These are the biggest shopping malls in South Africa

South Africa has almost 2,000 shopping malls, covering over 24 million square metres of shopping space, making it one of the most mall-rich countries in the world.

According to the latest data from commercial real estate group, CBRE, South Africa ranks 46th in the world for its spread of retail space.

Only two cities, Cape Town and Johannesburg, are ranked among the top cities in the world, with the latter ranked highest, at 98th overall.

Being the economic hub of South Africa, the greater Johannesburg area (including Sandton, Midrand and extending to Pretoria) features the biggest concentration of retail space in the country.

Gauteng has over 10.8 million square metres of retail space – which is bigger than the Western Cape (3.5 million sqm), KwaZulu-Natal (3.3 million sqm) and the Free State (870,000 sqm), combined.

The largest shopping area in Johannesburg is the Sandton Retail Node (170,939 sqm), which consists of a combination of Sandton City (141,390 sqm), Nelson Mandela Square (16,265 sqm), Legacy Corner (7,000 sqm) and Michelangelo Towers Mall (6,284 sqm).

Pretoria, meanwhile, is home to the recently renovated Menlyn Park Shopping Centre (177,000 sqm), Centurion Mall (112,828 sqm) and others.

The City of Cape Town is home to Canal Walk (146,828 sqm), one of South Africa’s largest shopping centres, and the world-renowned Victoria Wharf (V&A) Shopping Centre. Both of these centres are attractive locations for international brands, CBRE said.

For KwaZulu-Natal, the biggest retail node is in Durban – the Gateway Theatre of Shopping (150,320 sqm), followed by The Pavilion (119,000 sqm) and Galleria Shopping Centre (88,346 sqm).

Compared to the other major provinces, the Free State has a limited offering of prime shopping destinations; the largest two centres are located in Bloemfontein. These are Loch Logan Waterfront (80,000 sqm) and Mimosa Mall (36,858 sqm).

Looking at specific malls, the table below outlines the 10 biggest malls in the country:

Mall City Square Metres
Menlyn Park Pretoria 177 000
Gateway Theatre of Shopping Durban 150 320
Sandton City Sandton 141 390
Mall of Africa Midrand 130 000
The Pavilion Durban 119 000
Eastgate Johannesburg 118 732
Centurion Mall Centurion 112 828
Westgate Johannesburg 109 000
Cresta Shopping Centre Johannesburg 104 143
Northgate Johannesburg 90 782

These are the 10 biggest malls in South Africa’s six major metros:


Johannesburg Square Metres
Sandton City 141 390
Mall of Africa 130 000
Eastgate 118 732
Westgate 109 000
Cresta Shopping Centre 104 143
Northgate 90 782
Clearwater Mall 86 028
Greenstone Mall 83 302
Festival Mall 80 230
Cradlestone Mall 76 422

Pretoria and Centurion Square Metres
Menlyn Park 177 000
Centurion Mall 112 828
Wonderpark Shopping Centre 90 413
Kolonnade Shopping Park 76 167
Brooklyn Mall & Design Square 74 517
Forest Hill Mall 73 945
Woodlands Boulevard 70 159
Centurion Lifestyle 55 000
The Mall @ Reds 53 600
Jubilee Mall 52 444

Cape Town Square Metres
Canal Walk 146 828
Tyger Valley 88 973
Parow Centre 85 082
Liberty Promenade 73 137
V&A Waterfront 69 000
Somerset Wall 67 000
N1 City Mall 64 209
Cape Gate Regional Centre 62 794
Blue Route Mall 55 504
Garden Route Mall 53 105

Durban and Pietermaritzburg Square Metres
Gateway Theatre of Shopping 150 320
The Pavilion 119 000
Galleria 88 346
Ballito Junction 85 000
Liberty Midlands Mall 75 000
Boardwalk Inkwazi 65 716
Chatsworth Centre 41 558
City View 40 994
Pinecrest Centre 40 111
Bridge City 40 000

Port Elizabeth Square Metres
Baywest Mall 86 995
Walmer Park 43 020
Greenacres 40 398
Cleary Park Shopping 36 290
Fountains Mall (Jeffery’s Bay) 32 842
Moffet Retail Park 32 823
Pier 14 30 217
The Bridge 27 835

Bloemfontein Square Metres
Loch Logan Waterfront 80 000
Mimosa Mall 36 858
Goldfields Mall 36 242
Bloem Plaza 36 152

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