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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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Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel £73
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. Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Morningside Mediclinic are also within 1 mile (2 km). Johannesburg Sandton Station is only a 2-minute walk.

    The Maslow Hotel, Sandton £71
    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 Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, 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.

      Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square £108
      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 away from Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton City Mall. Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Morningside Mediclinic are also within 2 miles (3 km). Johannesburg Sandton Station is only a 5-minute walk.

        The Michelangelo Towers £187
        The Michelangelo Towers

        The Michelangelo Towers

        8 Maud Street Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Sandton hotel is located in the shopping district, just steps away from Sandton Convention Centre and Nelson Mandela Square. Sandton City Mall is 0.6 mi (1 km) away. Johannesburg Sandton Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers
          InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

          InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

          Corner Maude And 5th Streets, Sandton, Gauteng
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this luxury hotel is steps away from Sandton Convention Centre and Nelson Mandela Square. Sandton City Mall is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. Johannesburg Sandton Station is 6 minutes by foot.

            Garden Court Sandton City £64
            Garden Court Sandton City

            Garden Court Sandton City

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

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

              Sandton Sun £96
              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 within a 10-minute walk of Sandton Convention Centre and Nelson Mandela Square. Sandton City Mall is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. Johannesburg Sandton Station is 7 minutes by foot.

                207 Raphael Penthouse
                207 Raphael Penthouse

                207 Raphael Penthouse

                Raphael PentHouse Suites 207, 163 5th Street, Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this apartment building is steps away from Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City Mall. Sandton Convention Centre is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away. Johannesburg Sandton Station is only a 4-minute walk.