Kensington’s Queen Street is lined with craft shops, collectible boutique stores and an array of restaurants. We recommend taking a full day to go exploring down this eclectic street. There is almost always something new to be discovered at the many niche antique stores that line the bustling avenue. These are our favourite must-explore Queen Street Antique Boutiques.
Barter Buy Antiques and Interiors
Barter Buy is a wonderland of antiques and collectibles. This furniture refurbishment specialist store is housed within a two-storey former residential property. The ground floor alone stretches on for what seems like at least half a kilometre. Barter Buy are experts in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture restoration and stock a vast collection of antique utensils, decorative pieces and unique statement furnishings.
The upper floor of the boutique also holds a surprise treat for visitors. A cosy coffee shop sits to the corner of the upstairs floor. Decorated with theatrical display mannequins and a retro juke box, this coffee cafè is one of a kind. We recommend their breakfast special, which includes two eggs, three rashers of bacon, a portion of chips and toast.
Details: 167 Queen Street, South Kensington | 011 615 6920 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Granny’s Attic is aptly named, as it offers antique lovers a wide range of reupholstered furniture and restored wooden storage solutions. They specialise in furniture restorations, upholstery, repairs, upcycling, manufacturing, craft paint techniques and buying and selling unwanted furniture.
Our favourite upcycled pieces from this store include bohemian upholstered wing-back chairs and a green velvet sofa perfect for late afternoon tea with a friend. Visit this vintage haven if your taste gears towards the eclectic side.
Details: 173 Queen Street, Kensington | 011 615 2963 | email@example.com
Kensington Trading Antiques
Kensington Trading Antiques is a vintage clothing and music lover’s paradise. Their vast array of vinyl collectibles alone makes this antiquery well worth a visit. For the ladies, there is an entire section of the store dedicated to vintage clothing and accessories, some of which date back decades. These unique fashion items are not only in fine condition, but are generally fairly priced.
The store also stocks bespoke furniture, Art Deco light fixtures and retro gaming stations. This is definitely a one-stop anything goes kind of antique outlet. Remarkably, the store owners keep everything well in check and in its own space. Visit Kensington Trading Antiques if you are a first-time antique buyer or if you are unsure of exactly what you are looking for. You are sure to find something irresistibly kitsch over here.
Details: 174 Queen Street, Kensington | 011 616 1295 | Facebook
Ye Olde Collector
Ye Olde Collector is the place to go if you are looking for antique porcelain. Be it dinnerware or collectible figurines, they have it all. Having been in the antique business for over twenty seven years, Ye Olde Collector is well-practiced in finding its customers unique trinkets for their homes.
Photography enthusiasts will also appreciate this quirky store as they have a wide stock of vintage cameras and video recorders. Instead of hunting around at the mall for one of those on-trend and expensive Polaroid cameras, pop by Ye Olde Collector to browse through their collection. You never know the treasures you may find!
Details: 156 Queen Street, Kensington | 011 616 3578 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Yard are glass and timber wonder workers. They supply the hospitality industry, interior designers, property developers and home owners with a fine choice of stained glass door and window fittings, timber frames and floors and one-of-a-kind restorations. Even if you are not in the market for a full home revamp, visit The Yard to marvel at the craftsmanship of their gifted woodworkers and glass fitters.
However, if you are looking to upscale your bathroom, The Yard stocks a collection of Victorian-inspired bathtubs and tap fixtures. These are well worth investing in if you have always wanted to bathe in true style and luxury.
Details: 164 Queens Street, Kensington | 011 615 4273 | email@example.com
Old & Interesting
Old & Interesting are relatively new to the antique business, having been established in 2015. Nevertheless, their collection of vintage furniture, art deco antiques, smalls, art and giftware items stand out well against their more seasoned competition.
Old & Interesting have set themselves apart by offering their clientele a full range of Annie Sloane Chalk Paint products and paints. If you are a D.I.Y type of antiquer, Old & Interesting hosts chalk paint classes to help you along with your own restoration projects. Once you have completed the transformation your old furniture into modern day must-haves, Old & Interesting will also be happy to take it off your hands for a fair price.
Details: 160 Queen Street, Kensington | 011-483 1504 | firstname.lastname@example.org
HospiceWits Charity Shop
While they are not exactly antique dealers, the Hospice Wits Charity Shop is always worth visiting for a good cause. Being a Non-Profit Organisation, HospiceWits must raise their own funds to continue their medical care services. Their various charity stores play a huge role in ensuring this.
The HospiceWits Charity Store Kensington has a great collection of vintage clothes, porcelain plates and serving dishes, blankets and second-hand books. They frequently host bargain sales, making this the perfect antique outing if you are cash-strapped or on a budget.
Details: 163 Queen Street, Kensington | 011 615 3343 | email@example.com
Have we missed out on any of your favourite Queen Street antique stores? Tell us about them in the comments section below.