Shopping in Gauteng

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    27 Boxes

    This shipping-crate complex of boutiques, galleries and eateries is well on its way to establishing its Melville street cred. A newly planted park, indigenous nursery, and fun kids' playground add to the allure. 27 Boxes highlights include fantastic bread from the Baker Brothers, African-inspired clothes and souvenirs from Krag Drag, and delectable Portuguese cuisine from Reserved Cafe.

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    44 Stanley

    The antithesis of consumer tack, 44 Stanley is a blueprint for future mall development. It’s a warren of lanes around shady courtyards and features an eclectic collection of local designers and speciality boutiques as well as pleasant bars, cafes and restaurants.

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    Bridge Books

    An independently owned, mostly African literature bookstore, Bridge Books has become a literary meeting place for Jo'burg's top local authors. The books are carefully curated and artfully displayed, and the shop holds regular book launches and storytelling events (including lots of children's events).

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    Kim Sacks Gallery

    Kim Sacks, a renowned ceramicist and ceramics teacher, has assembled an astounding collection of handcrafted pots, baskets, tapestries, rugs, jewellery, and other crafts from all over Africa. This is not a place to shop for average souvenirs, but rather for fine art pieces that will last forever. The unusual adobe-style building is a tourist attraction in its own right.

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    Market on Main

    Spilling out of Arts on Main onto Fox St is this buzzy weekly market. You'll find the usual selection of takeaway food stalls downstairs (look out for the one serving delicious cups of Ethiopian coffee or spiced teas, served with free popcorn), while upstairs and on the street are colourful arts, crafts, new and pre-loved fashions and accessories.

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    Krag Drag/The Strong One

    Krag Drag, which means 'the Strong One' in Afrikaans, is easily the best place in Jo'burg to shop for locally made gifts. Cleverly designed T-shirts, offering humorous interpretations of South African food brands and politicians, are popular among locals and tourists alike. Locally made jewelry, shoes, and home decor items are on sale.

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    African Flavour Books

    Part of a burgeoning African literature scene in Jo'burg, African Flavour Books offers an extensive selection of fiction and non-fiction by Africans and the African diaspora. Owners Fortiscue and Nokuthula Helepi have an infectious passion for literature, and the location of their shop in vibey Braamfontein is perfect for book browsing. African Flavour also has a lovely children's book section.

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    August House

    Smack in the middle of downtown Jo'burg, August House is notable for both its location and its incredible selection of high-end South African art. Home to about 50 artists' studios, August House holds bi-monthly open-studio events during which visitors can view and buy pieces from the city's most promising up-and-coming artists. Open Studio events usually also include fantastic performance art.

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    Chocoloza

    A haven for chocolate-lovers, Chocoloza produces handmade chocolates that are melt-in-your-mouth heaven. From zesty ginger, honey and lime to decadent salted caramel ganache, there is something for everyone. The many tasters available make deciding what to eat in store and what to take home even more difficult.

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    Art Africa

    Arts and crafts from across South Africa as well as Mali, Ghana and the Ivory Coast are attractively displayed here – you'll be spoiled for souvenir choice whether you're in the market for a carved wooden mask, beaded jewellery or even the incredible ceramics of Ardmore (www.ardmoreceramics.co.za).

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    Art Eye

    Once you've got over the panoramic views from this 5th-floor gallery's windows your eyes will pop at the diversity of creative works on display in this expansive 2000-sq-m space. Check out other galleries and arty boutiques in the building while you're here.

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    Bryanston Organic Market

    Arts and crafts are on offer here, but the main attraction is the splendid organic produce. There are five cafes as well and often live music.

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    Rosebank Arts & Crafts Market

    If you're not around for the Rosebank Sunday Market then this basement arcade is packed to the ceiling with stalls selling very similar if not identical African arts and crafts. Worth a browse.

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    Amatuli

    A treasure trove of pan-African arts, crafts and interior design pieces, Amatuli is the place to head if you're looking for anything from a Zulu headdress to kinti cloth from Nigeria or carved masks from Madagascar – on multiple floors there's a real Aladdin's Cave atmosphere as you explore.

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    Iwasshot in Jo'burg

    This hip social project fosters creativity, provides locals with jobs and recycles trash into fun souvenirs including bags, picture frames and cushion covers. It also uses urban photography to decorate various stationary goods and print posters and sells cool design T-shirts.

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    Fama Deli

    Fama Deli, hidden in the suburb of Lorentzville, is impossible to miss with its sign proclaiming: ' Bienvenidos a la Jamonopolis de Johanesburgo '. This deli sells the most exquisite sausage and a variety of other types of pork, all cured in the traditional Spanish style. Owner Nuno Fernandes is happy to talk about about the process and the shop's interesting history.

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    Collectors Treasury

    The southern hemisphere's largest bookshop is a curious affair. Some two million volumes and around half a million LP records and other collectables are piled high and scattered over nearly every crevice and corner of this multifloor depository. However, ask the owners, the Klass brothers, about a particular book and they'll know exactly where to find it.

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    David Krut Bookstore

    David Krut offers a wide selection of art books along with local fiction and non-fiction. Also an art gallery, it hosts regular exhibitions of local printmakers, photographers and painters.

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    Neighbourgoods Market

    It's mainly about grazing and hanging out at this two-storey brick warehouse, which fills with artisan purveyors and their foodie fans every Saturday. Upstairs you can grab a bench, groove along to the DJ, watch the sun shine off city buildings and also do some souvenir shopping at a small range of fashion and gift stalls.

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    99 Juta Street

    An art deco-style building covered in pink and green tiles, 99 Juta is home to several of Jo'burg's top local product designers, including the wildly popular Dokter and Misses. Even if you can't afford to buy anything, browsing the exquisite showrooms in this unusual building feels like wandering through a museum.