The African Art Centre, opposite Quarters Hotel, at 94 Florida Rd. (tel. 031/312-3804; www.afriart.org.za; Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 10am-3pm), is the best place to browse for woodcarvings, ceramics, beadwork, baskets, tapestries, rugs, fine art, and fabrics sourced from craftsmen and artists located throughout the province. This nonprofit organization has a staff that is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the products and their creators. Proceeds are reinvested in the development of local talent. If this whets your appetite, a visit to the KwaZulu-Natal Society of the Arts (NSA) Gallery, 166 Bulwer Rd., Glenwood (tel. 031/202-3686; Tues-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm), is a must. The excellent exhibitions feature artists from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and include paintings, mosaics, beadwork, and embroidery. The adjacent shop has a wide variety of visual arts, including works by master craftspeople, and the area has become a dining hub (including the NSA's alfresco Arts Café), so time your visit to coincide with lunch. If you're here on a Saturday, you could also explore the Essenwood Flea Market, held in nearby Berea Park
It can't really compete in terms of variety, but the BAT shop (tel. 031/332-9951; Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm) in the BAT Resource Centre, Small Craft Harbour, 45 Maritime Place (tel. 031/332-0451; www.batcentre.co.za), offers relatively good prices and a harborside setting. Established in 1995, this innovative community arts center is a pleasant place to shop, with several art studios where you can watch artists at work.
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