The market was started in the 1980s to replaced the 1910 Indian marketplace that was destroyed in a fire in 1978. It was opened by Dr Anton Rupert on 24 July 1990, and is one of Durban’s most recognizable pieces of architecture with 11 colourful domes modelled on Indian construction. This is hardly surprising when you consider Durban has the highest Indian population outside of India.
This market is highly recommended for those hoping to experience Durban’s rich Afro-Oriental culture, and with more than 170 stalls, there’s definitely something for everyone! Its the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs for home…
Venture down to the Victoria Street Market on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets in Durban Central and step into a sensory Afro-Indian world. Here the smell of incense and spices pervades the atmosphere where over 180 traders sell their produce. You will find all manner of delightful food and spices including a fish market.
Durban’s Indian community is the largest outside of India and has influenced the character of the city immensely. Operating since 1870, Victoria Street Market still offers a dizzying whirl of colour, aromas, vibrant fabrics and the cheerful noise of bartering. Shoppers can purchase silk saris, scarves, jewellery, woven baskets, beaded and carved curios, Asian ceramics and even cheap Chinese products.
Further down is the clothing mecca of Grey Street (Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street), where you will find typical Indian architecture, narrow lanes, colonnades over pavements and an array of fabric shops.