Johannesburg, the city of gold, offers some of the most unforgettable shopping experiences that locals just can’t get enough of. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, rest assured that you’re in the right place. Even with the hustle and bustle, you’ll have a chance to experience some of the most upmarket shopping centres – from high-end brands to kitted out restaurants. To get the most out of your shopping, we’ve listed some of the best malls that carry Johannesburg’s name far and wide across the country.
Sandton City & Nelson Mandela Square
Welcome to Sandton City, one of the largest and most prestigious mall complexes on the African continent. Located in the heart of Johannesburg’s business district, The Capital On The Park gives you instant access to the mall through our complimentary shuttle service. The good news is that you don’t have to worry about the commute, as your accommodation is only 1.3 km away. If you really want to get a closer view, be sure to book your stay at The Capital Empire. This spacious and modern hotel group is perfect for those who are looking for luxury and convenience. Not only are you able to choose a room that suits your needs, it offers peace of mind when you need to safely store your shopping bags.
As you step inside Sandton City, you are greeted by a wide range of luxury department stores that extend to international labels. This is the perfect space to get a taste of Joburg’s premium shopping and restaurant experience, inside and out..
If you’re looking for a quick bite after all that shopping, you’ll come across the popular food court – a chance for you to hop from savoury to sweet. The options are endless and oh-so-delicious!
As you make your way through retail heaven, you’ll find Nelson Mandela square located in the town square outside of the mall. Whether you’re alone or travelling with family and you’re hankering for a good burger or steak, the square offers a variety of restaurants that make it all the more simple to satisfy one’s hunger.
At the same time, we recommend taking photos with a large bronze sculpture of one of our most inspirational figures, South Africa’s late president, anti-apartheid activist and humanitarian, Nelson Mandela. Travellers from around the world make a day out of visiting and admiring this figure.
Mall Of Africa
Located in waterfall city, Mall of Africa has become a second home to local shoppers since 2016. With over 300 department stores to choose from and casual eateries dedicated to serving local and international guests, you’ll have no problem settling in. From household items to premium apparel, feel free to tag the family along as there’s something for everyone, even granny and the kids. You can use this time to grab a takeaway coffee and head outdoors for playtime, entertainment, and organised activities to keep your children active and engaged.
Last but not least, you can take in the beauty as you stroll through the waterfall park or simply plan a movie night with your significant other at the ster-kinekor cinema.
Melrose Arch is a big hit with locals, from Christmas lights with the kids to social hotspots for the adults. The cobble alleys, open cafes, and high-street labels makes this the perfect metropolis paradise. You’ll find popular galleries and a number of department stores that catch your eye as you walk through this ‘mini city’.
From coffee to clothing, you’ll also find that The Arch is known for featuring some of Johannesburg’s most luxurious apartments and hotels, award-winning restaurants, and thriving business activity. In addition, accommodation is always close by.
If you’re looking for a second home during your stay and want to shop while knowing that you’re close by, then The Melrose Capital is just for you. With a distance of 2.4 km to the Arch and a complimentary shuttle, you’ll be able to get to and back from your favourite spot. From hotel rooms to apartments, you’ll have enough space you need to drop off your shopping while you’re sightseeing.
Hyde Park Corner
Hyde Park Corner is the epitome of refined taste and opulence. Home to some of the most exclusive brands, this mall is easy to navigate and offers the luxury you’re looking for. From exquisite jewellery to designer handbags, shopping does come at a price. However, that shouldn’t keep you from book hunting at Exclusive Books and booking a fun date night at the Nu Metro cinema.
While you’re on your feet, make time to settle down at one of SA’s flagship cafe-restaurants; Tasha’s Le Parc. This ‘little’ eatery is the go-to place to enjoy hearty food, delectable pastries and fine roasted coffee.
Montecasino is one of the most idyllic malls in Johannesburg, designed to look and feel like Tuscany. Entertainment for adults and kids is paramount, from arcade games and movies to restaurants and live theatre productions at the Teatro. Once you’ve entered, you’ll make your way through cobbled alleyways lined with gift shops, restaurants and clothing stores.
For entertainment, you can find the kids engaging at the bowling alley or arcade while adults can attend live shows at the Teatro and Pieter Toerien theatre – a cost-effective and fun way to experience local and international talent.
If you’re looking for early to mid-day activities, take a walk through the domestic and exotic bird gardens and lunch on Italian cuisine in the open square. However, If you’re more active in the evening and you’re getting a bit hungry, you have the choice of sitting down to fine dining in one of many luxury restaurants or enjoying a more casual setting at the bustling food court.
The Johannesburg Experience
From shopping malls to accommodation and city living, Johannesburg really is bustling with life. Not only will you get to experience the unwavering diversity and culture that it has to offer, but you’ll have plenty of reasons to come back for more.
We’d love to make your stay as comfortable as possible at The Capital.