Experience the continent’s best retail destinations.
South Africa boasts a vibrant retail culture, with multiple retail offerings in every category and every region of the country. From massive shopping malls to intimate boutiques, from open-air markets to luxury emporiums, South Africa’s shopping venues cater to virtually every taste and budget. Here we present five unique shopping experiences to consider for your next South African holiday:
Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Canal Walk is a popular shopping destination located in Cape Town’s Century City precinct. The complex is situated around a beautiful canal and features a neoclassical architectural style, with grand columns and glass ceilings letting in abundant natural light. Over 400 retailers call Canal Walk home, including many global sportswear, fashion and jewelry brands. Beyond shopping, visitors can take in a spa treatment, book a hair service or recieve a massage before enjoying a meal and the wide range of dining options on offer. Canal Walk also boasts several entertainment options, including a 3-story 4k, ultra-HD Scene Xtreme cinema, and a VIP cinema with plush reclining seats and private lounge and bar.
Operating Saturdays from 9:00 to 15:00, Neighbourgoods is an open-air market in downtown Johannesburg that provides shoppers with live music and events, competitions, international food vendors, and a wide range of unique goods for sale.
This weekly market has quickly made a name as the place to find the unique and unusual products, mostly made by South African artisans. From food and drink, to clothing and accessories, this festival-style market offers visitors things that cannot be easily found elsewhere.
i’Langa Mall is a premium shopping and entertainment destination located in Mbombela, near Kruger National Park and other wildlife attractions. The mall offers over 140 stores, with a mix of international and national brands, as well as independent local retailers. This regional shopping hub is well-known for its indoor ice skating rink and a wide range of family entertainment activities, including bowling, bumper cars, a trampoline park and ninja warrior course. i’Llanga Mall also features an outdoor courtyard dining area, with elegant fountains and numerous dining options to choose from.
With extensive shopping options, a children’s play area, movie cinemas a fitness center, and much more, The Pavilion has earned a reputation for having the best shopping and family fun in the Durban area. The Pavilion has designed its site to be Instagram-friendly, allowing shoppers to search the app to find sales and promotions through special hashtags. The over 40 restaurants and food stalls offer something for every taste, including the spicy local variety of Indian cuisine. The Pavilion features a diverse collection of over 250 shops, including over 20 watch and jewelry outlets.
Melrose Arch is pedestrian-friendly district featuring numerous high-end shopping and dining options. The district features two luxury hotels, as well as a retail galleria with over 100 upscale shops, including top international luxury brands, local designers and even antiques. Over 20 cafes and restaurants are on offer in Melrose Arch, with menu choices ranging from casual coffee shops to fine dining. Several of these restaurants have al fresco dining options, allowing diners to enjoy in the sights of the beautiful Melrose Arch area.
Did you know?
- Most shops in South Africa are open 7 days a week.
- In addition to shops selling the latest products, South Africa has an extensive number of antique dealers.
- Most wide estates and wine dealers can make arrangements to ship your purchases directly to your home address abroad.
- For expensive purchases, tourists can apply for a refund of the 15% VAT levy. Be sure to request a full tax invoice from the shop you are buying from and the staff will help you with the documentation.
- For those looking for a bargain on locally manufactured goods, check out the large number of factory shops in the Western Cape. Visit factoryshops.co.za for more info.