Shopping in Johannesburg
What and where to shop in Johannesburg
When you are out travelling the world, then maybe you would be interested in som shopping. We try to find some interesting shopping links for the city, which you can se below.
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Very popular is the shopping malls
Shopping Malls are very popular in Johannesburg, due to their convenience and safety and the fact that there are few alternatives. There are many shopping malls throughout Johannesburg. The main malls are:
Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg. A taste of the orient in Africa and also where you can find some good bargains. Unlike other malls in South Africa you can bargain with the shopkeepers here. The Oriental Plaza is unique as it has over 360 independently owned stores.
Sandton City, 5th Street. M-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 10AM-4PM. A large and popular mall in Sandton.
44 Stanley, 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark. A welcome alternative to the sterility of standard shopping malls. Built in a complex of former industrial buildings near the city gasworks, 44 Stanley is now home to 25 boutiques, restaurants and creative studios set around connecting courtyards. The centre of an interesting urban regeneration project and well worth a visit.
Northgate, Corner of Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue. In the north west, right next to the Coca-Cola Dome, which is well-known for its big-name music events. Northgate is relatively small in comparison to the other “gates”, but nonetheless offers some good recreation options, including movies, paintball, ice skating and weekend entertainment for children.
Bedford Centre. In the east, a smaller mall that is worth seeking out – a good selection of independent shops, rather than the chain store overload of standard South African malls.
Westgate, 120 Ontdekkers Road, Roodepoort. For many years the more working-class mall of Johannesburg, Westgate has recently undergone a much-needed facelift and now boasts a more modern image. Being far away from most of the tourist hotspots, it is virtually unknown to foreign visitors, yet offers a pleasant shopping experience with branches from most of the major chain stores.
Cresta Mall, Corner Beyers Naude and Weltevreden Road, Cresta. This is where Central Johannesburg’s middle-class population do their shopping and socializing. Big branches of all the major chain stores can be found here, as well as some good family restaurants. Walk around in Cresta and feel like a true local.
Rosebank, Between Bath and Cradock Avenue, Rosebank. Along with the usual assortment of shops it is also home to the famous Rosebank Rooftop Flea Market in the mall parking every Sunday and an excellent African Craft Market.
Southgate, Corner of Columbine Avenue and Rifle Range Road, Mondeor. The centre is in the south of Johannesburg, just five minutes from Soweto.