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Johannesburg is a shopper's paradise. From designer boutiques, world-class cuisine to local curios and cosy coffee shops, Johannesburg shopping malls offer superior quality merchandise, entertainment and are unique lifestyle destinations.

Below is a list of some of the malls that can be found around the city:

  • Sandton City - located in Sandton's prestigious Central Business District.
  • Sandton Square - Rivonia Road, Sandton
  • Hyde Park Corner - Jan Smuts, Hyde Park
  • Mall of Rosebank - Cnr Cradock and Baker Roads, Rosebank
  • The Zone @ Rosebank - Oxford Road, Rosebank
  • Cresta - Beyers Naude Drive, Northcliff
  • Northgate - Cnr Olievenhout and Northumberland Roads, Northriding
  • Fourways Mall - Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Sandton
  • Fourways Crossing - Cnr William Nicol Drive and Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Sandton
  • Eastgate - Bradford Road, Bedfordview
  • Southgate Mall - Cnr Columbine and Rifle Range Roads, Mondeor
  • The Glen - Cnr Letaba and Orpen Road, Oakdene

Johannesburg craft markets feature African masks and wooden carvings, and a variety of other indigenous objects from everywhere in Africa. You'll also find clothing, ceramics, collectibles, second-hand books and jewellery, and cheap mass-produced goods. Some of the well-known flea markets are listed below.

  • Bruma Lake Flea Market at Bruma Lake
  • Crafters Market at Fourways Crossing, Fourways in Sandton
  • East Rand Flea Market on North Rand Road, Boksburg
  • Flea Market World at 164 Louis Botha Ave in Houghton Estate
  • Hillfox Market at the Hillfox Power Centre, in Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort
  • Market Theatre Flea Market in Newtown Cultural Precinct, Bree St, Johannesburg central
  • Rivonia Market in Rivonia Blvrd, Rivonia, Sandton
  • Rooftop Market in the Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Ave, Rosebank, Sandton

Shopping Places

Sandton City Shopping Centre
located in Sandton's prestigious Central Business District.
Address : Fifth Street
Phone : +27 11 217 6000
Fax : +27 11 883 0978
Email :
Website :

Hyde Park Corner
Hyde Park Corner is the first fully enclosed decentralised shopping centre in South Africa. Located, in the heart of the northern suburbs, it accommodates 130 top speciality stores as well as a super market and a cinema complex
Address : Jan Smuts Avenue
Hyde Park
Phone : 011 325 4340
Fax : 011 325 4966
Website :

Melrose Arch
Exclusive shops or products and it promises high street shopping and a variety of coffee shops and restaurants. A favourite is Cocoa Diva, a gift shop specialising in imported chocolates.
Address : Melrose Boulevard
(entrance off Corlett Drive and Athol Oaklands Road)
Phone : 011 684 0000
Fax : 011 684 0001
Website :

Late-night shopping is a unique feature and clothing, jewellery and African curios are the most popular products. Entertainment, including cinemas, a theatre and a casino.
Address : Cnr William Nicol Drive and Witkoppen Road
Phone : 011 510 7777
Fax : 011 510 7070
Email :
Website :

Nelson Mandela Square
Features the Liberty Theatre on the Square, art galleries and a variety of restaurants.
Address : Rivonia Road
Phone : 011 217 6045/6
Fax : 011 784 2733
Email :
Website :

Oriental Plaza
The Oriental Plaza is similar to eastern markets, with no fixed prices. Local and international brands are also sold at reduced prices.
Address : Bree Street
Phone : 011 838 6752/3
Fax : 011 836 4674
Email :
Website :

Dobsonville Shopping Centre
The first major shopping complex in Soweto, Dobsonville Shopping Centre houses major department stores and popular retail chains.
Address : 75 Mercy Park
Phone : 011 988 9484
Fax : 011 988 9483
Website :

Ngwenya Glass Village
There are 12 shops plus the restaurant, Zest.
Address : Shady Lane, off Diepsloot R114
Phone : 011 957 3180
Website :

Market Theatre Flea Market
Saturdays 9am - 4pm The "original flea market" at the Newtown Cultural Precinct in the inner city.
Address : Newtown Cultural Precinct
Bree St
Phone : 011 832 1641

Michael Mount Organic Village Market
Thursday from 9am to 1pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm All products are handmade or produced organically.
Address : Cnr Bryanston and Culross Rd
Phone : 011 706 3671

Bruma Lake Flea Market
Tuesday-Sunday from 9.30am to 5pm Extensive market, based near the Eastgate Shopping Mall, offering everything from clothes to crafts.
Address : Cnr Ernest Oppenheimer and Marcia Ave
Phone : 011 622 9648

Rooftop Market
Open: Sundays and public holidays 9.30am - 5pm The Rooftop Market is regarded by many as South Africa's best flea market, patronised by locals as well as tourists.
Address : Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Ave
Phone : 011 442 4488

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Update 27/11/2008


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Bedford Centre
I visited Bedford Centre in December for the first time since their reconstruction a couple of years ago and was well impressed! The expansion, the architecture and the choice is mind boggling. Parking is much easier and safer and although I felt at home wondering around, there’s no denying the upmarket, European feel to the place – especially the open-air Piazza. I was there on a Saturday and the place was busy but there was still room to manoeuvre. The centre was giving away a scooter and various advertising in the mall announced month-end Saturday lunchtime concerts. I browsed around the various book stores while my wife indulged at the boutique-type shops. We then headed to the Piazza for lunch and the open air concert. There’s loads of choice when it comes to restaurants but we were in the mood for Italian and headed to Ciao Baby Cucina’s – never a disappointment. The concert was great, the kids enjoyed their movie and we will be going back soon to take advantage of a night out of fine dining and maybe catch a movie at the impressive Cinema Nouveau.

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