One of Durban's most attractive areas, Florida Road is where nightlife thrives alongside myriad shopping establishments. Dotted with restaurants that offer a riot of cuisines, this street will win you over with its pleasant bustle and upbeat vibe. It can be safely dubbed a retail paradise, owing to the number of varied fashion boutiques it houses and is also home to some extremely charming buildings like the Quarters Hotel - an erstwhile Victorian home. A heaven for art lovers too, this street is further peppered with establishments like Artisan Contemporary Gallery and African Art Centre. In addition, entertainment venues like Casablanca and brimming bars breathe life into its sprawl.
This shopping mall is located on the road north of Durban to Umhlanga. It is an unremarkable center with the usual array of fashion stores, stationers, coffee shops and supermarkets. It is a convenient place to stop if you are heading north out of Durban for the day and wish to pick up a few things for a picnic lunch. In addition, it has good banking facilities, interior-design shops, fast food, a Computicket and over 2,000 secure parking bays.
This large art and craft shop is located in the trendy Bat Center at the harbor. It specializes in Zulu arts and carries some wonderfully exciting and colorful items. There are striking plates and baskets made from telephone wire, baskets, carpets, handmade greetings cards and wooden sculpture. It is obvious that the stock has been carefully selected as there is a uniformity in quality, throughout. Staff are helpful and friendly.
Musica is a chain of music stores located throughout the country. They always have a good range of pop and rock with a little contemporary and classical thrown in for good measure. They have directed their efforts toward the younger market, so don't expect to find anything rare or particularly unusual. Having said this, the range is a good one due to the sheer size of the store. Prices are competitive and there are listening facilities to ensure you make the right selection.
This store is part of an enormous chain of newsagents found in almost every town of the country. This branch is light, open and friendly, located in the coastal Umhlanga area. They stock a fair range of books from mapbooks, cookery, non-fiction, childrens and sport, to the latest in bestsellers. Their choice is usually more commercial, rather than interesting and unusual. In addition, they have a large array of stationery, toys, music and gifts. There is even a sweet counter for those who need a snack while browsing.
The building was used as horse stable earlier. The Stables have now been converted into a market which has stalls and shops stocked with local arts and crafts, clothing, books and antiques. There is also plenty of secure and free parking. The man in charge of this little market, is Barry, who will gladly give you any information you may require.
This small gallery is located in the BAT Center at the harbor. It has three to four fine-art exhibitions per year, but also stock a large range of Carol Boyes ceramics, handcrafted jewelery and potato-print cloths. There are unframed prints for sale as well as a framing service offered through the shop. The shop is used to over-seas clientèle, and are experienced in shipping your purchases abroad. The staff are friendly and efficient.
This store is located on the lower level of the Musgrave Centre, near the Pick n Pay. It is a small shop but has a fairly comprehensive selection of vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies and health foods. It also carries a range of health footwear. For a natural remedy to a common ailment, this shop is sure to have a potion or lotion to cure it. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and they also stock a small range of books to help make the right purchase.