Johannesburg's fast-paced, big-money lifestyle is exemplified by Sandton, the premier financial, retail and business suburb of South Africa's biggest and wealthiest city. Meetings between Sandton's affluent, designer-clothed residents are often conducted in the restaurants and cafes of the massive Sandton City Mall, which also offers excellent options for those in need of some retail therapy.
Easy to access from O R Tambo International Airport, there's plenty of accommodation in the suburb, most of which is in the form of large luxury hotels. Many travellers who require a single night's accommodation in Johannesburg generally stay here.
Fast-paced Sandton also has a buzzing nightlife but in this flat, sprawling suburb you need to plan where you're going, arrange transport and have your wits about you.
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Located in northern Johannesburg, Melrose was until recently a quiet residential suburb but it has since developed into an upmarket destination with an expanding commercial sector.
Its peaceful, tree-lined streets are home to several excellent coffee shops and restaurants and its central location makes it easy to access nearby attractions: the Wanders Cricket Ground is just a few blocks away while virtually next door are Rosebank's shopping centres and vibrant markets.
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