craft shopping, also for eating and drinking! It’s nearly Christmas guys. Start wrapping those gifts!