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A selection of steamy local spots selling adult toys, erotica and racy outfits
Last Updated: 17 March 2017
There’s a whole lot more to lovemaking than the missionary position. Sex is one of the last opportunities for play that us adults have in this crazy grown-up world of work, and really, most would agree, it’s meant to be full of fun. Not to mention, sometimes we’re in the mood for some solo satisfaction and we may want some assistance from an external source.
Enter the world of sex toys, pleasure products, erotica, lingerie, lubes and lotions. These sort of sensual accessories not only spice up banal bedroom routines and add some explosive excitement to life but also enhance intimacy and improve relationships, even if that relationship is with yourself. The only problem is, where do you get such titillating tackle if you’re not up for sneaking through the sleazy, blacked-out entrance of one of the Mother City’s many Adult World outlets?
In an attempt to answer this question, we’ve scooped together a selection of reputable sex shops in Cape Town, from those focusing on making hetero- or homosexual playtime raunchier to those that are all about deepening love through third-party technology. As shoppers generally want privacy and anonymity, many adult boutiques have gone online exclusively, so you’ll note there are a large number of e-options below; though, we have tried to pick out a few bricks-and-mortar boutiques for both the bolder among us and those who actually want to see and stroke what they’re purchasing. Either way, happy browsing, happy buying and oh-so-happy bed, bath or back-of-the-car time.
Désir Intimate Collection
Founded in 2012, Désir Intimate Collection takes pride in providing South Africans access to some of the most luxurious and sophisticated adult toys from across the globe. Primarily an online adult shop headquartered in Camps Bay, Désir aims to bring the same level of distinction, quality, discretion, not to mention customer care and attention to detail, to the South African adult accessory market that is renowned in distinguished intimate industries worldwide. Focusing on removing the general stigma attached to purchasing and owning sex toys, Désir not only ensures that each product meets the highest standard of sensual luxury but also that their products are carefully evaluated, well-researched and are safe and user-friendly. As a result, Désir’s products are aesthetically pleasing, ergonomically designed and made of the highest grade of body-safe silicone – all health and safety approved. Believing that it is important for people to honour themselves (and their partners) intimately, Désir wishes to empower their customers through the various products they offer. Clients can expect to find a wide selection of sex toys here, lingerie (suitable for men and women of all sizes), beautiful silk and satin linen as well as various other items including cosmetics, literature and more. Taking pride in providing customers with an all-inclusive professional experience from the moment they log into the Désir website through to the order process, the secure payment procedure (all payments are securely processed on-site through Peach Payments) and their professional and discreet overnight courier delivery service, Désir aims to keep their clients best interests in mind ensuring high quality products, utmost discretion and expert service delivery. What’s more, Désir too offers customers the opportunity to view and purchase items directly from their head office situated in Camps Bay while enjoying a glass of bubbly (or two).
NOTE: Walk-ins are on an appointment basis only and must be arranged via phone or email.
Desir.co.za |13 Totnes Avenue | Bakoven | Camps Bay | +27 (0)86 099 4160
This Cape Town-based online adult shop, which was conceived by women especially for women, is all about bringing glee to girls’ lives and taking the stigma out of sexual play. Hence, it boasts a feminine, classy designs and sells tasteful toys and trinkets aimed at helping ladies explore, experiment, let loose and ultimately enjoy the ‘Big O’. From lipstick-shaped vibrators and waterproof mini wands to polka dot chemises to lacy thigh-high stockings, the store stocks everything required to tickle her pink. Plus, it also has a small range of sexual health basics, like a sex toy cleaner spray, and a limited selection of luxurious bed linen. Payments made via the virtual portal are entirely secure, and the packaging used to wrap the goodies gives away nothing. Items are delivered to customers’ doors within three to five working days, and buyers get a complimentary satin drawstring bag that can be used to store their pleasure-enhancers away safely.
Launched in 2005 by a few IT professionals who noted the need in South Africa for an upmarket online adult shop, Matildas.co.za stocks a broad range of top bedroom goodies from around the world. The e-store, which imports safe and trusted brands like Fun Factory, Tantus and Je Joue, spices up sex lives with everything from double dildos, oral sex simulators, vibrating sponges and plus-size lingerie to masturbator sleeves (there’s a whole large men’s section), penis enlargement pumps, erotic books and all sorts of lubes and lotions. Not to mention, it also sells a range of bondage toys (think handcuffs, latex whips, blindfolds, love swings and bed restraint kits), and, somewhat on the other end of the spectrum, a few products related to improving sexual health. Plus, the site is super user-friendly, and browsers can search by product material, colour, area of stimulation and even degree of realism. Matilda’s keeps everything discreet and delivers overnight to anywhere in Mzansi, so purchasers can, as the shop’s slogan says “click today, play tomorrow”. Shipping is mahala for all orders over R500 and the outlet will even throw in a few freebies to kink things up quickly.
