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  • 1. 27 Boxes

    Emmarentia

    Faan Smit Park on 4th Avenue has been converted into a landscaped urban space with 27 Boxes as its central feature. Stacked shipping containers (19ft...

    Faan Smit Park on 4th Avenue has been converted into a landscaped urban space with 27 Boxes as its central feature. Stacked shipping containers (19ft x 6ft in size) make up this retail center, which contains 50-odd stores and eateries. From art, design, and décor to fashion and specialty gifts, you can find it all here—there’s even a craft gin distillery. Be sure to check out Krag Drag clothing for a retro South African souvenir that is hard to find elsewhere like T-shirts emblazoned with emblematic South African brand logos like Chappies bubblegum or clothes and accessories made from vibrant shweshwe fabric. Have a look at the website for details about their pop-up weekend markets and events, which regularly include a green market and a vegan market.

    76a 4th Ave., Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
    011-712–0000-landline
  • 2. 44 Stanley

    Emmarentia

    The dappled sunshine courtyards of this 1930s industrial block are lined with ateliers, galleries, family-owned cafés and restaurants, as well as one-of-a-kind stores. On the...

    The dappled sunshine courtyards of this 1930s industrial block are lined with ateliers, galleries, family-owned cafés and restaurants, as well as one-of-a-kind stores. On the border of Melville, 44 Stanley is the kind of place where you can easily spend half the day—getting a custom T-shirt printed or a dress tailored, flipping through vinyls, picking out a limited edition print, choosing a holiday memento, or simply window shopping. It's also the newfound home of a few businesses that have relocated from Maboneng, such as the independent Bioscope cinema that screens independent documentaries and film festivals, and hosts live music performances as well as stand-up comedy. While there are many options to choose from for a bite to eat at 44 Stanley, the much-loved Little Addis Café is a must if you want to give authentic Ethiopian cuisine a try. There is free street-side parking with car guards directly outside this leafy lifestyle complex, an off-street parking lot (R10) on Owl Street, or in the underground parking lot at Stanley Studios vis-a-vis. 

    44 Stanley Ave., Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
  • 3. Art Africa

    Parkview

    Art Africa brings together a dazzling selection of ethnic arts, crafts, and artifacts from across the continent and also sells funky items, such as tin...

    Art Africa brings together a dazzling selection of ethnic arts, crafts, and artifacts from across the continent and also sells funky items, such as tin lizards made from soda cans, wood-carved animals, and beaded keychains, that are produced in community empowerment projects, which uplift and benefit the craftsmen and their communities.

    62 Tyrone Ave., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2193, South Africa
    082-783–7730-Whatsapp
  • 4. Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

    Bryanston

    If you're into healthful living, visit the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market. More than 140 stalls feature artisanal, organic, and naturally sourced fresh produce. There's...

    If you're into healthful living, visit the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market. More than 140 stalls feature artisanal, organic, and naturally sourced fresh produce. There's a dairy section, delicatessen and bakery, choice of five coffee shops, flowers, crafts in wood, leather, glass and metal, handmade clothes and shoes, and many other products clamoring for your clean-living attention.

    40 Culross Rd., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2191, South Africa
    011-706–3671

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    Rate Includes: Thurs., Sat., and public holidays 9–3
  • 5. Chameleon Village

    The Chameleon Village is a lively African market with more than 200 vendors offering jewlery, home products, and artwork, as well as four restaurants with...

    The Chameleon Village is a lively African market with more than 200 vendors offering jewlery, home products, and artwork, as well as four restaurants with live music on weekends. There's also the Lion and Tiger Park (R100) and the Reptile and Snake Park (R100).

    Hartbeespoort, North-West, 0216, South Africa
    012-253–1454
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  • 6. Charles Greig

    Hyde Park

    Charles Greig is a reputable jeweler with a long-standing record, and a reputation for excellence, making this shop a good choice if you wish to...

    Charles Greig is a reputable jeweler with a long-standing record, and a reputation for excellence, making this shop a good choice if you wish to buy a special South African piece, such as a ring or necklace containing diamonds.

    Jan Smuts Ave., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196, South Africa
    011-325–4477
  • 7. Everard Read Johannesburg

    Rosebank

    Established in 1913, the gallery is one of the oldest commercial art galleries in South Africa. The privately-owned gallery acts as an agent for several...

    Established in 1913, the gallery is one of the oldest commercial art galleries in South Africa. The privately-owned gallery acts as an agent for several important South African and African artists and sculptors, and it specializes in modern and contemporary artworks, particularly wildlife paintings and sculpture.

