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Nelson Mandela Square

Indulge in some retail therapy, dine in an open-air piazza and browse the stalls of an antique fair at this commercial and entertainment center.  

Shop, dine and relax at Nelson Mandela Square, a large public square and commercial hub. Find cafés, restaurants, exclusive retailers and a theater, all set around an attractive European-styled piazza.

Take a look at the imposing bronze statue of anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela. Standing 20-feet (6-meters) tall, it is the focal point of the square and commemorates the first decade of South African democracy. 

Step inside the square’s mall and browse more than 80 stores and boutiques for exclusive jewelry pieces, artworks, leather goods and tailored clothing. Keep your eye open for a bargain and collectors’ items at the square’s Antique Fair, which attracts up to 70 dealers. Find costume jewelry, ceramic figurines, glassware and embroidered items, among other items. The fair runs on the first Sunday of every month.

Enjoy alfresco dining in the cafés and restaurants that line the square. Choose from a variety of cuisines including traditional African dishes and European fare. Nelson Mandela Square is also a good place to come for some culture. Watch musicals, concerts, plays and stand-up comedy at the Old Mutual Theatre, known locally as the Theatre on the Square. The schedule includes matinees and evening performances as well as special events for kids. Details are available on the theater’s official website.

Nelson Mandela Square sits in the heart of the commercial suburb of Sandton. It is about a 20-minute drive north from downtown Johannesburg. For those arriving by car, there is a large metered car park. If you are coming by public transport, the metro bus and trains stop a short walk from the square. 

Nelson Mandela Square’s shops and restaurants are open daily, including public holidays. Hours vary for each business and attraction, so check the square’s official website for details. For even more shopping experiences, visit the nearby Sandton City, a shopping mall that is home to around 300 retailers, restaurants and an 11-screen cinema.


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Garden Court Sandton City ¥8,901
Garden Court Sandton City

Garden Court Sandton City

Cnr West and Maude Street, Sandton, Gauteng
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Sandown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sandton Convention Centre and Nelson Mandela Square. Sandton City Mall and Montecasino are also within 9 mi (15 km). Johannesburg Sandton Station is 7 minutes by foot.

    Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square ¥18,546
    Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square

    Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square

    2 Maude Street, Corner of 5th Street, Sandton, Gauteng
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Sandton hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton Convention Centre, and Sandton City Mall. Hyde Park Corner and Dunkeld West Shopping Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km). Johannesburg Sandton Station is only a 5-minute walk.

      Hilton Sandton ¥11,482
      Hilton Sandton

      Hilton Sandton

      138 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Gauteng
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sandown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton Convention Centre, and Nelson Mandela Square. Sandton City Mall is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Johannesburg Sandton Station is 11 minutes by foot.

        The Maslow Hotel, Sandton ¥10,531
        The Maslow Hotel, Sandton

        The Maslow Hotel, Sandton

        Corner Grayston Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton, Gauteng
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sandown, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton Convention Centre, and Nelson Mandela Square. Sandton City Mall is 1 mi (1.7 km) away. Johannesburg Sandton Station is 14 minutes by foot.

          Sandton Sun ¥17,420
          Sandton Sun

          Sandton Sun

          Cnr Fifth & Alice Streets, Sandton, Gauteng
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this luxury hotel is steps from Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton City Mall. Nelson Mandela Square is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) away. Johannesburg Sandton Station is 7 minutes by foot.

            Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel ¥9,246
            Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel

            Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel

            Corner Rivonia Rd. And West St., Benmore, Sandton, Gauteng
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Sandton hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton Convention Centre, and Sandton City Mall. Hyde Park Corner and Melrose Arch Shopping Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km). Johannesburg Sandton Station is only a 2-minute walk.

              Signature Lux Hotel, by Onomo ¥5,444
              Signature Lux Hotel, by Onomo

              Signature Lux Hotel, by Onomo

              135 West Street, Sandton, Gauteng
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sandown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton Convention Centre, and Sandton City Mall. South African Museum of Military History and Johannesburg Zoo are also within 9 mi (15 km). Johannesburg Sandton Station is 5 minutes by foot.

                Prestige Apartment Sandton at Westpoint ¥6,322
                Prestige Apartment Sandton at Westpoint

                Prestige Apartment Sandton at Westpoint

                89 Grayston Drive, Sandton, Gauteng
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Sandown, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Sandton Convention Centre. Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Johannesburg Sandton Station is 19 minutes by foot.