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.
Lavanya Sunkara / Forbes
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.
I am a collector of South African tribal crafts. The Victoria Street Market is the best market for a wide variety of non-touristy products is this market. Prices vary so be prepared to bargain. It’s in town so consider taking an Uber.
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.