Nu­mer­ous stops FOR SHOP

Whether you are look­ing for some­thing spe­cific or just brows­ing, South Africa’s bou­tiques, malls and street shops have it all

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The qual­ity, cost and va­ri­ety of goods on of­fer along with the safe en­vi­ron­ment pro­vided by South Africa's shop­ping cen­tres should not take vis­it­ing in­ter­na­tional hol­i­day­mak­ers and busi­ness peo­ple by sur­prise. South Africa's malls are fa­mous for their shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties. Thanks to a very favourable ex­change rate, Eu­ros or US Dol­lars go a long way in South African shop­ping cen­tres.

Along with gen­eral re­tail stores, like Wool­worths (sim­i­lar to Marks & Spencer in the United King­dom), Tru­worths, Edgars, Pick 'n Pay and Check­ers, which will pro­vide with clothes, gro­ceries and home­ware, vis­i­tors will dis­cover that malls and shop­ping cen­tres in South Africa each have their own char­ac­ter, cre­ated by

the dozens of bou­tiques, spe­cialty stores and restau­rants that they host. Many of the cen­tres are also lo­cated in beau­ti­fully de­signed build­ings, show­ing off state of the art ar­chi­tec­ture.

Whether they find them­selves in Jo­han­nes­burg, Pre­to­ria, Cape Town, Dur­ban, Port El­iz­a­beth or the sa­fari hub of Nel­spruit, there is al­ways an ex­cel­lent shop­ping cen­tre around the cor­ner. Most cen­tres are also home to cin­e­mas, restau­rants and en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties too. All of the malls are lo­cated close to ma­jor high­ways with am­ple park­ing space. All ma­jor South African shop­ping cen­tres have fa­cil­i­ties for dis­abled shop­pers.

CAPE TOWN

Vic­to­ria Wharf at the V&A Wa­ter­front

With over 450 re­tail out­lets sell­ing ev­ery­thing

from fash­ion, home­ware and cu­rios, to jew­ellery, leather goods and au­dio­vi­sual equip­ment, the V&A Wa­ter­front is South Africa's most pop­u­lar shop­ping des­ti­na­tion. Con­sol­i­dat­ing this po­si­tion is its di­verse of­fer­ing of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional brands, ir­re­spec­tive of taste or bud­get.

The Cape Quar­ter at Green Point

The Cape Quar­ter is a unique re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence in Cape Town with bou­tique shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence in the his­toric De Waterkant district. It also has dis­tinct restau­rants, in­spired gifts, in­spired art, fash­ion and jew­ellery, rare an­tiques and col­lecta­bles, and many more hid­den gems. Its care­fully cu­rated ten­ant list in­cludes over 100 unique stores and restau­rants. It is open seven days a week.

The Cavendish Square in Clare­mont Cavendish Square is an award-win­ning shop­ping des­ti­na­tion in the South­ern Sub­urbs of Cape Town, boast­ing more than 200 stores that of­fer ex­clu­sive lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional fash­ion, cin­e­mas and a se­lec­tion of pre­mium restau­rants and cof­fee shops.

Tyger­val­ley Shop­ping Cen­tre

This cen­tre has high fash­ion as well as en­ter­tain­ment op­tions. Lo­cated in the North­ern Sub­urbs, this chic shop­ping cen­tre is just a 15-minute drive from Cape Town CBD and mo­ments from the beau­ti­ful winelands. It has over 250 stores with ev­ery­thing from flag­ship re­tail­ers, trendy eater­ies and dé­cor to fur­ni­ture, toys med­i­cal care and much more.

JO­HAN­NES­BURG

Sand­ton City

With the likes of Hugo Boss and Louis Vuit­ton, Sand­ton City is known for be­ing the Rodeo drive of Africa. It houses the world's most de­sir­able brands with ev­ery­day leisure and en­ter­tain­ment. It is lo­cated within walk­ing dis­tance of the Sand­ton Gau­train sta­tion and has more than 300 lead­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional re­tail­ers. At­tached to the large Sand­ton City shop­ping cen­tre is the Nel­son Man­dela Square – a pub­lic square and shop­ping cen­tre.

Soweto's Maponya Mall

The lo­ca­tion is cen­tral for all sur­round­ing town­ships. This 70,000m2 di­a­mond lay­out mall is home to over 170 shops, an ar­ray of flag­ship stores, lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional brands and full gov­ern­men­tal fa­cil­i­ties. The mall has uniquely iden­ti­fied court ar­eas made for easy shop­ping nav­i­ga­tion and as well as ex­cep­tional ac­cess for both mo­torists and walk-ins.

Rose­bank African Craft Mar­ket

When in Jozi an ab­so­lute must-visit is the Rose­bank Art and Craft Mar­ket. The mar­ket of­fers beau­ti­ful hand-made prod­ucts from South Africa, Ghana, Congo, Cameroon, Malawi, Kenya, Mali, Sene­gal, Zam­bia and Zim­babwe. A wide range of or­na­ments, bead work, hand­bags, dé­cor items, paint­ings, an­i­mal skins and gift­ing prod­ucts are show­cased in an African hub, bring­ing to­gether tourists, shop­pers and traders. It has the vi­brancy of a truly African mar­ket­place filled with a warm en­ergy and rhythm.

All ma­jor South African shop­ping cen­tres have fa­cil­i­ties for dis­abled shop­pers

DUR­BAN

Mar­ket of War­wick

Given the con­flu­ence of rail, taxi and bus trans­port, this area has al­ways been a nat­u­ral mar­ket for street ven­dors. The Mar­kets of War­wick in­cludes be­tween 5,000 and 8,000 ven­dors trad­ing in nine dis­tinct mar­kets. Cur­rently, this is the only in­for­mally struc­tured mar­ket in a pub­lic space of this mag­ni­tude, and thus es­tab­lishes it­self as the sin­gle most au­then­tic African mar­ket that South Africa has to of­fer. The prod­ucts avail­able vary from bead­work, tra­di­tional arts and crafts, tra­di­tional cui­sine, fresh pro­duce, mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment mer­chan­dise, cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories and tra­di­tional medicine. Walk­ing tours are of­ten or­gan­ised through this unique in­ter­ac­tive cul­tural mar­ket.

Other venues for shop­ping in Dur­ban in­clude Gate­way Theatre of Shop­ping, The Pav­il­lion Shop­ping Cen­tre, Bridge City Shop­ping Cen­tre, West­wood Mall, La Lu­cia Mall, Ri­naldo Shop­ping Cen­tre and The Cres­cent on Umh­langa Ridge.

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