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Shopping in Johannesburg

Sandton's tasteful shopping malls appeal to the label-conscious, while Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg draws hagglers looking for precious Indian fabrics. Rosebank's daily African Craft Market sells original pieces to the sound of bongo beats, whereas Bruma Market World relies on loud traders for background music. Head for Illovo to buy food and wine from Johannesburg's oldest shop and to Parkwood for tribal paintings and beadwork. On Saturday most shops close at lunchtime.

Oriental Plaza, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Oriental Plaza
Oriental Plaza, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Oriental Plaza
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Oriental Plaza

Oriental bargains and artefacts

Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg is an Indian-style bazaar with hundreds of shops selling precious fabrics, dazzling jewellery and a huge selection of designer brands. Also known as an Aladdin's Cave of bargains, clever shoppers get to name their price here.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm (closed Fri 12pm-2pm); Sat 8.30am-3pm

Address

Main Street, Fordsburg, Johannesburg 2033

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 838 6752

Transport

Taxi

Website

Oriental Plaza Website

Sandton City, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Sandton City
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Sandton City

Elegant shopping mall

Join the supermodels at Sandton City, a three-tiered tower located in Sandton's prestigious Central Business District. Featuring around 300 stores, the complex sells everything from Versace dresses to washing machines, and the restaurant scene is fabulous too.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm (restaurants open later)

Address

Corner of Sandton Drive and Rivona Road, Sandton, Johannesburg 2146

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 217 6000

Transport

Taxi

Website

Sandton City Website

Thrupps, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Thrupps
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Thrupps

Johannesburg's oldest store

Thrupps first opened on President Street in 1892. Now relocated to the smart district of Illovo, it is still Johannesburg's oldest shop, selling top-class deli food, fine wines and imported cheese. The picnic baskets are legendary.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 7.45am-6pm; Sat 8am-2pm; Sun 8am-1pm

Address

Corner Oxford and Rudd Roads, Illovo, Johannesburg 2196

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 268 0298

Transport

Taxi

Website

Thrupps Website

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Bruma Market World

A to Z market

A hybrid between a traditional market and a shopping mall, Bruma Market World in Eastgate features more than 600 shops selling everything imaginable as well as popular branded items at attractive prices. Trading is intensive and the surroundings vibrant.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 9.30am-5pm

Address

Corner Marcia and Ernest Oppenheimer Road, Bruma, Johannesburg 2026

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 622 9647

Transport

Taxi or hire car

Rooftop Market, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Rooftop Market
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Rooftop Market

Crafts on the roof

Once just a grey parking area, today the upper level of Rosebank Mall is occupied by the colourful Sunday Rooftop Market, selling everything from clothing to crafts. An international food court and buskers enrich this shopping experience in Rosebank.



Opening Hours

Sun 9am-5pm

Address

Upper level, Mall of Rosebank, Bath and Cradock Avenues, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2121

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 442 4488

Transport

Taxi

Website

African Crafts Website

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African Craft Market

Traditional trinkets

The vibrant African Craft Market in Rosebank is a daily affair offering curios and crafts from all over Africa at competitive prices. Pick up everything from African masks to clothing, beaded dolls, ceramics, jewellery and handcrafted items for the home.



Opening Hours

Daily 8.30am-6pm

Address

Rosebank Shopping Mall, Corner of Craddock Avenue and Baker Street, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 880 2906

Transport

Taxi

Website

African Crafts Website

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Bag Factory

International artwork

Occupying the space of a former bag factory in Fordsburg, Bag Factory is an art gallery and a multicultural studio facility for professional artists. A variety of artwork by international talents is for sale at negotiable prices.



Opening Hours

By appointment

Address

10, Mahlatini Street, Fordburg, Johannesburg 2001

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 834 9181

Transport

Taxi

Website

Bag Factory Website

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Kim Sacks Gallery

Indigenous arts and crafts

The Kim Sacks Gallery in Parkwood showcases tribal art and artefacts from all over Africa. Wooden sculptures from Congo, antique furniture from Mauritania, wire and beads from South Africa and local paintings and prints are all for sale.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun by appointment only

Address

153, Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg 2193

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 447 5804

Transport

Taxi

Young Designers Emporium (YDE), Johannesburg. Photo by Barbara Realini, © Whatsonwhen
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Young Designers Emporium (YDE)

Fashion of the future

South Africa's hippest designers rent rails to showcase (and hopefully sell) their clothes at the Young Designers Emporium (YDE). The shop, on Sandton's Nelson Mandela Square, offers avant-garde fashion for men and women, including clothing, footwear, jewellery and accessories.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Address

Nelson Mandela Square, Corner Sandton Drive and Rivonia Road, Johannesburg 2196

Telephone

+27 (0) 11 883 8812

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