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Here's Why You Need To Visit 27 Boxes In Melville

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One of our favourite mixed-use precincts in the city, 27 Boxes is Melville's top hangout, welcoming foodies, fashionistas and explorers of all kinds. Visit the precinct and experience a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, indulge in some of the best indulgent treats and shop some of the most unique fashion, all in one spot. It's a must. 

27 Boxes is undoubtedly one of Joburg's most innovative retail and restaurant precincts. Fashioned from recycled shipping containers, this ultimate shopping destination houses fashion boutiques galore. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor children's park, an open-air amphitheatre and the rooftop nursery. At just a short distance from the ever-bustling 7th Street, 27 Boxes is usually a hive of activity over weekends.

Now that life has returned to some form of normalcy, 27 Boxes is up and running, welcoming in visitors with a number of health and safety regulations in place. Here's what you can expect to find at this bustling spot in the middle of Melville and why you should visit the next time you're in the area.

Unique Local Stores

The majority of stores at 27 Boxes offer shoppers locally crafted goods. Whether you're on the lookout for winter warmers, new fashion staples or a custom jewellery piece, you're sure to find what you are after here. Fashion boutiques Wishes Boutique, Ara Emporium, and Loulou Regal Style are also selling funky face masks to keep you looking stylish while staying safe. Also be sure to visit Book Circle Capital for curated African books, Krag Drag The Strong One for fun and quirky South African products perfect for gifting, and Microgram that offers secondhand CDs, DVDs and LPs for all tastes on a budget.

Click here to view their store directory.

Scrumptious Eateries & Food Stores

27 Boxes is home to some of our favourite bakeries and foodie hangouts in the city. If you have a little bit of a sweet tooth and are craving something tantalising and absolutely delightful, indulge in some decadent coffee and cronuts from X&O Patisserie. Or why not get your fill of freshly baked artisanal bread from Baker Brothers. Flavourz of India and Infernoz Chilli are open and ready to fulfil all of your spice and chilli needs. For your weekly fresh produce shopping, take a stroll through Jolida Foods. And if you find gin, then be sure to visit Urbanite Distillery, offering a locally and consciously made gin experience.

Click here to view other food stores and eateries.

They Host Various Markets

Who doesn't love spending a morning or afternoon strolling through a market, shopping up a storm and exploring locally made items and goodies? We know we do! And lucky for us, 27 Boxes hosts a number of markets that's sure to delight all walks of visitors and their tastes. They host their Wasala Wasala Market, the Vegan & Vegetarian Market, and Trader Markets often and sometimes if we're lucky, there's a splendid night market or two. There's even a Global Food Fair to delight your sense and taste buds!

Click here to see the dates of the next few markets taking place at 27 Boxes.

They Also Offer Events

Other than the markets, they also host a selection of interesting events for you to enjoy. Coming up, they'll have Live Indian Cooking Classes that'll inspire you to get experimental with spices in the kitchen as well as Peo Literature Sessions that are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page as well as their events page on their website to keep up to date and in the loop with the latest events and news.

FREE Parking!

The last thing you want to worry about after shopping up a storm is ensuring you have some change on you to pay for parking. Well, you'll be happy to hear that at 27 Boxes, parking is mahala! That's right, parking is FREE! They know that you have better things to spend money on other than parking, such as a decadent cronut, some locally made and oh-so unique fashion, interesting crafts and fresh produce.

For More Information

For more information about 27 Boxes, visit

You can also contact them on 011 712 0000 or [email protected]

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest events, information, products, vendors and news.

Trading hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00 | Sunday and Public Holidays from 09:00 to 15:00.

Address: 27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.


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