Mugg & Bean

This shopping mall staple is a popular favourite among diners. Mugg & Bean serves good coffee, delicious giant muffins, a selection of decadent cakes and a range of yummy meals, from breakfasts and brunch to burgers and nachos. We've all been to this eatery at least once and therefore know exactly what to expect - good quality, friendly service and tasty food.

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Big Joe's Real Pies

When you're looking for a quick and easy lunch that will fill the spot and tastes good, there's nothing better than a warm and flaky pie. Especially when said pie is free of additives, preservatives and colourants. That is exactly what you'll be getting at Big Joe's. Freshly baked every day, these hand baked pies are made using old school methods, ensuring a mouthwatering final product.

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Another common mall find, Spur combines Mexican and American flavours to create inviting meals that we all know and love. What has made this restaurant such a great success over the years is their family style dining. They have a decent kid's menu and offer entertainment to keep your little ones occupied throughout the meal. Their menu hasn't changed much over the years, serving up perfectly cooked steaks, delightful schnitzels and the ultimate nachos.

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Delhi Delicious

This deli makes some of the most delightful pies and samoosas in the county. Their secret is in the crust, which is made with less fat and hot water. This results in a buttery flaky pastry that could make anything taste good. But it so happens that the Delhi Delicious fillings are also quite exquisite. Flavours range from hearty meaty ranges to flavourful vegetarian options, all delicious in their own right.

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Bean Kissed

Espressos, cappuccinos, Americanos, lattes, mochas, turmeric lattes, chai lattes, ceylon tea, rooibos tea, hot chocolate, Milo, instant coffee, kiddyccinos and decaf are just some of the freshly made drinks available at Bean Kissed. Located in the food court, this coffee kiosk also offers a range of cold beverages as well as an assortment of appetising cookies and biscuits.

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Spicy Den

At first glance, Spicy Den may appear to be any old spice shop. But once inside, you'll soon find that there is so much more to this hidden gem. Not only do they offer all sorts of spices, sauces, grains and oils, but they also create some of the most toothsome Indian food in the north. Menu items include roti rolls, biryanis and curries. But the secret treasure is, without a doubt, the substantial samoosas stuffed with perfectly spiced fillings.

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Dairy Fairy

Keen for a sweet treat? Then head on over to Dairy Fairy for tantalising soft serve ice cream served with your choice of toppings from their range of cookies, nuts, sweets, fruit and sauces. Or get one of their decadent sundae varieties, mini doughnuts, popping sodas, icy slushies, creamy smoothies or thick and luscious milkshakes. Not sure what to get? We recommend the chocolate cake ice cream sundae, this chocolaty treat is nothing short of glorious.

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Biscuit And Rusk King

While Biscuit And Rusk King is not technically an eatery or restaurant, we couldn't leave them off this list. This store crafts and sells rusks and biscuits in a wide assortment of flavours. Among these are lemon, chocolate and vanilla biscuits as well as sugar free, marmalade and chocolate and almond rusks. We adore these crunchy bites because of the buttery and vanilla nuances.

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Sausage Saloon

For an alternative to burgers, why not try a delectable hot dog? Sausage Saloon creates a unique array of hot dog options to suit all palates. These gourmet hotdogs are loaded with toppings like cheese, chilli, onion, tomato and sauces, which are free of charge. Sausages include mini bites, corn dogs, Russians, cheese Russians, wors, lamb sausage and vegetarian hot dogs.

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The Fish & Chip Co

For some traditional British fare, try some fish and chips. This fast food joint offers hake, captain's fish, fish cakes and calamari. But non-seafood lover's can also enjoy a meal here, with options of Russians, cheese Russians, chilli Russians, viennas and chip rolls. Extras, value meals, double ups, buddy meals and family meals are also on offer on the menu.

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Fish and Chip co

Contact details: Northgate Shopping Centre | 011 794 1687 | Corner Northumberland and Olievenhout Avenues, Northriding | [email protected] |

*Images sourced from Northgate Shopping Centre's website and Facebook page.

What's your favourite place to grab a bite at Northgate Shopping Centre? Let us know in the comments section below. 


