No Johannesburg shopping area really sums up the city's blend of old and new quite like Rosebank. The malls are lined with big-name international designers and hip South African beachwear brands while the Sunday Craft Market does a fine line in local knick-knacks. For shopping as leisure, head to the bustle of Nelson Mandela Square where some very reasonable shopping is mixed in with theatres and restaurants. Here are some other shopping destinations to spend your South African Rand.
The Sandton City Shopping Centre is a premier shopping destination that’s also considered one of the best malls in the whole of Africa. Here, you’ll find an eclectic mix of high-end brands, local and international retailers as well as a variety of restaurants and food outlets. The centre itself is divided into six main levels, with an 11-screen multiplex cinema, a food court and a wide range of shops. With almost 300 local and international retailers listed in its directory, you’ll have more than enough choices here to satisfy almost any shopping or leisure need. The Sandton City Shopping Centre is open daily from 9am.
Located inside a building in the vibrant Braamfontein neighbourhood, the Neighbourgoods Market is a lively weekly market that brims with food, culture and art. While this market does feature sellers of clothing, jewellery and accessories, it’s most famous for its wide selection of food stalls and its friendly, bazaar-like atmosphere. You’ll find all types of food here, from burgers, cakes and doughnuts to curries, paella and a variety of local delicacies. A number of wine, beer and drink vendors are also available throughout the market. Catch the Neighbourgoods Market every Saturday at 73 Juta Street.
For some of the most luxurious shopping in Johannesburg, visit the posh and trendy Hyde Park Corner. This upscale shopping centre is situated in the heart of Hyde Park, one of Johannesburg’s richest and most prestigious neighbourhoods. Naturally, many of its 130 specialty stores are comprised of high-end brands like Burberry, Emporio Armani and Max Mara. And although its shops cater mostly to fashion brands, the centre also features several stores for cosmetics and homeware. Hyde Park Corner also boasts 12 restaurants and cafés for fine meals and refreshments.
Market on Main is a weekend market that’s a goldmine for local crafts, artwork, clothing and other miscellaneous goods. Launched in 2011, Market on Main was designed to provide an open space for local artists and makers to sell their work. Since then, this market has blossomed into a place for discovering local talent as well as spending some quality time with friends and family. It’s also home to several food stalls that offer plenty of artisan and organic food, so you’re bound to spend more than a few hours here.
44 Stanley is a beautifully restored street that’s lined with specialty stores, restaurants and cafés. This isn’t an expansive shopping site by any means, but it does provide a remarkable collection of shops that you likely won’t find anywhere else in Johannesburg. In its stores, you will find an array of art, books, fashion, antiques, furniture and décor. And with its façade of 1930s buildings and trees sprinkled throughout the street, 44 Stanley provides an ideal place for afternoon strolls and leisurely shopping.