Contrary to popular belief, there’s actually a lot to do in Durban. The mere fact that more than 3 million people call this city home should have you asking “Why are they all staying here and not moving to Cape Town or Johannesburg?”. Today’s post featuring 3 Durban markets you should check out should shed a little light on an answer to this question.
Essenwood Craft Market: This market is Durban’s foremost craft, art, treasures and collectibles market. The Essenwood Craft Market takes place every Saturday under the trees near Musgrave Centre from 9 AM to 2 PM. Visitors are invited to browse around the stalls selling clothing, jewellery, bath and beauty products, tasty foods, plants and herbs and other household goods.
There’s also a tea garden with a wide selection of brunch and tea time delights, a playground for the kids and buskers entertaining visitors with live music. The Essenwood Craft market is truly focused on the whole family. The paved market area is also pram and wheelchair friendly. Ample parking is available on Essenwood, St Thomas, Berea Park and Sydenham Roads and car guards are on site. For more information check out the Essenwood Craft Market website.
Stables Lifestyle Market: This true Durban Icon has been around for many years. The market is located in Jaco Jackson Drive close to Kings Park Rugby stadium and is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 PM to 10 PM and on Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Visitors can browse +/- 100 stalls selling arts and crafts, home decor products, antiques, fashion products, make-up, paintings, embroidery products, cell phone accessories, books, toys and whole lot more. The Stables Lifestyle Market also offers a wide range of food stalls selling chicken, pizza, Indian food, biltong, vetkoek, Thai food, donuts and other foods that are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds, live music / entertainment and bar facilities.
The atmosphere at the market is tranquil and it’s definitely family and pet friendly.Visitors are invited to visit the market for a different and unique shopping experience. Ample safe parking is available and it’s totally free to browse. For more information visit the Stables Lifestyle Market website.
Litchi Orchard Market: This market takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9 AM to 2 PM. It’s also open on the last Friday of the month from 5 PM to 9 PM. The Litchi Orchard Market is located on Seaforth Road (just off the Salt Rock Road N2 offramp) in Umhlali (about 50 km North of Durban CBD).
The Litchi Orchard Market’s focus is on the outdoors and farm-fresh locally produced food. The market also has stalls for arts and crafts, so expect to find top-quality furniture pieces and antiques, fine art, pottery, stoneware, jewellery, photographic equipment and a whole lot more. Besides all this visitors can also expect some awesome live music performances.
Visitors are invited to spend time with friends and family, get a bite to eat and support the traders and foster the local community. Ample parking is available at the venue. For more information visit the Litchi Orchard website or join the Litchi Orchard Facebook page.
I recently posted articles featuring markets to check out in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria on the Junk Mail blog – make sure that you read them. This info might proof to be useful if you’re planning a trip to one of these cities or even if you live in one of them.