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Must-Visit Shops In Melville

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Melville may be considered student central owing to UJ being nearby, but it also makes for an interesting spot to explore when you feel like getting out and about for the day. From unique stores that sell all bits and bobs including books, clothes and antiques to quaint cafes and bars, this historic bohemian suburb offers something unique on every corner. And if you're in the mood for a little retail therapy, check out these shops while you're there. 

27 Boxes

An absolute must-visit while you're in Melville is 27 Boxes situated on 4th. This unique market is made up of a collection of shipping containers, which are used as 'shops' for a variety of local vendors, craftsmen, creators, designers and entrepreneurs. You can expect to see everything from jewellery, fashion and art to interior design, home decor, specialty stores and, of course, loads of good food and drinks. And if you love the market vibe, don't miss out on their Night Markets which make for a good night out on the town with your family and friends.

Details: www.27boxes.co.za / 011 482 1090 / [email protected] / 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

Creme De La Creme

Whether you're looking for a spot to satisfy your sweet tooth or simply want to meet up with a friend to catch up over a cuppa, Creme De La Creme on the corner of 4th and 7th in Melville is just the cafe. And best of all, it's within walking distance of all the other stores in Melville. Start off your day with a lovely breakfast, tuck into some tasty sarmies and wraps for lunch and if you're looking to stock up on some sweet treats on the go, don't forget to see what the bakery has freshly prepared. From flavoured croissants, jam biscuits and millionaire shortbread to apple crumble, Baklava and a variety of indulgent cakes, there's certainly something sweet that'll delight your taste buds.

Details: www.cafedelacreme.co.za / 011 726 7716 / [email protected] / Corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Junkie Charity Store

Love finding a bargain, looking for something vintage to add to your wardrobe or just love strolling through a store for hours checking out all of the cool, interesting and quirky items on their shelves while enjoying a few flashbacks? No matter what the reason, you'll love spending an afternoon browsing through everything at Junkie Charity Store on 7th. This store is a non-profit organisation and accepts kind donations of unwanted items from the public. The proceeds from the sale of the donated items are given to a charity of the donor's choice. You can find anything and everything here, from trinkets, art, vintage clothing and a whole bunch of accessories to an array of homeware, furniture and appliances, haberdashery, toys, books, records – you name it! You never know what treasures you'll find. 

Details: www.facebook.com / 011 024 5284 / [email protected]7A 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Snow Lion Artefacts

Snow Lion Artefacts on 7th brings you a variety of Tibetan and Nepalese products. If you're into Buddhism, meditation and yoga, then you'll love to suss out all the goodies that this spot has to offer. Many of the goods are handmade and support a range of communities in Africa and across Asia. Think malas, fragrances, lotus body products, statues and masks, jewellery, burners, yoga mats, Buddist books, DVDs and CDs and so much more. Intrigued? Then check it out!

Details: www.snowlion.co.za / 078 046 7488 / [email protected] / Shop 12b 7th Street, Melville

Hobo Collection

Who doesn't enjoy a little retail therapy? If you feel like doing a little shopping for stunning items to add to your wardrobe, then you'll definitely want to check out the styles, designs and collections at Hobo Collection. You wouldn't think Melville had one of the best-kept fashion secrets in the city, would you?  With founder Edna Noel's amazing eye for choosing the best summer and winter collections of international brands from the heart of Italy, France and Spain, you know you're bound to find something stunning.

Details: www.hobocollection.co.za / 011 726 3624 / [email protected] / Shop 10, 7th Street, Melville Johannesburg

Love Books

Bookworms, this is the perfect hangout for you. Love Books are passionate about – you guessed it – books! This is a lovely escape if you're looking to get your hands on some new reading material, as their beautifully edited collection makes the task of finding the right book easier than ever. On top of all the wonderful books, they're also an exclusive stockist of Joostenberg wines from the old family farm in Stellenbosch. They also host book launches for new releases, as well as story time every Saturday for kids ages between four and eight years old.

Details: www.lovebooks.co.za/ 011 726 7408 / [email protected] / The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg.

Clyde on 4th Antiques

Take a trip back in time by sussing out a few antiques and vintage pieces in the heart of the historic suburb of Melville. Whether you're an avid collector or just love browsing through vintage collections, Clyde on 4th Antiques is a unique spot to visit while you're out and about. The shop offers a variety of Georgian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and 1950s objects, which are all displayed in a quaint old Melville residence complete with a charm of its own. So, if you have a piece that's missing from your collection or want to sell antiques that you no longer want, give Clyde on 4th a visit.

Details: www.clydeon4th.co.za / 011 482 3266 or 011 482 4259 / [email protected]75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

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