Melville is a trendy shopper's dream destination. As a historical suburb known for its bohemian appeal, the shops in Melville tend to reflect this at all times, from the facade to the items they sell. If you're in need of retail therapy, it's time to go shopping!

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Shopping Centres

Bamboo Centre

The Bamboo Centre is a petite and attractive shopping centre in Melville overlooking the Melville Koppies. The Bamboo Centre is one of the first buildings you will see as you enter Melville, and has long been the venue of the boutique Bamboo Gallery. Enjoy browsing for a good read at Love Books, or sit down for a coffee and a bite at Service Station. Does your wardrobe need an upgrade? Convoy will be sure to have clothing or accessories to suit any taste. 

Visit Bamboo Centre.

27 Boxes

27 Boxes is a unique shopping centre on 4th Street in Melville. Constructed from recycled shipping containers, 27 Boxes showcases a vibrant and trendy blend of local businesses. You can shop a wide selection of artisan foods, local fashion and curated design, all while taking in the splendid views of the area. Visitors can also enjoy a children's park as well as an open air amphitheatre, while secure public parking can be accessed via 4th Ave.

Visit 27 Boxes.

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Independent Stores

Clyde On 4th

Clyde On 4th first opened its doors 20 years ago, and has been going strong since. Their main objective is to aid collectors of Georgian, Art Nouveau, Art-Deco and 1950s objects. If you enjoy browsing through beautiful knick-knacks, vintage jewelry and antique silverware, Clyde On 4th will be your perfect haunt. Clyde is known for personal service and dedication to his trade, so if there's a specific piece you're after, make sure to fill in a collector's advice form while you're there.

Visit Clyde On 4th.

Convoy

Convoy is a collaborative retail space in the Bamboo Centre, Melville. This space operates as a collaborative project composed of proudly South African designers, with each unique designer's work equally showcased. They primarily sell high quality, locally-made fashion, accessories, merchandising and other apparel.

Visit Convoy.

Junkie Charity Store

Junkie is a charity store in Melville, currently on 7th street, that was established in 2010. If you're a fan of everything thrifted, boy is Junkie the place for you! As a charity store, Junkie primarily sells secondhand goods accepted as donations from the public and businesses. All proceeds generated from the sale of these donations are donated to a charity of the donor's choice. So, you may need to sift through some odd (but fun) items to get to the hidden gems, that's just part of the magic of thrift shopping, isn't it? And you're contributing to a good cause in the process. We'd call that a win-win!

Visit Junkie Charity Store.

Love Books

Love Books is an independent book store located in the Bamboo Centre, Melville. They offer a wonderful, curated selection of books for book lovers of all ages. Also available as an event venue, Love Books is the perfect place to host book launches and book clubs. Got little ones? Love Books offers story time every Saturday at 10am for children. Make sure to check out their gorgeous selection of journals, handmade cards, international magazines and Joostenberg's delicious wines from the old family farm in Stellenbosch. Make sure to bring your Love Books loyalty punch card!

Visit Love Books.

Snow Lion Artefacts

A favourite among Melville's holistic shopping crowd, Snow Lion Artefacts stocks gorgeous authentic Tibetan and Nepalese crafts. Sourced from communities and individuals in support of the Tibetan People's refugees situation, Snow Lion is a more than worthy cause to support. If you're not feeling quite so zen, Snow Lion has everything you'd ever need to get your chakras realigned and back in action. 

Visit Snow Lion Artefacts. 

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Exclusive Books

If you're an EB Fanatics member, you've most likely heard the good news. Exclusive Books has partnered with Uber Eats to bring good reads direct to your door! All you have to do is download the Uber Eats app, enter your address and get clicking away to find the latest local and international bestsellers on offer. Exclusive Books stores are also open, so you can pop by if you prefer to do your book hunting in person. Alternatively, browse through their website and order online. Delivery is free on orders over *R450.

Bridge Books

Bridge Books is an independent bookstore located in downtown Johannesburg. If it's local fiction, biographies or unique titles you're after, this is the place to go. Under level 4 lockdown, Bridge Books will be offering contactless collection at their Maboneng store, as well as delivery across Johannesburg. If you would like to visit their store in person, please contact them on 079 708 4461 to book an appointment, as only two customers will be allowed into the store at a time to facilitate physical distancing. If you prefer to shop online, click here.

