The famous Indian Market, on which the current Victoria Street Market sits, started back in 1910. After being destroyed by a fire, it reinvented itself in 1973, and now attracts scores of residents and travelers to its indoor bazaar. Have your own concoction of curry powder prepared at any of the spice stores, browse garment shops, and try on Indian and Zulu jewelry. You’ll find men and women in traditional kurtas and saris speaking Zulu, Hindi and English, selling spices, scarves and other treasures. On the ground floor, you’ll find a food market offering fresh seafood, meat and produce.
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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.
But some of each. We got some great spices and some local crafts. Note that there are two buildings and that the market is busier and more vibrant in the am.
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.
Sights and sounds of the authentic African / Indian Victoria Street Market in the heart of Durban on the East Coast of South Africa.