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When it comes time to bring home a souvenir from your vacation, ShermansTravel experts know just where to go. Whether it’s a high-end leather purse or an authentic, locally made craft, we show you which stores and markets to hit up for all your shopping needs – while highlighting the best steals and bargains in your destination.

Shopping in Johannesburg

Arts on Main

Arts on Main occupies a cluster of 100-year-old warehouses surrounding a tree-filled courtyard in Johannesburg’s Central Business District. Launched in 2009, the complex contains commercial, residential, and retail spaces, including the atelier of William Kentridge, one of South Africa’s most celebrated artists, as well as photographer Mikhael Subotzky; the Seippel Gallery; Canteen Café; and Black Coffee, an internationally acclaimed South African fashion label. Several noted galleries, ultratrendy South African fashion labels, and the Nirox Foundation, an artists’ residence program that stages exhibitions, have also set up shop. On a balmy January afternoon, the courtyard is the perfect place to sip an iced coffee – an urban oasis where a visitor wouldn’t have likely set foot 10 years ago. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

264 Fox St.,
Tags: arts and culture | shopping | smart luxury winner | things to do

Clyde on 4th

Antiques shops are scattered throughout Melville, but this delightfully cluttered store is one of the best, offering popular names like Wedgewood, Moorcroft, and Royal Doulton.

75 4th Ave., 011-27-11-482-3266,
Tags: shopping | souvenirs | eclectic | antiques

Parktown Quarter

This revamped shopping district in the trendy Parktown North suburb offers some of the most stylish home décor shops around, including Objekt and Tonic. Take a shopping break at Lulu’s deli for fresh fare or an exotic coffee.

Corner of 7th & 3rd Aves.,
Tags: shopping | home | eclectic

Rosebank Rooftop Market

The wide range of stalls at this huge Sunday flea market offer everything from clothing to home décor to handicrafts and giant Buddhas.

rooftop parking lot at The Mall of Rosebank, 50 Bath Ave.,
Tags: shopping | crafts | market | home | eclectic | clothing


Three upscale malls (Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square and the Village Walk) boast everything from African art to international designer labels.

Tags: shopping | shopping mall | crafts | designer | eclectic

The 44 Stanley Avenue Precinct

Funky restaurants and fun shops in a spacious courtyard setting. Stop at the African Toy Shop for hand-made African toys from all around the continent (including sought-after wooden Tintin figurines).

close to Melville; 44 Stanley Ave., 011-27-11-482-1082,
Tags: shopping | culture | history | souvenirs

The Oriental Plaza

For a slice of Little India and some of the best bargains in town, visit the Plaza, known for colorful textiles, shoe and clothing shops of every variety, and its authentic Indian bazaar atmosphere.

close to Newtown,
Tags: budget | shopping | market | eclectic | clothing

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