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.
The Madressa Arcade can be found in the Indian Quarter. It has a Kiplingesque quality, recalling bazaars of the east. Built in 1927, it is little more than a narrow and winding alley, perfumed by spices and thronged with traders. Here you can buy everything from plastic trinkets to household utensils and Indian music. There are two particularly unusual shops in the arcade: one sells the latest African hits on record, and the other specializes in dried monkey heads and other paraphernalia of African 'magic'. The arcade has entrances on both Queen and Cathedral Streets.
This market, in Durban North, is held every Sunday. There are a variety of stalls featuring home-crafts, clothing, food, home-made toys, preserves, pottery and general home goods. This is a good place to bring the children; they can play on the jumping castle or in the adventure playground while you browse the stalls. There are also tractor rides around the market. Light meals are available in a shady tea garden. There is lots of secure parking nearby.
Set in a tranquil park setting, this market offers a fantastic range of homemade crafts as well as alfresco art displays. Stained glass, homemade decorative candles, clothing and other interesting stalls are on display for the discerning shopper. Africa offers an excellent range of local crafts, and this upmarket, outdoor experience, is an excellent place to get gifts and products to take home with you. There is entertainment for children in the surrounding area. Plenty of safe parking is available.
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.
The impressive Oriental glazed domes that top this shopping centre are now familiar landmarks that welcome visitors to Durban on the N3 highway. Situated in Westville and conveniently close to the main freeway, the Pavilion is one of the largest and most popular shopping and entertainment centres in the country. It offers an unbelievable variety of foods, clothing, household goods, music, books, art, electronic gadgets, jewellery, banks and movies. Plenty of secure, free parking is available.