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South Africa is home to almost 2000 shopping malls. This says a lot about us.

We love shopping.

Shopping is one of our favourite hobbies. This comes with positives and negatives. Malls have thousands of customers entering their doors every day. This has even stirred up a concern with debt counsellors in the country. Why? Because, to keep up with the culture of extravagant shopping, consumers have resorted to taking out store credit.

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Shopping is not the only thing attracting consumers to shopping malls. These days, malls in the country have expanded the traditional shopping experience. Now, there’s food, entertainment and unique shopping experiences for the whole family!

Which is the biggest mall in South Africa?

Wondering which shopping mall to head on over to?

Whether you’re a weekend window shopper or full on shopaholic, there are enough malls in South Africa to keep you busy and get you all excited.

Find out the top five best malls as well as which is the biggest mall in South Africa below:

Menlyn Park – Pretoria

Menlyn is known for its unique shopping experience. One of the best in Africa! Many consumers can find exactly what they’re looking for and more at the mall in Pretoria.

The mall is officially the biggest shopping mall in Africa after its recent R2.5 billion redevelopment. Not only does this world-class mall boasts a unique design, but it is also home to a large base of international brands and anchor flagship stores. It’s situated in the popular Menlyn node – an area with a wealthy clientele.

Sandton City – Johannesburg

This wonderful mall is located in Sandton. The area is known as Africa’s richest square mile. Therefore, it has become one of Africa’s leading and most prestigious malls. You can enjoy a high class experience at this one-of-a-kind fashion and leisure mall. It offers only the very best in local and international brands located across more than 300 shops.  

Consumers come far and wide to enjoy an international shopping experience with a South African flair.


Gateway Theatre of Shopping – Umhlanga

Are you looking for great fashion, dining and entertainment on the KZN coast? Then, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the place for you to be!

With over 390 stores and 70 eateries, even the most discerning taste will be satisfied. Gateway offers the best in local and international retailers in Durban. Never mind the beautiful beaches, make sure you stop at Gateway the next time you’re in KZN.


Canal Walk – Cape Town

Cape Town’s got the beaches, the sea, the views and the mountain… but what about the mall?

They have that too!

Canal Walk is definitely one of the five best malls in South Africa. It manages to successfully merge the world’s most desirable brands with shopping convenience, entertainment and lifestyle.

This mall, located in the Western Cape province’s Century City, has truly become a multi-visit tourist destination. It has over 400 retailers including a Trading Post and Market Lane. If you’re looking for a luxurious experience, get down to Canal Walk.


Mall of Africa – Waterfall City

Mall of Africa is the largest shopping mall ever built in a single phase in South Africa. And, it is ideally located in the middle of Johannesburg and Pretoria. It has become a very popular mall for everyone in and around these cities.

The mall consists of over 130 000 m² of retail space and offers a vast array of both local and international brands. They say you haven’t experienced shopping in Africa if you haven’t experienced shopping at the Mall of Africa. 

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We hope you enjoy exploring these fabulous malls and that you find a mall in South Africa you LOVE. If you need a safe, comfortable and very affordable basis to explore the Gauteng based malls from, make sure you book a room at Morning Star today.

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