Johannesburg Travel Guide


There are many craft markets in Johannesburg and the surrounding areas. You will also find plenty of beautifully crafted beadwork and wirework being sold on the roadside and at intersections. Though you will be able to bargain with the locals, give a thought to the crafters who are often unemployed and rely on sales to support themselves and their family.

Craftsmen and women from all over Africa sell their goods at the Rosebank flea market on Sundays and in a bazaar type shop in the Rosebank mall on week days. Johannesburg has no specific artwork, which you cant get in other parts Of the country. But you very good quality shops for this. Many od SA-Art is invented in Swaziland or imported from other African nations. Don't forget to buy the 2 ft geraffe which you get all over and at the airport. You will also find it in your home country.

African Arts & Crafts
African Craft MarketRosebank Mall, Cnr Cradock and Baker St, Rosebank.Phone: (+27) (0)11 880 2906Fax: (+27)(0) 11 880 2944Hours: Open 9AM to 6PM daily
Flea Markets
Mai MaiAnderson and Berea StThe oldest market in Johannesburg. Here you'll see plenty of traditional healers selling traditional herbs & remedies.
Bruma Flea MarketErnest Oppenheimer Ave, BrumaPhone: (+27) (0)11 622-9648Hours: Daily 10AM to 6PM
Market Theatre Flea MarketNewtown Cultural Precinct, Bree St, NewtownPhone: (+27) (0)11 832-1641Hours: Open Sat 9AM to 4PM
Shopping Malls

Shopping Malls are very popular in Johannesburg, due to their convenience and safety and the fact that there are few alternatives - although thankfully Jozi is one of the few cities in the country that still has some streetlife. A typical shopping mall has all the usual chain stores (for clothes, books, music, chemists etc.) a food hall (KFC, Mugg & Bean...) and a big western-style supermarket in the basement. Many also have a multiplex cinema. They can be comfortable but soulless refuges that can trap the tourist with their familiar, air conditioned surrounds, so beware. There are many shopping malls throughout Johannesburg, most have free secure parking, although you have to pay for parking in the more popular malls (Rosebank & Sandton). The main malls are:

Oriental PlazaFordsburgA 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. A block away from the Oriental Plaza is the site where Mahatma Gandhi had the famous pass burning ceremony 100 years ago. The location, which is outside the nearby Newtown mosque, is appropriately marked with a cauldron and the relevant historical details.
Sandton City5th StPhone: +27 (0)11 217-6000Fax: +27 (0)11 883-0978Hours: M-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 10AM-4PMA large and popular mall in Sandton. Please don't spend all of your holiday here, although many do.
44 Stanley44 Stanley Avenue, MilparkPhone: 011 482 4444A 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.
NorthgateCorner of Northumberland Rd & Olievenhout AvePhone: +27 (0)11 794 1687In 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 CentreIn 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.
Westgate120 Ontdekkers Rd, RoodepoortPhone: +27 (0)11 768-0616Fax: +27 (0)11 768-2291Hours: M-F 9AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 9AM-2PMFor 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.
EastgateCnr Nicol and Bradford, BedfordviewPhone: +27 (0)11 616-2209Fax: +27 (0)11 622-2473Hours: 9AM-6PM
Cresta MallCnr Beyers Naude and Weltevreden Rd, CrestaPhone: +27 (0)11 678-5306Fax: +27 (0)11 678-4096This 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.
RosebankBetween Bath and Cradock Aves, RosebankPhone: +27 (0)11 788-5530Fax: +27 (0)11 880-6250Significant construction and renovation is currently being done at the mall.
SouthgateCnr Columbine Ave & Rifle Range Rd, MondeorPhone: +27 (0)11 942-1061The centre is in the south of Johannesburg, just five minutes from Soweto.
Fourways MallCnr Witkoppen Rd & William Nicol Dr, FourwaysPhone: +27 (0)11 465 6095

You will also find many smaller shopping malls close to residential areas. Usually with one or two of the larger retail stores, a number of smaller chain stores, fast food and possibly a restaurant or coffee shop.

source: Wikivoyage

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