Casa Playa No. 5

Markets abound – KZN’s trading history

Attractions around Umhlanga

KwaZulu-Natal’s strategic geographic position on world trade routes has linked Durban and surrounds to major global markets including the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East as well as the African continent. Durban handles close to 5 000 commercial vessels a year, the highest number in South Africa, which translates into an impressive 74 million tonnes of cargo a year.

It makes sense, then, that there should be a thriving market culture for you to enjoy – all in reasonable proximity to Casa Playa.

Umhlanga Farmers’ Market Durban   3.6km

This market unpretentious boasts some quality vendors who sell vegetarian staples such as fresh fruit, double yolk eggs, dried fruit, nuts, vegetables and freshly cut herbs and wonderfully flavoured olives. Meat eaters can enjoy free range chicken and Drakensberg trout; while the more adventurous may want to try haggis or black and white puddings.

Every Wednesday, from 10h00 – 13h00. Cost: Free Entrance

Musgrave’s Night Market 18 km

Enjoy a leisurely combination of slow food and local craft stalls, accompanied by live music and great vibes. Regular shops in the centre extend their shopping hours too.

1st Friday of every month, from 17h00 – 21h30. Cost: Free Entrance

The Christmas in July Gift Market 15.5 km

This one day market will be held at the DLI Complex in Greyville. You can indulge in a shopping expedition and see trending gift ideas for your friends, colleagues and teachers from the 90 exhibitors. Planning in July can give everyone on your Christmas list a memorable gift this year, and the food court and kids play area means that you can spend the time necessary to select just the right items.

Sunday 17 July 09h00 – 17h00, Cost: R31.50 

Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market 50km

Eighteen years ago, this market hosted just 12 stalls selling food and fresh produce on a field belonging to the Shongweni Polo Club. The market has grown to more than 150 stalls, with mouthwatering delicacies from all over Kwa-Zulu Natal. The choice is getting bigger and bigger and includes gifts, crafts, jewellery, shoes, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink. Not only can you soak up the atmosphere, but it’s a dog-friendly market too.

Every Saturday morning, from 6h30 – 10h30. Cost: Free Entrance

Contact Casa Playa today to book your luxury self-catering accommodation in Umhlanga.

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