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5 markets to visit in Durban

The iconic Victoria Market caters for both young and old. Picture: Durban Tourism.

The iconic Victoria Market caters for both young and old. Picture: Durban Tourism.

Published Dec 18, 2017


Durban is filled with some of the most stunning markets to visit for the festive season. These are our top picks: 

Morning Trade Market

Address: 5 Station Drive (The Plant), Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

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Contact:  082 413 1887

Morning Trade Market. Picture: Facebook.

The Morning Trade is Durban's weekly source of farm fresh ingredients and artisan goods, situated at 5 Station Drive, The Plant. This market is a foodie treat, offering fresh produce, eateries and music. Anna Savage, former-chef, restaurateur and founder of Durban's award-winning 'I Heart Market', is the brains behind the market, creating a weekly market platform for local farmers, artisan producers and organic merchants to share their wares with Durban’s public.

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Plan B Essenwood Market

Where: Stephen Dlamini Rd, Berea, Durban, 4001

Contact: 081 370 7577.

Plan B Essenwood Market offers some great children's games. Picture: Plan B Essenwood Market.

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There is so much to see and do at Plan B Essenwood market. Opened every Saturday, from 9am to 12pm, the market offers fun for both young and old. Expect to see enjoy an assortment of good food, vast children activities and handmade items made by the locals.

Victoria Street Market

Where: 151/155 Bertha Mkhize St, Durban Central, Durban, 4037

Contact: 031 306-4021

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The iconic Victoria Market caters for both young and old. Picture: Durban Tourism.

This market transports you into another world, and a favourite among tourists. Mixing Indian and African elements, visitors can wander through over 150 stalls to stock up on fresh fish, spices and food. This historical market is close to some of Durban’s gems like Grey Street Mosque and the Durban ICC.

I Heart market

Where: Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, 4000


Enjoy some of the best stalls at the I Heart Market. Picture: Facebook.

I Heart Market provides a platform for local design, craft, fashion and food. The event takes place on the lawns of the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, where people meet to enjoy entertainment, food and crafts. The market happens on the first Saturday of the month, from 9am to 2pm. Expect fashion, jewellery, home décor, kiddies wear, plants, natural skin care, deli goods, accessories, vintage collectibles, art, ceramics and delicious foods. The I Heart Market North takes place at Blythedale Beach on 30 December 30, from 9am to 2pm.

Shongweni farmers and craft market

Where:  Lot 457 Mr 551 Rd, Shongweni Resource Reserve, Shongweni, 3650

Contact:  031 777 4686

The market in Shongweni offers stunning views. Picture: Facebook.

From humble beginnings to one of Durban’s most visited market. The Shongweni Farmers Market started with just 12 stalls in 1998. Today, they host 150 stalls, that boasts  milk, cheese, vegetables, homemade cakes and pies. Founded by a family of avid dog lovers, the market welcomes dogs. There are also kiddie play areas. Visit the market for their Christmas extravaganza on December 23 and 30, from 6.30am to 1pm.

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