Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square

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.

The latest edition to Sandton City is the bling-filled Diamond Walk, the place to find global luxury household names like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and a host of other luxury brands. 

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 AND seafood and sushi at The Big Mouth. 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. For unique gifts try Presidential Shirts, a small boutique selling the colourful silk shirts that were much loved by the late Nelson Mandela.
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Open 09:00–20:00, Sun 09:00–18:00.

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Be careful when going to Nelson Mandela square. I got robbed in front of the revolving door of Radisson Blu Sandton Cityaround 19:17 in seconds after my tour guide dropped me after eating at one of the restaurants there. The police said one hour after I was robbed another robery was reported at Hilton. The 3 robbers pointing their guns at my inlaws and threatened to shoot. I was informed that hotel security doesn't carry gun. He only press the panic button. I will never stay at Radisson Blu again.
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