Explore the shops, make an afternoon of your visit with a lazy lunch in the courtyard, or grab a drink with friends, 44 Stanley is one of those must-visit Joburg destinations.
Fashion and accessories44 Stanley has plenty of local independent fashion labels, known for high-quality production and timeless appeal.
At Guillotine by Lisa Jaffe, you'll find sensual fitted forms and luxurious fabrics, with a focus on the architecture of each clothing item. At Lunar the emphasis is on timelessly chic pieces.
For a range of locally designed garments, shoppers can try Me&B, a South African brand founded by Kelly and Betina, a mother and daughter team from Cape Town. Me&B prides itself in making fashion fun and accessible for all women by stocking pieces in sizes 32-46.
Additionally, men looking for a one-stop-shop consisting of sustainable skincare products, clothing items such as slim-fit linen shirts, sneakers and fragrances can pop into Land of Kin, previously known as the super chic Odrin located near Salvation Café.
For exquisite event wear, bridal gowns, dresses, and much more, Jessica Jane is the label making clothing for the feminine, classy and confident woman. You might have seen South African TV personality Minnie Dlamini snapped on social media wearing one of the pieces from the Noluthando Collection.
For accessories Cape Town’s hip handmade leather accessories label Rowdy Bags is a big favourite, especially as all their items come with a lifetime guarantee. Next door to Rowdy is Gone Outdoor Supply Company, a specialist outdoor clothing store aimed at trail runners and hikers. Gone is an official seller of clothing and gear by Patagonia (a brand known for its dedication to sustainable and ethically sourced materials).
Leather lovers will love King Cobbler, a space with a handful of skilled cobblers and designers who provide services for shoes, bags and just about anything that you would need to be repaired, restored or custom-made. The space is also a stockist of custom handmade leather footwear & belts, apparel, socks, and leather care products.
Books, vinyl, gifts and homewareThe Atelier is an expert framing studio and also offers a great selection of limited-edition prints by South African artists, which make great gifts. The space is also a visual feast for bookworms with imported, limited edition and collector’s item books for adults and kids. Opposite is quaint second-hand bookshop L’Elephant Terrible. Satisfy your literary needs without breaking the bank with a wide range of Africana titles, first edition classics and beautifully illustrated botanical reference books.
For a beautiful bouquet, order online from Petal & Post, a flower delivery service whose distribution point is at 44 Stanley.
Adding to the selection of homeware stores, Bed Bath Body offers finely crafted body care products. The sensory table where shoppers can explore every fragrance, pick up, interact, moisturise, spray and get a feel for each product is an awesome feature.
Co is a bespoke furniture store that offers locally designed and crafted artisanal, functional pieces by the décor brand KusudiCo.
44 Stanley also has some brilliant artisanal food stores including the divine handmade Belgian chocolate store Chocoloza and Voisin Bread and Wine, a micro-bakery specialising in homemade sourdough bread and boutique South African wine labels.
Places to eatEnjoy the scent of freshly roasted coffee at Bean There, South Africa's first roaster of Certified Fair Trade coffee, and buy a bag to take home.
44 Stanley’s go-to sourdough bread and boutique wine stockists at Voisin have added a quaint little spot called ici to the complex's selection of charming cafés. The name means ici means "here" in French (and is pronounced ee-see, rather than itchy), and the café is inspired by Afro-French tastes.
For casual drinks and small plates of an evening settle in at the super pretty Peachy courtyard or head to the '70s-inspired bar at Even After All. They also have a great breakfast menu so it's an all-day kind of place. A newer addition, La Pergola brings Northern Italian cuisine to Joburg.
Independent cinemaJoburg's original independent cinema, The Bioscope is devoted to bringing the latest in arthouse, indie, documentary and African films to the South African big screen.
StudiosAcre is an interior design studio that offers services such as interior architecture, interior styling, and design and doubles as a retail store that stocks stunning furniture pieces. Counterspace Studio is another space that offers architecture and design. The studio is led by the world-renowned architect Sumayaa Valley, with Sarah de Villiers and Amina Kaskar.
Kate Otten also has her practice at 44 Stanley and is part of a generation of significant architects working in the South African space. Kate's works and that of her practice have been widely published and have won numerous awards locally and internationally.
Artists and artSeveral artists have studios here including Fhatuwani Mukheli, Justice Mukheli and Sthu Manaka of My Loves Studio, which is open on First Thursdays monthly. Read more about 44 Stanley as an art destination here.
We also recommend a visit to the listening library upstairs belonging to Zimbabwean mixed media artist, Kudzanai Chiurai. His studio with a rich archive of vinyl records is called The Library of Things we Forgot to Remember.
Artist Admin offers artists administrative support ranging from shipping and eCommerce to exhibition management and production. The services offered by Artist Admin cater to creators specialising in multiple disciplines and their clients include musicians, painters, illustrators, photographers, videographers, designers and even coders.
An extension of The Atelier, The Gallery is a collaborative, artist-run space curated by artist Chloë Reid and includes exhibitions, residencies, screenings and other forms of creative collaboration.