Victoria Street Market
Victoria Street Market
3.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Visit one of South Africa's premier tourist destination, thats rich in culture and heritage. Experience the hustle and bustle of one of the oldest markets in Durban, featuring a large variety of bags, spices, Chinese wholesale goods, brassware,cellphones, African artwork, curios and much much more, not forgetting our dedicated fish and meat market. Join us for an unforgettable shopping experience.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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3.5 of 5 bubbles165 reviews
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Christine B
Land O Lakes50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This seems to be in a congested area of town and getting in and out is difficult. The markets are small and crowded, most of them seem to have the same things. The incense that was burning mixed with the spices was hard on me personally and made me light headed. We spent about 20 mins in and saw what we wanted. I’m sure there is more, doesn’t seem like the best part of town, but I didn’t feel unsafe either.
Written 14 March 2024
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Wanderering1
Lake Macquarie, Australia760 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
In truth we barely scratched the surface of this massive complex. We only went to one block within the markets and were assured that the others were much the same except for the wet market. We saw paintings, bead-work, clothes, bags, spices, wooden carving, stone carvings, phone repair and phone accessory stalls. Prices were fair and bargaining is accepted.
Written 3 February 2024
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Cassandra Tesch
Berkeley, CA40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I came here a few times during my two week stay in Durban. Even during load shedding (power outages) I was able to shop by the light of cell phone. I picked up quite a few beautiful necklaces and earrings while here. They have different stalls that sell everything from traditional clothing to jewelry to hand crafts to perfumes and spices, although some merchants do accept credit cards, it’s best to come with cash and your haggling skills.
Written 1 January 2024
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Nonhle
Durban, South Africa14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Victoria Street Market has fresh meat and fish. But the smell inside for fish is very strong but workers there are friendly and willing to assist when you ask for assistance. They help you with willingness and smile.
Written 29 October 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,045 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We wandered through this market on our cruise ship bus tour. It was a little bit interesting but I did not buy anything. Nothing special.
Written 6 April 2020
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George C
Buckie, UK137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Never go here unless you are in a taxi dropped and picked up from the entrance. If I wasnt in the taxi with 3 others I would have gone in as this is in not a very nice area. We even went pass a guy sitting with an AK47 on his lap! Once in it was a great market with loads of local SA souvenirs for sale. It was fun to barter. Would I go again, not sure. I never took my wallet or any valuable (even left my watch in the hotel) , I spread any money around my person. Even put money in my shoe!
Written 27 February 2020
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Candice Farrell
United Kingdom22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Wonderful and informative tour. Battled to hear the tour guide due to surrounding noise but thoroughly enjoyed the experience of shopping and sampling the local food for sale.
Written 21 December 2019
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Bongie B
Mbombela, South Africa8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
If u r looking for African stuff this is the market to visit. Not much to if u r not interested in beads handcraft and African prints
Written 28 September 2019
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Ronen C
131 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Let me start by saying that even the locals are saying this is not a safe place to go to.
We only drove around it.
Did not feel like the right place to park our car and walk into.
Certainly do not know why TripAdvisor is placing this as one of the “must do’s” in Durban, but it is not....
Florida toad is a much better choice to mingle in the local life.
Written 17 August 2019
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DMelville
South Africa55 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
My American friend and I went on a .....Monday, I think? First things first: if you're a nervous driver and hate parking, take a taxi or an UBER or a guided tour. That area is complete and utter chaos. As far as the market goes, there wasn't anything there that I haven't seen before. Maybe the prices were a bit better. There's a lot of nice beadwork being sold but it starts to get repetitive. That being said, you may be able to get a better deal by haggling, just because of competition. Safety wise: You'll probably be fine. But you have to be street wise (I'm American but I've now adapted to the SA way of thinking: be aware at ALL times). Do NOT: wear expensive jewelry (leave it in the hotel safe). Do not: flash your cell phone around. Do not: wear expensive brand clothing or carry expensive purses. Do not: Ideally, don't carry a purse at all. Money bands are also stupid because of the fiddling you have to do to get money out. I just put money in my bra. It's weird, but it works like a charm. Do not: wander around looking like Alice in Wonderland. When I go to inner city areas, I put on my tough face and I walk like I own the place. You walk around with a goofy grin on your face and big eyes, you are a moving target. But - with all of these precautions in place (had to instruct my naive American friend a couple of times), we were totally fine. My friend even had an expensive camera strapped around her neck and nothing happened. All in all, if you're not from South Africa and this is something you've never experienced and you feel like you should, go. As someone who lives in South Africa, it's nothing new to me, so I feel like I could have skipped it.
Written 13 August 2019
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