Shopping malls and chain stores abound in the city, but the real Pietermaritzburg shopping experience comes from browsing through quaint craft shops, discovering a cottage furniture restorator's workshop, bargaining with a shopowner in Failsworth Road, finding a unique gift at a flea market, supporting a street vendor or painting up your own teaset.
The Liberty Midlands Mall is built on the old Corobrick site and has attracted occupational demand from major nationals. Just across the highway, at the Bird Sanctury site, offers shopping and a wonderful meal at The Lakeside Cafe and Franki Bananaz.
Pietermaritzburg now boasts an upmarket Mall in Edendale. The Greater Edendale is part of the Mc Cormick Property developments.
Liberty Midlands Mall
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Pietermaritzburg is justifiably proud of her craft markets which attract visitors and exhibitors from out of the woodwork. Here folk spend hours browsing and admiring the variety of goods on display.
The Oval Craft Market is considered one of the country's best and is held on the first Sunday of every month. From delicately hand-crafted jewelry to organically grown vegetables, hand-painted tablecloths to woven baskets, every stall is a delight in its own right.
The Alex Upmarket takes place along the banks of the Dusi on the last Sunday of every month. This market offers a wide variety of knick-knacks at both craft and flea market stalls.
The Premier Craft Market is held at the Golden Horse Stables and provides the ideal shop for local craft.
The Durban Road Craft Market is held at the YMCA every 1st, 3rd and last Sunday of the month.
The Antiques Market at the Quarry Centre in Hilton tempts you with delightful antiques and collectables, every 2nd Sunday from 9h00 to 15h00. Go rumage!
Maritzburg Oval Market
|Tel: ||082 774 5493|| |
|Location:||Oval - Alexandra Park|
|Details : ||Craft Market |
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|Details : ||Craft Market |
The Greater Edendale Mall
The walls of the old prison have traded inmates for crafts and education. Don't go home without a t-shirt from this National Monument and the Jailbreak Cafe and Craft Shop.
For the juiciest fruit and healthiest vegetables join the early birds at the Farmer's Market every Saturday morning, or mix in the hustle and bustle of the daily Debi Market.
For bargains galore meet the street traders in Church St and wander around the city's Saturday market. From mangos to watches, these entrepreneurs are sure to supply.
As folk move out of the city centre, quaint old homes have turned into delightful businesses and shops. Take a little time to chat to the owners of shops like Junk Style, Rainey Skyes, Finishing Touch, Foam & Bedding, The White House and The Purple Chestnut for a taste of Pietermaritzburg's shopping culture. A visit to All our Yesteryears in Pietermaritz St offers a touch of nostalgia.
SIMPLY MUST BUYS
For your host: the Pietermaritburg rose or an Azalea shrub from one of our wonderful nurseries.
For yourself: an elephant ornament from a street vendor.
Local craft from Tatham Shop, one of our Flea Markets,
Teaset - or paint one yourself - from Bright Concepts.
For all your friends back home: Framed African craft from Chapel St, calenders from Pietermaritzburg Tourism.
Gifts for the family: Bean bag from a road-side seller or flea market, cottage furniture or antiques/collectables.
For your favourite lady: a beautiful Sari from Radharanis, lots of South African gold from Steiner Schwartz.
For your taste-buds: Biltong from the Garages in Mayors Walk, samoosas, and chilli-bites from an Indian deli.
To get it all home: New shoes and a very big bag from a friendly entrepreneur in Failsworth Road.