#Durbanism

October 2, 2014

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Images: Nicole Leftwick

After 3 year’s of living in Sydney, I can now safely call myself a ‘market veteran.’ I lived opposite the famous boho-chic Bondi markets, where fresh food and affordable fashion were literally at my doorstep – and as for the coffee, let’s just say a girl never had to go far to get herself a beautifully creamy cappuccino!

Coming back to Durbs, I didn’t expect my penchant for market perusing would be as satisfied as it was in Aus, but when I heard about 8 Morrison Street’s ‘Morning Trade’ I had to go and see what Durban had to offer in the way of markets…

8 Morrison is in the Rivertown Precinct (basically town side), an initiative by Durban City as part of an urban regeneration strategy for the area – aptly coined ‘Durbanism.’ I must say that coming back to Durban has thus far left me not only exceptionally proud of my hometown, but completely inspired. It seems that since SA hosted the World Cup a number of years ago, old buildings and areas are constantly being renovated, new cafes are popping up everywhere and markets or local events on the weekend are never amiss – and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, even CNN recently named us ‘the coolest city in South Africa you’ve never seen.’ It’s an exciting place to be right now.

The verdict? #Durbanism at its best. We drank frothy coffee, bought fresh flowers and veggies (they even do juice packs!) and browsed through the delicious delicacies ranging from beautiful cheeses, to cakes, paleo dishes and a spread of rainbow coloured macaroons – oh and did I mention the coffee?

The Morning Trade is open from 8am – 2pm on Sundays.

For more details find @8morrison on Facebook

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