Sandton City has it all; from the best-known international brand names to exciting local boutiques and speciality stores. As one of South Africa’s oldest and most exclusive malls, visitors to Sandton City shopping centre are advised to bring an empty suitcase with them on their trip to South Africa.

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Sandton City is one of South Africa's oldest and most exclusive malls. At Sandton City shopping centre you will find the best in local and international shops.

Sandton City Shopping Centre in Johannesburg is one of the best-known and well-loved of South African shopping destinations and is home to over 400 international and local fashion brands. Situated in one of the most exclusive parts of the city, and dating from 1974, Sandton City really is the grand-dame of malls, a retail piece de resistance, well-known for constantly updating its style and facilities.

The atmosphere at Sandton City is cosmopolitan and sophisticated. You will find the very best South Africa and the world has to offer in its wide range of shops and showrooms, from unique South African jewellery to the latest handbags from Italy and practically anything in between.

This shopping centre in Sandton combines the classic and the contemporary in everything from architecture, dining and retail outlets. You will find South African designers, such as Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner, displayed alongside international labels such as DKNY, Gucci and Diesel. Local retailers include favourites like Woolworths, Edgars and Stuttafords.

There is also an 11-screen Ster Kinekor Classic Cinema at the mall and attached to the centre via a pedestrian mall bridge is Nelson Mandela Square, a 16 000 m² development. This area houses many well-known and trendy restaurants, as well as a 6-metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela - great for photographs.

Given the centre’s profile and position in the central business district, it is also home to many restaurants, including some of the top dining establishments in the city. They attract customers from the nearby hotels and vibrant business community around the mall, as well as further afield. Don't miss the latest and hottest dining and drinking spots in Johannesburg on the Sandton Sun's sixth floor, which includes a cheese room, interactive kitchen, wine bar and drinking deck with a view over the city. Access is through the hotel or shopping centre.

It came as no surprise when it was recently announced that the centre will receive a R1,77-billion upgrade, to position the complex as South Africa's very own Wall Street. The redevelopment will include the construction of an 80-storey office tower, a new hotel, new retail and office space and residential apartments.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Sandton City:

Tel:+27 (0)11 217 6000
Sandton City website

Sandton Sun:
Tel: +27 (0)11 780 5000

How to get here

Travel along the R24 from OR Tambo Airport towards Johannesburg. Take the N3 (Pretoria) off ramp. Travel along the N3 and take the Marlboro Drive off ramp. Turn left and travel straight along Marlboro Road until you reach a T-junction. At this intersection of Marlboro Drive and Katherine Street, turn left into Katherine Street. Travel along Katherine Street until you reach Rivonia Road. At this intersection Sandton City is on the opposite right hand corner. Turn right into Rivonia Road and just after the first traffic light, turn left up the ‘alternative parking’ ramp to access the roof parking. Alternatively undercover parking is available by turning left at the second traffic light into 5th Street. Taxis are positioned outside Entrance 12.

ITRAM is the accredited transportation company of the Johannesburg International Airport and provides public transport, taxi and shuttle services to and from Sandton City. Contact them on + 27 (0)11 390 1275.

Car Hire is also available from the airport.

Best time to visit

Trading hours for the shops are from 9h00 to 18h00, except on Sundays, when shops trade from 10h00 to 16h00. Cinemas and restaurants trade later.

Length of stay

Half a day or a full day for the determined shopper.

Where to stay

Sandton City is surrounded by a range of hotels and accomodation.

What to eat

The Mall has a wide selection of eateries from take aways to restaurants for the discerning palate.

What's happening

There's always something happening around public holidays, keep an eye on the display areas.

The Liberty Life Theatre on Nelson Mandela Square is a 200-seater theatre that produces and shows an array of outstanding productions.

There is also the Sandton library houses over 92 000 volumes, and audio books, videos, CDs and language tapes.

There are many restaurants, bars and cinemas.

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