Food Lover's Cafe

Norwood Mall plays home to three Food Lover's offerings. There are the Food Lover's Market, Food Lover's Market Liquor and the Food Lover's Kosher Cafe. This cafe serves an abundance of delicious kosher meals for any occasion. We suggest getting a quick bite to eat and refreshing drink, before starting the shopping spree.

Woolworths Cafe

For simple yet elegant food offerings, head to Woolworths Cafe. This eatery serves an array of dishes from healthy salads to hearty buffets. Their baked treats are what makes them special, so be sure to try their banana bread with a strong cup of freshly brewed tea.

Mugg And Bean

We all grew up swooning over the giant muffins and cake slices served at this cafe. But there is so much more to Mugg and Bean. They make an excellent cup of coffee, whether you prefer plain americanos or vibrant mochas. And to go with your coffee, they have an excellent selection of breakfasts from poached egg bowls to fancy toast.

Mugg and Bean

Mugg and Bean



This adorable store has been popping up at all our favourite shopping centres of late, including Norwood Mall. They stock a huge variety of household items, health and beauty products, fashion accessories and digital products. Head on over and browse their selection, you never know what you'll find at this store.

Reader's Warehouse

This is one of our favourite book stores in Joburg. Selling children's, fictional, cookery, biographies, non-fictional and travel books, this is the store to come to when adding to your collection. We love their diverse range of science fiction and fantasy books, all at low prices to boot.

House of Judaica

Offering affordable and unusual Judaica gifts, this store has an array of Sfarim, music, DVDs, silverware, Talisim and kippot. They pride themselves on being a "mini Israel" with friendly service in the centre of Norwood. We adore their range of book stands, candle holders and figurines.

Reader's Warehouse

Reader's Warehouse



BellaGee specialises in mother of the bride, bridesmaids and cocktail dresses. These garments are available is sizes 8-22, but they're happy to alter the apparel to to give you the perfect fit. The dresses at this store come in a rainbow of colours and styles, but it's the perfect spot to grab a LBD.


To find the perfect pair of shoes to match your new dress, head to Kingsmead. Here you'll find everything from boots and sneakers to stilettos and sandals. They sell the biggest and best shoe brands for men, women and children, including Crocs, Soviet and Levi's.

The Corsetiere

For all your lingerie, swimwear, sleepwear, corsets and bridal bustier needs, head to The Corsetiere. Other items include bra straps, bra tape, bra extenders and bra converting clips. This store will be able to supply you with all your under garment needs, that will leave you feeling confident and beautiful.




Perfect 10

This nail and body studio offers power tips, removals and fills, pedicures, massage treatments, tanning, waxing, threading, lashers and facials. Their procedures are modeled after the most up-to-date international trends and they only use the best brands in their stores.


This leading skincare brand offers top quality treatments and products to take care of all your skincare needs. Treatments include facials, laser hair removal, non-surgical face lifts, micro-needling, mesotherapy and massages, among others. Products range from moisturisers to sun protection, with everything in between.

The Body Shop

This beauty brand offers a wide variety of vegan, men and women beauty products. Products include face care, hair care, body care, make up, fragrances and a gift range. All these items smell amazing and leave you feeling and looking sublime.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop

Contact details: Norwood Mall | 011 728 6640 | 3 Sarie Marais Rd, Norwood | [email protected] |

Dont forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news, events and happenings.

Looking for more? To explore Norwood further, check out this article.
*Images sourced from Norwood Mall's website and Facebook page.

Sandton City Shopping Centre

This one is a given! Sandton City Shopping Centre is the place to be if you're looking for a world-class shopping experience like no other. There's something for everyone, from international and exclusive brands on the Diamond Walk for the fashionista and delights for the little ones at Hamley's (sliding into the store is only the beginning!), to some of the best coffee, sweet treats and food in the city (think Krispy Kreme, Starbuck, Belle's Patisserie, JB's Corner, Walnut Grove, the list goes on and on). And best of all, they host fun and exciting activations throughout the mall on a regular basis, perfect for the whole family.

