Afro's Chicken

South beach

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So, gather your spare change and go down to the Durban promenade, just up from Ushaka, and look for the bright yellow Philippe Starck version of a tin shack, complete with wooden deck. It’s like five star Auntie Nita, with a better view than the Oyster Box. And better food too. So good, I’m not going to get into details. The details are irrelevant. Great ingredients. Superb rolls. Cooked-to-order. Beautifully served. Proof that simplicity is the ultimate elegance.

Phone: 031 765 6365

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  • outdoor
  • chicken
  • beach
  • containers

Bellevue Cafe

Kloof

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Drive 30 minutes inland from Durban to the Outer West suburbs of Hillcrest and Kloof and open yourself up to an entirely new café culture experience in the green hills of Natal. Bellevue Café offers comfy and casual bistro dining with ample outdoor seating to capitalize on those warm daytime lunches.

Post meal, browse the bric-a-brac of attached store Fat Tuesday or see what’s going on in the art gallery upstairs. A trip to Bellevue Café makes for the perfect weekend outing.

Phone: 031 717 2180

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  • chris black
  • guy cluver
  • breakfast
  • lunch

Bike & Bean

Beachfront

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Located on Country Club Beach, Bike & Bean Durban has the most amazing views! Bike & Bean Durban offers a range of bike hire and beach equipment rentals including body boards.

Sit back and relax with a great single origin African coffee and healthy delicious snack or meal! And while you’re at it enjoy the scenic views of the Indian Ocean on us!

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  • bike
  • cycling
  • coffee
  • beach

Chuck & Bobs

Morningside

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From our humble beginnings Chuck & Bobs remains artisanal in our craft as all products are produced by hand on a manageable scale. We believe that is possible to create quality foods that are honest, authentic and absolutely delicious. Our mission of research and discovery of recipes involves seeking out flavours that are inspired by a special local flair. We aim to offer a wide ranged assortment of cured meats, sauces and foods

Phone: 082 565 7545

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  • charcuterie
  • deli
  • craft beer
  • artisan

Coffee Tree

Glenwood

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Perfectly located below a block of flats, this residential coffee spot is a quiet retreat from the busyness of everyday life. Coffee Tree serves a fruity Kenyan blend of coffee from Colombo. Coffee Tree is a quirky café with its bright red heart logo, rustic coffee bar interior, and eco friendly conscience.

Phone: 031 201 0219

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Corner Café

Glenwood

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At the intersection of Brand and Cromwell Streets in Glenwood, is Durban’s favourite Corner Café. Started a few years ago by chef extraordinaire, Anna Savage and restaurateur veteran, Judd Campbell, the little neighbourhood eatery has gone from strength to strength over the years, redefining and refining itself into its current guise, that of an eco-restaurant.

For the last few years, The Corner Café has been in Judd’s hands, and the green transition has taken place under his lead. In short, The Corner Café aspires to be a model of sustainability as far as possible, whilst still serving the best coffee in town.

The Café menu is seasonal, with perennial favourites like Marmite Dippy Eggs and rainy day soups. Coffee is a big deal too; in fact it’s more like a full-blown love affair. The Love Coffee blend was specially sourced and blended by Judd in conjunction with Durban roastery Colombo, and comprises a mix of fair trade Burundi Kavungangoma, Malawi Mapanga Estate and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans.

Phone: 031 2010219

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  • organic
  • coffee
  • barber
  • lunch

Craft Trattoria

Durban north

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Craft specialises in Italian fare – pastas, pizzas and porchetta: Italian rolled roasted pig stuffed with garlic and fennel seeds, one of a list of traditional Italian foods that have cultural relevance. Craft is big on culture – with monthly feast days celebrated with specific foods. Feast days (or weekends or weeks) are marked at Craft with special menus or single dishes that celebrate ‘the feast of living Italian style’.

Phone: 031 826 9690

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  • food
  • feast

Delish Sisters

Saltrock

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Tasty food made with love by Kate and Rebecca Lund. Amazing for breakfast and harvest table lunches.

Phone: 032 815 0413

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  • coffee
  • breakfast
  • eggs benedict
  • harvest table
  • organic

Duke And Duchess

Umhlanga ridge

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Custom motorcycle builds, punch in the mouth coffee and premium riding gear..

Phone: 031 584 7411

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  • motorcycles
  • great coffee
  • simple and fresh

Factory Café

Glenwood

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The Factory Cafe is then inside the Colombo building and it’s seriously one of Durban’s best coffee cafes. They routinely serve their Aggressive Chocolate blend and it will single-handedly change your life! They also serve yummy sarmies and breakfasts, so make a morning of it, sit back & relax. Once you know all about cupping, your coffee will taste better – I promise!

Phone: 031 205 3283

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  • coffee
  • industrial
  • artisan
  • cocoa
  • chess

Frank's Speakeasy

Mount edgecombe

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Hidden doors, secret passwords and a gentleman’s code of conduct. A home away from home with bootleg liquor and hard-working friends that was the original speakeasy.

