If you’re looking for African stuff including beads, handcraft and African prints, the Victoria Street Market in Durban is the place to visit!
We were informed that the Chief of Police did not recommend cruise passenger to visit the downtown Durban (unless on an organised excursion). After our visit to the Botanic Gardens yesterday via the excellent People Mover buses We were confident to visit here on our own. This is a market for local people although there are plenty of stalls selling souvenirs. At no time did we feel uncomfortable or intimidated and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.The Great Market! Loved the spice shops and very nice African bead and basket shops. Very interesting, especially pleased to see locals shopping there! Recommend you taxi there.
The Great Market! Loved the spice shops and very nice African bead and basket shops. Very interesting, especially pleased to see locals shopping there! Recommend you taxi there.
Durban has its own Indian district. Sadly they don’t have a catchy name like Chinatown, but they do have Victoria Street Market. Kurtas, saris, incense, other fabrics, spices and pretty much anything appropriately Indian is available here. The place is a thrill for the senses, with over a hundred and fifty stalls filling the air with sharp, spicy scents. Apart from spices, there’s a market for seafood, meat, fruits and vegetables. And naturally, the Indian atmosphere wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t get a chance to bargain so go ahead and test your negotiation skills against the vendors. The atmosphere here is heady with exotic energy. Close by, you’ll find the Grey Market, which has more Indian shops and architecture. Make sure you tuck into an Atom Bomb curry.
In this episode of ‘Bakkie Stories’ road-trip through South Africa, we step into another world and get spicy visiting Durban’s buzzing Victoria Markets.
The 100 year old markets are famed for their East meets West produce, with stalls laden with perfectly formed pyramids of jewel coloured spices. Watch Maya, Alice and Saunders as they explore the market, filled with aromas of spices and incense. Plus see what they think of the traditional Durban dish, ‘Bunny Chow’, a hollowed out bread roll filled with fragrant and spicy curry. Tasty!
The Adventures of Ben
Durban’s Victoria Street Market is a great place to visit, there’s lots of things to look at. I enjoyed pancakes for lunch there and bought a Zulu cultural outfit with shoes made from car tyres! Whatever you do guys, do not get spice in your eyes, that was not cool! This was a crazy day that I tell everyone about often. You should check it out.
***Not recommended to visit the muti market on your own, chat to Chris or Norma at www.blue-dolphin-ts.co.za and they can arrange a visit for you. They know a whole bunch of cool places in Durban and surrounds
*** Victoria Street Market has underground parking or catch an Uber to the front entrance.