The 7 best malls in Johannesburg



Want to go shopping in Johannesburg?

There is no shortage of malls in Johannesburg and we have taken the effort to list what we think are the best shopping malls in the South Africa’s largest city.

Booming with trendy and chic shopping malls, the busy bustling city of gold is a paradise for shoppers. The trick however is to find them.

With numerous choices, a visitor can be quickly overwhelmed and confused. Worry not dear visitor, we have compiled a quick guide on the 7 best malls in Johannesburg.

List of best malls in Johannesburg

1. The Mall of Africa

The Mall of Africa is South Africa’s largest shopping mall ever built in a single phase with over 130,000 m² of retail space. The mall is home to over 300 shops, many of which are flagship stores. The Mall of Africa is located in Waterfall City, Johannesburg.

There are uniquely identified Courts created made for easy shopping navigation as well as exceptional access, location and visibility. Above and beyond the courts the mall is also a home to many local and international brands.

A unique must-see feature in the mall is the architectural appearance, which has been inspired by Africa’s geological features an iconic landscape. When walking through the mall and looking up at the ceiling you are mesmerised with the integrate design.

The mall is also home to a number of brilliant new stores, which have just touched down in South Africa. Some of these include Zara Home, Armani Exchange as well as Versace. There is of course also a large variety of fast food chain restaurants, international and local restaurants and excellent coffee and pastry shops.

2. East Gate

East gate is one of the largest shopping malls in South Africa located in Johannesburg near the OR Tambo International Airport. The mall covers about 11873 2 m² landscape and is home to over 300 stores.

This is a convenient mall which will have everything you may need including cinemas, food, restaurants, banks, department and fashion brand stores as well as high end/luxury stores. This shopping centre is not too big and is super clean and well kept.

3. Sandton City

Sandton City Shopping Mall is the biggest shopping mall in Johannesburg, covering up to 141 390 m². Over 300 stores, which include international chain market leaders such as Louis Vuitton and Apple.

If you are looking to have some luxury shopping done from some of the most well recognised international brands in the world then Sandton City is the place to go where you will find designer products, bags, shoes and more.

There are also some of the top hotels in Johannesburg located very near the mall as well as a variety of things to do within walking distance of the mall. A beautiful infrastructure, a great location situated in the business hub of the city.

If you are looking for the perfect gift idea for a friend or loved one… why not consider a gift card to Sandton Mall. We know how difficult it can be to find the perfect gift and if you do decide to go in search of finding the perfect gift… how over whelming it can be… especially when surrounded by so many incredible options. By choosing to purchase a gift card the receiver is able to use it at any shop/ restaurant in the Mall and they can truly buy themselves whatever their heart desires.

4. Fourways Mall

The Fourways Mall is located in Johannesburg and occupies approximately 178 000 m² land space, which makes it the biggest mall in South Africa. With over 500 stores you can be sure to find something for everyone here. With more than enough variety and choices whether you are choosing where to eat, what to watch at the cinema, where to bank, where to shop and what youwant to shop!

The Fourways Mall offers a number of attractions especially great for keeping the kids of all ages busy over a weekend or during the holidays. There is a great putt-putt course on the lower level of the mall as well as a Bounce Inc. also located on the lower level and last, but not least there is a Fun Company perfect for some classic and high-tech arcade games.

5. Northgate Shopping Centre

One of the major attractions to this mall is the winter wonderland situated right in the middle of sunny Johannesburg, The Northgate Ice Rink. The other attraction is of course the Ticketpro Dome, where various concerts, performances and events are hosted.

Northgate shopping centre is strategically located in North Riding, Randburg, close to the N1 highway making it easily accessible from all directions. It is your one stop for everything and offers you the traditional South African shopping experience. The mall has free parking and is very popular with high traffic. At 90,000 square metres, with plenty of shops to offer, walking around the mall can be quite tiring, but not to worry, the mall has ample areas where you can pause and recharge. These areas include the food court and the indoor play area where you can enjoy a refreshing meal from the numerous food outlets and the children can let loose some of that pent up energy on the play area.

6. Cresta

A shopping and leisure icon in the city of Johannesburg, this mall is one of the biggest in South Africa covering about 104 173 m² and boasts over 260 shops with a variety of quality choices creating options for all.

Many shoppers have been coming to this mall in Johannesburg for years and it has become their second home. The aspirational retail offering features a hub of fashion, food, decor, tech and services.

Cresta has recently introduced a first of its kind in Retail Aquarium. The award winning Crest Aquarium serves as a reminder of the impact our actions have on the greater environment. The Aquarium is a marine exploration that is home to approximately 30 species of fish. The Crest Aquarium is a symbol of natural beauty, which the mall is trying to conserve.

7. Rosebank Mall

This mall is situated in one of the trendiest business hubs in South Africa, it is easily accessible from all major cities in Gauteng and offers everything from shopping to entertainment for local and international visitors.

This mall has only got about 150 shops and despite what you may think after learning how big the previously mentioned malls in Johannesburg are… This can be an advantage. The stores are a lot more streamlined, the mall is easy to navigate as it is not as big and the mall is never quite as busy. The mall most definitely has a more local feel… although you will be able to find many brands and restaurants in this mall, it is not quite as luxurious and big compared to some of the other malls o f Johannesburg. None the less, it is perfect for all your daily needs, it is clean and the service all over is great.

The Rosebank mall is easily accessible from one of the Gautrain stops, a great option if you do not want to drive and park your car… or if you are not able to. This mall is four stories high and has great food, shopping, cinemas and all other necessities such as banks and chemists.

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