The vibrant Essenwood Flea Market in Durban

Hi everyone

Sorry I’ve been so quiet. My mum is doing much better but I’ve been fighting a cold. But fingers crossed, I’m over the worst and my holiday can now eventually begin.

I visited the Essenwood Flea Market in Durban today.

With 220 stalls at this shady, atmospheric market in Essenwood Road (or Stephen Dlamino road since all the road names changed in the new South Africa), you are truly spoilt for choice. From food, art, clothing, food, music, locals crafts and food to jewellery, home decor and did I mention the food?
Luckily it is situated in a shady park because that means you can shop for longer with a cool breeze blowing through the massive trees that surround the park. You’ll find something here for everyone, drinks, music and gadgets for the boys; clothes and some unique things for the home for the girlies and lastly, for the kids, pony rides and some amazing huge plastic inflatable balls floating on water. Pity it wasn’t for adults because I was dying to try it.
The park is paved so prams and wheel chairs have no problem joining in the fun and if it all gets too much, bring a picnic and relax under the trees while you watch others spend their money.

It’s best to get there early as parking can be a problem. Don’t be afraid to check out the little side streets around the park.

The selection of food was incredible and for a foodie like myself, it was really hard to choose. The communal seating area for eating had a friendly, prompt waitress service which collected from any of the 7 or 8 different food stands. Our waitress patiently listed all the options from cheesey rolls, a selection of local Indian food including breyani (a spicy rice-based dish) and samosas (a triangular pastry containing curry mince or curry potato), thick slice of bread spread with thick avocado, pancakes with various fillings, fruit salads, egg/bacon/ham rolls or burgers, chips and all sorts of drinks. No need to go hungry here…

You’ll find some local artists singing either modern tunes or more traditional african stuff and the whole atmosphere is one of friendly, relaxed fun.

The colonial houses in the surrounding area lined with trees make a lovely drive and I would advise that when you leave, take a drive around and see if you can see over the walls of some of the properties. Be careful though because you might see palm trees, swimming pools and massive houses but you might also meet with security guards, electric fences and gates. This is still South Africa after all and even though it is the new rainbow nation, it has a little way to go just yet.

So treat yourself to some friendly Durban spirit and head down on Saturdays between 09:00 and 14:00. This vibrant market will introduce you to some amazing sounds and smells.
Try it, you won’t regret it…

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4 Responses to The vibrant Essenwood Flea Market in Durban

  1. Brenda says:

    Bruce's Gran is in the Retirment home right across the street, but we never really had time to spend there. We ran through it one morning, but hardly did it any justice. I really did want to, though….


  2. Colleen Setchell says:

    Oh shame, Brenda, what a pity! It really is luurrrrvely :-)
    Next time you're out on holiday, right? 😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do you know if Essenwood Market is extending its hours for the Christmas season?

  4. Colleen Setchell says:

    Hi there
    I'm really not sure but here are the contact details. Just give them a ring and I'm sure they'll give you more details. Happy shopping…
    Telephone: +27 (0)82 558-6611

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