If you are looking for Malls in Umhlanga, you are in the right place. With one of the biggest shopping malls in the Southern Hemisphere, Umhlanga is the place to be and shopping there is one of the greatest experiences. Umhlanga (Zulu: uMhlanga) is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Umhlanga is part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, which was created in 2000 and includes the greater Durban area. The name means “place of reeds” in the Zulu language, and the correct pronunciation of “hl” in Umhlanga is similar to the Welsh “ll”. It is bordered by Durban North to the south and Mount Edgecombe to the west. There are two beaches, Bronze Beach and Main Beach, both of which are patrolled by lifeguards throughout the day.

Umhlanga is one of the fastest-growing cities in South Africa and has become a main economic hub of Durban. Below is where to shop when visiting this beautiful city.


Our list of Malls in Umhlanga

Gateway Theatre of Shopping


Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the ultimate fashion, entertainment and dining destination in Durban.

Mall Features

The biggest Mall in Umhlanga, Gateway Theatre of Shopping has over 430 stores, 70 eateries and a host of exciting entertainment, visitors are spoilt for choice.

At Gateway you will find local South African retail, popular international brands such as Zara, Forever New, Cotton On, Superdry, Gant, and everything in between. Gateway also features an 18 cinema Ster Kinekor complex, IMAX Theatre, Funtubbles Family Funfair, Electric Avenue bowling, Action Karting, be. UP Park and much much more.

Prepare your senses for a world-class experience at one of the largest shopping centres in the Southern Hemisphere.

Gateway Theatre of Shopping boasts a retail space of over 176,000 square metres. Since having opened its doors in September 2001, the shopping complex has grown into a fashion and entertainment hub that appeals to the higher LSM and people of all ages. Gateway Theatre of Shopping has become synonymous with its mix of both local and international brands and a strong entertainment offering – providing a welcoming environment for kids and fashionistas alike.

Exhibitions are encouraged in Gateway as they service the diverse variety of shoppers entering our doors. Depending on your requirements, our Exhibitions Manager will assist in positioning you in the ideal court space to suit your budget, target audience and desired result.

All parkades are easily accessible from any of the 13 mall entrances. Making the super-regional mall’s wide range of stores and services more accessible to everyone, Gateway has increased the number of parking bays allocated to Special Needs visitors. An increased number of bays, painted blue with bold signage to make them very distinctive, can be found near Entrance 5, Ground Floor at Parkade B.

Four categories of Special Needs parking are allocated to specific groups. The blue parking display signage which indicates which type of Special Needs visitor is permitted to use that parking.

Disabled (permit holders) – These bays are for those with mobility impairments, including wheelchair users.

Frail/disabled (non-permit holders) – Those with conditions that inhibit their movement are permitted to park in these bays. This includes arthritis, chronic fatigue, ambulant, dexterity and continence impairments.

Parents with infants up to 3 years old – Visitors with infants who use a car seat or pram can use these bays.

Moms-to-be – To give heavily pregnant moms-to-be with chronic pregnancy-related complications a break, there are special parking designated for their use.

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Location: 1 Palm Blvd, Umhlanga Ridge

Website: https://gatewayworld.co.za 

 The Crescent at Umhlanga Ridge

The Crescent Umhlanga Ridge is an elevated centre.

Mall Features

The mall offers high convenience that houses approximately 60 interesting and essential tenants. The centre’s anchors include Pick ‘n Pay, Food Lovers Market, Clicks, Builder’s Express and Baby City with an inclusion of a balanced array of national and independent retailers to satisfy the needs of The Crescent’s valued consumers.

The unique circular design of the centre in a somewhat protected outdoor environment allows for exceptional convenience (in that parking where customers wish to shop is easy) as well as allowing for a close and warm environment making access to all the stores in the surrounding vicinity effortless. The Crescent has a conveniently ample parking bay supply of 1086 bays with approximately 412 of these existing undercover. There are 3 levels to the centre with the ground level carrying the bulk number of retail stores and a major anchor supporting the lower ground (Baby City) and first floor (Builders Express) levels.

The Crescent was developed in 2002 and is superbly located in the heart of the up and coming Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre, which is host to most of the major blue chip corporate businesses as well as appealing to the aspirant, business consumer preferring to reside in the quick developing mixed-use environment dominating Umhlanga Ridge with apartment style living being the order of the day.

The Crescent is easily accessible and highly visible off the main N2 highway coming from both the Northern and Central KZN, is accessed directly off the M41 that feeds from Umhlanga Ridge, La Lucia, Glenashley and Durban North and has an express route off Lighthouse Road coming from Umhlanga Rocks, Umdloti and Westbrook.

