Gateway Theatre of Shopping is a venue full of fun, activities, food and shops unlimited. Situated in a prime location of the Umhlanga town, there are regular art exhibitions and theatrical performances held. The entire family can keep themselves busy at the Wavehouse or the Fantasy Forest. For food there are options from the American KFC to the Nando's. And in shopping, all the well-known names like Mont Blanc, Reebok, even Woolworths are present here. For the tech-savvy people there are the mobile shops and other stores selling the latest gadgets. All in all, this shopping center has all under one roof. Exploring it may consume lot of time, so the holidays can never go waste.
Nestled in the heart of Kloof, this upmarket shopping center provides convenience. Stores range from restaurants to health and fitness, clothing, unique gifts, home décor, music and books. It should provide for all your needs. The center has been created in the restored, and very grand, Old Fields Hotel, and has retained the charm and style of the original buildings. In addition to small, exclusive boutiques, there is also a large Pick 'n Pay supermarket.
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.
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.
The Value Center is in Electron Road, Springfield, a few km north of the port. It is a bargain warehouse and offers a selection of 30 stores providing variable quality goods at affordable prices. The center caters for a variety of needs with computer stockists, home and fashion stores, sporting outlets, bookshops and audio-visual equipment specialists. There is plenty of free parking and 24 hour security. Call for more information.
At the west end of Victoria Street is a new Indian market, built in 1973 after a fire destroyed the original buildings. Although the modern building lacks the charm of the old market stalls, it is still a fascinating mix of Africa and the Orient. There are around 180 stalls selling basketwork and brassware, wood articles as well as meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. The stalls' main attractions are the exotic spices and dried beans imported from India. They are ideal for making curries, and cooks will find them invaluable if staying in self-catering accommodation. The souvenir stalls display typical items, but it's possible to find some very attractive products.
Larmont Surf Shop is the largest, core, surf store on the east coast of Africa. With over 150 surfboards by Ripcurl, HIC, Hooded Villian and used boards for the beginner and experienced surfer. They also stock the famous men's and women's surf wear brands and a large range of Ripcurl wetsuits. There are also bodyboards and skateboards. It's possible to rent boards if you want to try before buying. Surfing and body boarding lessons are on offer. Transportation to and from Durban is available on request.
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.
This shop is part of the chain found throughout the country. Sweets from Heaven stock a huge and tempting array of sweets and nibbles; some more healthy than others. The sweets are arranged in perspex display boxes and you can help yourself by means of a bucket and ladle. There are chews, toffees, fudges, licorice, gobstoppers, jellies, chocolates and much more. For the more health conscious there are dried fruits and nuts. They also stock cold drinks, cigarettes and packaged sweets. Be careful when filling up your little bucket, as the cost can mount quickly.