Sandton is known to be one of Johannesburg’s most affluent areas, with some of the most luxurious shopping opportunities in the whole of South Africa. You could easily blow several paychecks on dinners, clothing and gadgets while visiting the big malls such as Sandton City.
However, numerous varied shopping opportunities are out there that won’t break the bank. You just have to know where to look. Nestled among the glittering megastores and malls are a variety of smaller boutiques and markets where you might find a bargain on a unique item or two.
Just outside the Village Walk shopping centre on Maude Street – just opposite the JSE – is an outdoor market peddling unique, authentic handcrafted African goodies such as carved animals, masks, beadwork and other trinkets. The market is open pretty much every day of the week during the day so you can visit whenever it’s convenient.
If you’re looking for something to do on Sunday afternoons, the Blubird Wholefood Market on Athol Oaklands Road is host to an array of unique foods – both local and exotic foods are available, including Lebanese, Polish, Serbian, Italian, Indian, Swedish and French dishes and ingredients that you will have a hard time finding anywhere else. Everything from chocolate to bread to pies to spices to pasta is available here at very reasonable prices.
The Craighall River Market is also a fantastic place to source some organic foods and fresh produce – this time every second Saturday. The market also sells other arts and crafts, as well as a variety of useful knick-knacks and treats. It’s hosted next to the Colourful Splendour Nursery on Marlborough Road, so you can get yourself some patio plants and enjoy a picnic while you’re at it.
The Bryanston Market at Michael Mount is also worth noting here. This mainstay has been running since the 1970s and features all manner of unique and trendy crafts – from clothing and accessories to home décor items and food products and more besides. It’s not just a market though, but a lush and peaceful place to hang out all day away from the city’s hustle and bustle. It’s open every Thursday and Saturday.
There are simply too many great shops in the area to mention here but here are a few interesting ones worth checking out if you’re looking for a good bargain on something unique.
Vintage Clothes, Vintage Closet Exchange and Thrift Vintage Clothes are three thrifty bargain clothing stores that all sell unique clothing items within walking distance of the Sandton Gautrain Station. Picnic and Thrift is another interesting shop selling quality second-hand items. Bookdealers is a good-sized bookstore selling vintage items, collectables and a wide selection of books.
There are plenty of other amazing shopping locations are peppered throughout the area if you spend a bit of time poking about. If you rent one of Live Easy’s conveniently placed apartment units, you’ll have quick and easy access to them all. Contact us to find out how you can live near this incredible and world-class shopping hub now!
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