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Kids’ Clothing Shops in Cape Town

A selection of top Mother City stores selling garments for little ones

Shopping for new garments for the little ones is never an easy task. For one, while the Mother City is a clothes shopping utopia for men and women, it doesn’t seem to boast the same number of options for the smaller members of the family. Not to mention, kiddies tend to grow out of their new shoes and shirts faster than you can open your purse.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled an overview of some of the top kids’ clothing shops in Cape Town and surrounds to help you find items that are practical, trendy and affordable. From little designer boutiques (for that occasional splurge) to stores selling well-priced second-hand attire, these are our picks of a few fine Cape Town-based options in the field of children’s fashion.

KIDS’ CLOTHING SHOPS IN CAPE TOWN

Merry Pop Ins
Keen on going green while buying outfits for the little ones? Merry Pop Ins, a second-hand boutique that is located in the city centre, is the ideal clothes shop for both your child and the environment. At this colourful, responsible store, all the items are well loved, well washed and ready to buy, and customers stand a chance of finding high quality attire at a fraction of the normal retail price. As a bonus, arts and crafts and play areas in the shop provide entertainment for the kiddies and offer welcomed relief for parents tired of dragging fussy children along on the shopping trip.
201 Bree Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 4911

Urban Baba Africa at Home Brewed
Even if you’ve already joined the bamboo clothing revolution, you might have missed out on little bamboo-focused kids’ clothing shop Home Brewed. This store stocks the products of three local brands, one of which is Urban Baba Africa, a treat for all those parents looking for something adorable for the little ones. Their line of quality, handmade shoes, T-shirts, jerseys, vests, pants and more is crafted in South Africa and is perfect for any eco-aware family. Clothes can be ordered via email (homebrewedstore@gmail.com) or phone (+27 (0)82 818 3669) or purchased directly from Home Brewed’s small shop in Claremont.
Palmyra Junction Shopping Centre | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 818 3669 

Rabbit & Wood
Artsy Rabbit & Wood in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs is the perfect cure for any parent’s shopping addiction. With a contemporary, ‘au naturel’ interior and equally trendy children’s clothing, the shop specialises in selling high quality, designer attire, so be prepared to drop money on rather expensive pieces. At the store, you’ll find the expected adorable onesies alongside chic little sun hats and dresses galore, among many other clothes (the shop caters mainly to babies and toddlers). Rabbit & Wood also stocks soft toys, bedding, classic kiddies’ bedroom furniture and décor sure to make even the most grown-up shoppers nostalgic about their own childhoods.
Kildare Centre | Corner of Kildare Road and Main Street | Newlands Village | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 671 9314

Pinkfoot Boutique
The Northern Suburbs-based Pinkfoot Boutique is another upscale designer shop geared at dressing your little bundles of joy. Featuring everything from pre- and post-maternity wear to infant nurturing items and a large selection (over 20 brands) of stylish children’s apparel, the store is committed to serving the every need of moms and tots. In the kids’ clothing section (the boutique stocks attire for newborns up to five-year-olds), expect to find plush sleepwear and the latest in miniature men’s and women’s fashion. The environmentally conscious will also be happy to know that a range of locally made, organic products is also available.
28 Oxford Street | Durbanville | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 976 1382

My Friend Lily
This adorable online shop caters to both tiny babies and slightly older children (up to age eight), ensuring that they are dressed in cute designer attire. Established back in 2009, My Friend Lily stocks beautiful, quality kiddies’ clothing from a selection of top-notch brands and local initiatives. Prices for items in their boys’ and girls’ range of separates, sleepwear, dresses and accessories average around R300, although this obviously varies depending on whether it’s a smaller item, like a T-shirt, or a larger one, like a winter raincoat. Orders can be made via the website (Myfriendlily.co.za) and paid for online, and will be posted directly to the provided shipping address.

SoJo
Another independent online kiddies’ clothing shop is SoJo, a locally founded web platform that specialises in selling young girls’ clothing (between the ages of six months and eight years old). With a focus on simplicity and playfulness, the virtual store sources and lovingly creates pretty 100% cotton and bamboo tunics, bloomers and beanies. Prices for the small yet well-made selection of items range between R145 and R275, and as a delightful treat, SoJo also gives shoppers the option of purchasing a knitted ‘happy friend’ toy animal. Delivery from the online store (Lovesojo.com) to anywhere in South Africa costs a mere R35 for all orders less than 1kg in weight. Alternatively, SoJo has a small caravan shop at The Old Biscuit Mill every Saturday. 

Oak Child Boutique
If you’ve fallen in love with the idea of shopping for your little tot’s garments online, then you’ll be happy to know that Oak Child Boutique is another delightful shop that allows you to buy and receive formal and casual children’s clothes without ever leaving home. The South African-based store (Oakchild.com) boasts apparel for both young boys and girls, from newborns up to age 12, and shoppers can expect to find everything from pretty frilly dresses and miniature suits to the standard onesies, T-shirts, jerseys and more in their range. Thanks to the shop’s easy email order service and the offer of nationwide delivery, finding the perfect outfit for your little one has never been simpler. 

Kids Emporium
Offering a smorgasbord of child-related goods, Kids Emporium – there are stores in Green Point, Durbanville and Somerset West – is a one-stop shop for all of your tot’s needs. At this large outlet, which stocks products from over 40 brands, parents can find a selection of babies’ and kids’ clothing (the diversity depends on the store) alongside everything from children’s furniture (cribs and highchairs, for instance) and linen to nursery décor and maternity wear. Kids Emporium is essentially a child-centric department store, and as such, you are sure to find just the items you are looking for across a wide range of prices.
18 Somerset Square | Highfield Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 7636
6-8 High Street | High Street Shopping Centre | Durbanville | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 914 8662
Shop 23 | Waterstone Village Shopping Centre | Somerset West | +27 (0)21 850 0551

Cape Town Markets
Alongside all the quaint little stores and designer shops, several of Cape Town’s indoor and outdoor markets are also good spots to stop for tiny tots’ garments. Amidst booths selling the usual artisan fare, it’s usually possible to find one or two stalls vending handcrafted children’s clothes. For instance, both the Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill (open on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm) and the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay (open on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to 4pm) feature kiddies’ clothes vendors. More specifically, Thandi, a kids’ clothing shop once based in the Southern Suburbs, recently moved to the Bay Harbour Market and now sells mini designer apparel straight to the public from here, and Mu&Me does the same at the Neighbourgoods Market. Although the markets aren’t ideal for a full kids’ clothes shopping spree, parents are certain to come across a few unique finds here.
Neighbourgoods Market | The Old Biscuit Mill | 373 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 486 5999
Bay Harbour Market | 31 Harbour Road | Hout Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 570 5997

Kids’ Clothing Chain Stores
Of course, when looking for clothes for your young’uns, the most obvious option is to head to one of the many chain stores across Cape Town that boast a wide selection of affordable apparel for the smaller members of the family. Some of the Mother City’s most popular chain outlets for tots’ outfits include Earthchild, Naartjie Kids and Keedo (as well as the kids’ sections of Woolworths, Mr Price and Ackermans). The only downside of shopping at these stores is that your neighbour’s little girl might just have the same coat and shoes as your wee one. Though, if mass-produced clothing isn’t an issue for you, then the above national shops are worth a visit for the largest and most diverse selection of apparel around.

By Cyprien Pearson

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