Dr Eve Sexual Health Store
Founded by internationally accredited couple and sex therapist Dr Eve, this Sea Point-based shop (there’s an online store too) focuses not only on enhancing sexual pleasure, but on improving sexual health. That is, the incredibly insightful sexologist uses her clinical knowledge to source and suggest the latest and greatest in high-end sex toys that will both inject a bit of fun into adult playtime and make couples more confident about their bodies and sexuality. Though customers can buy any of the passion products from the cyber outlet, Dr Eve encourages Mother City-based clients to come into the physical boutique where they can receive proper education about the various items available and learn which is best for their personal needs (every toy also comes with a how-to video for the masses who can’t tell up from down on a dildo). The shop also sells a racy medley of erotic DVDs, books and artworks to help get the creative juices flowing, and it stocks a menopausal range of moisturisers, dilators and lubricants for older women who’re struggling with desire. Should you buy a knickknack online, delivery is very discreet – there’s no labelling on the packages – and every order arrives with a complimentary pack of condoms and a lubricant.
Sexual Health Center | 504 The Equinox | 154 Main Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 439 4004 | Dreveshop.co.za
HotHouse Adult Store
Though first and foremost a leisure and passion palace, this European-style steam bath venue, which sits in the bosom of Cape Town’s gay village in De Waterkant, is also home to a racy adult store that stocks dildos of any size, shape and colour; metal, leather, rubber and studded cock rings; sensual lubricants; Rush poppers, uber hot and kinky sex toys; and underwear. Many of these state-of-the-art bedroom pleasers are unlikely to be found elsewhere, and they’re all designed to take buyers to a state of absolute bliss, whether playing with a partner or flying solo. As an added bonus, the shop is open 24 hours a day over weekends, so if you just desperately need something naughty in the wee hours of the morning, HotHouse is a-waiting. Not to mention, anyone who spends over R500 at the store gets free entry into the main venue, which features a sauna, a steam room, two Jacuzzis, video lounges, a sun deck, private cabins, a maze, glory holes and a dark room with locking cubicles – basically, it’s a whole lot of frisky fun under one roof.
18 Jarvis Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3888
Operating both online and out of a bricks-and-mortar storefront in Kuils River, Intimate Pleasures stocks everything from the nice (think baby doll negligees and romance massage oil) to the very naughty (bondage ropes, fantasy kits, collar and leash sets, spanking paddles and the likes). Plus, aside from the usual adult toys and fetish trinkets, the shop also sells a few novelty items, like foreplay games, and gay-, lesbian- and heterosexual-angled DVDs. And if you can’t find the perfect item to perk up your love life, the owner of the store will gladly try to source the desired dildo, dong or device for you. Payment via the online store is safe and delivery is done discreetly, so you don’t have to worry about anyone discovering your sexy little secret. Shipping operates either via the post office or by a courier service and takes between 24 hours and five working days.
Unit 5 | 85 Van Riebeeck Road | Kuils River | Cape Town | +27 (0)83 340 7975 | intimatepleasures.co.za
Lady Fay’s Boudoir
Removing all of the potentially sleazy connotations of shopping for sex products, this discreet and decidedly feminine online store is dedicated to helping women enhance their sexual pleasure, whether with a partner or alone. Brainchild of Paula Raubenheimer, the virtual shop sells everything from sexy lingerie and chocolate truffle titbits to a carefully selected range of high-quality female sex toys, including clitoral vibrators, silicone ben-wa balls and smart wand dildos, as well as a few playthings for men (think anal beads, prostate stimulators and vibrating love rings). For buyers’ convenience, the catalogue is arranged by experience level, life stage and even relationship status, so shoppers can find exactly the right item to help them unshackle or enhance their erotic side. What’s more, the site also features a few helpful bits of information, such as details on how to clean your sex toys and a sizing guide for those buying underwear. The boudoir delivers anywhere in South Africa, and shipping costs between R45 and R150 and takes up to five working days; though, as the brand is Cape Town-based, if you live in the Mother City, you can pick up your purchase directly from one of the staff members.
Ladyfays.co.za | +27 (0)84 592 5778
Allure Sensuality Emporium
This upmarket Cape Town-based boutique and online store focuses on empowering women and their partners to explore their sexuality and enhance intimacy with a top-of-the-range selection of body-safe products. Though the store sells its various playtime goodies in cyber world, it also operates on an appointment-only basis out of a physical establishment in Milnerton. That is, individuals and couples can book a free private consultation with owner Sari to view the various steamy items in stock and ask any questions they might have. Such sessions are professional and respectful, and the aim is simply to ensure that buyers are knowledgeable about the toys, lubes and other racy tidbits they’re spending money on. Should you wish to order goodies online, though, you can expect them to be delivered to your door within 72 hours, or you can arrange to collect them directly from Sari.
