In mid-June, we welcomed the opening of new retail and gallery spaces in Cape Town’s Silo District at the V&A Waterfront.

The Silo District is developed around the historic grain silo–turned–Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) which is nearing completion and opens to public in late September. On the 14th of June a number of the district’s retailers opened their doors: The Guild Group opened a 450-square-metre flagship design which includes a concept store, an in-house studio range of furniture, and the Southern Guild Gallery, showcasing collectible, limited-edition design and art.

‘GUILD will be a portal to the most inspirational and adventurous world of design, art and lifestyle in Africa,’ says The Guild Group CEO Trevyn McGowan, elaborating that it will offer a concept-driven experience, selling bespoke items alongside contemporary and limited-edition furniture.

Jewellery designer Kirsten Goss also opened her new outlet, we caught up and chatted to her in the video below:

The evening also saw the opening of fashion designer Kat van Duinen’s new shop as well as lifestyle botanist Opus, and Glasshouse Rejuvenation, a high-end beauty salon.

Joining them later in the year will be The Yard, an all-day pan-Asian inspired eatery; Si!, a Spanish and African infused gastronomy pub, and internationally known audio-visual experts Bang & Olufsen. The new concept Radisson Red Hotel will open in the Silo District in September, and the District is already home to eateries such as Woolworths’ NOW NOW, Sushi Box, the Granary Café and the Willaston Bar located within the prestigious Silo Hotel, as well as a Virgin Active Classic Club.

“The V&A Waterfront has taken a three-pronged approach to development at the Silo District, focusing on providing a mixed-use space in which people can live, work and play. Our residential and commercial office offerings have been well known for a while, but our lifestyle and leisure plans for the district are also reaching fruition,” said David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront.

“With Zeitz MOCAA at its core, we wanted the Silo District’s retail offering to reflect the creativity, design, art and culture embodied by the museum. Today’s opening is a small teaser focused on our retailers, and a preview of what to expect from our Grand Opening in September, when Zeitz MOCAA opens to the public and final few retailers open,” added Green.