    2 and 6 Jellicoe Ave., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196, South Africa
    011-788–4805

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 8. Goodman Gallery

    Parkwood

    The highly successful, five-plus-decade-old Goodman Gallery presents exciting monthly exhibitions by the stars of contemporary African and African diaspora art, including William Kentridge, David Goldblatt,...

    The highly successful, five-plus-decade-old Goodman Gallery presents exciting monthly exhibitions by the stars of contemporary African and African diaspora art, including William Kentridge, David Goldblatt, Kudzanai Chiurai, and Sue Williamson. Its website also hosts online viewing rooms.

    163 Jan Smuts Ave., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2193, South Africa
    011-788–1113

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
  • 9. Mynhardts Diamonds

    Mynhardts Diamonds sells diamonds and jewelry, and specializes in women's and men's rings, especially engagement and wedding rings. The company makes up the rings from...

    Mynhardts Diamonds sells diamonds and jewelry, and specializes in women's and men's rings, especially engagement and wedding rings. The company makes up the rings from loose stones on demand and even offers a 3-D rendering so you can see how your ring will look. An appointment is required.

    27 Ridge Rd., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2193, South Africa
    079-525–8969
  • 10. Rosebank Art and Craft Market

    Rosebank

    The Rosebank Art and Craft Market, between the Rosebank Mall and The Zone, has a huge variety of African crafts from Cape to Cairo, all...

    The Rosebank Art and Craft Market, between the Rosebank Mall and The Zone, has a huge variety of African crafts from Cape to Cairo, all displayed to the background beat of traditional African music. Drive a hard bargain here—the vendors expect you to! If you want to save your shopping until the end of your trip, then this should be your destination. It's the best place in Jo'burg to buy African crafts, and it's an entertaining place to visit as well.

    Cradock Ave., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196, South Africa
    011-568–0850
  • 11. Rosebank Sunday Market

    Rosebank

    The Rosebank Sunday Market, in the parking lot on the rooftop of Rosebank Mall, has become a Sunday tradition in the city. Some 600 stalls...

    The Rosebank Sunday Market, in the parking lot on the rooftop of Rosebank Mall, has become a Sunday tradition in the city. Some 600 stalls sell African and Western crafts by local artisans, antiques, art, handmade clothing, trinkets, bric-a-brac and more. It's also a great place to fill your picnic basket, with tempting specialties from Greek wraps to Thai spring rolls, and gourmet cupcakes. African musicians, dancers, and other entertainers delight the crowds between the alleyways.

    Bath St. at Baker St., Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196, South Africa
    064-735–4224

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    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Sat.
  • 12. Schwartz Jewellers

    Sandton | Jewelry & Watches

    Schwartz Jewellers is a diamond wholesaler and manufacturing jeweler. It offers a large range of classical and ethnic African pieces and a custom...

    Schwartz Jewellers is a diamond wholesaler and manufacturing jeweler. It offers a large range of classical and ethnic African pieces and a custom-design service. You can also take a one-hour tour of its workshops in Sandton by appointment. You can see stone grading, diamond setting, and gold pouring, plus get tips on what to look for when buying diamonds, as well as a brief history of South Africa's diamond industry. And, of course, you can buy the finished product. Tours are free and include refreshments; you need your passport for security reasons.

    Nelson Mandela Sq., Shop L3, on the bridge, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196, South Africa
    011-783–1717
  • 13. Welwitschia Country Market

    The Welwitschia Country Market sells handmade arts and crafts, which make for great souvenirs, among other gifts and trinkets at around 40 shops and stalls...

    The Welwitschia Country Market sells handmade arts and crafts, which make for great souvenirs, among other gifts and trinkets at around 40 shops and stalls in the shade of giant trees. There are three restaurants and a beer garden with live music on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It's especially bustling on weekends, as there is a children's playground area. There is ample free parking and you can find detailed directions on the website. 

    Rustenburg Rd., Hartbeespoort, North-West, 0216, South Africa
    083-302–8085

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 14. Crystal Feeling

    Crafts
    Closed Permanently

    Crystal Feeling has many fascinating decorative and healing crystals, dream catchers, books, and jewelry. ...

    Crystal Feeling has many fascinating decorative and healing crystals, dream catchers, books, and jewelry.

    Akasha Centre, 15 Rustenburg Rd., Magaliesberg, North-West, 0216, South Africa
    014-577–2182
  • 15. Western Cane Trading

    Household Items/Furniture
    Closed Permanently

    At Western Cane Trading, you can browse through a huge warehouse of cane, wood, and iron furniture. There's a good tea garden and even a driving...

    At Western Cane Trading, you can browse through a huge warehouse of cane, wood, and iron furniture. There's a good tea garden and even a driving range.

    R509, 10 km [6 mi] from Magaliesberg, Magaliesberg, North-West, 0216, South Africa
    014-577–1361

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