Sandton is a wealthy area within Johannesburg, in South Africa. As well as being home to some of the city’s more affluent residents it is also a centre for business. Sandton is a prosperous area, which features many businesses, commercial and residential districts. Because of the mix of uses that this part of the city is home to, it has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere, which extends to all areas and is seen as the financial and retail powerhouse of South Africa. Sandton is also known as ‘Africa’s richest square mile,’ which should give some idea of the extent of the blend of finance, cultures, trends and lifestyles that are available in this part of Johannesburg. The Manhattan-style skyscrapers catch the eye and remind travellers that they are in the true heart of Johannesburg.
Sandton provides a collection of mid-range and luxury accommodation. From the lavish five-star to basic city hotels, there are plenty of conveniently located accommodation options offering a friendly and relaxed environment to holidaymakers. Apart from the more mainstream hotels, there are some boutique hotels, as well as spas, all offering something extra special to people wishing to stay in this part of Jo’burg. The province of Gauteng, in which Johannesburg and therefore Sandton are located, has the largest number of hotel rooms in South Africa. As a result, some of the finest hotels in the country are located in or near Sandton, many near the prestigious Sandton Convention Centre. Cheap accommodation can also be found in Sandton for those who are travelling on a budget or backpacking their way around South Africa. Whether you are looking for luxury, budget or something in between, you are sure to find the right accommodation to suit your requirements all located close to all the attractions of Sandton.
Some of the hotels situated within the vicinity of Nelson Mandela Square offer entertainment facilities, such as casinos, spas and outdoor swimming pools.
Boutique hotels in the area are popular with both leisure and business travellers. One of these is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and prides itself on its home-from-home charm, excellently located for viewing some of the historical sights of Sandton.
Where to stay in Sandton
There are many areas within Sandton itself, which offer a variety of differing accommodation. Atholl is known for being an upmarket suburb of Sandton and it helps cement the area’s elite reputation, as it is the location for lavish hotels, restaurants, art galleries and business centres. Beverly is found nestled in Pine Slopes, Lone Hill and just across from William Nicol Drive from Witkoppen. It is just on the outskirts of Sandton for those looking to stay in the newer parts of the area. Bryanston is where tourists will find a variety of spectacular entertainment facilities, as well as great accommodation, while Buccleuch is often referred to as the undiscovered jewel of Sandton and is just one of the numerous suburbs in this part of the city that are all well worth a visit. In fact the choices of where to stay in Sandton are as numerous as they are varied and this is just a small sample of what is available.
Top Things to do and see in Sandton
The Nelson Mandela Statue is located in the Sandton area. It is a six metre high bronze statue and is a popular sight and photo opportunity for visitors. The Nelson Mandela statue stands proudly in this European-styled plaza, celebrating international style mixed seamlessly with African warmth.
Nelson Mandela Square is home to the Gallery on the Square. Here tourists can browse through exhibits of international art, as well as some South African favourites. The area is also well known for its wide range of excellent restaurants; some of the finest in South Africa are located in Nelson Mandela Square so no matter if you are in the mood for the finest French wine, authentic African cooking, great Greek dishes or simply a relaxing rich Italian coffee, it is all here waiting for you. Shopping is also a highlight of Nelson Mandela Square, with some of the most exclusive and best-known labels available in amongst some unusual shops selling local curios, couture, books and jewellery.
Montecasino is another great attraction in Sandton, as it brings shopping, cinemas, a bird park and a casino all combined in one location, which is an old Italian Piazza. As if that were not enough reason to visit, the building itself is worth adding to your ‘to do’ list, due to its architecture.
The Theatre on the Square is also worth a visit and a great place for lively evening entertainment.
Whether you are looking for a romantic meal, a quick lunch, a gastronomic feast or a travellers breakfast, Sandton has something to suit even the most discerning of palates, as well as those looking to dine on a tight budget. Many of the country’s finest restaurants can be found in this part of the city and with Nelson Mandela Square boasting world famous names, which provide an experience as well as a meal, dining here is something special. Flavours are imported from around the world as well as the continent and fusion finds its place among American, African, European and Asian food. Sample local delights or go for something more familiar, but no matter what you choose you will not be disappointed. Thanks to the excellent climate, outdoor dining is popular, no matter what time of the day, while fast food is also available in abundance if that’s more your thing.
Nelson Mandela Square is the best place to go for something to eat in Sandton. Visitors can choose from a range of different restaurants serving local cuisine as well as international dishes. There is a food court and some fast food outlets. Baglios is the place to go for an indulgent dessert, with delicious handmade ice cream on offer. The Saxon Hotel has one of the most recommended restaurants, serving fine gourmet dishes.
Sandton is just one of the many districts in the eclectic and cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg, one of South Africa’s best-know and frequently visited city’s and it is well worth taking the short trip to visit the rest of Jo’burg. Johannesburg is a cultural hub, with museums and galleries aplenty, while the dining that is on offer to visitors and travellers is on a par with any you will find in Sandton, but with different surroundings, which only add to the experience. In fact it would be a shame to come to this part of the world and not take in the rest this great city. Experience the history of the region and the country at the Apartheid Museum or visit Alexandra Township to experience a flavour of the true South Africa, but whatever you do, you certainly will not regret taking the time to try and see at least some of what this great city has to offer.
Sandton has a vibrant nightlife, with something to offer and suit the tastes of most people. Bars and clubs are here in great numbers, all offering a wide range of entertainment, from hardcore techno nightclubs to traditional African entertainment and just about everything in between. Experience live blues music in the heart of a shopping centre, in The Blues Room, which is as popular with the locals as it is with tourists. Alternatively, you might prefer to see how designer desserts are created in the luxury of a colonial setting at the Cantare Supper Club. Whatever the pace you prefer, Sandton has something for you. Test your luck at Montecasino, enjoy dance, comedy and cabaret, at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square or check out the top-notch gigs and acts performed by a wide variety of entertainers at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino; the choice is yours.