South Africa is home to a large number of shopping malls, with close to 2000 shopping malls in the country. Little wonder individuals and groups troop into the country to catch fun and enjoy exciting shopping experience.

With recent developments though some change in lifestyle can be experienced with opening of new shopping malls.

Shopping malls in South Africa. Photo: KnowInsiders
Shopping malls in South Africa. Photo: KnowInsiders

What are the biggest and best shopping malls in South Africa?

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1. Fourways in Johannesburg

Fourways in Johannesburg

The largest mall in South Africa at the moment is called Fourways Mall, and it is situated in Johannesburg. The location, which was initially constructed in 1994, now has an expanded retail space of 178,000 square meters. The Fourways Mall in South Africa continues to be a popular destination for many customers who enjoy the best entertainment options in addition to retail shopping.

It is rumored that Accelerate Property Fund owns Fourways Mall. The Mall has 8,000 parking spaces and about 400 stores. Except on Sundays, the location is open from 9 am to 8 pm every day. They close at 5 o'clock in the evening on Sundays.

Owner: Azrapart and Accelerate Property Fund Opened: 1994

Stores: 400

Address: 11 Ruby Cl, Witkoppen, Sandton, 2068

Region: Johannesburg

Telephone: +2711 465 6095

2. Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

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Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

With a land area of 177,000 square meters, the Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is the second-largest mall in South Africa. Menlyn Park is situated in Pretoria, one of the major cities in South Africa's Gauteng Province.

In addition to having a large selection of brands that are regarded as international, the award-winning shopping center boasts over 300 anchor stores.

Menlyn Park also features a play area, the first rooftop drive-in in the world, go-karts, quad bikes, helicopter rides, and an Imax Theater where cinema is given a thrilling makeover. The 3-D theater is always popular with both young and old people who want to watch a movie from an original, captivating perspective.

Owner: Pareto Limited

Opened: 1979

Stores: 500

Address: Atterbury Road And, Lois Ave, Menlyn, Pretoria, 0063

Region: Pretoria

Telephone: +2712 764 9600

3. Gateway Theatre of Shopping

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Photo: Durban Routes

North of Durban in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on Umhlanga Rocks is the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, also known as Gateway. One of the top 50 largest malls in the world is the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Since the shopping center's initial opening in 2001, it has undergone four expansions.

The ultimate shopping, entertainment, and dining destination in Durban is Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Visitors are spoiled for choice with more than 400 stores, 70 restaurants, and a variety of exciting entertainment!

Local South African retail, well-known foreign brands like Zara, Forever New, Cotton On, Superdry, Gant, and everything in between can be found at Gateway. In addition, Gateway has an IMAX Theater, Funtubbles Family Amusement Park, Wavepark, Electric Avenue Bowling, Action Karting, be.UP Park, and much more.

Owner: Old Mutual Property

Opened: 1998

Stores: 460

Address: 1 Palm Blvd, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, 4021 Region: Durban

Telephone: +2731 514 0500

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4. Canal Walk in Cape Town

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Photo: Redbubble

With convenient access right off the N1, the Canal Walk shopping experience offers variety, convenience, entertainment, and leisure. There are 12 strategically placed entrances into the center and over 8000 parking spaces, both covered and on rooftop levels. Canal Walk offers everything.

The largest shopping area in Cape Town is called Canal Walk. It is located in the convenient N1 precinct of Century City, close to the CBD and the surrounding suburbs. With more than 400 stores and thousands of the best national and international brands, the center offers a wide variety. Some of the best family-friendly fashion, retail, leisure, and entertainment can be found all under one roof at Canal Walk.

You can find a variety of eateries along Canal Walk, including sit-down restaurants, cafés, and coffee shops as well as takeaway places where you can either eat in our roomy Food Court or get something to eat on the go. There are both vegetarian and Halaal options at these restaurants, which offer a variety of cuisines.

Owner: Hyprop Investments and Ellerine Bros

Opened: 2000

Stores: 400

Address: 490 Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7446

Region: Cape Town

Telephone: +2721 529 9699

5. Sandton City South Africa

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Photo: CallisonRTKL

In 1973, Sandton City, a shopping center in Johannesburg, first opened its doors. One can enjoy fascinating cultures, lovely clothing, and high-end couture at this mall, which is regarded as one of the most opulent and glamorous shopping centers in southern Africa. You can choose from a wide variety of the most popular local and international fashion labels, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Mont Blanc, Cartier, Fendi, and Lacoste.

With top-notch restaurants and bars that offer a wide variety of food and drinks to suit all tastes, Sandton's food court is a well-liked gathering place for business lunches and social events.

In this city, which also has Nelson Mandela Square and other interesting neighborhoods to explore, you will encounter a mixture of an Afro-cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Owner: Liberty Holdings and Pareto Management: JHI Retail

Opened: 1973

Stores: 300 Address: 83 Rivonia Rd, Sandhurst, Sandton, 2196

Region: Sandton, ‎Gauteng

Telephone: +2711 217 6000

6. Eastgate Shopping Centre

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Photo: briefly

With 118,732 square meters of land, the Eastgate Shopping Centre is the seventh-largest mall in South Africa.