Milnerton | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 775 8960 | Alluresensuality.co.za
With the emphasis on deepening connections and enriching bedroom time, this user-friendly Durban- and Cape Town-based online store aims to get spines tingling and toes curling with a range of reputable passion-inducing products. The extensive and ever-growing selection of playthings includes couple’s massagers, vibrating rubber duckies, cock rings, kegel exercise balls, vibrators in a myriad of shapes and colours and much more, and the classy e-outlet even stocks the uber risqué Fifty Shades of Grey collection (named after the famed trilogy of erotic novels) of floggers, anal beads, feather ticklers and riding crops. Notably, all the toys are non-toxic and free of any harmful phthalates and all the scrubs, massage oils and body powders are certified organic. As icing on the cake, the cyber-store, which promises a very enjoyable and fun shopping experience, delivers to Cape Town for free regardless of the size or value of the purchase. Though, if you’d rather select your bedmate in person, you can also contact one of Deeper Love’s party consultants to organise an at-home ‘Naughtywares Night’ that gives groups of women the opportunity to explore and buy intimate items at a venue of their own choice (these evenings are great for bachelorette parties). Either way, this shop is eager to add some pleasure to your private moments.
Established almost a decade ago, this comprehensive e-store has firmly secured its reputation as a leader in the online world of all things saucy and sensual. The nearly 1000 different trinkets, teasers and ticklers on sale at the shop – there’s everything from strap-on dildos and erotic jewellery to BDSM gear and electronic sex toys – are carefully sourced from renowned manufacturers that adhere to strict safety standards. Not to mention, the uncluttered, easy-to-use website features detailed product descriptions and top-quality images, so browsers can be sure of what it is they’re buying. Though, if you do need some help, the dedicated and dynamic team behind Passionfruit are available to offer personal support. And if you happen to not be completely satisfied with your purchase, there’s a six-month, no-quibble refund or replacement policy in place – something quite rare for local adult shops. Although the boutique operates out of Cape Town, it delivers anywhere in South Africa either counter to counter (R45.95) or door to door (R139.95) within 24 to 48 hours.
A treasure chest of all things sensuous and sultry, Angie’s Attic gives lovers the chance to buy intimate items either online via a safe and reliable e-shop or from an upmarket boutique in Cape Town’s Sea Point. Both the site and the storefront specialise predominantly in steamy lingerie, imported corsets, exotic shoes and boots and naughty costumes (think nurse, schoolgirl and French maid outfits) to help turn up the heat in the bedroom. But the female-oriented platforms do also sell a range of sex toys from trusted brands (like Lelo, We-Vibe and B Swish), lotions, lubricants and a small selection of bondage and fetish accessories (including the Fifty Shades of Grey range). Customers can count on receiving friendly, professional service at the Atlantic Seaboard outlet, and similarly, they can expect a secure and enjoyable shopping experience on the easy-to-navigate website. All purchases made via the virtual store will be delivered to your nearest post office within 24 to 48 hours – a great option for Cape Town-based clients who feel uncomfortable walking into a sex boutique.
Shop 17 | Sheletta Building | 15 Arthur’s Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 3933 | Angiesattic.co.za
Sex Toy Shop SA
Rather than being seedy and overtly sexual, this local online adult shop boasts an aesthetic that’s playful and fresh, encouraging an open and permissive attitude around the process of shopping for private playthings. Its virtual shelves are chock-a-block with a broad collection of guys’, girls’ and couples’ toys and accessories – clitoral stimulant gel, kegel balls, masturbators, electronic prostate stimulators, adult board games, penis pumps, highly realistic dildos and more – as well as a few sensual lifestyle products, like massage oils, body scrubs and candles. But what really sets this e-store apart is its commitment to customer support – shoppers can converse with staff members via a live online chat from 7:30am if they need advice, and there’s a functional call line too (something a lot of virtual adult stores don’t have). What’s more, the brand will also host sex toy parties in the Mother City for ladies’ nights and hen’s evenings. The shop delivers to Cape Town for free (if you’re willing to wait between 7 and 14 working days for your steamy session) or for a flat rate of R90 (if you want your naughty knickknack within one to three days).
An online portal bound to take you down the river of sexual satisfaction, Love Craft caters for heterosexual men and women with the usual array of dirty devices, but also aims to meet the needs of lesbian and gay shoppers with items like double-end dildos, strapless strap-ons, anal lubricants and P-spot stimulators. Additionally, the cyber store also adds some zing to lovemaking with naughty board games, blow-up dolls and sex furniture (erotic furniture that serves as an aid during intercourse). Though the passion powerhouse operates out of Johannesburg, it’s just as set on heightening Cape Town buyers’ love lives, and hence it posts or couriers parcels within one to five days, depending on the method chosen; shipping is free if purchases are over R500 in value and all packages are wrapped in such way that there’s no way of telling where they’ve come from or what they comprise – for all everyone else knows, you could have just received a woolly jersey from granny.
Now that you’re equipped with your erotic playthings, find a sexy spot to try them out with our overview of places to get it on in Cape Town.
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