Here’s our list of some of the best markets to find in Durban and its surrounding areas. We’ll be updating whenever a new market comes our way, so make sure you bookmark this page to stay in the know. Want to see where you can find other amazing markets across South Africa? Go to our online market directory. SHONGWENI FARMERS’ AND CRAFT MARKET Text Glynis Horning Photographs Jethro Snyders Corner Alverstone Rd and Kassier Rd, Shongweni, Assegay, shongwenimarket.co.za WHAT: It’s a case of the early bird catching the warm bread at the Shongweni Farmers’ and Craft Market in Assegay outside Durban. The fresh produce and craft market is held every Saturday from 6am to 10.30am, with a special Christmas market on 16 December from 9am to 4pm. It was started in 1998 and today has more than 200 stallholders. It’s the perfect place to kick-start your weekend, meet friends and enjoy a family jaunt in the great outdoors. WHO: Visitors from across the country and abroad in search of local treats and crafts, and wellie-wearing Highway area locals, who stock up here weekly on fresh produce or make the trip solely for the speciality market breakfasts – egg-and-bacon rolls, or rösti with a poached egg, baby tomatoes, bacon (spinach for vegetarians) and Hollandaise. WHAT TO EXPECT: Fresh produce, much of it organic, from cheeses to dressed duck and rabbit, and rustic dishes such as stoneground flour breads, pies, Christmas puds, falafels, vetkoek and genuine haggis sold by a thickly burred Scot. Also arts, crafts, antiques, jewellery, toys, furniture, a smattering of fashion and those bang-up breakfasts, which you can savour at tables in the marquee or take to your picnic blanket. X-FACTOR: The lush country setting, with colourful stalls and marquees in a tree fringed field, and the crowd — a cheery bunch, many walking friendly dogs that sport designer doggie jackets on misty mornings. This article originally featured in the November 2012 issue of House and Leisure. WONDER MARKET Text Candice Botha Umhlanga’s Upmarket Market, Park Avenue, Chris Saunders Park (opposite WaveHouse Gateway), Umhlanga, 079-747-7661, wondermarket.co.za WHAT: Held at Chris Saunders Park near Gateway on the first Sunday of every month, the Wonder Market promises ‘food, craft and treasure’ and certainly delivers with stalls selling fresh local produce, hand-crafted jewellery, homeware and clothing and vintage finds to delight all. Each month a charity stall is invited to join the market. Other regular stalls include Starbright Girl’s unique jewellery designs, beautiful bunches of flowers from Elizabeth’s Florist and a feast of flavour from the food stalls like Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge and Mamma Luciana’s Deli. The park makes for an extremely pleasant setting with trees and beautiful flower beds adding to the colours and scents of the stalls. The perfect place to treat yourself to a Sunday lunch of delicious local produce. THE I HEART MARKET The Imbizo lawns, Moses Mabhida Stadium iheartmarket.blogspot.com Text Glynis Horing Photographs Kathy Esterhuysen, Caelin Roodt WHAT Lovingly curated by former restauranteur and club owner Anna Savage, the I Heart Market first began beating six years ago as just 12 stalls outside St Mary’s Church Hall in Greyville. Today it’s grown to some 150 stalls selling hand-crafted, locally-designed goodies on the first Saturday of each month outside the city’s iconic stadium. WHERE The Imbizo lawns, Moses Mabhida Stadium, 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road, 078 989 4432, firstname.lastname@example.org, iheartmarket.blogspot.com/ WHO Drawn by the grassy setting and shady trees, families relax here for picnics on their way to or from the nearby beach, or on windy days, the People’s Park with kiddies’ playground behind the stadium. A sporty set swings by on skateboards or cycles (or hire these from the stadium), and holidaymakers and local hipsters meet friends to shop for hot accessories and post selfies with the Moses arch soaring behind them. WHAT TO EXPECT Quality locally made and produced fashions, furnishings and crafts, plus repurposed, up-cycled pieces, including ceramics and jewellery, and great food –succulent pork rolls to fabulous cakes, fresh lemonade and coffee. