7 Best Places to Shop in Durban, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal

African Art Centre

Morningside Fodor's choice

An outstanding collection of art and crafts from local artisans is on offer at this nonprofit center dedicated to promoting their work. Purchases can be shipped overseas.

Cécile & Boyd

Morningside Fodor's choice

Super-stylish interiors here cleverly combine the best of African and colonial design in a contemporary space.

Elizabeth Gordon Gallery


This small gallery in a cozy Edwardian house carries a wide selection of work—including prints—by local and international artists and photographers.

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Essenwood Craft Market


Under massive trees in the shady setting of Berea Park, this is one of the most popular of Durban's many flea markets, where classy stalls sell homemade traditional food, plants and herbs, baked goods, handmade clothes and crafts, leatherwork, bath and beauty products, jewelry, soft furnishings, and much more. There's also a tea garden with live entertainment and a park for the kids. It's open Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm.

Stephen Dlamini Rd, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, 4001, South Africa
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Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Fri.

Mark Gold Jewels


Contemporary handcrafted jewelry, many pieces featuring diamonds, is sold here.

The Stables Lifestyle Market

Although the market, next to the Growthpoint Rugby Stadium, carries cheap imports from the East, these are offset by an interesting selection of local crafts, antiques, collectables, wooden masks, beaded and leather goods, and more. Add-ons include live entertainment and varied food stalls.

Victoria Street Market

Indian District

The most vibrant cross-cultural market in the city is a century-old trading area where more than 150 vendors sell everything from recordings of African music to rolls of fabric, curios, brass ornaments, Chinese goods, incense, and curry spices. Bargaining is expected here, much as it is in India, though not for spices. Also known among locals as the Indian market, it's worth booking a tour of this and the adjacent markets with Markets of Warwick (R100 per person, minimum three).