Nelson Mandela Square

Nelson Mandela Square, which directly adjoins the Sandton City shopping mall, is one of the most popular shopping and dining destinations in Gauteng. At the centre of the square stands a six-metre-tall statue of Nelson Mandela, a very popular place for tourists to take photographs. The statue of the late Nelson Mandela was unveiled and the square renamed on 31 March 2004 to celebrate the first decade of South Africa’s democracy. Surrounding the square is a wide choice of cafes and restaurants that bustle from morning to evening.

Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg. (Image: Nelson Mandela Square)

If you are coming to Nelson Mandela Square to eat then you will be spoiled for choice with popular restaurants and bars such as Hard Rock Cafe, Italian eatery Septimo, the elegant Tasha's Bistro, stylish seafood and sushi bar The Big Mouth and the famous Butcher Shop and Grill steakhouse, all of which look out onto the sunny European-style piazza.

On the square you’ll also find the Sandton Library as well as the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, one of the leading theatres in Johannesburg and the venue for major drama, comedy and musical productions.

The square also has a large mall which goes by the same name and boasts dozens of high street and designer shops such as the Hamleys toy store, Forever 21, Browns Jewellers, Presidential Shirts and Luminance, a South African department store selling the most luxurious African fashion and decor brands.  

The Sandton Gautrain station is just around the corner and the Sandton Convention Centre is a few minutes' walk away and there is also no shortage of top hotels within walking distance.

Shopping mall opening hours

Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 20:00

Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 – 18:00