If you are an avid flea, you will most likely agree that few things beat the childlike thrill of ferreting through a pile of fabulous fabrics or running your eager fingers over the spines of well-loved books in search of a particular volume that calls to be relocated to your already bulging bookshelf.

Or the excitement of discovering a pair of terracotta lampstands that will look perfect in your newly revamped earthy guest bedroom.

 

 

And if you are a foodie like me, what can compare to sampling creamy handmade cheeses on shards of salted crackers, or the delight of shopping for crusty artisan bread and tangy relishes to transform a simple roast beef sandwich into a gourmet extravagant-wich?

Aside from all the wonderful goodies you can buy (and try), markets are the ideal place to spend time with your favourite people in a relaxed, fun environment.

Imagine walking hand-in-hand with your sweetheart or arm-inarm with your besties, as you stroll among the stalls, foraging for organic salad ingredients or shopping for unique treasures and gifts. Most markets also offer live music, delicious fleamarket fare and fun activities for children, making them the perfect weekend outing for the entire family.

We have compiled a list of some of Durban’s most popular markets, hoping that you will be inspired to visit a few.

I Heart Market

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Isaiah Ntshangase Road

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First Saturday of every month

 Designer jewellery, art, fashion, home décor and recycled & repurposed goods

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 info@iheartmarket.com

The morning Trade

15 Station Drive, off Umgeni Road

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 Every Sunday: 8am – 1pm

Locally-supplied/prepared fresh, organic & artisanal produce

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info@themorningtrade.co.za

stables lifestyle market

9 Jacko Jackson Drive (opposite Kingspark rugby stadium)

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Wed & Fri night: 6pm – 10pm,Sunday: 10am – 5pm

 Art & crafts, lifestyle goods, food, live music

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info@StablesLifestyleMarket.co.za

Durban food market

Hellenic Club, 6 High Grove, Durban North 

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Last Saturday of every month: 8am – 1pm

Indoor foodie market: baked goodies,  German specialities & fresh produce

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info@thefoodmarket.co.za

Shongweni market

Lot 457, Road: MR551, Shongweni 

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Every Saturday: 6:30am – 11:30am

Fresh produce, art & crafts, handmade furniture, French, Eastern & Mediterranean deli foods, baked treats, breakfast & speciality coffees

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info@shongwenimarket.co.za

New essenwood market

Essenwood Park, Stephen Dlamini Road, Morningside Route 1,

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Every Saturday: 9am – 2pm

Food, crafts, books, jewellery, handmade décor, kids activities, incl. pony rides, jumping castle

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planbessenwoodmarket@gmail.com

Musgrave Rooftop Night market

Musgrave Centre (Level 5 Parking lot), 115 Musgrave Road, Berea

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First Friday of every month, from 5pm

Art & crafts, flea market fare, children’s entertainment 

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rooftopnightmarket@gmail.com

Victoria street market

Corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, Durban 

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Monday to Saturday: 8am – 6pm, Sunday: 10am – 4pm

African and Eastern curios, beadwork, jewellery, art, clothing, food & spices

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Car boot Fleamarket

Behind Greyville Racecourse, Avondale, Greyville Route 1, Durban Routes

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Monday to Saturday: 8am – 6pm, Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Thrift store goods: books, bric-a-brac, linen & other household items & sports gear.

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