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:

MallCitySquare Metres
Menlyn ParkPretoria177 000
Gateway Theatre of ShoppingDurban150 320
Sandton CitySandton141 390
Mall of AfricaMidrand130 000
The PavilionDurban119 000
EastgateJohannesburg118 732
Centurion MallCenturion112 828
WestgateJohannesburg109 000
Cresta Shopping CentreJohannesburg104 143
NorthgateJohannesburg90 782

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

JohannesburgSquare Metres
Sandton City141 390
Mall of Africa130 000
Eastgate118 732
Westgate109 000
Cresta Shopping Centre104 143
Northgate90 782
Clearwater Mall86 028
Greenstone Mall83 302
Festival Mall80 230
Cradlestone Mall76 422


Pretoria and CenturionSquare Metres
Menlyn Park177 000
Centurion Mall112 828
Wonderpark Shopping Centre90 413
Kolonnade Shopping Park76 167
Brooklyn Mall & Design Square74 517
Forest Hill Mall73 945
Woodlands Boulevard70 159
Centurion Lifestyle55 000
The Mall @ Reds53 600
Jubilee Mall52 444


Cape TownSquare Metres
Canal Walk146 828
Tyger Valley88 973
Parow Centre85 082
Liberty Promenade73 137
V&A Waterfront69 000
Somerset Wall67 000
N1 City Mall64 209
Cape Gate Regional Centre62 794
Blue Route Mall55 504
Garden Route Mall53 105

Durban and PietermaritzburgSquare Metres
Gateway Theatre of Shopping150 320
The Pavilion119 000
Galleria88 346
Ballito Junction85 000
Liberty Midlands Mall75 000
Boardwalk Inkwazi65 716
Chatsworth Centre41 558
City View40 994
Pinecrest Centre40 111
Bridge City40 000


Port ElizabethSquare Metres
Baywest Mall86 995
Walmer Park43 020
Greenacres40 398
Cleary Park Shopping36 290
Fountains Mall (Jeffery’s Bay)32 842
Moffet Retail Park32 823
Pier 1430 217
The Bridge27 835


BloemfonteinSquare Metres
Loch Logan Waterfront80 000
Mimosa Mall36 858
Goldfields Mall36 242
Bloem Plaza36 152

Correction: Liberty Two Degrees, Gross leasable area (GLA) of its buildings include the following:

  • Sandton City – (Correct GLA) 199,140m²  vs (Incorrect GLA) 141,390²
  • Eastgate Shopping Centre – 145,240m² vs 118,732²
  • Nelson Mandela Square – 92,789m² vs 16,265m²
  • Liberty Promenade – 73,400m² vs 73,137m²
  • Liberty Midlands – 77,754m² vs 75,000m²

Credit / Feature source: Business Tech |