Not specifically a shop tip, more of a huge conglomeration of any shop you could wish for, Gateway Shopping center is massive, at one point it was the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. An incredible selection of shops, and also 2 cinema complexes, an IMAX, a climbing wall, wave pool, and obviously plenty of restaurants. Great fora day spending money!
What to buy: Well, what NOT to buy here is curio's - cripplingly expensive, especially when compared with the Durban waterfront, only 20 minutes away.
What to pay: All other shops are pretty standardly priced, to be honest, but if you're going for a day, expect to spend at least R1000 quite easily.
Situated only 15km from Durban city center, the Pavilion is easily accessible and, though smaller than Gateway, has a huge variety of shops and activities; plenty enough to keep you busy all day, and help empty your wallet quicker than you ever thought possible :).
Entertainment includes a cinema, 3 x 9-hole mini golf courses, 10-pin bowling and an entertainment center.
What to buy: Nothing too touristy here (well, only one or two shops), but for a family day shopping, it's great.
What to pay: Shop prices are pretty standard to be honest, nothing too exorbitant.
This is one of the best health shops around, great green juice and wonderful organic health care products. However, avoid the shop add to your health in Kensington square, Durban North. The customer servicet here is terrible.
What to buy: organic fresh produce, natural skin care products, health care
What to pay: really reasonable, I bought an entire skin care range for under R400
18 Ster-Kinekor cinemas, IMAX Theatre, Cinema Nouveau Theatres, The Barnyard Theatre, More than 60 eateries, More than 300 world class stores, The Wave House, Fantasy Forest, 4000sqm Skate Park designed by Tony Hawk, The World`s highest indoor Climbing Rock, Nissan 4X4 Track, Old Mutual MTN ScienCentre. Everything You Could Want, More Than You Can Imagine.
What to buy: What ever you heart desires!!!
What to pay: Well, with all those shops, you can go wild...
This is a huge shopping centre , they definitely cater for all your shopping needs. They have everything from all your designer stores to supermarkets and even a place to surf in the shopping centre.
There is also a skate park , a Imax Theatre , A 4x4 Track and one thing that I must say that they have these fountains in the mall , Its the BEST that I have ever seen.
What to buy: You`ll definitely find what you looking for here.
The Belly Button is hidden away among other stalls in The Stables Market in Durban (just off NMR Avenue). The shops are part of the historic Newmarket Stables, which is unusual in itself, but the Belly Button is tantalisingly unusual because it's the only place in Durban where you get to see live belly dancing - for free! The shop stocks outfits and accessories for belly dancing, and is a jewel among the other fascinating stalls in the complex, which sell everything from fashion to food.
What to buy: Belly dancing costumes and accessories, all the glitter and bling your heart desires!
What to pay: Compared to overseas prices - extremely reasonable!
Durban has a huge Indian population so as you can imagine, we have some fabulous Indian spice shops. My mother-in-law wanted some Durban curry powder to try her hand at making a curry one night. We headed to the Pavilion and visited Gormia's...although you can choose to buy packets of the spices and curries, you also have the option to pick the brains of the wonderful assistants who work behind the spice counter.
After explaining the kind of curry we wanted, she then proceeded to mix a selection of curry spices together and seal them all in a bag for us: so easy to use! Not only do they give you a lovely selection of spices with which to make a curry, but also a recipe sheet of some of their favorite dishes.
The smells are fantastic - wonderful aromas greet you as you step into their shop...Also on offer are a huge array of Indian delicacies...my mum's favorite are the potato samoosas - mmmm!
The Pavilion is a huge mall situated on the outskirts of Westville. A great place to go to the movies, grab a bite to eat, do your shopping, buy a pet or get your hair done! Pretty much everything can be found under its roof. Complete with bowling alley, the four storey high mall has plenty of parking - both covered and uncovered - paid and free. Often heaving with people, it is the favorite spot for many families on a rainy day.
What to pay: There is a huge range of both restaurants and shops - you can pretty much find whatever you want, regardless of your budget.
Everything from kids plastic sunglasses to beautifully hand crafted baskets. From bead necklaces made infront of your eyes to Central African stone work.
You can get everything your heart desires.
I'd recommend trying the curried pineapple - it's a very interesting combination of flavours.
Remember though to be aware of those around you and not to flash too much cash around.
What to buy: Bead work is a specialty of the Zulu tribes. The collar necklaces can be particularly beautiful and intricate.
Anything with beads would be native to Durban.
Situated in the area of Umhlanga Ridge, Gateway theatre of shopping is a cutting edge leisure shopping centre of over 150,000m2.
Consisting of over 290 stores, its one of the largest shopping centres in Africa where customers can enjoy a range of activities ranging from shopping, entertainment, food, fashion, and even extreme sports.
Gateway boasts a surf and extreme sports centre, featuring the worlds first left and right breaking standing wave, or also better known as D-Rex, putting it on the world tour calendar for indoor surfing.
In addition to that it also features the worlds highest indoor climbing wall which is about 24m in height.
This really is a very very cool place, its got everything you could possibly want in a shopping mall, and more that what you can actually imagine!!
What to buy: With over 290 shops on offer, I am sure they will have what it is you are after...
Once a workshop of the old Durban Railway Station, THE WORKSHOP Shopping Center has a unique atmosphere with a wide variety of quality goods. While we were strolling around, a one-man band was playing and singing "Nights in White Satin", our very favourite Moody Blues song. We treated ourselves to tea and apple pie at the Mall's open-air restaurant.
What to buy: At the ETOSHA CURIOS, I bought the first of my masks. It had the image of an elephant carved on it on a wonderful ebony wood. At the time I paid 57 rands for it (about $15.00).
One of the crafts I liked looking at the best were the NATIVE CARVINGS. They were beautifully done in images of animals and natives and came in all shapes and sizes. I also enjoyed looking at all the various masks, as I wanted to bring some home with me. I ended up buying three different ones, all in different places.
Here I am again "looking" to see what the vendor has to offer. There wasn't much interesting here. The BIG lady who was selling her wares here begged me to buy something so she could eat. I looked at her with a puzzled look on my face, as she looked pretty healthy to me.
One of my very favourite things to do in Durban was to browse at the many FLEA MARKETS scattered throughout the Beachfront. Many colourful displays were laid out on the sidewalks for all to see. This one, with the vendor sitting comfortably in the shade, had mostly straw hats and baskets.
The cuisine of Durban is influenced a lot by the large Indian population that reside here since the mid 19th century.
Hence many curries and spices can be found in Durban and in particulary in the Indian Market.
Dennis has been operating his shop for many many years and offers some of the best variety at good prices.