A new market has recently opened in Umhlanga and being a market fundi, I organized to meet friends there on Sunday to see what it was all about. Up.market in Umhlanga takes place every Sunday from 09h00 to 14h00 in the covered parking area of the Umhlanga Centre.
Being under cover is ideal, shelter from the intense heat during the summer months (the thermometer peaked at 40˚ this Sunday so shade was a necessity) and of course, shelter should the heavens decide to open.
The space itself is large, at first I thought it was perhaps a bit too large but I had arrived early and as the morning wore on and more people arrived it was evident that the space was perfect. The market has been organized with vendors set up around the perimeter of the area and with ample seating at trestle tables set up down the centre.
We ordered a cappuccino from The Press Club and chose a table that was strategically close to a stall selling delicious Greek pastries.
There is a wide selection of eats and drinks; from waffles on a stick to frozen yoghurt at Bella & boo, mouth watering homemade ice-cream at Harveys, slow roasted lamb wraps at Delish (I loved their uniquely decorated stall), thirst quenching lemonade at Lemonilicious, freshly squeezed juices from Juice Up, strawberries and cream from Café Strawberry as well as an amazing array of macaroons and cupcakes.
There were interesting things to purchase on display; I specifically liked the beautiful orchids at Fantastic Orchids and the stunning display of necklaces from It’s a Bling Thing. The range of artisanal breads from the Madison Bakery looked tempting … the perfect accompaniment for the jar of honey I bought from Ambrosia Apiaries.
A children’s entertainment area with activities including face painting and a designated play space is available for those of you with kids.
I really enjoyed the market – there is something for everyone and it is well worth a visit.
Address: Umhlanga Centre, 185 Ridge Road, Umhlanga
Telephone: +27 (0)31 561-9111
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