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Bustling weekend food markets to visit in KZN

These local KZN markets feature an array of food, clothing and craft vendors in a variety of settings. Here’s where and when to find them.

Bellevue Market (Kloof)

Open: The last Friday of every month, from 5pm to 9pm

Live music, artisanal food, drinks and fashion all feature at this night market that takes place under the stars and fairylights of the Bellevue Campus property. Expect mouth-watering food options like pizza, curry, olives, pancakes, tarts, cakes, Indian delicacies, savoury treats and more. Grab a locally made beer or G&T and spend the evening browsing local clothing & décor stalls.

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Golden Hours Family Market (31 Uitsig Road, Durban North)

Open: Sundays from 10am to 3pm

Celebrating 20 years of trading this year, this family market features an array of food, clothing and craft stalls that you can browse while listening to live music. Stock up with fresh produce, or find a spot in the shade to sit and relax or enjoy a meal. Pets on leads are welcome.

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I Heart Market (The Hay Store, Point)

Open: The first Saturday of every month, 9am to 2pm

Newly relocated to Durban’s Point, the I Heart Market is now held in The Hay Store, which boasts an indoor and outdoor space and is accessible by foot, bicycle, bus and car. Renowned for its curated collection of local-only brands, you’ll find a beautiful mix of clothing, crafts, delicious food and drinks. It’s also comforting to know that, come rain or shine, they trade.

 

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Karkloof Farmer’s Market (Howick)

Open: Saturdays from 7am to 11am

The local farmer’s market has been trading for 12 years and won’t disappoint, with loads of seasonal organic fruit, vegetables and herbs, endless supplies of biltong, cheese, delicious options for the braai, pies, artisanal breads and every tasty sweet treat. Kids’ activities and a play area, with both indoor and outdoor trading, make this the perfect place to stock up on quality proucts.

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KZN Vegan Market (Peacevale and Durban North)

Open: Second Saturday of the month from 10am to 3pm

Focusing on all things vegan – from food and drinks to beauty products and clothing – this market moves between 2 venues: one in the country and one in Durban North at the Golden Hours Market site. With live music and a children’s play area, this is a great market for families.

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Maker’s Market at The Litchi Orchard Market (Salt Rock)

Open: The second Saturday of every month, from 9am to 1pm

Local crafts, food and drink and live music all feature at this family-friendly market that aims to showcase local creatives and makers. This venue features some permanent shops and restaurants and has plenty of space for kids to play, plus they host a variety of other events throughout the year. Entrance to the market is free, but there might be a surcharge for other events.

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The Morning Trade (Alliance Café, Lillian Ngoyi Road, Morningside)

Open: Every Sunday from 8.30am to 4pm

This market used to take place weekly in the Station Drive Precinct but closed its doors at the beginning of 2018. Now it’s found a new home – and owner – and will trade every Sunday from Alliance Cafe in Windermere from 17 November 2019. Promising an array of Durban’s best food and produce, it’s set to be the place to meet for breakfast and coffee, a lazy Sunday lunch or just to buy your fresh goods for the week ahead.

 

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The Night Market (Morningside Sports Club, 132 Hollander Crescent)

Open: Every first Friday of the month, from 5pm to 9pm

This small neighbourhood market is aimed at gathering the community and features a small selection of food vendors.

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Shongweni Farmers’ & Craft Market (Shongweni)

Open: Every Saturday from 6.30 am to 11.30am

Undeniably Durban’s biggest weekly market, you could spend hours browsing the many food and craft stores. It’s easy to support local with the incredible array of vendors, selling everything from clothing and footwear, to children’s toys, crafts, jewellery and gifts.
Enjoy sweet and savoury treats both to eat there and take home – there’s plenty of space to sit and relax, and pets on leashes are welcome. Plus, you can enjoy listening to live music played on the central stage.

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

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

Smarket (Cowey Park, Problem Mkhize Road, Berea)

Open: The second Saturday of every month, from 6pm

Go hungry and look forward to savoury and sweet eats galore, with regular traders like Prawnstar and Smashin’ Slider making appearances.

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Umhlanga Farmer’s Market (206 Autumn Drive, Prestondale, Umhlanga)

Open: Wednesdays 8am to 12pm

This lovely little farmer’s market has been trading for 12 years and offers a variety of fresh produce including artisanal bread, cheese, olives and veggies, as well as cured meats, free-range eggs, grass-fed butter and milk. Don’t miss the traditional Indian dishesor a delicious coffee while browsing through the stalls offering plants, seedlings,fresh-cut organic flowers, locally made décor and homeware.

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Wonder Market (Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga)

Open: The last Sunday of every month from 9am to 2pm

Showcasing a range of KZN crafters, designers and food vendors, this market takes place on the lush green lawns of Chris Saunders Park, making this the perfect family-friendly way to support local.

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Have we missed your favourite weekend food market in Durban? Let us know in the comments below.

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