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Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa

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About Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg is one of the largest public areas and retail complex, not only in Johannesburg or South Africa, but in the entire continent of Africa. The square is a popular gathering space in the city for casual evening strolls, coffee shop meet-ups or window shopping. There are a host of options for tourists to explore. Whether you are here on an informational tour or just a leisure tour, there are lots of things to do here. As it is in the heart of the city, it is easily accessible from most parts of the city. It is usually best enjoyed with a group of friends or like-minded people who share the same interest. 

History of Nelson Mandela Square

Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg or the Square as it is simply called had a different name to begin with. It was Sandton Square when it was opened in 1994. In 2004, it was renamed after the Father of the Nation, Nelson Mandela. There were protests against naming the square after Mandela, as the man had long stood against the undue advantages of the privileged class, and the square stands in one of the most opulent locations of the city. Together 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 stretches for around 1000 square metres and 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 eclectic shopping experience. Other than that, there are weekly and monthly Nelson Mandela Square events, functions and fairs to attend. Do visit if you can the monthly antique and collectibles fair. Around 40-50 top sellers participate in the event on the first Sunday of every month except January for the past 28 years, and it would be quite a historic event to witness. While you are there, do visit the 6 metres or 19ft high Nelson Mandela Square statue that was unveiled at the same time the market got its new name, after the same person.

Things to Do at Nelson Mandela Square 

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

Antique Collection Fair - a heaven for shopaholic, Antique Collection fair is one of the liveliest places to visit near Nelson Mandela Square. Get your hands on 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 sturggle and eventual fight against discrimination of the black and similar significant events are displayed in the museum through pictures and writings.

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