The Essential Guide To Durban's I ♥ Market, South Africa

© Shubnum Khan
© Shubnum Khan
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7 March 2017

Nestled under the iconic arches of The Moses Mabhida Stadium is The I ♥ Market, a craft and food market that’s held on the first Saturday of every month. Its main policy is that all goods sold must be locally sourced, so there’s an abundance of local talent on display. We guide you through one of Durban‘s best markets.

Get your sugar rush from Wicked Doughnuts

These locally produced, handcrafted, American-style gourmet doughnuts come with a variety of toppings and are sold at at some of Durban’s famous markets. We suggest you get them quickly because they sell out fast.

Wicked donuts sell out fast | © Shubnum Khan

Get breakfast from Beetroot & Bear

For breakfast with a healthy punch, head to Beetroot and Bear, a health bar that features pan-fried mushrooms on bruschetta with thyme and aioli for only R30 ($2). Comes well recommended.

Beetroot and Bear features a healthy breakfast | © Shubnum Khan

Quench your thirst at the coconut water stand

Fresh coconuts are broken in front of you and infused with fresh pineapples or peaches. They are cold and delightful to sip while you peruse the stalls. You can drink the coconut water out of a cup like a decent human being or pretend you’re a party reveller living on a tropical island, and sip it out of a coconut.

Cool down from Durban’s heat with fresh pineapple and coconut water | © Shubnum Khan

Get a beaded necklace at GoneRural.

GoneRural is a development programme that has 80 women in rural KwaZulu-Natal creating beautifully beaded and crafted products. These women are often the main breadwinners in their family. They sell products online at their website as well as at their market stall. You can pick up some lovely beaded necklaces here to take home.

Beautifully beaded necklaces at GoneRural also support women in the rural community | © Shubnum Khan

Get your second sugar rush at T.Spin

This stall features an array of decadent brownies in different flavours that are all made with Lindt chocolate. The little squares of goodness come in flavours such as peanut butter, rolo and strawberry compote. They’re just the sugar rush you need to keep you going as you begin to peruse the second tent.

Decadent brownies | © Shubnum Khan

Get handcrafted silver jewellery at Callen Jade Designs

There’s a stall at the market that sells delicate silver jewellery designed by a number of design students from DUT (Durban University of Technology). They’re unique, delicate pieces designed by local and talented students.

Locally made silver jewellery | © Shubnum Khan

Get some funky recycled purses at Zulu Girl Retro

These handmade purses and bags not only support local talent, they also benefit the environment. They are made from discarded crisp packets and chocolate wrappers and they make a unique and funky statement on your arm.

Purses made out of recycled chips packets | © Shubnum Khan

Get lunch at Durb ‘n’ Burger

Durb ‘n’ Burger is quickly becoming popular with locals for their fun and fresh burgers that are made right in front of you. We suggest you keep some napkins handy as these babies can get pretty juicy.

Durban burgers | © Shubnum Khan

Get a vegan lunch at Out to Lunch

If you want a healthier lunch option or you’re not into meat, Out To Lunch has been at the market for ages and they’re famous for their delicious vegan burgers that are made out of mushrooms, walnuts and aubergine, topped with a healthy salad of chickpeas, beetroot and carrots. They also sell great health wraps that you can buy in packs.

Out To Lunch’s Vegan burger | © Shubnum Khan

Get a henna tattoo at the henna stall

Once you’re finished eating (again), head over to the henna store and get your hands done by a crew of young professionals. The designs can be as intricate or as simple as you like and the design washes out after a week or so.

The Henna Stall | © Shubnum Khan

Get a leather bag at Just U

This collection of quality leather handbags is made locally and features some wonderfully hand-stitched designs. We suggest you get one to keep as a souvenir; it will last you a lifetime.

Get a locally made leather handbag | © Shubnum Khan

Get a local curio at Tabb Designs

Anesu Jonga makes beautifully crafted wire and bead animal designs. They make great talking pieces for your home and will always remind you of your holiday. The larger designs of trees and elephants are really spectacular.

Beaded curios | © Shubnum Khan

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