Love Books Jozi 

Do you love books? So do Love Books! This community bookstore offers rare gems that you aren't likely to find anywhere else. Their passion for good literature, good wine and great conversation (about books, of course), is exemplified in every aspect of their business. During level 4 lockdown, Love Books will be open to a limited number of customers, with the strictest hygiene procedures in place to protect both you and their staff. You can also order books by emailing them on [email protected]

Bookdealers 

Are good quality, second-hand books and collectibles your cup of tea? Visit any one of the Bookdealers stores around Johannesburg to find the very best in rare editions, signed copies of your favourite books and the latest bestsellers. If you aren't quite ready to venture out into the big, wide and scary world just yet, order online for collection or delivery. Bookdealers is offering vouchers redeemable in store, as well as 20% discount on online orders for the remainder of the lockdown. Click here to get shopping.

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Loot.co.za

Students attending online classes and parents homeschooling their kids will be delighted to know that Loot.co.za is back up and selling children's readers, textbooks and fiction reads under level 4 lockdown. Browse through their online selection to find all you need to ace those assignments or simply keep the kiddies entertained. Delivery is free on orders over *R350, so get busy buying!

We understand that times are tough right now and that buying books may not be on your list of essentials. However, if you would still like to get stuck into some good reads while at home, visit the Gauteng Virtual Library to borrow books for free! 

Independent Book Stores

Skoobs Theatre of Books

This book shop is located at Montecasino in Fourways. They have a wide selection of books available in all genres. However, it's worth paying them a visit just for their selection of classic books. They have wonderful collector's editions of everything from the complete collections of Shakespeare to HP Lovecraft. They have a small cafe on one side where you can get a coffee and some baked goods. If this isn't enough, they also have a giant chessboard, so you can challenge a player while waiting for your cup of joe.

Find more information here.

Bridge Books

This book store, located on Commissioner Street, focuses on African literature - both new and second-hand. They stock books in all genres from poetry to children's books which focus on history, current affairs and autobiographies from an African perspective. This bookstore is proudly South African and make it their mission to share the wonderful South African stories. They also have an in-house coffee shop where you can get a killer cappuccino.

Find more information here.

Love Books

This independent book store in Melville is a small shop that has a vibrant array of books for both children and adults. This is not the store to visit when looking for a particular book, rather this is the place to spend hours browsing through the books on offer to find new authors. Just make sure to pop into the adjoining coffee shop to get that caffeine fix before embarking on your hunt.

Find more information here.

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Exclusive Books

Olives and Plates

There are many Exclusive Book branches that have their own coffee shops but none are quite like the one at Hyde Park Corner. The bookshop and restaurant are intermingled to the point of being one shop rather than two separate shops sharing one space. For each genre, there is a section where the bookshelves act as room dividers, enclosing each coffee table. This creates a library meets common-room feel. The best thing about this shop is that everyone has their nose glued to a book or a newspaper, sipping their coffee. Just be careful not to ruin a good book with the delectable cuisine on offer at Olive and Plates.

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Exclusive Books, Rosebank

The coffee shop at this Exclusive Books branch is not a full functioning restaurant like Olive and Plates, but it still fills the spot. This coffee shop makes a fine cuppa java. They also make some delectable pastries like croissants and muffins. We'll let you in on a little secret, their Flat White coffee is a magical concoction of dreams. This is a great place to grab a coffee and baked delicacy while reading for hours.

Find more information here.

Exclusive Books, Sandton

This is another of the Exclusive Books branches that has teamed up with Seattle Coffee. What gives this branch their edge is their extensive range of books. They have ample choices in fiction, non-fiction, children's books and gift ware. They also have comfy seating scattered about the store, allowing you all the time and comfort you need to find that perfect book. No book shopping trip would be complete without the caffeine buzz to give you enough energy to read the whole book, so be sure to grab a cappuccino before leaving.

Find more information here.

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Independent Book Stores

Skoobs Theatre of Books

This book shop is located at Montecasino in Fourways. They have a wide selection of books available in all genres. However, it's worth paying them a visit just for their selection of classic books. They have wonderful collector's editions of everything from the complete collections of Shakespeare to HP Lovecraft. They have a small cafe on one side where you can get a coffee and some baked goods. If this isn't enough, they also have a giant chessboard, so you can challenge a player while waiting for your cup of joe.

Find more information here.

Bridge Books

This book store, located on Commissioner Street, focuses on African literature, both new and second-hand. They stock books in all genres from poetry to children's books which focus on history, current affairs and autobiographies from an African perspective. This bookstore is proudly South African and make it their mission to share the wonderful South African stories. They also have an in-house coffee shop where you can get a killer cappuccino.

