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Johannesburg Shopping
Johannesburg Shopping Guide - TravelPuppy.com
Johannesburg is a shopper’s heaven, with a huge variety of options from upmarket fashion boutiques and big malls to street markets and vendors, muti merchants (traditional medicine vendors, especially underneath the fly over highway on the south end of Faraday Street and on downtown Diagonal Street) and curiosity shops.

To avoid the Mall morbs, visitors should try Johannesburg’s exciting array of flea markets, varying from Market World’s bigger is better to Organic Village Market’s authenticity is all. Market World, 49 Ernest Oppenheimer Avenue, Bruma, is a extensive, bewildering mass of 100's of stalls, even the sidewalks approaching the area are covered with wares. It is open every day except Monday, 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, and carries a charge R 1.50 for admission (this goes to charity).

Open every day 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, the African Craft Market, next to The Mall, 1 Cradock Avenue, Rosebank, is an definite must for all visitors, not just shoppers, particularly as there are often live performances by local bands. It is more costly and there is less junk on sale than at Market World but it still offers 100's of stalls. Both places are among the best for African bits and pieces.

Michael Mount Organic Village Market, 231 Bryanston Drive, Bryanston, Sandton, is truly a craftsman’s craft market, where everything on sale is strictly handmade or organically produced. It is well known for tasty home bakes and a appetizing range of homemade cheeses. A popular tea garden offers pastries, pies, and pots of indigenous rooibos (bush) tea. It is open Thursday and Saturday mornings, as well as for a Moonlight Market (5.00 pm to 9.00 pm) on the last Tuesday of every month.

New, huge shopping malls are still appearing up in and around Johannesburg, with Eastgate Mall, Sandton City, The Mall of Rosebank and Fourways Mall probably being the most user friendly for the newcomer. Sandton City is the location where the rich and famous shop. It offers designer fashion, jewellery, electronic goods and also some brilliant (but expensive) curio shops.

Over the past few years, the used book route has moved from Yeoville’s Rockey Street to Melville’s Main Road and Seventh Streets, while the most popular area for antiques remains Norwood, particularly Grant Avenue. Art Africa, 62 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview, sells a variety of African arts and crafts objects, often made from recycled materials in self help projects.

The Giraffe Centre, Second Avenue, Melville, has a large selection of craft shops, Elephant Hide, 162 Corlett Drive, Bramley, is a great place to either shop for bush footwear and African designs or take a break in the garden with a Zulu witch doctor’s fortune telling and tea. A fantastic place for handicrafts made by local Soweto women, is Cobble Centre, on the corner of 12 th and Fourth Streets, Parkhurst.

Mall shopping hours are usually 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (9.00 am to 2.00 pm on Sundays), although the bigger department stores and supermarkets may remain open to 6.00 pm. Value added tax (VAT) of 14 % is added on all goods sold (although this is largely ignored in the flea markets) and visitors can retrieve this upon departure, as long as they have kept all receipts and filled in the appropriate point of purchase forms, where necessary.