Rosebank Mall versus The Zone @ Rosebank


In our second round of Joburg mall showdowns, we have paired up Rosebank Mall and The Zone @ Rosebank. Let’s take a look inside each of these popular Rosebank retail spaces to see who comes out tops. 

Rosebank Mall

Eating

You are spoiled for choice at either Rosebank Mall or The Zone when it comes to eating out. Each boasts a variety of impressive restaurant and cafe features. So, whether you are in the mood for a quick coffee or a long lunch, you can find your perfect fit at these malls.

Rosebank Mall

In line with their African-meets-European retail experience, Rosebank Mall offers shoppers a great selection of eateries with diverse menus. Catch an Italian-inspired lunch or dinner at Andiccio 24 – serving up custom craft pizzas, salads, ciabatta and Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream 24 hours a day, this is a pizza lovers dream restaurant. You can order your pizza without cheese or with a gluten-free base too, so nobody is left out of the experience.

In the mood for coffee and cake? Pop into Caramello’s. This Rosebank Mall resident has been in operation since 2002, bringing shoppers the tastiest artisan cakes. They also have a full A La Carte menu to enjoy on special occasions. With more than 20 varieties of cheesecake, there really isn’t anywhere else you need to be!

Rosebank Mall
Caramello’s Cakery

Europa is one of Rosebank Mall’s most popular foodie joints. The atmosphere here is always welcoming and the smells wafting from the kitchen are oh-so inviting. For a classic Margarita pizza with a super crispy base and fresh basil, or the best white hot chocolate in the city, visit Europa. Breakfast, lunch or dinner – their Mediterranean fare is always a treat.

Of course, we must also mention Starbucks at Rosebank Mall. Free WIFI, great coffee and tasty sweet snacks, what more could you ask for?

Rosebank Mall

The Zone @ Rosebank

The Zone offers hungry shoppers an array of restaurants to choose from. The food court here is all about elegance, indulgence and good vibes. Most of The Zone’s eateries have outdoor seating, so you can enjoy a little sunshine and fresh breezes, too.

For good wine, freshly made pasta and great service visit Piza ē Vino. This is real Italian food made authentically, with the finest ingredients. Delicious.

Health fanatics have two options here – Lexi’s Healthy Eatery or tashas. Lexi’s is all about healthy, ethical and sustainable eating. Plant-based eaters can indulge in delectable breakfast bowls, gourmet toast, sarmies, wraps and sweet indulgences, all made from plants and with very little processed animal products. There is a kiddies menu too, so the whole family can go out for a healthy bite to eat.

The Zone

While tashas have a number of franchises across Joburg, each have their own menu and personality. tashas at The Zone is always bustling. Their decor is eye-catching and stands out from all the rest – think lots of green, splashes of gold and bold prints reaching out in the courtyard to call you inside for a bite to eat. This is the ideal spot for a Saturday morning brunch with friends, before you head out on that shopping spree.

In a hurry? Pop into Motherland Coffee for a pick-me-up. Their premium African roasts are just the right balance of bitter and sweet. Or, you can ditch the diet and order a divine doughnut from Krispy Kreme. They have free WIFI, so sit back and answer a few emails while dunking away at your secret cheat.

Shopping

Shop till you drop is an understatement when it comes to both Rosebank Mall and The Zone. Featuring your favourite department stores, fashion boutiques and kids clothing emporiums, these malls are the ultimate places to shop in the city.

The Classics

Rosebank Mall is perfect for seasonal clothing shopping and getting hold of all your essentials. Offering you tons of variety in style, function and price range. Our must-visit ladies fashion outlets at this mall include, H&M, Poetry and Nicci Boutique. For the guys, we recommend Cotton On, Fabiani and Jones & Kent.

Rosebank Mall is also a great place to do your year end stationery shopping. With a Cardies, CNA, Exclusive Books and TYPO, you can get all you need for school, work or fun.

The Mall anchors itself on South Africa’s most well loved department stores – Edgars, Clicks, Pick n Pay, Dis-Chem and Woolworths. So, come and get your grocery shopping, clothing run and stationery needs all at one super chic Joburg mall.

International Extravagance

The Zone @ Rosebank is home to a number of European and American apparel brands, including Timberland and Adidas. They are also home to the Thula Sindi brand – a proudly South African women’s wear brand dedicated to affordable quality. Get yourself some fancy new footwear at Superga, Nike or Europa Art Shoes. The Zone is the place to deck yourself in the latest international fashion trends. Shop here for special occasions or the next time you score a big bonus!

The Zone

Entertainment

Joburg shoppers are hard to please – we don’t only demand the best in food and fashion, but we expect to be entertained by our shopping experiences too. Luckily, Rosebank Mall and The Zone are well equipped to cater to all our needs.

Markets & Movies

Rosebank Mall offers two alternative retail experiences – the Rosebank Sunday Market and the Rosebank Art & Craft Market. The Sunday Market takes place on the parking rooftop, bringing you a large selection of craft stalls, live music, kids entertainment and gourmet food traders. This world-class market is a must-visit. Check out their Facebook page for event updates.

The Rosebank Art & Craft Market is a permanent feature at the mall, taking its residence right next to Europa. Don’t let first impressions fool you, this is no ordinary flea market. As you descend into the underground market, it opens up into a plethora of stalls selling African curios, trinkets and hand-crafted goodies. You could spend a few hours exploring down here, discovering the warmth and ingenuity of traders from across Africa.

Rosebank Mall’s Ster-Kinekor Cinema is dedicated to bringing you the best art-house films, live screenings from the National Theatre in London and South African releases. The cinema has recently been revamped, offering movie goers a coffee bar, gourmet menu and more comfortable seating. Click here to see our list of must-see movies at Rosebank Mall Cinema Nouveau.

Family Fun & City Sightseeing

The Zone @ Rosebank is family-fun orientated, offering you and the kids a world-famous toy emporium, arcade games galore and the chance to explore the city.

Pop into Hamley’s to be transported to the magical world of toys. Their plushies are too cute for words and their range of toys are superior. Plus, kids can enjoy a ride on the Hamley’s train or an impromtu dance off with the Hamley’s Bear.

Older kids will appreciate the good times to be had at The Fun Company. Arcade games, bowling, mini-golf and spinning bumper cars will keep them entertained for hours. Parents can unwind at the Sports Bar, or have a go at competing with the kids at their favourite games.

Lastly, bring the family along for a City Sightseeing tour on the iconic Red Bus. The bus departs from The Zone, taking you on a trip through the city to the Johannesburg Zoo, the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and Carlton Centre. Afterwards you can catch a family-friendly movie at The Zone’s Ster-Kinekor Cine Prestige theatre.

So, there you have it. All that Rosebank Mall and The Zone have to offer. We’ll leave it up to you to decide who wins this battle! 

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