Details: | 011 217 6000 | [email protected] | Sandton City, 83 Rivonia Road, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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The Italian Retrospective highlights 14 designers and their mastery in Italian design across the ages, who have not only made their mark in Italy but have had a global following. These include: Roberto Capucci, Ken Scott, Renato Balestra, Curiel, Roberta di Camerino, Franco Moschino, Irene Galitzine, Sorelle Fontana Alta Moda s.r.l, Gianni Versace, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferré, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, and Ferragamo.⠀ ⠀ The Italian Retrospective Exhibition will be on display until 7 April 2019 in the Sandton City Diamond Walk.⠀ #IconicSandton #52iconicweeks #italianfashionretrospectiveinthecity

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The Zone @ Rosebank

Rosebank is another hip and happening node in the city, and if you're in the mood to indulge in a little retail therapy, enjoy a slow lunch, treat the kids to a lovely day out or simply people watch, The Zone @ Rosebank is the place to be and be seen. This location is dynamic, trendy and distinctive. Got everything from a variety of restaurants offering whatever you're in the mood for to The Fun Company, movies and bowling to keep the little ones entertained, as well as boasting some top-notch fashion boutiques.

Details: |  011 537 3800 | [email protected] | 177 Oxford Street, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

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Experience a New York minute in Jozi. @tashascafe at The Zone @ Rosebank is more than just a lunch spot. It’s a lifestyle and we love it! #onlyatthezone #boulevardliving

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Eastgate Shopping Centre

Eastgate Shopping Centre is all about the four Fs - fashion, food, family and fun! This mall has undergone a little bit of a makeover and it's bigger and better than ever before. Since Eastgate focusses on a great day out ideal for the whole family, they have plenty in store, no pun intended! There's a wide array of shops for you to wonder and enjoy, loads of restaurants offering delicious food to keep you energised for your shopping spree, and if you need to rest and put your feet up for a little bit, the amazing IMAX Theatre is a great place to relax while catching one of the latest blockbusters.

Details: | 011 479 6000 | [email protected] | 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

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Cresta Shopping Centre

If you happen to be in Randburg and would like to enjoy an all-rounded shopping experience complete with great entertainment, good food, all the latest trends and gadgets under one roof, as well as family-friendly fun, then make sure you stop by Cresta Shopping Centre. The centre has recently undergone an epic revamp to create a  three-level food and entertainment court which is jam-packed with a selection of local and international restaurants as well as great fun for everyone, including a game arcade, a Ster-Kinekor Cinema Prestige and Gold Rush Bingo. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest events and activations.

Details: | 011 678 5306 | [email protected] | Corner Beyers Naude Drive and Weltevreden Road, Cresta, Randburg, Johannesburg

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We've revamped to bring you a bigger and better shopping experience. Come explore our world-class stores and restaurants and enjoy making memories with your friends and family. #ImagineMore #revamp #upgrade #shopping #entertainment

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Melrose Arch

This ever-popular and well-known spot in the middle of Birnam is known for being the best Joburg has to offer. Melrose Arch is a residential, retail, entertainment and leisure hot spot that attracts not only international guests, but also the locals who are seeking the ultimate upmarket experience. This precinct feels like a little city all on its own with it's unique café culture, beautiful boutiques, high street fashion and people-friendly meeting places. Don't forget to take a moment to admire the exquisite buildings and vibrant atmosphere. Also keep an eye on their social media pages as there's always something exciting happening within the precinct.

Details: | 011 684 0000 | Melrose Boulevard, Birnam, Johannesburg

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Just because it's Monday it doesn't mean that the precinct slows down. Swing by, have dinner, grab a drink and round off your evening with some cake. There is something for everyone at Melrose Arch when the sun goes down. . #MelroseArch #Live #Work #Play #Nightlife #WhatsForDinner #Dinner

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Hyde Park Corner

Shop in luxury at the stylish, sophisticated and always trendy Hyde Park Corner! With over 500 of the world's leading  international brands as well as 130 iconic speciality stores, no wonder it has been dubbed as Africa's centre of luxury. And as for cuisine, they boast 12 lovely restaurants that offers visitors a diversity of tastes ideal for any occasion, whether you're in search of the perfect place for a spot of fine dining or need to get your hands on something delicious on-the-go. Hyde Park Corner also hosts exciting events, including The Wedding Expo coming up from 30 – 31 March 2019.

