Sandton City is one of the biggest shopping malls in Johannesburg and one of the largest in Africa. Located in the centre of the Sandton central business district and just around the corner from the Sandton Gautrain station, the mall is readily accessible to tourists and locals, making it one of the most popular shopping destinations in Gauteng.
When its doors first opened in 1973, Sandton City offered 50 000 square metres of retail space. More than 45 years later the mall has quadrupled in size. In addition to hundreds of top-end and designer stores, Sandton City is also home to the offices of many major South African companies and is adjoined by several large hotels and the Sandton Convention Centre, making it one of the premier business and leisure destinations in the province.
Hamley's World – a kids' paradise – is a relatively new drawcard at the centre. An optional entry to the area is by means of a slide, which provides access to an adventure zone, playground, virtual reality games, kiddies' toy train, nerf zone and massive toy store.
In addition to hundreds of stores, Sandton City's Food District offers visitors a range of restaurants, coffee shops and fast food outlets. Shoppers are offered a wide range of options, from fried chicken and halaal kebabs, to healthy salads and fresh deli produce, as well as popular South African chains such as Nandos. Other leisure options in Sandton City include a number of beauty salons and hairdressers, for men and women, and an eleven-screen cinema complex.
For fashionistas, the Diamond Walk – one of the biggest designer shopping arcades in Africa – is an irresistible drawcard. It features the African flagship stores of many of the world's most famous designer brands, including Louis Vuitton, Prada and Armani. The Diamond Walk has been dubbed “an icon of African urban luxury and sophistication” and is the place to spot celebrities and sport stars out spending their cash.
Linked to the Sandton City mall is the Nelson Mandela Square shopping centre which opens out onto an open-air piazza with a six-metre-tall bronze statue of Nelson Mandela at its helm. The square is lined with bustling restaurants and cafes, as well as the 200-seat Auto & General Theatre on the Square, and the Sandton Library.
Monday to Saturday: 9am to 8pm
Sundays and public holidays: 9am to 6pm