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT a chunky silver or bronze Nugget ring by Durban jeweller Nicky Savage; a whimsical sketch by artist Andrew Roberts, inspired by drawings he does for his daughter; one of Carla de Cruz’ hand-painted Token ceramic mugs or broaches; a vintage pin-up girl ashtray from Kirsty Machen of Mint; an up-cycled outfit from Ndumi Matiwane of Mindovermatter; a Fifties-inspired full belted skirt in Nigerian print and matching clutch bag by Zamo Nsele of Extreem Glamour; a trendy hand-made bowtie and printed men’s shirt from His Apparel; a succulent in a striking glass box from Glass Gardens; a Clothpot plantholder made of long-lasting geotextile fabric for drainage, aeration and better plant health; an outsized white protea from Love Laugh; a sweet potato, salad and seed vegan wrap, or raw cacao balls filled with almonds, cranberries and peanut butter, from Out to Lunch; rooibos spiced chai or hand-blended loose-leaf tea and herbal infusions from Lady Bonin; and a cake, any cake, by local baking doyenne Margaret Wasserfell. X FACTOR That stunning stadium setting, and Anna’s careful curatorship, with an eye on trend and uncompromising quality – you’ll find no mass-produced commercial kitsch here. This article originally featured in the December 2014 issue of House and Leisure. THE LITCHI ORCHARD Seaforth Ave, just off the N2 at Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal litchiorchard.co.za Text Glynis Horing Photographs Supplied
WHAT? Expect farm-fresh produce, local crafts, live music and family fun in an old litchi orchard only 30 minutes from Durban. The Eb family held its first morning market five years ago and today, apart from dozens of stalls, visitors can browse the on-site Driefontein Garden Centre, Lemon Canary Cake Bakery & Design, Beanstruk Boutique Coffee Roastery, and the laid-back Monkey Country Pub.
The pub comes alive at a monthly Night Market where the focus is food and live music. The Morning Market is the second Saturday of each month, 9am to 2pm; the Night Market, the last Friday, 5pm to 10pm (entry R20).
WHO? Farmers and local residents, many of them Joburgers spending weekends at their North Coast holiday homes, frequent the market. Durbanites make it a morning outing, and holiday-makers drift in from surrounding hotels, the country attractions a welcome contrast to the beaches, especially when the wind blows.
WHAT TO EXPECT? It’s divided into two sections – the food market and the art market. Expect tasty seasonal dishes, pestos and ice cream, and Arabica coffee. A focus is local food that is sustainably produced. Quality arts and crafts are also on offer, from jewellery, fashion and furniture to antiques, carvings, pottery, paintings, photographs and fabulous flowers. Make sure to watch for the resident mongooses in the orchard!
DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT… sampling the Krisp stall’s prawn and pistachio rissoles or Hannes Poppmeier’s Deli News home-made pies, and grabbing a bag of Martin van der Merwe’s doughnuts and baguettes; a box of seasonal organic vegetables from Home Grown; a bottle of rose and raspberry or pomegranate Persian-influenced cordial from Kuhestan, made from traditional recipes with organic produce; handcrafted leather leaf earrings or a feather pendant from mother and daughter team Adre and Danielle de Lange of Soho Boho; cheeky lace shorts by Style Design College grad Keryn Hodgkinson of Indigo Clothing; proteas from Cindy Rynhoud of Love Laugh; and in December and January, juicy litchis, which are picked, sorted and packed on the farm.
X-FACTOR… The farm setting, where families spread blankets under the litchi trees or on the lawn in front of a new stage, vibing to local music and picnicking on local fare.
This article originally featured in the March 2015 issue of House and Leisure.
Want to see where you can find other amazing markets across South Africa? Go to our online market directory.