Melville, Gauteng

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Melville, Johannesburg
Melville, Johannesburg
Melville is located in Gauteng
Melville is located in South Africa
Melville is located in Africa
 Melville shown within Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°10′33″S 28°0′32″E / 26.17583°S 28.00889°E / -26.17583; 28.00889Coordinates: 26°10′33″S 28°0′32″E / 26.17583°S 28.00889°E / -26.17583; 28.00889
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Johannesburg
Main Place Johannesburg
 • Total 1.72 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,355
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 33.4%
 • Coloured 3.2%
 • Indian/Asian 5.2%
 • White 55.6%
 • Other 2.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 50.4%
 • Afrikaans 22.7%
 • Zulu 6.4%
 • Tswana 4.5%
 • Other 15.9%
Postal code (street) 2092
PO box 2109

Melville is a bohemian suburb of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. It is the location of many restaurants and bars, which are mostly frequented by students from the nearby University of Johannesburg, located in Auckland Park, and the University of the Witwatersrand, located in Braamfontein. It is also one of the City most popular tourist destinations

The suburb was proclaimed on 5 October 1896, and is named after the land surveyor, Edward Harker Vincent Melvill. In the public sale notice, the suburb was described as a "picturesque and healthy spot in the vicinity of Johannesburg with a magnificent view of the wooded country to the north with the blue Pretoria ranges stretching like lines of steel against the horizon".

The area, along with Parkhurst and Greensideiand Emmerentia s one of the few areas of the Northern Suburbs to have cafes, restaurants and shops lining the streets rather than in enclosed shopping centres. The majority of the restaurants are located along 7th Street, although there are a few new restaurants and nightclubs on Main Street, as well as a Spar grocery store. There are over 30 guest houses in the vicinity, and Melville is a popular stopover in Johannesburg for tourists. On 7th Street, there are numerous restaurants, bars and a tattoo studio; the Street is a popular hang-out for the cosmopolitan crowd.

The popular soap opera, 7de Laan, used views of 7th Street, Melville in its opening visuals.

Melville is also well known for the Melville Koppies (an archeological site, with rolling hills of grassland with views over the city), and is near the historic suburb of Sophiatown.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Melville". Census 2011. 

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