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Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa

About Nelson Mandela Square In Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela Square at night
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One of the largest public areas and retail complexes in Johannesburg is Nelson Mandela Square, not just in Johannesburg but in the entire continent of Africa, a popular gathering space in the city for evening strolls, coffee shop meet-ups or window shopping giving multiple options for tourists to explore. As it is in the heart of the city, it is easily accessible from most parts of the city. 

History of Nelson Mandela Square

Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg or the Square had a different name in the past, It was called Sandton Square initially in 1994. In 2004, it was renamed after the Father of the Nation, Nelson Mandela. There were protests against naming the square after Mandela but the square stands in one of the most opulent locations of the city and today along with the Sandton City market centre, Nelson Mandela Square in South Africa is the largest shopping hub in Africa.

Shopping in Nelson Mandela Square

The Nelson Mandela Square Market houses more than 400 stores, coffee shops, restaurants and a library. The Nelson Mandela Square shops range from local boutiques to international brands, offering the visitors the most amazing shopping experience. Other than that, there are events, functions and fairs to attend. Do visit the monthly antique and collectables fair. Around 40-50 top sellers participate in the event on the first Sunday of every month except January for the past 28 years. You can also visit the 6 metres or 19 ft high Nelson Mandela Square statue.

Things to Do at Nelson Mandela Square 

Mandela Square, Johannesburg
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Artisanal Market – in the artisanal market, you can enjoy a small fair where homemade products are made by local artisans, It is one of the best places to shop for decorative home items and tailor-made outfits.  The market is famous for themes such as “the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker”. 

Antique Collection Fair – Antique Collection fair is one of the liveliest places to visit near Nelson Mandela Square especially to get some of the finest collections of artefacts. 

Peacemakers Museum – this museum is a tribute to the prolonged struggles of freedom fighters in South Africa. The struggle and eventual fight against discrimination of the black and similar significant events are displayed in the museum through pictures and writings.

How To Reach Nelson Mandela Square

Nelson Mandela Square is located 24 km away from the Johannesburg Airport, and it takes around 20 minutes to drive. The area is easily accessible from Fifth Street, Maude and West Street. Sandton Station is the nearest to the square area, around a few minutes walk away.

Nelson Mandela Square Entry Ticket

Nelson Mandela Square market space has no entry fee. You can enter freely and roam the area at your own pace.

Best Time To Visit Nelson Mandela Square

The Nelson Mandela Square market is open from 9 am to 10 pm from Monday-Saturday and from 9 am to 6 pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. 

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