South Africa’s top 5 shopping experiences

We all love a good shopping experience from time-to-time (dads, you know you enjoy it, too!) and we’re not just talking about the trip to the local supermarket for your weekly groceries, no. We’re talking hallways with explosions of lights and colours, food that’ll make your taste buds tingle, jewels that sparkle, shoes that shine, the works!


We’ve compiled a list of South Africa’s greatest shopping experiences, where you’ll feel like an international superstar, while only burning a few bucks.


  1. Canal Walk, Cape Town

Canal Walk merges the world’s most desirable brands with shopping convenience and entertainment with everyday leisure, all in a majestic setting. The shopping centre has more than 400 stores, and trading hours are from 9am to 9pm. Get lost in the huge hallways of Canal Walk, while the kids enjoy a safe train ride (true story) inside the shopping centre.

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Tel: +27 (0) 21 529 9699

Trading Hours: 9AM – 9PM

Address: Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Canal Walk, Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7441

Website: Canal Walk


  1. Mall of Africa, Midrand

One of the latest developments in South Africa is the Mall of Africa. It is the largest shopping centre build in a single phase, housing more than 300 stores. There is a vast choice of local and international stores, while the architecture of the shopping centre promises a convenient shopping experience.

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Tel: +27 (0) 10 596 1470

Trading Hours: 9AM – 8PM

Address: Waterfall City, Magwa Cres, Midrand, Johannesburg, 1686

Website: Mall of Africa


  1. Gateway Theatre Shopping Centre, Umhlanga

As the biggest shopping complex in the Southern Hemisphere, Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the ultimate fashion, entertainment and dining destination in Kwa-Zulu Natal. With over 400 stores, 70 eateries and a host of exciting entertainment, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to local and international stores.

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Tel: +27 (0) 31 514 0500

Trading Hours: 9AM – 7PM

Address: 1 Palm Blvd, Umhlanga, 4319

Website: Gateway Theatre Shopping Centre


  1. Sandton City, Sandton (Johannesburg)

Situated in the Sandton Central Management District in Northern Johannesburg, Sandton City is conveniently located within walking distance of the Sandton Gautrain station and within easy access from highways and main roads within Sandton CBD. With close to 300 leading local and international retailers, Sandton City is a one-of-a-kind fashion and leisure destination. It’s an energetic hub of Afro-cosmopolitan glamour – international shopping with South African flair.

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A towering sculpture of South Africa’s favourite son holds court over Nelson Mandela Square. One of the largest open public spaces in the country, the Square adjoins the renowned Sandton City complex. This European styled piazza commemorates heritage and celebrates international style with the warmth of African hospitality. It draws a cosmopolitan society to its sidewalk cafes, some of the finest restaurants in South Africa and over 88 exclusive stores. The 1,000sqm Square serves as a stage for a host of local and international events.

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Sandton City:

Tel: +27 (0) 11 217 6000

Trading Hours: 9AM – 8PM

Address: Rivonia Rd & 5th St, Sandton, 2196

Website: Sandton City

Nelson Mandela Square:

Tel: +27 (0) 11 217 6000

Trading Hours: 7:30AM – 7PM

Address: Cnr Rivonia Road and Central Sandton, 5th St, Sandton, 2031

Website: Nelson Mandela Square


  1. V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

This bustling shopping, dining and entertainment area neighbouring the Table Bay harbour is almost as synonymous with a visit to Cape Town, as the Table Mountain that looks upon it from up high.  Developed from redundant docklands, this property blends seamlessly and attractively with the working harbour. In the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, you will find all the major retailers as well as international brands. The Alfred Mall and Clock Tower Shopping Centre is where you’ll find a range of art, jewellery and specialty shops.

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Tel: +27 (0) 21 408 7600

Trading Hours: 9AM – 9PM

Address: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002

Website: V & A Waterfront


After enjoying these spectacular shopping experience, you could rest your feet while staying at one of our conveniently located hotels (we have options close to each of these shopping destinations!) Check out our hotels here.

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