Just south-east of Johannesburg, on the coast of South Africa, lies Durban. Durban is a laid-backcity that needs no real introduction to the tourist market. That’s because the city is popular for both local and international travellers and has rightly earned its popularity. If you are looking for a relaxed, beachy, “chilled”vibe, Durban is it.
If you are planning a tripto KZN this festive season or New Year, best you book your cheap flights to Durban before the seats are all sold!
While not as preppy as the tourist mecca of Cape Town, Durban provides anexperience that is just as enjoyable. There are approximately 320 days ofsunshine to be basked in along the KZN coast each year. Both busy and desertedstretches of beach lure in sun worshipers and wave riders aplenty, but that’snot all that the city has to offer. Durban also has shopping.
Yes, avid shoppers! The beach-bum city has something for you too!
Before we list our fav’shopping spots in Durbs, let’s take a look at what makes this city such a“sweetheart” to so many.
To put it plainly, Durban is everything, and more. It’s got a craft beer and food industry that is simply bursting at the seams. It also enjoys a plethora of local and international music festivals and concerts. For the arty-farty at heart, Durban is indeed “home”. Art markets, festivals, galleries, drumming circles, and even fire dancing evenings all await you.
That’s not to say that
Durban doesn’t offer fine food and wine. For the more sophisticated, there are
plenty of fine dining restaurants, bars and clubs to enjoy.
For the Shoppers – a List of Durban’s Fav’ Shopping Spots!
Durban is made up of a mix of distinct areas
The northern suburbs which include Umhlanga, offer an upmarket appeal with trendy cafes and beachfront properties. The crowd here is young and trendy. Also in the northern areas are Chatsworth, Phoenix, and Tongaat which are excellent for authentic curries.
The western upper highway area also features severaltrendy areas where one can enjoy small boutique stores, pubs, and fine dining restaurants.
Downtown and central Durban is for the more adventurous traveller. You will find an eclectic mix of restaurants and stores, catering to all types of cultures, budgets and social groups.
4 Best Shopping Malls in Durban
Without much further ado, here’s a list of Durban’s 4 best shopping spots:
The Pavilion Shopping Mall
This expansive shopping mall is found in Jack Martin Drive in Westville and caters to all types of shoppers. The Pavilion is the second largest shopping mall in Durban and one of the biggest in South Africa. There is convenient parking with sufficient security available. It’s a great place to shop if you are looking for top brands and trendy products.
The Pavilion offers 255 national and international retail outlets, 40 restaurants, jewellery stores, 11 Nu Metro cinema theaters, a 4D theatre, Virgin Active gym, kids game arcade, a recently refurbished food court, and much more.
There is easy access to The Pavilion, which is conveniently located along the N3 Highway. It’s location is just 15 minutes from the Harbour entry port, 20 minutes from King Shaka Airport and a mere 5 minutes from the center of Durban..
Victoria Street Market
This is not your average shopping mall! The Victoria Street Market is a collection of stalls and flea markets providing visitors with a taste of Durban’s unique culture and heritage. Don’t be overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the market. You will find a fair few bargains amongst the wares which include spices, curios, brassware, cellphones, African art, fresh veggies, and more.
The Victoria Street Market is easily accessed on foot or by car and is found at 151 – 155 Bertha Mkhize Street in central Durban.
The uShaka Village Walk is a shopping mall that is situated inside the uShaka Marine World water fun park. The mall offers a somewhat unique open-air shopping experience and provides entertainment for the whole family as well as shopping and dining opportunities.
uShaka Village Walk is not very big but it is jam-packed with unique outdoor adventure stores, curio stores, surf and ethnic clothing stores, and restaurants. The mall is situated at 1 Bell Street in Durban.
Gateway Theatre of Shopping
This glittering shopping mall is situated in Umhlanga on the northern coast of Durban. It is the largest shopping mall in Durban and one of the top 50 largestmalls in the world. The mall takes the concept of retail therapy to the next level.
The shopping mall has over 460 stores,18 movie theatres, 6 Nouveau theatres, 90 restaurants, an arcade, theme park, indoor fun fair, Tony Hawk skate park, 3 Flow Riders, a gym, 10-pin bowling, a science theme park, the highest fountain in Africa and valet parking!
Gateway is located at 1 Palm Boulevard in Umhlanga Ridge and easily accessible from the highway. Booking cheap flights to Durban merely to see the Gateway Theatre of Shopping would be absolutely understandable.
Worth a browse
We could get completely carried away telling you all there is to know about the best shopping spots in Durban but then you might miss out on your cheap flights. Here’s a quick list of a few other spots worth visiting with cash in hand!
- Morning Trade Market – For the best in farm fresh produce and artisan goods at 5 Station.
- Plan B Essenwood Market – A hodge podge of food and handmade items with a range of activities for the youngsters. Stephen Dlamini Rd, Berea.
- I heart market – From fashion to food with loads of crafts all found on the lawns of the Moses Mabhida Stadium at Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.
- Shongweni Farmers Market – Over 150 stalls with farm fresh ingredients and food for the whole family. A dog lovers paradise on the Shongweni Resource reserve.
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