A guide to shopping in Johannesburg

view of Johannesburg skyline

Well known for its world-class malls and thriving weekend markets, Johannesburg is the ideal place to indulge in some retail therapy. Fine art, fashion and jewelry boutiques complement pedestrian arcades and spacious, sunlit piazzas, so you can head out for a day’s shopping come rain or shine. 

Sandton City Shopping

Positioned in the Sandton Central Management District, Sandton City is one of the largest shopping malls in the southern hemisphere. It contains nearly 300 retailers, including international names Zara, Topshop and Barbour. You’ll also find local fashion favorites like Mr. Price, as well as an 11-screen 3D cinema. This cosmopolitan shopping mall is billed as a one-stop shop for a day out, so in between a morning shop and evening movie you can visit a hair salon, run errands at the post office and dine out in the food court. Try a Thai sweet chili chicken sandwich at Krunch, or opt for the calamari strips and chips at Ocean Basket if you’ve worked up a healthier appetite.

Night shot of Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela Square

Nelson Mandela Square adjoins Sandton City and is just steps away from our Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg. It’s one of South Africa’s largest open public spaces, modeled after a European piazza and lined with sidewalk cafés, art galleries and more than 88 shops. The line-up includes the glittering charms of Bellagio and Browns jewelers, and the fashionable collections of shops like Roccobarocco and New York Junction. The square is often used as a stage for musical or cultural events, and it hosts a highly regarded antiques fair the first Sunday of every month. Sip an expertly prepared espresso at Lattelicious or a glass of pinot noir at Wine on the Square while you review your purchases.

The Mall of Rosebank

You’ll find traditional African artifacts at Rosebank Mall, which incorporates the Rosebank Art & Craft Market and a flea market simply called Sunday Market. Browse through selections of fine South African art, wooden carvings, beaded jewelry and colorful fabrics, and be ready to haggle if you decide you want to take something home. Inside the mall, the main thoroughfare is bright, modern and spacious, lined with shops including EdgarsClicks and Stuttafords.

Fresh tomatos at a Johannesburg market

Neighbourgoods Market

Weekend markets provide an outdoorsy alternative to the malls of Johannesburg. One of the most popular is the Neighbourgoods Market, held every Saturday in Braamfontein. It takes place in a modernist building, decorated with a 15-story wall mural from artist Eduardo Villa and filled to the brim with stalls selling handmade jewelry, furniture and handicrafts.The food and drink stalls are a big draw, including organic truffles from chocolatiers Fine & Raw and the fragrant paella at Tutto Food Co.

44 Stanley Avenue

Housed in a 1930s industrial complex, 44 Stanley is a carefully curated collection of fashion, design, beauty and antique shops. You’ll find everything from an award-winning interior décor boutique at Anatomy Design to locally designed children’s fashions at Tinker Tailor. Leafy courtyards and hip bars like Stanley Beer Yard invite visitors to sit and cool down with a craft beer while watching the stylish crowd stroll through the arcades on a summer’s day.

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