Victoria Street Market

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The Victoria Street Market is an indoor bazaar (locally called a flea market) that remains a hub of activity throughout the year. It offers everything from Indian spices and incenses, to fresh fruits and vegetables, fabrics, ceramics, and arts and crafts. When you enter the multi-coloured building, you're immediately hit with an assortment of smells: a mixture of curries and incense wafting through the air with the catcall of vendors urging tourists to "come in, and just have a look". The top floor is popular with international visitors due to the collection of souvenirs, jewellery, fabrics, and crafts.

The market was started in the 1980s to replaced the 1910 Indian marketplace that was destroyed in a fire in 1978. It was opened by Dr Anton Rupert on 24 July 1990, and is one of Durban's most recognizable pieces of architecture with 11 colourful domes modelled on Indian construction. This is hardly surprising when you consider Durban has the highest Indian population outside of India.

This market is highly recommended for those hoping to experience Durban's rich Afro-Oriental culture, and with more than 170 stalls, there's definitely something for everyone! Its the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs for home...

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