Top 7 Biggest Shopping Malls in Africa in 2020

Malls have become convenient hubs for local and international buyers. Want to buy clothes while stopping by for a nice coffee date with your friends? A mall has already got you in mind. Some malls sell themselves to be the biggest of them all but which are the biggest in the continent of Africa?

7. Two Rivers Mall

  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Area: 65,000 square meters

Two Rivers Mall is currently the largest mall in Kenya and East Africa. It is partly owned by Centum investments, a company owned by Kenyan Billionaire Chris Kirubi. The mall hosts over 150 international and local retailers that include Turkish Clothing Line LC Waikiki, Nike, and jewellers Swarovski and Anmol.

6. Sandton City

  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Area: 128,000 square meters

If you think Two Rivers mall is big, Sandton mall’s is double the size. Located in Johannesburg, South Africa, it was founded by the property development company Rapp and Maister.

Here, you will find around 300 stores which include international chains and market leaders such as Loius Vuitton and Apple. There are also 11 movie theatres showing the latest films.

5. Mall of Africa

  • Location: Midrand, South Africa
  • Area: 131,000 square meters

This mall boasts to be South Africa’s largest shopping mall ever built in a single phase. That, however, doesn’t change the fact that it isn’t the largest mall in the country.

Located in Waterfall City, the Mall of Africa has an elegant design, which enhances its surrounding environment. The mall, owned by the Atterbury Property group, is home to over 300 shops, many of which are flagship stores.

4. Canal Walk

  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Area: 141,000 square meters

Canal Walk opened in 2000, making it one of the oldest malls in the list, and was literally built around a canal.

It is home to around 400 stores which contain local and international brands such as Hugo Boss, Fossil, Nike and The Body Shop. There are also 19 restaurants, 16 fast food stores and 6 coffee shops.

3. Cairo Festival City

  • Location: New Cairo, Egypt
  • Area: 160,000 square meters

The mall was built by a joint venture of Al-Futtaim, and Carillion and Orascom Construction Industries and was opened in 2013.

It includes a village area, with around 35 restaurants surrounding a water fountain and an amphitheatre. It also features a comprehensive retail mix of over 310 shops and services.

2. Gateway Theatre of Shopping

  • Location: Durban, South Africa
  • Area: 220,000 square meters

To put it in simple words, it is huge. It has 18 movie theatres, more than 90 restaurants, more than 350 stores, an arcade and theme park, indoor funfair, a 4000 square meter skate park (designed by Tony Hawk), 3 Flow Riders, a gym, the highest fountain in Africa, a tenpin bowling alley, valet parking and a science theme park.

But, it is not the biggest mall.

1. Mall of Arabia

  • Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Area: 267,000 square meters

While Gateway has around 400 stalls, Mall of Arabia has 900 outlets for fine dining and entertainment, a dancing fountain, parking space for 9000 cars and has a total of 12 entrances. It is owned by a Saudi Organization called Fawaz Al Hokair

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