Details: | 011 325 4340 | [email protected] | Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

Clearwater Mall

This destination has fast become a favourite for those with a passion for fashion, families they'd love to treat with a fun day out, or those who are looking to meet up with a few friends for a cup of coffee.  Clearwater Mall is the whole package – world-class shopping, exciting entertainment, good food and of course, loads of parking! A few highlights of this entertainment hub includes their full Nu Metro cinema complex with 3D technology, the indoor go-karting race track in the basement, the fun school holiday activities for the kids and the two big jungle gyms for small kids to play on. Talk about family-friendly!

Details: | 011 288 5260 | [email protected] | Hendrik Potgieter Drive and Christiaan de Wet Road, Strubensvalley, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

Mall of Africa

This mall hasn't been around for as long as the others (opening in 2016), but it has become one of the top shopping destination in the city. Mall of Africa is the country's largest shopping mall ever built in a single phase – over 130 000m2 of retail space housing over 300 shops, many being flagship stores. One of the features that stands out when visiting this retail hub is how easy it is to navigate through the centre with its uniquely identified court areas – Food Court, Town Square, Woolworths Court, Crystal Court and Edgars Court. As for stores, you can expect everything from Forever 21, Versace and Starbucks to Bobbi Brown, Carrol Boyes and Cipria.

Details: | 010 596 1470 | [email protected] | Lone Creek Cresent and Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City, Johannesburg.

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Cradlestone Mall

And last, but certainly not least, we have Cradlestone Mall, located in the heart of Mogale City in the West Rand. From the stunning architecture and it's ideal location to the interesting mix 160 quality shops, restaurants and services and loads of FREE parking, Cradlestone Mall offers their guests the perfect opportunity to discover a new shopping experience. Don't forget to keep an eye out for their latest offers and promotions, events, news and movies. They also currently have a school holiday programme that's 'out of this world'. 

Details: | 010 020 1234 | [email protected] | Corner Furrow Road and Hendrik Potgieter Road, Muldersdrift, Krugersdorp.

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Cedar Square 

A stone's throw away from Fourways Mall, Cedar Square is a wonderland for the little ones. With downhill skiing, tubing and even snowboarding there's tons to do. On the ground floor, there is a massive play area filled with jungle gyms, soccer pitches and goalie posts and even a restaurant where the little ones can make their own pizzas. To be a kid at Cedar Square is something adults can envy. Speaking of adults, there's a lot of cool shops to check out while the kids do kids stuff. The play area is under supervision, and young adults play with the children and make sure that they do not scrape their knees or bump their heads during play time.

Clearwater Mall

With a dedicated play area right next to the food court, a frozen yoghurt parlour upstairs and a massive 3D cinema, Clearwater Mall is packed with fun stuff to do. Kids can run up and down, and climb and slide their way to happiness. You can keep an eye on the little ones as you enjoy one of the many fine restaurants that litter the massive food court... or maybe send them off to the cinema upstairs with popcorn money. Either way, they are sure in for a great time.

Greenstone Shopping Centre

Kids are super welcome at Greenstone Shopping Centre. With a designated play area, loads of cool gadget stores to check out and a Rush trampoline park... the sky is the limit. Jimmy Jungle's premier indoor adventure park is a must visit for the kiddies as well. There's also a bowling alley and a 3D cinema. The only thing left to do is let the children run wild while you sit back and enjoy a bingo session or a hearty meal at one of the many brilliant restaurants.


Fancy some ice skating? Then head to Northgate and get carving on the ice. The little ones will have a ball as they race up and down the rink and learn a new skill or three. Right across the hall from the ice rink is one of the last decent gaming arcades to hang out at. From table soccer to Time Crisis III can be jammed at the arcade. There is a wide a selection of racing games too. Other than that, there's the cinema equipped with a super cool slushy machine... grape flavored slushy, anyone?

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