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. IRENE VILLAGE MARKET Text Katharyn Williams-Jaftha Photographs Sabie Botha WHAT: Irene Village Market, sprawling among the rows of giant trees on the serene and shaded grounds of the Smuts House Museum, has been a regular weekend destination for hundreds of loyal marketgoers since 1989. Just 40 kilometres outside Jozi, it has over 300 stalls selling everything from fresh flowers and food to fashion, art and antiques. It’s open from 9am to 2pm on the second and last Saturday of every month. WHO: Expect a mixed crowd of young and old, mainly from the surrounding areas of Centurion, Irene and Pretoria. Families with their enthusiastic dogs, and young couples with bouncing toddlers spend hours exploring every exciting nook and cranny of the market. WHAT TO EXPECT: From the minute you walk through the gates, you’ll be spoilt for choice – there’s so much to eat, drink and buy. The food court has dozens of vendors who will have been cooking up a storm since they arrived on site at 6am. Treat yourself to delicious vetkoek, rusks and coffee, breakfast wraps, baked roosterkoek (filled with bacon and egg or biltong and cheese), as well as a handful of Asian delights, gourmet boerewors rolls and even fry-ups (yep, we witnessed people eating fried fish and chips at 9am). The market also boasts a fascinating antiques wing, an arts and crafts corner and a few clothing stalls. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT… trying the Mzansi burger or Thai chicken slider from the 5 Star Street Chef food truck. Pair either of these with a cold craft beer and end off with a decadent waffle on a stick (smothered in divine Belgian chocolate) from The Pink Waffle Cabin. Yum. X-FACTOR: Besides the great food and live entertainment, we love the fact that you’re able to buy everyday goods such as freshly baked bread, pâté, home-made cheese, organic eggs, and an array of spices, potted herbs and fresh flowers. Irene Village Market is located at Smuts House Museum, Jan Smuts Avenue, Irene, 012-667-1659, irenemarket.co.za This article was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of House and Leisure. BOEREMARK Text Roberta Coci Styling Heather Boting Photographs Thys Dullaart Pretoria Boeremark, Pioneer Park Museum, cnr Pretoria St/R104 and Van Wyk St, Pioneer Park, Silverton, pretoriaboeremark.co.za WHAT: One of the country’s first authentic farmers’ markets, the Pretoria Boeremark was founded 20 years ago to ‘shorten the supply chain’ and ‘establish a venue where the public could buy fresh produce at a better price’. Today the Boeremark runs every Saturday morning from 5.30–9.30am at the Pioneer Museum in Silverton, and the rustic setting and cheerful atmosphere make it the perfect way to kick off the weekend. ‘The terrain, with its old homestead, duck pond, large trees, and ducks, geese and turkeys roaming around, makes it an exciting place to be,’ says co organiser Ute van Wyk. The Pretoria Boeremark boasts a host of stalls, all selling farm produce, food or handmade items, and is renowned for its traditional South African foods such as melkkos, pap and kaings, vetkoek and koeksisters. WHO: ‘Ordinary people of all ages shop at our market,’ says Ute. ‘We don’t have a fancy market but we do have a market with an atmosphere fit for a king!’ In keeping with the original concept, its profits go back into the agricultural industry, making it a favourite among stall owners. ‘Because we’ve been in business for so long we have very loyal stall owners – people who have been selling with us for up to 18 years – and visitors are always treated to their old favourites,’ says Ute. WHAT TO EXPECT: This is a real community affair so don’t be surprised to see stall owners giving visitors a big old hug and people catching up for ages over a cup of steaming coffee. As you enter you can rent a cart for R8 to carry your wares or drag the kids around. Even though the market starts at the crack of dawn, people are already lining up at 5.30am to get the best produce on a first-come, first-served basis, and be warned that by 9am there’s scarcely a crumb left for sale. X-FACTOR: A truly authentic South African experience that gets you up and about early on a Saturday morning. This article originally featured in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of House and Leisure. HAZEL FOOD MARKET Text Lisa Wallace Photographs Graeme Wyllie Hazel Food Market, Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria, hazelfoodmarket.co.za WHAT: On approach, Hazel Food Market doesn’t look like much, but within its tented make-up is a market fresh with life – mom, dad and the kids walking their dogs and friends chatting over a shared flatbread. Open every Saturday from 8am to 2pm in Menlo Park, Pretoria, the market is a fanfare of food stalls all passionately catering to visitors. WHO: Family-friendly and with a gathering of Pretoria residents well acquainted with the vendors, the market hosts a mix of people, young and old. With Afrikaans being the main language spoken and a laid-back atmosphere, it feels like an escape from the city into farmland. A jungle gym offers a play area for children, while friends group together under the trees. Dogs on leashes are welcome. WHAT TO EXPECT: The choice of South African and international cuisine is sure to offer something for every taste. With ample shaded seating and a plethora of home made jam, tapenade, cheese, spices and freshly baked bread, you can stock up your pantry, buy fresh fruit and veggies, and also cure the hunger pangs right then and there with a lamb pita or Balkan burger (and koeksister for dessert). The vibe is relaxed, friendly and down-to-earth. X-FACTOR: Unlike some of the more contemporary and hipster-intensive markets in Joburg and Cape Town, the Hazel Food Market is refreshing. Don’t expect to find alcohol or the usual craft beer stand, as there is no bar. It’s a folksy farmland fair catering for visitors and Pretoria locals. This article originally featured in the March 2013 issue of House and Leisure. THE MARKET AT THE SHEDS 146 Minnaar Street, Pretoria marketatthesheds.co.za Text Mila Crewe-Brown Photographs Sabie Botha WHAT? One of the latest in a string to form part of Gauteng’s burgeoning market scene, Pretoria based Market @ The Sheds hums. Held on the last Saturday of each month from 9am to 4pm the city’s cool kids descend on this shifting venue with stall holders offering up freshly prepared food, drink, beautiful crafts, clothing, art and design. Brought to you by the keen advocates of rejuventaion Capital Collective, it’s no surprise that the market stands for innercity revival and the public seem to be lapping it up. WHO? You can expect the ubiquitous and design hungry hipster types, as well as a few young families seeking somewhere fresh and exciting to grab a meal, hang out and shop. Think of Cape Town’s Biscuit Mill and you’ll have an idea of the crowd. WHAT TO EXPECT? Pulling in talent from Pretoria and surrounds you’ll be offered a curated selection of wares from local producers be they artists, fashion designers or jewelers. If you’re parched you’ll be spoiled for choice with craft beer, wine, cocktails, Brew coffee served straight out of their truck and juices on offer from Colour Me Healthy. Foodies can expect a varied selection from Asian and Greek to proudly South African staples like biltong and roosterkoek. With a stage for live music, plenty wooden tables and benches to perch on plus a lineup of musicians that changes monthly the market becomes a really lively place to be come midday. DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT…Trying one of the sweet or savoury gourmet jaffles (with fillings like bobotie or smoked chicken) from Aard Ateljee Deli. The fudge (and other irrresistable sweet delights) on offer at Black Salt is also a must try; with flavour combinations like rooibos and Amarula or white chocolate, grapefruit and Campari you’re wasting your time even trying to resist. Add to that a piece of Cleilap’s intrictaley detailed ceramics and you wont go wrong. THE X FACTOR The fact that Market @ The Sheds is a roving market sets it apart from all the rest and keeps it dynamic. It also means they’ll be showcasing more of the captial city’s hottest venues, popping up at a new location every month. This article originally featured in the July 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.