There is very little that beats a sunny day out at a local market. Take a walk around the market browsing home-made food stalls, country produce, hand-made arts and crafts and plenty more. Durban has a great many markets to choose from, and we've got a collection of some of the best in and around the Durban area.
The Litchi Orchard - Umhlali
Located amidst an old litchi orchard is one of Durban's most popular markets offering great food, community, art and culture. With a simple back-to-basics lifestyle, this family run market offers fresh, locally-produced products and it makes a good outing for the whole family.
Visitors can enjoy sitting on the deck looking into the litchi trees while enjoying homemade food and listening to top local live music. There are two main sections in the market: the food and drink area, and the art section where you can browse and buy handmade arts and crafts including top-quality furniture pieces, antiques, fine art, photography, pottery, stoneware, graphic design, jewellery and wood carvings.
The market is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 09:00 to 13:00, and is also open for a night market on the last Friday of every month. For more information call +27 32 5255118.
I ♥ Market - City Centre
The popular I ♥ (Heart) Market takes place on the first Saturday of every month next to the Moses Mabhida Stadium on the Imbizo Lawns. The market offers an ideal platform for local designers and foodies to showcase their goods. For more information you can go to http://iheartmarket.blogspot.com/.
Stables Lifestyle Market - City Centre
With a great central location on Jaco Jackson Drive near Kings Park Rugby Stadium, this popular market consists of over 100 stables selling a variety of goods from arts and crafts to fashion to a range of food outlets. The market takes place three times a week, on a Wednesday and Friday from 18:00 to 22:00 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.
For more information email info(at)stableslifestylemarket.co.za or call 031 312 3058.
Natural & Organic Night Market - Alverstone
On the first Friday of every month you can head down to the Natural and Organic Night Market at the Roseway Waldorf School in Alverstone. Here you can enjoy live music, wood-fired pizzas, vegetable lasagne, Huberto's ice cream, and second hand books and clothing. For more information call 031 768 1309.
The Food Market - Durban North
If you're passionate about home-grown produce and home-made foods and drinks, then this is the perfect market for you. The market was established in 2009 and has a large and dedicated following of Durban foodies. The market takes place at the Hellenic Community Centre on the last Saturday of every month.
For more information call 083 303 2517 or email info(at)thefoodmarket.co.za.
Golden Hours Family Market - Durban North
This rustic market is set under huge mango trees and runs every Sunday from 10:00 to 15:30. The market is a great day out for the whole family with an adventure playground for the kids, plus pets are most welcome. Browse the stalls, enjoy the food, and listen to the live music at this friendly market.
The Play Market - Giba Gorge
Located in the scenic Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, this market is the perfect outing for the whole family. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied with face painting, dress up boxes, and a BMX track for the sporty kids. Kids are encouraged to set up their own stalls and sell their own wares, which is really great. The adults can browse the different stalls at the market with people selling designer kids clothes, decor jewellery, and a variety of toys. The market takes place on the second Sunday of each month.
For more information call 071 307 0823.
The Wonder Market - Umhlanga
Enjoy the best in craft, food, design, and a great location at The Wonder Market in Umhlanga. The market takes place on the last Sunday of each month at the Chris Saunders Park.
For more information go to http://www.wondermarket.co.za/.
Market at the Square - Umhlanga
This open air night market taking place on the last Friday of each month offers a great platform to enjoy some of the best of Durban's local arts and artisan wares. Enjoy delicious home-made food while listening to live entertainment.
For more information email info(at)themarketco.co.za.
Essenwood Market - Berea
Set under a glorious canopy of evergreen trees, the Essenwood Market in Berea offers a great day out. Browse the aisles of stalls with vendors selling a variety of goods including jewellery, arts and crafts, clothing, and curios. The market is wheelchair and pram friendly, and takes place every Saturday from 9:00 to 14:00. For more information call 031 208 1264.
Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market - Shongweni
If you're looking for some country charm, you can head down to the farmer's market at Shongweni. There is plenty to choose from traditional English sausages to handcrafted organic cheeses to rustic French terrines to baklava. The market is open every Saturday from 6:30 to 10:30. For more information call 031 777 4686.
Dargle Valley Market - Midlands
This midlands market focuses on the best of the Dargle Valley, with products on offer ranging from free range duck and hen eggs to home-made preserves. It's an ideal market for people who enjoy honest country produced food. The market takes place on the first Sunday of every month from 9:00 to 11:30. For more information go to http://darglelocalliving.wordpress.com/.
Karkloof Farmer's Market - Midlands
This unique indoor market offers high quality local fruit and vegetables from the Midlands, as well as other home-made foods. The market offers a great day out for the whole family with hearty breakfasts on offer, an indigenous nursery and fun activities for the kids. The market takes place every Saturday morning from 07:00 to 11:00. For more information call 082 851 8649.