It’s no secret that I love meandering through local markets. So when my friend Jane enthusiastically told me about the beautiful Bellevue Market in Kloof, I absolutely had to find out more.
For a city girl like me, who feels she needs to pack her passport and a set of pyjamas before getting on to the freeway, heading to Kloof does not seem like a chore when the goal is to visit this unique and charming market. Located within the courtyard of an office complex, Bellevue Campus, this market takes place on the last Friday of every month, and it’s absolutely worth the drive, and the wait.
Chatting to market organizer, Cathy Mc Daniel, it’s obvious that a lot of thought goes into not only coordinating the monthly market but also selecting the right type of vendors and stalls to create a diverse yet immensely appealing shopping environment. As Cathy explains: “We have a fantastic selection of food and drink vendors, many of which are unique to Bellevue. We always have live music, and the market is a very social affair, as it’s well supported by locals and people from Durban central more than happy to take the drive up the hill to join us.”
Cathy also filled me in on how they select stalls and vendors, as “we have a very special market in a unique venue, so it’s important to us that we maintain our focus and ambience. That’s why the artisanal origin of each stand’s products and goods is the key criteria for selection, as products need to be locally made and curated, while being aesthetically pleasing.”
The demand for great markets and family-friendly entertainment in and around Durban has never been bigger, and that’s why there’s talk of adding further events to the Bellevue Market calendar. As Cathy says “We’d never want to get too big or have to move venues – we love what we’ve created and want to keep it going well, by continually introducing new products, tastes and social experiences. We may look at adding different types of events to our calendar in the future, especially considering what a great, multi-purpose venue we have.”
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Words: Cath Jenkin