The market scene in Durban has taken on a new vibe, energy and look. We love meandering through the new, trendy ones popping up in the most interesting places and rediscovering old favourites!
Here is our list of the must visit markets in Durban:
1. Wonder Market
Going to the Wonder Market is probably one of the best things to do on a Sunday morning. If you’re into all things local, well-crafted and beautiful to look at and wear – then head to the Wonder Market in Umhlanga near Durban!
Wonder Market happens on the 1st Sunday of every month, from 9am to 2pm. It’s held at Chris Saunders Park, 14 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga, near Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
This is become one of the most popular markets in Durban; the artisan goods on sale are unusual, hand-made and good quality; this is where you can find a special present for birthdays, mother’s day or just because you want to spoil someone a bit.
The artisan food ranges from flatbreads, to vegan and hand made ice cream lollies!
2. I Heart Market
The beautiful I Heart Market takes place on the 1st Saturday of every month from 9am to 2pm.
You are guaranteed to find quirky, artistic creations. You will have so many unusual things to choose from. Chefs, crafters, designers and bakers display their goodies on tables and you can stroll around and find something that will suit your taste.
Some of the interesting things you will find at this market in Durban are handmade bags, ornaments, cold meats, cheese, jewellery, healthy muffins, sweet things, crafts, unusual clocks and dvds.
The venue is the grounds outside the Moses Mabhida Stadium, opposite Ninos and along Isaiah Ntshangase Road. You can also have a picnic on the green lawns and enjoy the just bought treats.
3. The Morning Trade Market – 8 Morrison Street
Although it’s very new, everyone is raving about Rivertown and the market at 8 Morrison Street. This trendy, urban regeneration project has sparked the interest of many locals who have been supporting it in the thousands.
The Morning Trade is Durban’s weekly source of farm fresh ingredients and artisan goods.
Join us every Sunday to source your locally-produced fresh and speciality goods, or just to meet friends over delicious artisan food and drink in Rivertown – Durban newest community-orientated Arts & Culture precinct. From 8am – 2pm. Cost: Free
4. Essenwood Market
One of the foremost craft, art, treasures and collectables market takes place every Saturday morning under the trees a stone’s throw away from Musgrave Centre. In-between shopping, there is a comprehensive tea garden with an array of brunch and tea time delights, as well as children’s activities and a playground.
Our favourite is the avocado on seed bread sandwiches. They are a must-try!!
From 9am – 2pm. Cost: Free Entrance
5. Stables Market
We love the look and feel of this Durban gem and you feel like you are strolling down horse stables, with lanes being named after famous race horses.
Situated just off Umgeni Road, The Stables Lifestyle Market offers great bargains, including a fantastic selection of arts & crafts, home decor, antiques, fashion, books, toys and the fresh strawberries and cream are our favourite! You can also enjoy a diverse range of food outlets, as well as live music and entertainment. There is safe ample parking surrounding the market.
Venue: The Stables Lifestyle Market
Dates: PERMANENT EVENT
Times: Wed to Fri 6pm to 10pm, Sun 10am to 5pm