HomeStuff - the home decor store you never knew you needed. We came across it by accident doing Christmas shopping at Stoneridge Centre in Edenvale. While it may not scream international home decor on the outside, this massive store is a treasure trove of all your interior decorating dreams. The best thing about HomeStuff? The prices! You can get yourself Jamie Oliver's Creme Brulee Set, sparkling glass tumblers or a quirky egg boiler at a premium price. Needless to say, this was a stellar find on our part during the hectic Christmas season. We were able to find a gift for almost everyone. But, be warned, you may need to stop for a breather half way through your shop, as the variety of home and decor items can be overwhelming.



Just imagine all the cooking and baking tools you have ever wanted. They're all here. That's why you should never take a baker to HomeStuff. Despite the reasonable prices, you will leave having broken the bank on whisks, baking trays, baking beans, mixers and cake stands.

Braai masters, you haven't been forgotten. Turn the art of cooking on the fire into a science with a temperature gauge, stainless steel tongs and the perfect knife set. Toss your Greek salad with a salad spinner or a set of designer spoons.

New to the world of cooking? HomeStuff also has a collection of cookbooks to inspire you. From Thai, to Italian and every cuisine in between, there is a cookbook here to help you on your way. HomeStuff is also the ideal place to get a thoughtful and unique house warming gift. Their range of kettles, pots and pans will add a sense of style to any kitchen. Throw in a French press or tea strainer to make your gift the ultimate house warming package.



Once you have successfully made your way through the maze of kitchen ware, step into the world of comfortable living. Style your home with classic clocks, designer lighting, fancy mirrors and colourful cushions. There is an entire aisle for photo frames, too. Spruce up your garden or deck with their outdoor decor range. Or, give your bathroom a much-needed makeover - all you need is a few new towels, a handy mirror and pretty soaps (all of which you can get at HomeStuff).

For the bedroom, there are a collection of prints featuring wild animals, iconic pop stars and inspirational quotes. Rugs, pillows and throws add an extra sense of elegance, too. So, pop into HomeStuff (when you have time to spare) and find yourself a few new home comforts.



Lastly, invest in your bottom drawer with HomeStuff's glassware, plates, knives and tabletop decor. Transform a dull dining area into a glamorous place to share food with friends, family and that special someone. Start off by choosing your tablecloth and runners, then add some place mats, candles and embellishments. Now, for the utensils. HomeStuff stock some of the best cutlery sets from the world's most well renowned brands. These are investments pieces, so they cost a little extra. But, they will last you a long while, making it well worth your hard earned cash.

HomeStuff's dinnerware sets are exquisite. They range in price and style, offering you choice and variety. Make sure you know exactly what you are looking for before entering the store! People have been known to feel light headed with all the options this store offers. You can also get mugs, bowls, ice cream dishes and ramekins in this aisle. Looks like you may never need to go shopping for dining room essentials again.

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The Chocolate Den

As the name suggests, The Chocolate Den specialises in chocolate. Not only do they have all the chocolate you could ever dream of, from classic Belgium to zesty bright purple chocolate, but they also supply molds in every shape and size imaginable. If you aren't quite sure how to use these, don't worry. The Chocolate Den also offers many courses in chocolate art, from making a simply decorated chocolate gingerbread man to making your own luxury truffles. They also have a very extensive range of other baking items, especially decorations like sprinkles and fondant figurines. This is definitely a shop anyone who considers themselves a baker should visit.

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The Bakers Bin

This is the ultimate store for big baking projects or just general baking supplies. They have the essential baking items like flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, all types of sugar, butter and eggs. They also have utensils like measuring bowls, spatulas and baking tins in every shape and size. For specialist bakers, there's a huge range of piping tips, food colouring, extracts, cake stands and containers for transporting your creations. For those of you that would rather eat your cake than bake it, they supply many pre-mixes of cake and other desserts like milk tart and cheesecake, as well as icing mixes that just needs water. And to clean up the mess, don't forget to stock up on a few cleaning products here too.

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The Cake Tin

This is a small, bright pink store hidden away at Lots of Pots in Boksburg. Despite its size, they have a wide variety of baking supplies like fondant toppers for cakes, a rainbow of food colouring, extracts, piping nozzles and bags, chocolate, gelatin, cake mixes and, obviously, cake tins. The staff are very helpful and are more than happy to explain the best uses of their various products.

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Home Baking Supplies

This store, hiding in Edenglen, will supply the novice or expert baker with all their baking requirements with everything from the best quality cocoa powder to decorating tools ideal for each and every type of application. What makes this place extra special is that they hire out baking pans which can come in handy when you need to bake a cake for 50 people but don't want to buy a tin you'll only use once. They also offer a printing service, where they will print any design of your choice onto a sheet of fondant using edible food colouring instead of ink.

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Jodees Baking and Packaging Supplies

Baking can be an expensive hobby. Flour and sugar might remain affordable, but cocoa powder, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate and flavourings can put a dent in your pocket. Lets not forget to mention the pans, baking paper, piping bags, mixers and so forth. Fortunately, Jodees supplies the most affordable products and even supply other baking stores.

