China Malls are the bread and butter of wholesale retail in Johannesburg. If you've ever needed to purchase electronics, tech gadgets, fabrics or accessories in bulk, you've most likely visited a China Mall. But not all China Malls are equal. Here are our top five picks in the city. Happy shopping!
China Mall Johannesburg
Johannesburg's original China Mall is situated in the city's central wholesale region. With over 500 stores, it is one of the largest retail outlets in the city. The mall caters to approximately 2 million shoppers per month, making it the place to be for all things beauty-related, bridal and budget-friendly. You'll probably need to visit the mall a couple of times before you make your way around the 80000 m² centre! China Mall Johannesburg also offers their customers rest and relaxation after a long shop at their 15 restaurants. So, get your walking shoes on because there is a ton to see and do here.
Visit China Mall Johannesburg.
Just a hop and a skip away from China Mall JHB is Home Africa (formerly known as China Mall West). This mega retailer boasts over 250 stores which include local supermarkets and restaurants. Home Africa is where the East meets Africa, bringing together the very best in retail from across the globe. This is the place to get all your construction and homeware essentials. Their slogan is - Spend Less, Build More - so don't hesitate to visit them the next time you are knee deep in a home renovation project and looking for quality products at low prices.
Visit Home Africa.
China Mart in Crown Mines is one of the city's most well known China Malls. Its family-friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect weekend outing for parents and kids. Bring the whole family along to shop up a storm at the centre's fashion outlets, gift stores, accessory shops and fabric wholesalers. You'll find top quality, international fashion buys at China Mart. It's ideal for savvy shoppers on the lookout for matric dance attire, formal wear and wedding accessories. There are also a number of market-style restaurants, coffee shops and takeout restaurants to enjoy.
Visit China Mart.
Shoppers come from far and wide to visit Oriental City in Bruma. This newly refurbished China Mall is popular for its fashion offerings, as well as its wide variety of cellphone accessories, tech gadgets and appliances. Oriental City combines the best of traditional wholesale retail with a collection of niche, boutique stores. With over 300 outlets at the centre, there is a never-ending parade of possibilities. The next time you find yourself on the east side of Johannesburg, stop by to get your hands on the best deals at the lowest prices.
Visit Oriental City.
China Town Cyrildene
Last, but certainly not least on our list is China Town in Cyrildene. This is not your typical China Mall - think of an authentic and eclectic Chinese-type market street instead. Here you will find some of the best Chinese vegetables, sauces and tofu. It's a great place to explore on a lazy Sunday afternoon, taking in as many sights, smells and sounds as you can. But beware - you may need to bring a dictionary along to navigate your way around!
Visit China Town.