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Address: Durban, South Africa

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A transient phenomenon!

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 6, 2016
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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18 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Talitasimone
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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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 

1 Thank Jilldutoit
Treviso, Italy
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232 attraction reviews
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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 

Thank olivehoover
Hastings on Hudson, New York
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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.

Thank HowardB118
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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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.

Thank Devika47
Durban, South Africa
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125 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 

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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 

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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.

1 Thank Pmv D
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016

Busy, noisy, dirty. All shops sell either spices or African crafts. You wouldn't want to eat there. The food markets are grim.

1 Thank Elaine J
Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2016

This is the best and most beautiful place. You must see it and experience it yourself. Taking the tour you can enjoy a lot there

Thank Abdi K

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