Indulge in great food and music at Durban’s newest lifestyle market

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Vendors, Hazel Joubert, Mondli Cele and Kirsten Werner get ready for the Rivertown Night Market on July 28. Photo: Supplied

A NEW monthly market in Durban aims to put the spotlight on local producers and entrepreneurs in the city.

The Rivertown Night Market at 130 Stalwart Simelane Street, opposite the Durban ICC, will take place on the last Friday evening of every month at the Rivertown Precinct. The concept started last month and will have its second market on Friday, July 28 from 5.30 pm until 10 pm.  

Darryl Hofmann, from Wholefood, has run a number of similar lifestyle markets on the Point, in Musgrave, Pietermaritzburg and Glenwood’s Bulwer Park over the years. With this market, he hopes to encourage residents to see this part of Durban in a new light.

“We want to show that it can be a safe, fun place to socialise,” he explains.

The Rivertown Precinct is a cultural hotspot and an area of concentrated urban regeneration spearheaded by, among others, property developers Propertuity in an effort to bring foot traffic back to central Durban.

Aside from a carefully-chosen variety of refreshments and light meals, the evening will feature an eclectic line up of live music including sets by Madala Kunene, king of the Zulu guitar and soulful and talented solo artist Matt Gardiner. There will also be child-minding services and activities and entertainment for the kids.

The focus will be on fresh and fabulous food and funky fare. Included in the stallholders mix are artisan breads; marinated feta cheese; home- made ice cream; fresh fruit and veg as well as tasty meal options, sundowners, great coffee and craft beer.

Other attractions include gift ideas, accessories and decor inspirations – with the focus on nostalgia and innovation such as handcrafted items; and bespoke handcrafted locally-made goods.

For further information on the market, please contact Darryl Hofmann on



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