27 Boxes is a shopping centre in the trendy suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. What makes it unique is that it is made entirely of shipping containers - a first in South Africa. It was inspired by the Boxpark in London and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris .
For those of you wondering where the name came from - like me, it is called " 27 Boxes ", because each container is 27 square meters.
The containers are occupied by chic boutique style retail stores and trendy eateries that made my mouth water. I expected them to be dark and dingy but found them to be bright and colourful instead.
There are 102 stores.
Although I popped in for a quick look and didn't have much time to shop, I was dragged into the bookshop by my bookworm daughter, in between snapping photos on my phone. Of course, she couldn't walk out empty-handed.
The complex also encompasses an amphitheatre which will be used for live concerts and a play area for children.
There is ample parking available. For more information, go to 27 Boxes.
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