Bustling weekend food markets to visit in KZN

Whether you’re after a family-friendly vibe or looking to sip on some vino while shopping up a storm, here’s your guide to great weekend markets in KwaZulu-Natal.

Golden Hours Family Market (Durban North)

Open: Sundays, 10am to 3.30pm Listen to live music while browsing a multitude of food and craft stalls. Food products range from fresh vegetables and farm eggs to affordable breakfasts, curries, quiches, salads and pasta. The shady tea garden is a great spot to sit and soak up the vibe. You can bring your pets, too.

Hillcrest Country Market (Hillcrest)

Open: First Sunday of every month, 4pm to 7pm This family-friendly market offers everything from fun crafts to homemade treats and eats. Stock up on chilli sauces and artisanal condiments, or enjoy freshly brewed coffee, pretty cakes, potjies, and hearty burgers.

I Heart Market (Stamford Hill)

Open: First Saturday of every month, 9am to 2pm Located on the grassy lawns of Moses Mabhida Stadium, this trendy market is known for its hand-picked selection of innovative local food and craft traders. Settle under a tree with a local craft beer or homemade lemonade, or browse the food stalls, which sell everything from falafels and vegan wraps to pulled-pork rolls, homemade Greek savoury pastries, flavour-packed Korean food, and much more.

The I Heart Market. photo supplied.

The I Heart Market. photo supplied.

Karkloof Farmer’s Market

Open: Saturdays 7am to 11am Expect high-quality fresh produce from local farmers and producers in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Fill up your basket with everything from fresh vegetables and herbs to French artisanal breads and organic cheese.

The Litchi Orchard Market (Salt Rock)

Open: second Saturday of every month, 9am to 2pm and the last Friday of every month, 5pm to 9pm Expect quality food and drink, handmade art and live music. There’s a strong focus on local, sustainable food products sourced straight from the farm, but you can also stock up on homemade preserves, coffees, sweets and baked goods. Afterwards, book a spot for lunch at The Shed or Delish Sisters. If you head here for the night market, expect great music, food and drink offerings. The entrance fee for the night market is R30 per person.

The veggie garden at The Litchi Orchard. Photo supplied.

The veggie garden at The Litchi Orchard. Photo supplied.


The Night Market (Morningside)

Open: First Friday of the month, 5pm to 9pm From curries and cupcakes to craft gins and beer, this small night market has got something for everyone. They also host pop-up morning markets on certain Sundays. Follow their Facebook page for more details.

The Morning Trade (Morningside)

Open: Sundays 8am to 1pm This buzzing market is located in the hip Station Drive precinct at The Plant. Spend your Sunday morning enjoying its farm-fresh produce and artisanal eats, such as fresh bagels and coconut drinks, gourmet burgers, falafels and beautiful breads. Live music also fills the air and, if you’re after a sit-down meal, Fortune Coffee is the spot.

Rivertown Night Market (Rivertown Precinct)

Open: Last Friday of every month, 5.30pm to 10pm Durban’s hip Rivertown Precinct hosts a monthly food market packed with delicious eats and some of the city’s hippest people. The large warehouse space is decorated with tropical plants and a vast amount of stores offer everything from falafels and pita pockets to deep-fried ice cream. There are also kid-friendly activities and live entertainment.

Rooftop Night Market (Musgrave)

Open: first Friday of every month, 5pm to 9:30pm Look forward to trendy bites like waffles, churros, liquid nitrogen ice cream, loaded fries, deep-fried mac and cheese and more. There is also a range of local craft stalls and live music.

Gourmet grub at the Rooftop Night Market. Photo supplied.

Gourmet grub at the Rooftop Night Market. Photo supplied.

Shongweni Farmers’ Market (Shongweni)

Open: Saturdays 6.30am to 11.30am Get your fill of traditional English sausages, freshly baked breads and cakes, organic cheeses and Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialties. There’s also live music that you and your furry friends can enjoy.

Cheese at The Shongweni Farmer's Market. Photo supplied.

Cheese at The Shongweni Farmer’s Market. Photo supplied.


Smarket (Durban Central)

Open: Every second Friday of the month, 5pm to 9.30pm Treat yourself to a Friday night feast at this trendy market. Expect deep-fried treats from Deep Fried Goodness, brownies and other baked treats from The Bakery and Coffee Shop, monster burgers, and Middle Eastern eats.

Wonder Market (Chris Saunders Park)

Open: Last Sunday of every month, 9am to 2pm

Spend a day one the sunny lawns at Chris Saunders Park and enjoy some local food and crafts. Look forward to spotting the Falafel Fundi, Taste of Mauritius, Colombo Coffee and more.


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