There is shopping and there is SHOPPING .. to the everyday and ordinary shopping first.

Liz at Lancaster is very conveniently located for general access to local shopping and amenities. There are several local shopping areas within easy reach.
  • The closest is half a block away: corner Lancaster and Clarence, a three minute walk. There is a Spar general grocer open 7 days a week, a greengrocer, hairdresser, takeaway pizzeria, chemist, dry cleaner and doctor.
  • At the Dunkeld shopping centre: corner Jan Smuts and Bompas, there is a whole range of shops including an Autobank, a bakery and coffee shop, a hardware, a 7/11, a liquorstore, and the well renowned restaurant DW11-13, etc.
  • And then slightly further in the other direction is the Colony shopping centre which also has a number of stores including a pub, restaurants, excellent DVD store, etc.
  • Liz at Lancaster is close to the restaurant nodes of Parkhurst, Greenside, with easy access to Rosebank and Melville.

Shopping Malls

There are several major shopping malls close by all of which have restaurants, movies, bookshops and a wide selection of department stores.
  • Hyde Park; probably the most exclusive centre with boutiques, upmarket gift stores, Charles Greig Jewellers and lots of glamourous ladies who 'lunch'. Airy and well-lit.
  • Rosebank Mall linked to The Zone, The Firs, The Galleria, The Mews, Although there is great variety of stores and options, Rosebank Mall (known as the Mall) is not overwhelming in size and there is a very pleasant open area on the 'west' or Oxford Rd side of the Mall next to the Zone, where there are nice 'pavement' cafes and eateries. Great for people watching. Cinema Nouveau in the Mall has great art movies and more independent movies plus of course shows the HD Opera series from the NY Met. Plus there is the African Craft Market open every day and the Rooftop Market open Sundays. The Zone is targeted to young fashionistas and trendoids. Local fashion brands such as YDE, Stoned Cherrie, Sowetarto, Pure Solid and Sun Goddess; the movie house there shows a lot of Bollywood movies.
  • Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square Sandton is a huge megamall. A flagship of Jozi malls but not my favourite because of its size and being so completely enclosed with no external light source. But, like Hyde Park, very glam shops.
  • Killarney An excellent local mall of manageable scale.
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All the Malls have an Exclusive branch (open 7 days a week from 10 usually until 9; Nelson Mandela Square branch until 11 in the evening). Linked to Seattle Coffee shops next door so great place to browse over a cappuccino.


Again there are branches of Look and Listen in most malls as well the CD Warehouse in The Zone, Rosebank

Different and alternative shopping hubs

There are several areas which are really fun to browse through, all of which are easily accessible from Liz at Lancaster . Read more at Eating out and Buying art.
  • 4th Ave Parkhurst is a great stretch of about 6 blocks lined with antique shops, interesting gift and trinket shops, pavement eateries, etc. So lots of street activity on a summer's evening and on winter days. Really nice vibe.
  • 44 Stanley Avenue, Auckland Park : A private urban development with galleries, restaurants, clubs, alternative retro shopping in a re-used industrial space. Il Giardino is really pleasant open air eatery and Bean There has excellent coffee. Also Art on Paper Art Gallery
  • Bamboo Shopping Centre Melville Cr Rustenberg Rd and 9th St Melville. Small arty centre with Upstairs@Bamboo, live glass blowing at Smelt Glass Studio; great jewelry at Tinsel by young local designers, the popular eatery the Service Station, wine store, Love Books excellent independent book shop, local fashion designer Black Coffee, etc. etc. Don't forget the other Indie book shop at Boekehuis.

There are several excellent markets which open on various days in Joburg:
  • The Bryanston Organic Village Market Culross Rd Bryanston. 011 706 3671 Thursday and Saturday 9-3. Moonlight Market on the last Tuesday of every month in summer from 5-9 pm. On a beautiful summer highveld evening it's a fabulous thing to do. Great natural fabric clothes and handicrafts
  • Marketonmain. Sundays only and a great place to go for Sunday lunch. Roxy Pearce, aka Citygirl, describes Market On Main as having a 'modern, city-slicker atmosphere ... as it should being a Market by Joburg for Joburg. Definitely worth a visit (*just make sure to go hungry!).' Also - every Sunday after the Market the 12Decades Rooftop-Bar opens.

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