Thorolds Bookshop began in 1904 as a shop selling sewing machines and a few books. It later developed into a full fledged bookstore run by Frank Thorold. More than a century old, the store has a wide range of rare and valuable books and acts as a supplier for important clients like Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Wits universities. Run by Neillen van Kraayenburg, who has vast experience in the industry of law books, it is now one of the principle suppliers to important Johannesburg law firms. Along with law books, the place also sells books on topics like travel history, art, military, South African history and architecture.
Formerly known as Sandton Square, this hub of city life in Johannesburg was renamed Nelson Mandela Square in 2004 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the birth of South Africa's democracy. Also the home of the Nelson Mandela statue, which was unveiled when the square was renamed, the square serves not only as a tribute to the famed president's historic efforts to bring peace to the nation, but also a focal point where visitors and locals alike can contemplate the country's turbulent past. An Italian-style piazza full of shops, restaurants, and galleries, located near world-class hotels and the city's financial district, this is a must-see for any visitor to Johannesburg.
The Rooftop Market at the Rosebank Mall has been a Sunday tradition in Johannesburg for years. A cultural hub as well as a shopaholic's paradise, the market sells a range of art, trinkets, CDs, clothes, jewelry and antiques of both African and Western origin. African dance performances and other cultural programs are also hosted here from time to time.
Traders from all over Africa sell hand-made curios and collectibles from rural areas, to locals and visitors. The food area is a connoisseur's delight - buy freshly made pesto, pasta, fragrant Italian breads and cheeses. There are also performances of live music by locals, adding to the vibrant feel of the market.
A unique shopping center, where every shopkeeper owns their store, Oriental Plaza is a true bargain hunters destination. Over 360 shops are housed here, each offering its own unique array of bargains, and best of all, bartering is expected, so the best deals are always within reach. Everything from exotic jewlery, to bright and beautiful fabrics, to spices and toys are available, making this a one-stop center for just about anything you might need. A variety of restaurants are also located at the center, with such delicious options as samoosas, candy, and curry. Contact each shop owner for information about their store. A full directory can be found on the center's website.
At 228 meters/728 feet tall, the Carlton Centre is the tallest building in Africa, making it one of Johannesburg's most popular landmarks. Built in the 1970's, the center has been an iconic part of the city's skyline ever since, with such additional features as the 50th floor, Top of Africa, observation deck, which offers panoramic views of the city, as well as an underground shopping mall, which connects the center to the neighboring Carlton Hotel (currently closed). Located in the heart of Johannesburg's Central Business District, this conveniently located landmark should be a part of any visitor's itinerary.
Housed in a 15-story building, the Neighbourgoods Market's structure impresses you with the mural artwork by Eduard Villa. Open every Saturday through the morning and afternoon, the Neighbourgoods Market is a nice place to spend a warm morning, whether you want to enjoy browsing through local artisan products, sample the various delicacies cooked up by local chefs or get fresh food fresh from the farmers' produce. Besides the fresh produce, the market comes alive during the various festivities like the We Love Real Craft Beer Festival, the Barrel and Vine Festival Festival and so on that happen throughout the year.
Clicks is a chain of pharmacies, located all over South Africa. There are several such outlets located in many localities of Johannesburg. These outlets offer an expansive inventory of not only health and wellness products but also a range of personal care items, beauty products, cosmetics, baby products and even home and kitchen appliances. Located on Jorissen Street, housed within the Jorissen Place, this Clicks store remains open all week, from 8a onward.
One of the country's largest chain of hypermarkets, Pick n Pay has a significant retail presence in Johannesburg. The expansive outlet within the Braamfontein Centre offers the best of fashion, food, lifestyle and technology, all under one roof. From organic and gourmet products to fresh produce and wines, you'll find all of your daily necessities and much more here. Regular promotions and discounts promise great deals. Check website for more.
This monthly market gives you the opportunity to buy the best of Johannesburg's traditional and handicraft items, from handmade felt toys and glassware to jewelery. Apart from this, there are entertaining performances and displays of visual art by various artists to keep you entertained. Numerous food and drink stalls ensure that hunger pangs don't interrupt your shopping spree. The best part of Zasekhaya Arts and Culture Market is that you can place orders with the artists and merchants to get goods made exactly the way you want them. Loads of activities and fun games to keep the children occupied are also at hand, so you can be left alone to browse through the wares on offer. Parking is available within the Bus Factory premises.
Xarra houses an extensive range of African authors and books on Africa, while being able to match the typical reader's desire for the classics. In-store readings occur occasionally, as well as writer's competitions. Can't find what you need in-store? Check their website for a range of not only more books, but DVDs and music as well. Call for hours.
You can find this quirky place on the corner of Diagonal 14 and President Street. As the name suggests it is not a museum but a medicine shop. You will find some weird and most bizarre medicines sold here. It is one of the leading stores selling Muti which is a traditional herbal homeopathic medicines. There are wide array of dried herbs as well a some different kind of remedies including monkey skulls, dried crocodile feet and so on. You can even meet a sangoma who practises traditional medicine. Do come for your daily dose of weirdness.