In a convenient location, the Eastgate Mall is situated halfway between Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport. The mall is great for running errands, shopping binges, enjoying a delicious meal, and finding endless entertainment.

This Bedfordview mall is known as "the greatest shopping adventure in Africa" for its emphasis on variety, glitz, and fun.

Owner: Liberty Holdings Ltd Management: JHI Retail

Opened: 1979 Stores: 300

Address: 43 Bradford Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston, 2008

Region: Johannesburg

Telephone: +2711 479 6000

7. The Pavilion

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The largest shopping and entertainment complex in the province of Mpumalanga is the Riverside Mall in Mbombela (Nelspruit). It offers the ideal "one stop shop" for travelers who are en route to the Kruger National Park or one of the many nearby game reserves because it is situated on the road to White River. The PMR Africa-Mpumalanga "Leaders and Achievers" award has also been given to Riverside Mall four times running. This honor recognizes the center as one of the organizations leading the way in its fields in promoting economic development and growth.

This mall receives more than 630 000 visitors each month as it is a top destination for shoppers traveling from Swaziland, Mozambique, and all over Mpumalanga. More than 140 stores, 15 restaurants, coffee shops, and a movie theater—the only one within 200 km—are located in the mall.

Nearly every store that mega-malls in major cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town have to offer is present here, from Woolworths, a favorite of many South Africans, to Pick 'n Pay supermarket, which sells clothes and upscale foods. The Riverside Mall shopping center also has restaurants, fast food joints, clothing stores, and souvenir shops.

Inside, the shopping center is cool and moody, providing a welcome respite from the sweltering African sun. This enhances the pleasure of shopping here even more. Visitors staying in the area or nearby can also watch movies at the mall, have some fun in the arcade, or take a leisurely meal. You can also go to the Emnotweni Casino, the only gambling establishment in the area, to play some games because it was the first casino in South Africa to open for business under legal conditions.

Owner: Pareto

Opened: 1993

Stores: 285 Address: Jack Martens Dr, Dawncliffe, Westville, 3611

Region: Durban

Telephone: +2731 275 9800

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8. Mall of Africa

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Photo: Aurecon

With more than 130 000m2 of retail space and more than 300 stores, including many flagship stores, Mall of Africa is South Africa's largest shopping mall ever constructed in a single phase. The Mall features a wide variety of national and international brands in addition to clearly marked court areas that make it simple to navigate the mall and provide exceptional access, location, and visibility. The Mall of Africa, which is situated in Waterfall City, has a sophisticated design that improves the area in which it is situated.

The architectural design of The Mall is influenced by the geological characteristics and recognizable landscapes of Africa. The Mall of Africa is perfectly positioned to act as a preeminent super-regional mall. Fashion favorites like H&M and Versace will be joining a host of other fantastic new stores on South African soil, as will Zara Home and Armani Exchange.

Owner: Attacq and ATTERBURY Property Group

Constructed: 2012

Opened: 2016 Stores: 300

Address: Lone Creek Cres & Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City, Midrand, 1685

Region: Waterfall City, Gauteng

Telephone: +2710 596 1470

9. Centurion in Pretoria

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Photo: Junk Mail Blog

The very own super-regional shopping center is called Centurion Mall. Customers can enjoy natural shopping in an open-aired Mall that has more than 260 stores and restaurants thanks to its wide variety of shops, services, and leisure options. Between Pretoria and Midrand on the way to Johannesburg, Centurion Mall is conveniently located close to the N1 highway in the city's central business district. It is only a 15-minute drive from Pretoria and Midrand and is easily accessible from the N1 highway (John Vorster Off ramp).

The Centurion Gautrain station, which can also be reached by the Gautrain buses or cabs, is close to the Mall for customers who would rather take the Gautrain. This enormous 120 000 m2 super-regional mall, built in 1983, offers customers 6,200 parking spaces, all of which lead into the mall via its 11 entrances, where a wonderful shopping experience awaits. The tenant selection at Centurion Mall is influenced by fashion, food, entertainment, and fun! Woolworths, Edgars, Checkers Hyper, Pick 'n Pay, Game, and Dischem are the anchors of Centurion Mall.

Owner: Redefine Property Group

Opened: 1983 Stores: 225

Address: 1269 Gordon Hood Rd, Centurion Central, Pretoria, 0046

Region: Pretoria

Telephone: +2712 663 1702

10. Westgate in Johannesburg


Westgate's straightforward design and recently updated lower level and layout make for easy navigation of its diverse offering, where shopping becomes largely a shared experience and adventure for the family. Westgate is home to a wide-ranging retail offering, anchored by big retail nationals, and host to shoppers from all over the region.

The Westgate Super Regional Shopping Center takes pride in offering its patrons a wide range of top-notch services that are designed to meet all of their needs while they are out shopping. These amenities include a kiosk for information, gift cards, store directories, wheelchair rentals, disabled restrooms, baby changing areas, and nurseries.

Owner: Pareto Limited

Opened: 1985 Stores: 100

Address: 120 Ontdekkers Road, Roodepoort, 1725

Region: Roodepoort, Johannesburg

Telephone: +2711 768 0616

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