The centre is guarded by Fidelity Security 24 hours a day. All areas of the centre are highly visible and well guarded to ensure the utmost care for customer safety. The centre is located within the Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre which prides itself on safety, security and quick reaction. The town centre control room and camera monitoring facilities are situated within meters of The Crescent.

The Centre offers FREE parking for all customers, all the time. Not only is it free, but parking is widely available right outside the store you choose to visit. The Upper Level also provides a large space of undercover parking and three lifts are available to carry shoppers and trolleys between the levels.

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Location: 1. 3 Sunset Cres, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, 4319

Website: https://www.thecrescent.co.za 

Legacy Yard

Legacy Yard is one of the newer retail destinations in Umhlanga. Located at Umhlanga Arch, it is not a shopping mall, but rather a niche retail destination that focusses on food and novel lifestyle brands.

Nonetheless, it is an absolute must-see if you are looking for a special experience in Umhlanga. Thanks to its recent development, Legacy Yards sports an ultra-modern aesthetic and feels as though you have walked into a Top Billing property.

The name Yard stems from the design of the shopping precinct which is centred on a courtyard with an open atmosphere and chic garden furniture.

The quintessence of the experience is the upstairs chill area. You can buy your food or snacks in any of the shops in Legacy Yard and head upstairs to take in the views over the Umhlanga coastline. We highly recommend the Butterscotch latte from Butterscotch Café & Deli – it’s to die for.

The views are especially spectacular at night when you can enjoy cityscape view lit up by the lights of buildings from Umhlanga Ridge to the ocean.

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Location: 1 Ncondo Place, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, 4319

Website: https://www.umhlangaarch.co.za/legacy-yard-food-hall/

La Lucia Mall Umhlanga


Situated in KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa, La Lucia Mall lies within a stone’s throw of the Umhlanga beachfront and offers a convenient retail experience for the discerning shopper.

Mall Features 

When La Lucia Mall first opened its doors in 1974, it had 45 stores. As of 2021, the mall boasts over 130 retailers. Attracting approximately 4 million shoppers annually, La Lucia Mall provides an upmarket shopping destination for the local Durban North, La Lucia and Umhlanga communities and tourists.

The shopping centre offers approximately 1000 free open parking bays and over 600 undercover parking bays, 5 exhibition courts as well as ample facilities for disabled shoppers and parents of young children.

 In 2019 the mall completed a major revamp that has modernised and reimagined its entire retail space and, unlike many other 40-plus-year-old-buildings, it now sets the bar for contemporary mall design trends.

The mall offers over 1 000 free open parking bays and 600 secure undercover parking bays. Skip the Queue! For your hygiene and convenience, we offer Tap and Go Parking. No ticket is required and no queuing at the pay station. On arrival, wave or motion to the ticket dispenser for your ticket OR TAP IN at the ticket dispenser with your debit/credit card. On departure, tap out at the pay station or exit boom. Validate free parking from Pick ‘n Pay and Dischem at the exit booms too! One and a half hours of free undercover parking is offered for Pick n Pay customers, and one hour for Dis-Chem customers. Designated parking bays close to centre entrances are available for wheelchair users, frail and disabled customers, parents with infants or mothers-to-be. La Lucia Mall has very strict security measures in place to ensure the safety of our shoppers at all times. The mall has CCTV cameras with trained controllers monitoring the footage from the control room. In addition, the mall has security officers and car guards, senior security supervisors and managers patrolling the mall and car parks 24/7 for your safety.

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Location: 90 William Campbell Dr, La Lucia Umhlanga, 4051

Website: https://www.laluciamall.co.za 

Cornubia Mall

With the sky as our canvas and lush KwaZulu-Natal surrounds as our inspiration, Cornubia Mall truly integrates an indoor and outdoor lifestyle experience.

Mall Features

Shop at over 120 stores, dine, and unwind with a feeling of the outdoors as you cross-connecting bridges, landscapes, walkways, and sidewalks in an uplifting space filled with natural light. Cornubia Mall also boasts Africa’s largest solar rooftop, the first in the malls of Umhlanga. This open-air environment has been designed to provide 85 000 square metres of retail within separate nodes which are all unique in their architectural language and style. The different nodes are interconnected by landscaped walkways (which are covered to offer protection from the sun and rain), bridges, malls and sidewalks. These nodes are also further characterised by park-like open areas which offer family-orientated entertainment zones to the shopper.

Enjoy the gentle air-free space by the coast. The mall offers safe and reliable parking with 24-hour security at your convenience, reserved disabled parking is available at your request. Bathrooms cater for moms with prams and disabled bathrooms are available.

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Location: Cornubia Mall Corner of Flanders Drive & Tacoma Drive, Blackburn Estate, Mount Edgecombe, 4319

Website: https://cornubiamall.co.za