A whale of a shopping spree

The town of Hermanus in the Western Cape is a whole lot more than only about whale­spotting, even though they are the main ­attraction.

When the whales aren’t there, what better way to pass the time than to go shopping?

All these shops are to be found in ­Village Square on ­Marine Drive, with the exception of the book store on Aberdeen Street.

Magical Africa
028 313 1619

In this large and airy space, a kind of art gallery, it is easy to find yourself ­wandering from one glorious object to another.

Paintings and ceramics vie for attention and cute little-girls’ dresses fill the need of every little princess who enters.

They also have a section that makes ­personally embroidered, exquisite linens.

The Purple Shop
028 312 3251

Handbags to tempt even the most fussy shopper in a huge range of colours, styles and finishes; scarves; costume ­jewellery; hats and caps; make-up; and ­fragrances.

In short, anything that you will need to indulge the inner you and make you feel just that little bit more special.

Intle
028 313 2542

The name of the shop means “beautiful” in Xhosa, and that is exactly what owner Marilyn Cilliers has in her delightful shop.

A discerning eye on her travels has filled this great little place with porcelain and knick-knacks, and irresistible jewellery from throughout the East and elsewhere. The pearls in spectacular colours are ­particularly wonderful.

Books @ Aberdeen
028 3132341
12 Aberdeen St

This marvellous shop is cleverly situated on the premises that house the famous restaurant, The ­Barefoot Cook.

So while your meal is being prepared, or afterwards, you can browse through the vast ­collection of new and old books on offer.

Find a vast array of collector’s items and Africana here.

African Dawn
028 313 2878

Mainly for the tourist who feels the urge to have a real African mask for the wall, maybe a shield or some beads to take back to the city.

If you have forgotten your Panama hat, this is just the place to get another without breaking the bank.

Graffiti
084 208 9018

The irrepressible owner, Lezanne, will keep you entertained with a steady stream of patter while you browse through her stock in this quaint little space packed with bits and pieces including Springbok rugby shirts for tots and kids’ stuff ­emblazoned with Hermanus logos.

Just the right place to pick up a ­memento or two at a reasonable price.

Rouge
082 788 3209

Unusual garments for the woman who doesn’t think that mass shopping is the answer to looking good.

Funky Vibes
028 312 1446

A real nook of a shop steeped in ­character, it is alternative with a large ­selection of off-beat music from across ­Africa – from Senegal to ­Zimbabwe.

In this treasure trove you can find reggae and rock, T-shirts, fabric, bags and incense.

The owner, David Lowe, has a music ­programme on the local radio station and really knows his oats.

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