Planning a visit to Durban soon? Want to rub shoulders with the locals whilst snacking on some finely crafted pastries, cakes and artisan breads or ambling among farm stalls packed with home-made crafts of all kinds? Then a visit any one of these top 4 markets hosted by this friendly city is an absolute must!
The Litchi Orchard – Ballito
This market offers the best of both worlds in terms of market meandering: Good food and drink, and an excellent selection of arts, homemade knick-knacks and antiques. Throw in some live music and a lovely outdoor environment set within a well-maintained litchi orchard, and this market is the epitome of a well-spent Saturday morning.
When: Every second Saturday of the month: 9am – 2pm.
The I Heart Market – Moses Mabhida Stadium
This comprehensive market is laid out on the Imbizo Lawns beside the impressive landmark that is Moses Mabhida stadium, offering you a stunning view of this architectural wonder. With a huge selection of many delectable treats, all locally made, and a wide range of interesting stalls offering goods such as vintage clothing, hand-made leather bags and accessories, beautiful jewellery and more, this market is the embodiment of Durban’s laid-back, yet vibrant lifestyle.
When: The first Saturday of every month: 9am – 2pm.
Shongweni Farmers’ Market
Just a 30-minute drive inland from Durban, the Shongweni Market is for the early birds, and is the quintessential farmers’ market experience. Here you will find locals strolling around with dogs and puppies or sharing a cup of coffee and a plate of eggy goodness at the hay bale seating area. The hands-on vendors at this market are very proud of their wares and will happily talk you through their production processes. Foodies will relish a morning spent gorging on everything from traditional English sausages to decadent baked goods, handcrafted organic cheeses, breads and rustic French staples like terrines and rillettes.
When: Every Saturday morning: 6.30 – 10.30am
The Morning Trade Market
This funky market is found in the centre of Durban at the Station Drive Precinct, Berea – known as Durban’s premier arts and culture district. Shop for farm-fresh ingredients and artisan pastries and breads made by enthusiastic local vendors of all ages. You will also find an excellent selection of top-quality meats and a colourful assortment of fresh cut flowers, while you mingle with some of Durban’s coolest cats.
When: Every Sunday: 8am – 1pm.