We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Durban, South Africa
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 48 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 6
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Some good food, but mostly an urban center

We walked around the Indian Quarter in Durban. For the most part, it's reminiscent of any urban downtown area in South Africa. The crowded sidewalks are littered with generic... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Chris F
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 34: English reviews
Level Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked around the Indian Quarter in Durban. For the most part, it's reminiscent of any urban downtown area in South Africa. The crowded sidewalks are littered with generic sidewalk shops selling fruits, potatoes or mobile minutes. The patrons are diverse. There is a cool mosque that takes up most of a city block. However, the solemnness of the site... More 

Helpful?
Thank Chris F
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got beautiful henna tattoos on our hands, and I bought an Indian outfit. (But my local friend who took us was really nervous and told us to really watch our bags, as it can be unsafe there.)

Helpful?
Thank adventureseekerJK
Durban, South Africa
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

Experience the smell of incense and spices, the haggling Indian and Muslim. It's a place rich with culture and religion and steeped in tradition. A must see for tourists. Don't be shy to smell and taste the great variety of foods.

Helpful?
Thank Talitasimone
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Level Contributor
540 reviews
295 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

The Indian Quarter came about through legislation by the architects of Apartheid, to contain the Indian commercial enterprise into a block, west of Durban's CBD. Since those restrictions have been removed and there are no barriers to free trade in place, the area around Gray Street has lost its unique character and is now similar to the rest of the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Jilldutoit
Treviso, Italy
Level Contributor
484 reviews
246 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 925 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Indian quarter is a very particular area of Durban. The first impression that I had, it was: dirty, strange, busy and dangerous. Now that I am writign this review, I can say that it is a good place for tourists to see the Mosque but they have to be aware and take attention of everything. It is not a safe... More 

Helpful?
Thank olivehoover
Hastings on Hudson, New York
Level Contributor
84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Learn the history of the neighborhood during apartheid times before you go. Then walk around what is today still another world. Gandhi worked there. Great writers wrote there. The mosque is amazing. Go down the little alleyways, into the arcades, and into the Victoria market. You'll see the real Durban.

Helpful?
Thank HowardB118
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Level Contributor
18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Though it seems to be changing rapidly, the Indian quarter is a place Indians must go, for it reveals how we did carry what we identify eclectically as 'Indian' to distant lands! There are eating places worth visiting, and people are friendly enough to engage in conversation with you.

Helpful?
Thank Devika47
Durban, South Africa
Level Contributor
127 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016

Of all my favourite places in and around Durban, the Indian quarter rates amongst the best! The variety of tearooms and curry houses go well with the myriad number of little shops offering everything from food, spices, incense, prayer goods, curios, souvenirs, fruit, vegetables, beads, jewellery, cultural wear, bags, shoes, fabrics and everything in between. The vibe here is alive... More 

Helpful?
Thank delaine c
DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA
Level Contributor
309 reviews
212 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016

Good for tourists to see the Mosque and madressa acarde. Its also shopping hub for the locals but a bit risky epecially for tourists, so take a guide or some one known to show you around, for saftey sake. Its good to see how the vendors do their business, and lots of shops with spices and african handicrafts. Some nice... More 

Helpful?
Thank SHDD
Level Contributor
23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

I was there during Saturday morning. A lot of people, loud and lot to see. Nice stores and friendly people. There is a small way through. I did miss to enter the mosque. Would do it this time, if I could.

Helpful?
1 Thank Pmv D

Travelers who viewed Indian Quarter also viewed

 

Been to Indian Quarter? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Indian Quarter and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Indian Quarter staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?