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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. 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.

Shops

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  1. 1. Thrupps - Shops

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    Thrupps, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Thrupps

    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.Show this on map

    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

  2. 2. Sandton City - Shops

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    Sandton City, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Sandton City

    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.Show this on map

    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

  3. 3. Oriental Plaza - Shops

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    Oriental Plaza, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Oriental Plaza

    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.Show this on map

    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

Markets

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  1. 4. Rooftop Market - Markets

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    Rooftop Market, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Rooftop Market

    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.Show this on map

    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 Craft Markets Website

  2. 5. African Craft Market - Markets

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    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.Show this on map

    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 Craft Market Website

Specialists

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  1. 6. Sun Goddess - Specialists

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    Queen of pre-colonial African fashion, Sun Goddess is a small boutique for real African goddesses - all the local celebrities have at least one of her head-turning outfits. But the collection includes more than clothes. Browse the entire range, including eyeware, fragrances, bags and shoes at Johannesburg's Nelson Mandela Square.

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    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-7pm (until 8pm Fri & until 6pm Sun)

    Address

    Shop L38 Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Maude Street, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 8838890

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Sun Goddess Website

  2. 7. Kim Sacks Gallery - Specialists

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    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.Show this on map

    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

    Website

    Kim Sacks Gallery Website

  3. 8. Bag Factory - Specialists

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    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.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    By appointment

    Address

    10, Mahlatini Street, Fordburg, Johannesburg 2001

    Telephone

    +27 (0) 11 834 9181

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bag Factory Website

  4. 9. Young Designers Emporium (YDE) - Specialists

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

    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.Show this on map

    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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