Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back
KwaZulu-Natal

You are only moments away

Culture
History
Food
Entertainment
Durban
Attractions
Shopping
Affordable
Family

LLinger longer as your senses take in the smells, sounds and tastes of different spices and incense or let your sight drink in the vibrant and colourful fabrics.

The Victoria Street Market is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two to take home, and no visit to Durban is complete without a stop here. Here colour is everywhere, from men in their traditional kurtas and women in their saris to the heaped piles of spices in golds and reds.

Browse over 170 stalls and you will find a uniquely South African eclectic mix of African and Indian products. The ground floor has a fish and seafood market, fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and spices.

Did You Know?
TThe Victoria Street Market is known as the Vic to its vendors.

TThe top floor is popular with international visitors, offering more conventional shopping for souvenirs, crafts, jewellery and fabrics. And if bargaining is your thing, at the Victoria Street market not only is it fun, it is expected.

Victoria Street Market

Food
When to visit
How to get here

TThe city of Durban (eThekwini) is home to one of the largest populations of Indians outside India, and the market is a reflection of the city’s historical ties with India.

While the current Victoria Street Market was built at the beginning of the 1980s, it replaced the famous Indian Market which dated back to 1910, but was destroyed by fire in 1973.

The new, modern building has two storeys featuring underground parking and purple Indian minarets that make the market resemble a Maharajah's palace.

Who to contact
How to get there
Best time to visit
Tours to do
Where to stay
What to eat
Best buys

Related articles

Vibrant culture

Xhosa cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Vibrant culture
Xhosa cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Xhosa cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Vibrant culture

Shaka kaSenzangakhona, the founder of the Zulu kingdom

Vibrant culture
Shaka kaSenzangakhona, the founder of the Zulu kingdom

King Shaka kaSenzangakhona has been portrayed as a blood-thirsty dictator who ruled through coercion and instilled fear in his people. Contrary to these misrepresentations, early colonial accounts portray him as a keen international trader who went out of his way to protect the traders between 1824 and 1828.

Vibrant culture

Zulu culture and cattle symbolism

Vibrant culture
Zulu culture and cattle symbolism

The Zulu-speaking people are descendants of the Iron Age communities of Southern Africa who cultivated the soil and kept livestock.

Vibrant culture

African ancestors

Vibrant culture
African ancestors

African ancestors continue to give Africans a shared and personal sense of self-affirmation, identity and unfettered belonging.

Vibrant culture

Zulu cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Vibrant culture
Zulu cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Zulu cuisine is still very much influenced by tradition and its celebration of history and a commitment to culture.

Vibrant culture

Traditional African food in South Africa

Vibrant culture
Traditional African food in South Africa

The food story of South Africa.

Vibrant culture

African ancestors and Amadlozi

Vibrant culture
African ancestors and Amadlozi

Zulus are generally a proud people. Whether one lives in a rural area or is an urban Zulu to paraphrase the late renowned popstar Busi Mhlongo, Zulus generally adhere to the beliefs of their forebears - and live in many worlds in fact.

Vibrant culture

The culture of Basotho: history, people, clothing and food

Vibrant culture
The culture of Basotho: history, people, clothing and food

As a nation that boasts about its rich culture, the Basotho can trace their origins to the pre-historic age.

South Africa on social media

Copyright © 2018 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy