For an alternative to Johannesburg’s mega malls pay a visit to 44 Stanley Avenue, a trendy boutique shopping centre that consists of a series of renovated industrial buildings and courtyards filled with cool contemporary cafes, galleries fashion boutiques and design studios.
44 Stanley is a creative space with an eclectic mix of shops selling vintage and collectable items such as antique furniture and second-hand books, as well as top fashion boutiques and art galleries where you can buy the latest South African contemporary designs.
In a previous life, these buildings were part of the Automobile Association garages, where cars which had had a run-in with Johannesburg’s roads came to get fixed. When the AA moved out, a few hundred squatters moved in and the buildings were subject to vandalism. The then decrepit buildings were saved by property developers several years ago and received a complete make-over that helped restore them to their former glory, retaining many of the unique 1930s industrial architectural features that give the present centre such charm.
Today this pretty complex houses more than 25 boutiques, restaurants, cafés and studios and is a popular place to hang out on a sunny afternoon and enjoy a Fair Trade coffee or craft beer with the city’s artistic and alternative crowd. Some of the most celebrated cafes and restaurants to try include the Bean There coffee shop, Vovo Telo artisan bakery, Salvation cafe for their famous breakfasts, Italian restaurant Il Giardino degli Ulivi or craft beer bar Stanley's Beer Yard.
Take the Empire Road off-ramp from Johannesburg’s M1 highway heading towards Milpark. Under the bridge, turn left into Owl Street and right into Stanley Avenue.
Mon - Sat 7.30AM-4PM
Sun 7.30AM - 3PM