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Mementos of South Africa

These not-so-standard souvenirs celebrate local talent and materials (while also fitting in a carry-on!).


Skincare by Lulu & Marula

These South African treatment oils, purifying masks, lip balms and other luscious products are equal parts trip token and salve to travel-weary faces. In pursuit of natural and ethical production, the makers behind the brand eschew mass manufacturing in favor of small batches, blending the goods by hand in their Johannesburg studio. They cut out preservatives and perfumes, eliminate animal testing, and source their packaging and all-natural ingredients from inside the country, when possible. |


Watch by Bettél

A fitting traveler’s memento, these distinctive wooden watches help you jetset in style and stay on schedule. Each clean-lined timepiece is painstakingly handmade out of sustainable raw materials from South Africa — carved hardwood faces and hand-stitched leather straps — which means that, while the production is meticulous, no two watches are identical. This combination of beautiful materials and thoughtful craft is just what founding Cape Town couple Stuart and Makeeda Swan continue to embrace, even as the company grows. |


Jewelry by Pichulik

At first glance, the bold jewelry designs by Cape Town designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik appear to be all about style. But dig a little deeper into the stories of the designs (necklaces, earrings and bracelets), and you’ll realize they’re rich with multicultural meaning. These influences include styles and hues from across Africa, the Middle East and India, as well as beads from throughout the continent and colorful rope (part of Pichulik’s signature look) from a local manufacturer. The result? Art you can wear. |


Coffee Beans from Truth Coffee

Named the best coffee shop in the world by The Telegraph, Truth Coffee has become a hot destination for not only its rich roasts but also its extravagant setting. Housed within a three-story Victorian warehouse in Cape Town, the roastery is a work of steampunk mastery (picture a sci-fi spin on 19th-century industrial style), down to its commanding vintage cast-iron roaster. Go for a cuppa and grab a bag of beans to go — or, if you’re among the truly coffee-obsessed, plan your visit around one of their barista courses, which cover roasting theory and latte art among other such topics. |