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
Contact: 082 413 1887
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.
Plan B Essenwood Market
Where: Stephen Dlamini Rd, Berea, Durban, 4001
Contact: 081 370 7577.
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
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
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
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.