From artisanal food and children’s activities to crafts, more families are trading their TV binges for an evening of food and entertainment.
The night-market scene is popular for its live music, artisanal food and craft items from small business owners.
Gone are the days when night markets were just about shopping. Organisers have also focused on entertainment and family activities.
uMhlanga Night Market:
uMhlanga Night Market was founded in October by Bronwyn Roos and her boyfriend Devon Ueckermann. The market takes place on the second Friday of the month from 5pm to 10pm.
Guests can spend hours exploring the food and drink stands or browse through the number of clothing and craft stores. There are plenty of activities for the children. They can enjoy target shooting, jumping castles and face painting. Slides will be available during the summer months from 5pm-8pm, at a cost of R50 for unlimited use.
Look out for their one-year birthday celebration on November 9.
Located at the Wavepark in Gateway, on 1 Palm Boulevard. Call 0618203518.
The Rooftop Night Market, Musgrave:
Rooftop Night Market has grown tremendously since their inception in 2015. The market was started to promote local businesses and products. Today, there are more than 40 stall holders and over 2000 people in attendance.
The market takes place every first Friday of the month, from 5pm to 9.30pm. Make sure you visit the liquid nitrogen ice-cream at 312 Below Zero and try the home-made bath salts and face masks at Raw Earth.
Located at Musgrave Centre, situated at 115 Musgrave Road. Call 0312778420.
Orchard Nights, Ballito:
Orchard Night is a rare treat for market goers. The market, which takes place every season, has become a favourite for locals and visitors. Orchard Nights is a celebration of good food and craft, and takes place from 5pm to 9pm. Expect to see pottery, clothing, jewellery and fresh produce.
The next market will take place on December 21. Entry fees from R35 to R40. Children under 12 enter for free.
Located at Seaforth Avenue, Salt Rock in Umhlali. Call 0325255118 or visit www.litchiorchard.co.za
The Westville Night Market, Westville:
The Westville Night Market takes place on the last Friday of every month. The market has incorporated a range of activities for families. At the kid’s play area, youngsters can enjoy interactive activities like sand art and cupcake decorating. Moms can go for a head, neck and shoulder massage at the new mom’s parlour.
There will soon be a dad’s parlour where they can get a shave or haircut. Foodies can tuck into olives and cheese, craft beer and home-made lemonade. There is also a gin cocktail bar, pizzas and artisanal bread on offer. Guests can also enjoy folk music between the food and shopping experience.
Located at the Westville Mall. Contact 0726341915.