Johannesburg and Cape Town have had their fair share of inner-city development, and now it’s Durban’s turn. Although more relaxed in atmosphere than Joburg and perhaps even Cape Town, Durban tends to err on the conservative side. However, a growing and dynamic group of creatives are experimenting and challenging the norm.
Over the past two years, Durban’s Station Drive has transformed from being a virtually no-go area to a buzzing hive of local creativity frequented by the city’s trendiest residents. The precinct is now populated by a craft brewery, quirky coffee shops, excellent restaurants and eclectic clothing stores. But without a doubt, the biggest hit has been The Morning Trade market, which occurs every Sunday at The Plant, 5 Station Drive.
The brainchild of Anna Savage, who also brought I Heart Market to life, The Morning Trade offers a range of artisanal, fresh and local produce and serves as a vibey space to hang out. Featuring the ‘cream of the crop’ of local producers, from Falafel Fundi to Cake Lab, it’s the perfect place to support local farmers and entrepreneurs, while getting a unique taste of the East Coast. It manages to simultaneously capture the essence of Durban while offering something completely new.
Judging by the throngs descending on The Morning Trade, and the rest of Station Drive – locals and foreigners alike – it looks like Durbs is finally finding its cool, and promises much more to come.