Cresta Shopping Centre has served as one of Johannesburg’s prime family shopping destinations since 1977. Locals and international visitors alike will remember the model train, which in recent years has made place for an ever-expanding selection of exciting entertainment, dining and shopping facilities.

Did you know?

Many South Africans used to visit Cresta Shopping Mall specifically to watch the turning of the model train on a giant turntable?

For a safe and relaxed shopping experience in South Africa’s bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, the city boasts a number of enticing and accessible malls, with Cresta Shopping Centre being one of the largest shopping attractions in the Southern hemisphere.

Built in 1977 the centre has gone through a number of refurbishments and nowadays it offers everything you can expect from a modern shopping experience.

Because of this Cresta Shopping Centre is a perfect destination for international business people or holidaymakers who find themselves with some time to spare in Joburg – the economic engine of sub-Saharan Africa.

Cresta’s three floors feature all South Africa’s beloved chain stores, like Pick 'n Pay, Woolworths, Edgars, Truworths and Ackermans. Banks, specialty shops, food outlets and plenty of fashion boutiques complete the shopping experience in the centre, situated on the border of the Northcliff and Cresta suburbs.

Older South Africans and foreigners who have visited Johannesburg in the past will fondly remember the model train, which ran through the mall. The train would stop at various places in the Johannesburg shopping centre to allow passengers to hop on and off. One of the most popular viewing spectacles was the turning of the train on a giant turntable on the other side of the track.

While the train no longer runs, Cresta continues to innovate and a lot of additions were made to this shopping centre in Johannesburg in recent years.

This has secured Cresta’s reputation as a favourite family shopping destination for locals and international visitors alike. The centre boasts a large cinema complex and a theatre and restaurant complex, which all add value to an already great experience.

Bring your children – and your wallet – and look forward to a world class shopping experience.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Cresta Shopping Centre
Tel: +27 (0)11 678 5306

How to get here

Take the N1 south towards Roodepoort, then take the Beyers Naude off-ramp. Turn left into Beyers Naude heading towards Johannesburg city/Melville. Carry on until you reach a traffic light where Judges Avenue is on your left hand side (you will see the Steers Drive Thru also on your left and the Heathway Shopping Centre on your right). At the next traffic light, turn left. You will find Virgin Active on your right hand side. At the next traffic light turn right into Cresta Shopping Centre.

Best time to visit

Cresta Shopping Mall is open from 9am to 6pm (Monday to Thursday and Saturday), 9am to 7pm (Friday), 9am to 3pm (Sunday).

Length of stay

It is very easy to spend a few hours browsing around in Cresta Shopping Centre.

What to eat

Cresta Shopping Centre has a range of restaurants that will effortlessly satisfy every craving!