Find more information here.

Love Books

This independent book store in Melville is a small shop that has a vibrant array of books for both children and adults. This is not the store to visit when looking for a particular book, rather this is the place to spend hours browsing through the books on offer to find new authors. Just make sure to pop into the adjoining coffee shop to get that caffeine fix before embarking on your hunt.

Find more information here.

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Exclusive Books

EB Social Kitchen and Bar 

There are many Exclusive Book branches that have their own coffee shops but none are quite like the one at Hyde Park Corner. The book and coffee shop (or rather restaurant) are intermingled to the point of being one shop rather than two separate shops sharing one space. For each genre, there is a section where the bookshelves act as room dividers, enclosing each coffee table which creates a library meets common-room feel. The best thing about this shop is that everyone has their nose glued to a book or a newspaper, sipping their coffee. Their menu is divided into chapters like a book, just be careful not to ruin a good book with their delectable cuisine.

Find more information here.

Exclusive Books, Rosebank

The coffee shop at this Exclusive Books branch is not a full functioning restaurant like Social Kitchen, but it still fills the spot. This coffee shop makes a fine cuppa java. They also make some delectable pastries like croissants and muffins. We'll let you in on a little secret, their Flat White coffee is a magical concoction of dreams. This is a great place to grab a coffee and baked delicacy while reading for hours.

Find more information here.

Exclusive Books, Sandton

This is another of the Exclusive Books branches that has teamed up with Seattle Coffee. What gives this branch their edge is their extensive range of books. They have ample choices in fiction, non-fiction, children's books and gift ware. They also have comfy seating scattered about the store, allowing you all the time and comfort you need to find that perfect book. No book shopping trip would be complete without the caffeine buzz to give you enough energy to read the whole book, so be sure to grab a cappuccino before leaving.

Find more information here.

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Kalahari Books

Kalahari Books, located in Orange Grove, specialises in used, old, out-of-print and hard-to-find books. If you're looking for that classic that you just can't find anywhere, this would be a good place to start. They have a love for prose, plays and poetry — although they do stock a bit of non-fiction as well. They also serve as a resource, stocking over 70 000 volumes. So if you're a collector looking to trace a rare edition of a book, classics or books by popular authors of old, then Kalahari Books is definitely for you!  

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Love Books

Love Books is an independent bookstore in Melville. The name speaks for itself — they love books! And if you love books (which I assume you do, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this, right?) you should definitely give this pace a visit. Their collection of books is a well-curated, well-edited range of classy books that makes buying books an exciting experience. And if you can't find the book you're looking for, the staff will gladly track it down for you! They also frequently play host to many book launches, which is a great way to find your next great read.

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L'Elephant Terrible Bookshop

If you find yourself at 44 Stanley, then you definitely have to step into L'Elephant Terrible. This bookshop is everything a bookshop should be! It oozes charm and is filled with books from floor to ceiling. The store boasts two floors of books to browse through. And I'm not afraid to say that it has that old book smell, which, as an advocate for the physical book reading experience, I'm completely in love with. They stock rare, out-of-print books. The store was started by Wolf Weinek, who had his first bookshop at the Market Theatre many years ago, and his wife now runs the shop. The store is truly a treasure trove.

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Bridge Books 

Bridge Books may be one of the better known stores in this list. If you want to collect more literature by African writers, then Bridge Books is definitely for you. They frequently collaborate with other bookstores across Joburg and they stock books in multiple languages and genres. Bridge even hosts tours of underground bookstores in Johannesburg for those who would like to discover more stores.

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James Findlay Collectable Books & Antique Maps

James Findlay is a writer and antiquities dealer, who converted a basement into this Dickensian wonder. This store specialises in unusual manuscripts, letters, rare African texts, first editions, apartheid posters, banned political posters and pamphlets. He also deals in European literature that goes back centuries. If you're looking for a first editions, this would be a great place to look.

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David Krut Bookstore

David Krut Bookstore is the place to go if you're interested in art books — you know, those books that everyone puts on their coffee table as part of their decor. The store has two locations, one in Johannesburg and another in New York. David Krut not only provides books, but digital prints of art as well. They focus on titles by South African publishers, as well as international selections. They specialise in books on art and art-related subjects, South African culture and politics, biographies, poetry, literature, design, architecture, local history and collectables.