With easy access to the Gautrain and hundreds of stores, the Sandton City mega-mall is Africa's most prestigious shopping destination. There's not much you can't get in Sandton City whether you are looking for the latest gadget, hiking equipment, on-trend fashion or crystal decanter. From international high street labels Mango and Zara and luxury brands Cartier and Louis Vuitton, local budget style favourite Mr Price (fondly referred to as Monsieur Prisee) to department stores Stuttafords and Edgars, Sandton City is a one-stop for fashion. Try Typo for quirky stationery and gifts and African Origins for a great range of African beaded goods, homeware and jewellery. There's a gigantic food court with a wide range of choices, plus delis and cafes like Deli One, Walnut Grove, Gwefey and Nandos spread throughout the mall.
NELSON MANDELA SQUARE
Built around an open piazza flanked by restaurants and bars, as well as the Auto & General Theatre on the Square and the Sandton Library, Nelson Mandela Square is a popular tourist destination as well as a shopping haven. Choose from classic steaks and other meaty fare at The Butcher Shop, seafood and sushi at The Big Mouth and Thai cuisine at the elegant Wang Thai. The place to see and be seen is Tashas, a classy cafe with excellent service and a flawless menu and for drinks there's also a branch of Hard Rock Cafe.
A gigantic bronze statue of Nelson Mandela watches over it all and is a favourite place for tourists to take photos. Inside the mall you can find an array of high street and high-end fashion and jewellery shops and a walkway connecting to the Sandton City mall. Major department stores and brands to look out for in Nelson Mandela Square include the Hamley's toy shop and Luminance, a South African luxury department store selling high-end local brands. For unique gifts try Presidential Shirts, a small boutique selling the colourful silk shirts that were much loved by the late Nelson Mandela or treat a loved one to a gift from Collective by Charles Greig, a beautiful store stocking an exquisite range of contemporary luxury items including one-of-a-kind contemporary jewellery items and gorgeous leather accessories,