The Melville area, west of Johannesburg, is a fabulously eclectic suburb and presents an energy celebrated by many Joburger's and travellers. It has an abundance of interesting shops, characteristic architecture and friendly people. The diverse nature of Melville presents itself in the people as well as in the many quirky shops, bistros, restaurants and clubs. Melville affords its visitors with the artistic temperament of Johannesburg, a side not often seen by those restricted to the northern suburbs close to Sandton.
This colourful neighbourhood offers a great variety of shopping malls and unique destination boutiques, restaurants, and music bars. If you're wanting to keep up with what's trending then Melville is the place to visit. 7th avenue, safe walking distance from Melville Manor, is a vibrant street lined with stores and restaurants.
At the foot of this suburb, you'll find the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve which is a Johannesburg Heritage Site. It is open daily for walks and exploration of the Stone Age and Iron Age archeological sites. The Koppies has retained its indigenous vegetation of Highveld grasses and fauna.
It is also very close to Johannesburg CBD where you'll find more of the multicultural characteristics Melville is recognised for.
Where to eat, what to do and where to go in Melville
7th Street, Melville
7th Street is a bustling, vibrant restaurant strip full of 2nd hand stores, cafes, clothes boutiques, restaurants and gift shops. Whether you're shopping by day or night-crawling by night, there's plenty to do. The many cafe's and bistros offer a variety of food and drinks while the clubs and pubs deliver wonderful, friendly experiences.
27 Boxes - a unique shopping experience.
The 27 Boxes is a shopping space, created out of recycled shipping containers. It is bold, brilliant and exudes uniqueness. It has a huge array of great shops, from jewellery design, crafts, fashion, food and its even has an amphitheater for performances and live music events.
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 9am to 5pm
Sundays: 10am to 4pm
Public Holidays: 9am to 2pm (except Easter, Christmas and New Year)
Opening outside these hours and on Mondays are up to each store.
The Bamboo Centre, Melville
The Bamboo Centre is about 1km away from Melville Manor, in walking distance. It is contemporary shopping at its best. From antique & retro furniture, an independent book store - Love Books, Black Coffee fashion designers, Suprella - the brilliant eclectic clothes designer, a hair salon and The Service Station - a wonderful restaurant with delicious food. There is also an Art Space which is hosts exhibitions continuously.
The Melville Koppies Nature Reserve which is a Johannesburg Heritage Site is open daily for walks and exploration of the Stone Age and Iron Age archeological sites. The Koppies has retained its indigenous vegetation of Highveld grasses and fauna - a little piece of Africa right in the middle of Johannesburg.
Essential Amenities in Melville
Melville has all the necessary essentials for your convenience.
Cell phone Sim Cards
At Campus Square there is a Vodacom shop to help you obtain a local SIM card should you want. You will need proof of address, either your home or your guest house's. Should you require one from Melville Manor please do not hesitate to email or ask us.
Pharmacy & Doctors
There are 3 pharmacies near by. The closest is on 7th street. Mays Chemist is on Main road and probably the best stocked. There are also Doctors Rooms near Mays Pharmacy should you need to visit a doctor.
Doctors Rooms telephone number: 011 482 2291
PNA (for very good MAP BOOKS for your road trip)
PNA is a stationery shop. It is in Campus Square shopping Mall about 1.5km from Melville Manor Guest House.
Loved staying at this guesthouse. It's a quiet and small place in the lush area of Melville, close to many nice restaurants and bars. The staff was very helpful and nice, which adds to the cosy atmosphere here.
Anna and her team have the welcome and workings of this guest house down to a fine art, all accomplished with a minimum of fuss and a very hospitable, friendly manner. Roomy accommodation, delightful gardens and a generous breakfast are the highlights - all within easy walking distance to Melville's cafes, bars and bookshop.
Really nice house in the middle of Melville. A lot of shops and restaurants are nearby. Clean rooms and friendly staff make you feel welcome. Liked the garden with pool and the breakfast in the morning.Thanks Anna! Next time I'm in Joburg I'll come definately back to Melville Manor.
I've stayed at Melville Manor several times and it is always a pleasant, friendly experience. The rooms are nicely appointed and very reasonable (especially if you're willing to share a bathroom), the staff is excellent - Anna and Caroline took fantastic care of me this visit - and the breakfast is delicious; it can be as elaborate or simple as you like. In addition, it's less than a block... Read More