Bustling weekend food markets to visit in KZN

Updated 9 December 2020

Feast, shop and enjoy the outdoors at one of these markets in Durban and surrounds.

Golden Hours Family Market (Durban North)

Open: Sundays from 10am to 3pm

Celebrating 20 years of trading this year, this Sunday family market features an array of food, clothing and craft stalls that you can browse while listening to live music. Stock up on 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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Karkloof Farmer’s Market (Howick)

Open: Saturdays from 7am to 11am

This 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 and cheese, delicious options for the braai, pies, artisanal breads and tasty sweet treat. Kids’ activities and a play area, with both indoor and outdoor trading, make this the perfect place to enjoy quality time with the whole family.

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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 two 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. Visit their special Christmas edition in Durban North from 10am to 2pm on 19 December to stock up festive goodies for the vegans in your life.

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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

This collective offers a range of places from where you can buy your Christmas gifts or treats to enjoy at home. They also host the Makers’ Market on the second Saturday morning of each month. Stop by for live music and good food and to support local. Entrance is free. The olive harvest officially starts on 12 December this year – keep an eye on their Instagram page for updates. Next year, you can also expect to see the return of their Night Markets on the last Friday of each month.

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Shongweni Farmers’ & Craft Market (Shongweni)

Open: Every Saturday from 6.30 am to 11.30am

Engage with local producers and stock up on everything from fresh vegetables to pet products. Buy some snacks or readymade food as well and enjoy it on the nature trail. This time of the year also sees their Christmas Market come to life. Pop in on 12, 16, 19 and 20 December and take advantage of their extended hours (until 2pm) to do some festive shopping while taking in the live music.

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

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

Umhlanga Farmer’s Market (Prestondale, Umhlanga)

Open: Wednesdays 8am to 12pm

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

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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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