Pretoria is not a great shopping destination. There are very few local handicrafts or appealing souvenirs to speak of, and the retail landscape is dominated by largely generic shopping malls. However, if you are in town for a sporting or business engagement, and the urge to spend some rands takes hold, there are a few options to consider.
The main shopping malls are Menlyn Park, in the east; Brooklyn Mall, near the city centre, which has some good art galleries; Kolonnade, in the north, which is chiefly visited for its ice rink; Wonderpark, which has a skatepark; and Irene Village Mall, south of the city. Some of Pretoria's best shopping opportunities can be found at its flea markets: the Pretoria Zoo market runs on weekdays from 6am to 5pm and has a good range of traditional jewellery, African crafts and ornaments on sale; at the Union Buildings you will find vendors selling decent local handicrafts like woven rugs and beadwork every day; and Wonderpark Flea Market is open from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays selling crafts, toys and souvenirs from a range of regional artists.
Those intent on some serious shopping fun should make the short trip to Johannesburg to enjoy the plethora of shopping opportunities in the 'City of Gold'.
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