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Shop till you drop in Jozi: five best shopping districts

  • 11 April 2017 | Nontobeko Mtshali

We’ve rounded up the best shopping districts in Johannesburg, some of which are along our tour routes, so you can shop, explore and discover why the City of Gold is Africa's shopping mecca.

Rosebank

Rush and chill. (Image: Rosebank Mall)

The Rosebank precinct is a popular spot in Jozi, and with good reason. Whether you’re there for business, pleasure or popping by our ticket office at The Zone near the Rosebank Mall to purchase your City Sightseeing bus ticket, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If you want to indulge in some retail therapy and aren’t too fazed about your budget, The Firs has a selection of high-end boutiques stocked with handpicked designer items. Fashion outlets in The Zone cater to a younger, trendier crowd.

The Rosebank Art & Craft Market is a treasure trove for those looking to buy African crafts. Here you’ll find stalls with everything from beaded sculptures, jewellery and home-decor pieces to West African masks, traditional fabrics and curios.

Melrose Arch

Fancy a sundowner? (Image: Melrose Arch)

Melrose Arch is counted among Joburg’s top retail and dining destinations. It’s home to exclusive fashion boutiques with labels by local and international designers. The large Melrose Piazza has a number of cafes, some which are known for their mouth-watering Mediterranean-influenced cuisine.

Sandton

In addition to being Africa’s shopping mecca, many South African and multinational businesses have their headquarters in Sandton.

Sandton City is one of the largest shopping malls in the southern hemisphere, with over 300 leading local and international retailers. Here you can really shop till you drop!

Next door to Sandton City is Nelson Mandela Square, where a towering 6m-high bronze statue of the late statesman overlooks the outdoor piazza. The square is a popular meeting place and boasts top steakhouses, restaurants, a public library and a theatre.

Newtown

Markets at the Newtown Junction Mall. (Image: Newtown Junction)

The Newtown Junction Mall opened just more than two years ago following major renovations in the Newtown precinct. The mall is situated behind the landmark Museum Africa building and offers a wide range of retail outlets.

If you’re looking for Afrocentric designer fashion and accessories, stop by the Work Shop New Town just next to the mall. When you’re done with your spree and need to fuel up, the open-air square in the middle of the vicinity is lined with cafes and restaurants. The square is even more popular on Sunday afternoons when patrons often enjoy long lunches and free jazz concerts.

Oriental Plaza

The Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg is a bustling and colourful haven for bargain hunters. The centre’s shops sell a wide variety of goods, from traditional Indian saris and fabrics to curtains, linen and homeware.