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Posted on: Friday, 24 January 2014

Visit the Up.market in Umhlanga

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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.




Contact Up.market

Address: Umhlanga Centre, 185 Ridge Road, Umhlanga
Telephone: +27 (0)31 561-9111

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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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