Nelson Mandela Square

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Indulge in some retail therapy, dine in an open-air piazza and browse the stalls of an antique fair at this commercial and entertainment center.  

Shop, dine and relax at Nelson Mandela Square, a large public square and commercial hub. Find cafés, restaurants, exclusive retailers and a theater, all set around an attractive European-styled piazza.

Take a look at the imposing bronze statue of anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela. Standing 20-feet (6-meters) tall, it is the focal point of the square and commemorates the first decade of South African democracy.

Step inside the square’s mall and browse more than 80 stores and boutiques for exclusive jewelry pieces, artworks, leather goods and tailored clothing. Keep your eye open for a bargain and collectors’ items at the square’s Antique Fair, which attracts up to 70 dealers. Find costume jewelry, ceramic figurines, glassware and embroidered items, among other items. The fair runs on the first Sunday of every month.

Enjoy alfresco dining in the cafés and restaurants that line the square. Choose from a variety of cuisines including traditional African dishes and European fare.Nelson Mandela Square is also a good place to come for some culture. Watch musicals, concerts, plays and stand-up comedy at the Old Mutual Theatre, known locally as the Theatre on the Square. The schedule includes matinees and evening performances as well as special events for kids. Details are available on the theater’s official website.

Nelson Mandela Square sits in the heart of the commercial suburb of Sandton. It is about a 20-minute drive north from downtown Johannesburg. For those arriving by car, there is a large metered car park. If you are coming by public transport, the metro bus and trains stop a short walk from the square.

Nelson Mandela Square’s shops and restaurants are open daily, including public holidays. Hours vary for each business and attraction, so check the square’s official website for details. For even more shopping experiences, visit the nearby Sandton City, a shopping mall that is home to around 300 retailers, restaurants and an 11-screen cinema.

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Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
4 out of 5
Corner Rivonia Rd. And West St., Benmore, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $76 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton Convention Centre, and Sandton City ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (990 reviews)
"Right across from the train that takes you to the Johannesburg airport AND right by the huge mall."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

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Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square
Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square
5 out of 5
2 Maude Street, Corner of 5th Street, Sandton, Gauteng
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $147 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
This family-friendly Sandton hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City Mall. The MARC and Sandton ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (464 reviews)
"Property is super convenient to Sandton Mall and Restaurants. Also Gautrain stop around the corner for easy Airport access. Staff went above and beyond. Room and bed very comfy. Will definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square
Sandton Sun
Sandton Sun
5 out of 5
Cnr Fifth & Alice Streets, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $132 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sandton Convention Centre and Nelson Mandela Square. Sandton ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (263 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Sandton Sun
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MINT Hotel 84 on Katherine
MINT Hotel 84 on Katherine
3.5 out of 5
84 Katherine Street, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $41 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square
Davinci Hotel And Suites On Nelson Mandela Square
5 out of 5
2 Maude Street, Corner of 5th Street, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $147 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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Sandton Sun
5 out of 5
Cnr Fifth & Alice Streets, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $132 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel
4 out of 5
Corner Rivonia Rd. And West St., Benmore, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $76 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton
Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton
4 out of 5
20 Maude Street, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $67 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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The Michelangelo Towers
The Michelangelo Towers
5 out of 5
8 Maud Street Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $279 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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Garden Court Sandton City
Garden Court Sandton City
3 out of 5
Cnr West and Maude Street, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $75 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
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Raphael Penthouse Suites
Raphael Penthouse Suites
5 out of 5
South Wing Nelson Mandela Squ Fifth St, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $170 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Hilton Sandton
Hilton Sandton
5 out of 5
138 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Gauteng
The price is $71 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 20
Hilton Sandton
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