Businesses in Hermanus
Shopping in Hermanus is a heady, colourful and sea-scented delight in the many open air craft markets, boutique-studded lanes and alleyways, second-hand treasure troves and haute couture shops. From bargains to luxury lines, you will find it all here and within easy walking distance.
From taking a stroll along the Cliff Path and admiring the view, it’s two or three easy paces to the latest fashion trends, top quality leather goods, custom-made hide furniture, goldsmiths, bookstores, music, art and children’s clothes. Alongside the seafront shops, wooden and metal animals parade with beaded insects in the central craft market where everything from cheap sunglasses to fine carvings and hand-made clothes can be found.
Aromas of coffee and delicious baked goodies drift from the side-walk cafes to offer a respite from shopping fatigue and a wide range of eats and drinks.
While the seafront is naturally a little more tourist or visitor oriented, the “back streets” are where a keen shopper will find some real gems. Take a stroll from the seafront and into the centre of town and follow the little lanes in between the streets together to discover quaint boutiques, second-hand treasure troves, pharmacies, hair salons, beauty parlours and much much more.
Art lovers will be amazed at the quality and range of art on exhibit at the many galleries throughout the town. The different styles and types of artworks reflects that of the many legendary artists that have found inspiration here.
For those who rely more on their logical than artistic nature, there are also a number of big chain stores supplying everything you may need for your stay in this seaside resort – from food to vehicle spares to DIY equipment.
The “must-do” shopping experience is definitely the Saturday Farmers Market at the Cricket Club, on Lemm’s Corner. This is where you will find a hive of social activity with stalls offering home-made meals, beautiful handwork, treats of every kind and a full playground for children. The wine and food market at Hermanuspietersfontein is also a social whirl where the food is gastronomic and a glass of wine is almost compulsory.
The best thing about shopping in Hermanus is that there are so many places to explore where you will find that special, original, once-in-a-lifetime purchase.