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The Baker's Warehouse

This Bryanston store has everything to satisfy your baking needs like cake boards, baking tins, cake polystyrene dummies, cake decorations, chocolates, sweets, flavourings, sprinkles, baking ingredients, icings and baking equipment. They also sell almost all of their products in bulk, so you can save some cash on those big projects.

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Decorated cupcakes

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking

Paper craft and scrapbooking is a hobby that has taken off in a big way over the last five to 10 years, and we’ve found some awesome resources to get you started or keep you inspired.


For the best online range of patterned paper books, single sheets, glitter paper, balsa wood, stickers and stamps, Shop-n-Scrap is on point. They also keep specialised paper cutting machines and the blades and accessories that go with them, and they deliver in record time. Before you know it, you’ll be ordering half the shop. Click for paper joy.  


Paper Café

If you’re looking for the perfect paper to print your wedding invitations, business cards or brochures on, you’ve come to the right place. It’s hard to tell how comprehensive their paper range is from their website, so we recommend you pay them a visit in Rosebank. Order a cup of tea and allow yourself some time to take in all the glitter, colour and card stock options. It’s a feast for the eyes! Here's the website link. 

The Scrapbook Den

For those of you who are keen to take up scrapbooking as a hobby, The Scrapbook Den provides classes for all ages and stages. Surrounded by a massive range of scrapbooking bits and bobs, you’re also bound to be super inspired to create something amazing. Pop in for a visit and to find out more about this creative pastime. Here's all the info.

Model Building

Don’t be fooled into thinking that model building is like playing with toys. Far from it. This hobby requires serious skill, dexterity and patience, which is why participants get such a thrill out of finishing a build. From exact replica model trains, cars, helicopters, jets and even battleships, there’s a model for every enthusiast, so check out one of these stores and start tinkering.

Planes, Trains, Automobiles

From off-road to on-road cars, monster trucks, high-speed boats and Scalextric sets, this physical and online store has loads of options for creating some healthy competition through racing. One test drive and you’ll be hooked. Check them out here.

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Aerial Concepts

If you're already a bit of a model aficionado, this online store allows you to browse by manufacturer for everything from motors to decals, foams, blades, bearings, batteries and drive shafts. We suppose that only sounds like Greek if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here's the link for the professionals.

Model Train Shop

The man behind this hobby shop, Rinke Blok, is a well-known and respected authority on the subject of model train building. From Schlesien Modelle Locomotives to replicas of old South African train stations, he’s got it all and, even if he doesn’t, he’ll know where to find it. It’s totally worth paying him a visit for some coffee and advice on your first or next train build. Find all the info here.

Art, Craft, Decoupage, Mosaic

Everyone is an artist. Seriously. You’ve just got to sit down with the right supplies and let your inner creative take charge. Stock up on some art and craft accessories from these stores and let loose.


Having opened in 2010, Jems is a hobby store where everyone knows what they’re doing. Specialists in a range of crafts, including beading, decoupage, laser cutting and vinyl, they have a smaller range of supplies, but offer loads of expertise, which is why they’re worth visiting. If you’re looking for something specific, give them a phone call before you go, just in case they don’t stock the item – details on the Jems website.

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Herbert Evans

If you’re an artist or crafter, a visit to Herbert Evans is like going to a candy store. There’s canvasses and paper in every shape and size, paint brushes that feel like velvet, paints, pens, charcoals, pastels, inks and pencils in every conceivable shade – it’s everything your creative heart could ever desire, all under one roof. Look out for their annual 50% off sale on their website and get stocked up.

Mosaic Madness

For wood trays, frames, mirrors and boxes, as well as 400-plus tiles to choose from, Mosaic Madness has goods for beginner and professional tilers. They also offer a range of mosaic classes and provide “starter packs” which can be used for children’s or adult art parties. As a side note, you can also have them transform your favourite photo into a mosaic artwork. How cool? Get all the details here.

Baking & Chocolate Making

Watch any cooking or bake-off show these days and you’ll agree that baking has become an art form. Whether you’re a puff-pastry professional or wanting to try your hand at rainbow-centred cakes or chocolate truffles, these baking supply shops have got the goods you need to take on the hobby.

The Chocolate Den

The Chocolate Den has been around since the 80s and, as a kid, it was the most exciting shop to visit – ever! Well, nothing much has changed. It’s still a thrill to dig through hundreds of chocolate moulds, gold glitters and slabs on slabs of pure heaven. They offer an extensive range of other baking supplies too, and they offer classes – here's their website.


The Bakers Warehouse

Boasting everything you need for baking, including some of the ingredients, this one-stop shop has colourants, cookie cutters, candies and cake boards. There’s also baking trays, icing and plungers to create really personalised delights. Who knows, you might just be South Africa’s next best baker? Check out the link to baking heaven.


At Kadies’ online store you can order all the baking equipment your pocket can handle, and then some. There’s spatulas and spoons for icing of cakes; cutters of all shapes and sizes; and spheres and tins for every edible creation you can conjure up. There’s also pre-mixes and other ingredients if you’re looking to make your baking experience a little easier. Click for the full experience.


One of our favourite hobbies, we recently reviewed the best camera shops around town ­– check out the article here.

Where are your favourite hobby shops in Joburg? Let us know below!