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Oriental Plaza

Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 (011) 838-6752
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Ranked #27 of 69 attractions in Johannesburg
Type: Historic Walking Areas
Description: Throngs of locals and tourists visit this indoor/outdoor complex where over 350 shopkeepers hawk their wares.
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

You can find just about anything at Oriental Plaza. Be ready for crowds on the weekends. The items sometimes can be quite cheaply made, so be careful with what you buy.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I can safely say I have not been to the Plaza for more than fifteen years. It is not in the best part of town but I was very pleased with what I found,security was very good and visible both outside and inside the plaza and you feel as safe as you would in the middle of Sandton. There is... More

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Durban, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I am disappointed by the Plaza now days. It is really not in very good shape and the stores and traders do not have that old 'lets make a deal' buzz. It is now just a run down, third world mall.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

hygiene terrible, crowds terrible, often overpriced, but it is a collection of shops that sell everything from linen to suits to jewels and perfume. if u need something, go and get it.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

If you're shopping for fabric, curtains, suits, etc... Oriental Plaza is the place to do it in. Prices are better than at a mall and the shops usually offer tailoring or sewing services to provide you with whatever you're looking for.

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Sandton, South Africa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

A below average experience where prices are not all that great. Very few shops issue official vat invoices and will be interesting to know if they pay their fair amount of taxes

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Its has everything dishes cloths shoes aquariums appliaces saris you name it and top floor just samoosa the best going for fifteen years kids love it. Would take out and bring home for kids. Safe safe safe

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The Oriental Plaza is a fun place to visit with the family. Provided one can bargain there is great value in Materials, Bedding and Clothing and we have always found the quality to be good. This is a safe venue to visit with secure parking. A real bit of india in Johannesburg.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I have been visiting the Oriental Plaza since it was relocated from the streets of Fordsburg. There was much speculation as to whether it would last the year. 43 years later it is still going strong. It has seen change but in essence it remains the same. It is still the best place for the purchase of fabric in Johannesburg,... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have been to Oriental plaza several times, mostly for buying clothes. There are shops selling utensils, leather goods, cell phones and accessories, toys and upholstery. Many shops sell good quality clothes for reasonable price. Also, I enjoy masala chai, samosa and other Indian snacks available. Worth visiting at least once.

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