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5 Markets To Visit In Durban

5 Markets To Visit In Durban

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
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/iheartmarket/

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.

Bargains for Durban!

Bargains for Durban!

A must for those traveling to Durban and looking for handicrafts. Make sure to bargain, prices will definitely drop. Plenty of stalls from which you can buy and bargain. Prices for handicrafts and souvenirs are cheaper here than Johannesburg. If you are there on a Friday make sure to walk across to the  ramp/bridge where local ladies showcase and sell their handicrafts. Awesome, wonderful and beautiful display of handmade items. A must for the ladies or if you want to gift your lady something unique and special.
Shahin / Suva, Fiji

Photo courtesy of Culture Trip

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A colorful experience

A colorful experience

A colourful experience in the heart of the city. Interesting shops catering for tourists representing the African curiosity (curios, animal skins etc.) Indian spices with a most interesting guide to spices at Madari & Son who we explains which and how spices are mixed for the exotic flavors in a multitude of foreign languages! It is the expression of African experience with an Indian flavour.

-Shabir Rahman

What Makes Warwick Junction Great!

What Makes Warwick Junction Great!

Warwick Junction has become a prime example of collaborative and “people-centered” governance in South Africa.
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Warwick Junction

Since Durban’s launch of the area-based management initiative in 2001, there has been a surge of energy and community activism amongst the area’s informal traders. The “bottom-up momentum”, combined with infrastructure improvements like widened pavements and storage facilities, has translated into bustling markets with a constant flow of commuters shuffling between traders’ stalls. The lively atmosphere of the markets has also led to significant economic development and stability, while also deterring inner-city crime. Although plans to build a shopping mall in Warwick Junction threatened the market in 2009, strong local campaigns continue to fight against such infringements, and the markets continue to be the alternative, inclusive retail model of Durban.

With 38,000 vehicles and 460,000 people passing through daily, Warwick Junction is South Africa’s largest transportation and trading hub. Located on the outskirts of Durban’s inner city, the three different markets operating in the area – the Meat, Early Morning, and Victoria Street Markets occupy a repurposed highway and the land adjacent to Berea Road train station.

Each day, an estimated 8,000 traders come together offering an eclectic range of traditional African herbs and medicine, artisanal goods, and fresh produce. Given Durban’s historic ties with India, there is also a large selection of Indian products at the two-floor complex of the Victoria Street market, such as curry powder, spices, and incense. With its numerous purple minarets, the otherwise modern building resembles a Maharajah’s Palace and it functions as the key landmark of Warwick Junction.

Prior to the 1990s, Warwick Junction suffered due to apartheid government’s disdain for the informal economy. During this time, the market, along with a host of other local institutions, suffered from numerous hygiene and trade legislation. It was not until 1994, following the election of the first South African democratic government, that mandates were put in place to better support informal trade. The markets have since had a positive impact on the area, and on the lives of its many local entrepreneurs.

Image courtesy of The KwaZulu-Natal Institute for Architecture

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