Durban is a shopper's paradise and offers many different shopping experiences. Street markets in and around the city offer a variety of crafts and beadwork. The Indian district in downtown Durban offers a huge selection of goods from the East as well as spices and curry powders. Boutique clothing shops are dotted here and there where you do least expect them, while the shopping malls house all the big chain stores and are bursting at the seams with the latest clothes, fashion accessories and toys.
Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Gateway in Umhlanga is the ultimate mall, with a world class range of shopping from chainstores to fashion boutiques and sports goods. It features a cinema complex, an iMax theatre for larger than life entertainment, a supper theatre, fun science centre for kids and numerous restaurants to choose from. Then there’s the world’s highest freestanding rock climbing wall, the D-Rex double-point break standing wave and a 4 000m2 skatepark.
Enquiries: 031 566 2332
La Lucia Mall
La Lucia Mall is located in the up-market La Lucia suburb just north of the city. It has an exclusive and relaxed atmosphere with many local and international big brand stores and restaurants to choose from. It also boasts a cinema complex and on-site parking.
Enquiries: 031 562 8420
Set centrally in Durban’s Berea, Musgrave Centre is a classy, intimate and well laid-out mall with an emphasis on quality stores. Its location between Musgrave and Stephen Dlamini (Essenwood) Roads makes it ideal for visitors and locals alike to enjoy, and its many independent boutiques hold some lovely treasures for shoppers to discover. It has a cinema complex and on-site parking.
Enquiries: 031 201 5129
Pavilion Shopping Centre
More than 1.8 million shoppers every month can’t be wrong. Conveniently located inWestville close to the N3, the Pavilion offers the widest selection of restaurants, shops, banking facilities, fashion outlets and entertainment areas under one roof. Its unparalleled choice and stylish setting make it a must-do shopping experience.
Enquiries: 031 265 0558
For a sophisticated shopping, dining and entertainment experience, Arbour Crossing and Galleria are the premier destinations on the Sapphire Coast. Arbour Crossing has a wide variety of value stores ranging from food, furnishings, and clothing to electronics and sport. Galleria has a range of stylish big brand stores, fashion boutiques and restaurants, as well as a host of entertainment for the whole family, including a cinema, mini golf and an ice-rink. Arbour Town and Galleria are conveniently located just off the N2 highway.
Enquiries: 031 904 2233
The Heritage Market in Hillcrest is set in magniﬁcent rose gardens creating a relaxed country atmosphere. It incorporates some 160 Victorian-style shops offering a wide range of goods from rare books to arts and crafts, clothes, fashion accessories, ﬁre places, barbecues and novelty gifts. To top it off there are tea gardens, restaurants, cocktail bars and a supper theatre.
Enquiries: 031 765 2500
More Shopping Experiences
There are many more smaller but no less exciting shopping malls and shopping districts scattered around Durban. These include the Davenport Centre in Glenwood, Windermere Centre in Morningside, and the Workshop in the city centre, just across the road from Tourist Junction. For ﬁne art pieces with an African ﬂavour visit the Bat Centre, African Art Centre in Florida Road or one of the city’s many art galleries.
Vibrant Street Markets
Durban is home to a number of street markets and ﬂea-markets.
The Shongweni Farmer’s Market
Held every Saturday near Hillcrest, it is the best place to buy organic produce, fresh ﬂowers and delicious breakfasts, and has a wonderful country atmosphere.
The Essenwood Market
Saturday is the day for Durban’s premier craft market. Centrally located, it trades in the best of local curios, hand-made jewellery, clothing.
The Stables Lifestyle Market
Held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays is Durban’s most unique shopping experience with over 230 shops set in stables built over 100 years ago!
The weekend market at North Beach
Has a fascinating assortment of stalls offering gifts, curios and novelties.
Durban is renowned for its curries and spices, and a visit into town will swamp your senses with strange and exciting ﬂavours. The Victoria Street Market (on Bertha Mkhize Street), The Spice Emporium or even just a meander down Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street (formerly Grey Street) will give you a glimpse of the mix of Eastern and African cultures that make Durban so unique. Pavement sellers are a common sight on Durban’s streets and especially along the beachfront, and for the visitor seeking local handmade curios there is much on offer at affordable prices.