Phone: 031 502 2221

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Freedom Café

Morningside

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Housed in a converted red shipping container with a glass extension, this spot is the brainchild of Neil Roake and offers a detailed expression of his expertise in the worlds of food and design. The place bursts with quirky details from ceramic sausage dog salt and pepper holders to wire lampshades. Mirrored walls boast Marge Simpson and other crazy hairdos that sit above your reflection when seated and a roll of XXX mints accompanies the bill.

You’ll find organic salads, scrumptious open sarmies, light starters and fuller mains on the menu alongside a mean selection of pastries. The coffee is top notch and you can pick up one of Neil’s recipe books while you’re at it.

You’ll be sorry not to visit this awesome little place.

Phone: 031 309 4453

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  • outside
  • containers
  • coffee

Glenwood Bakery

Glenwood

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The heart of the Glenwood Bakery is our artisanal breads. But there is also coffee. This is compulsory as those who rise before 3.30 am are addicted to that noble berry. Our coffee comes from the various excellent roasteries in The Glenwood area. There are daily changing sandwiches available and freshly squeezed orange juice There is free WiFi so that our customers don’t have to talk to each other or to me.

Phone: 072 614 6081

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  • bakery
  • bread
  • coffee
  • cake

Greedy Buddha

Durban north

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Tapas is originally a Spanish concept designed to provide small portions of food for sharing. Our menu is inspired by popular dishes from South East Asian countries like China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam. We aim to present these dishes using a worldly influence that celebrates our South African cosmopolitan society.

Phone: 031 563 1919

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  • asian
  • tapas

I Want My Coffee

Umhlanga ridge

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iwantmycoffee is the love child of Ard Matthews and Deborah Good who wanted to create a place that stimulates both the senses and the soul at the same time. A shared love of music and an appreciation of divinely good coffee is all it took to put mere words in to packed action. Welcome to our vibe!

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  • radio
  • coffee

Kirsten Goss

Morningside

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Kirsten Goss is an international jewellery brand, founded in London, crafted in Durban and sold across the world.

The brand’s style is synonymous with clean organic lines, bold colour references and experimental textures. Exceptionally designed and with uncompromising quality, Kirsten Goss jewellery is made for the aesthetically sophisticated and confident woman of today.

Phone: 031 303 1101

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  • custom jewellery

KZNSA Cafe

Glenwood

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Set in the heart of Glenwood, the Artscafe is a world class gallery-cafe which is passionate about serving food and coffee of the highest quality in a caring and professional atmosphere.

The Artscafe not only serves visitors to the KZNSA Gallery but also the greater Glenwood Community with cafe cuisine and coffees using the best quality local and /or organic products.

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  • outside
  • artists
  • gallery
  • art

Larneys

Umhlanga

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This sexy Italian espresso bar is hidden away next to the Barnyard Theatre in Gateway shopping centre. The café has awesome vibes and delicious food ranging from paninis and mixed salads to funky cupcakes. Everything should end with ‘sweetness in a cup’: Larney’s Café serves its very own JOLT espresso blend, roasted by Colombo.

Phone: 031 566 3410

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  • next to the space
  • italian
  • casual

Love Coffee

Morningside

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Love Coffee is something new for Durban – a coffee bar catering for busy people who want to pop in for good coffee and something great to eat. Co-owner Justin Lagesse explains that Love Coffee is an off-shoot of Glenwood’s successful Corner Café. ‘Love Coffee is a slightly different concept in that we are not a restaurant,’ he says. ‘The food is put together at Corner Café and we add the final touches here.

Phone: 031 303 1101

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Lupa Osteria

Hillcrest

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This vibey and bustling osteria is owned by Bellevue Café’s, Chris Black and Guy Cluver. Doors opened in April 2013 and it has quickly become a local favourite in the upper highway area.

Wood-fired oven pizza’s, freshly made pasta, a selection of meat dishes and delicious desserts. Lupa has been created for quick affordable meals with children, a place to meet friends for a scrumptious treat, or to entertain corporate clients. This authentic Italian restaurant is for everyone! (Lupa’s main courses ranging from R50 to R140.) We just like the idea of sitting at the bar after work for a drink, and just having an early bite to eat!

Phone: 031 765 3059

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  • wine
  • craft beer
  • dinner

Mamba Skate Park

Saltrock

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The Mamba Skate Park, consisting of 450m of winding, pumping and rolling track through a jungle of trees and thick coastal bush - was conceived by a bunch of fathers wanting to establish a safe-haven for youngsters wanting to exhaust their boundless energy in a sport that develops concentration, poise and confidence in a fast and dynamic communal environment.

Phone: 084 555 5596

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  • skate

Market

Morningside

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Market is a world-class garden café/restaurant, situated in a quiet courtyard behind a classic 1930’s colonial building at the foot of Durban’s Berea in Marriott Road.

Market serves simple quality cuisine using locally and/or organic sourced ingredients in a professional, unique, and caring environment. Market is also known for it’s selection of award winning South African wines, freshly squeezed fruit juices and coffee. The fine dining dinner food specials change regularly and provide the perfect catalyst for any occasion, whether it be your first date or a birthday celebration. The courtyard has a central fountain surrounded by a a ring of Leopord trees, which provide all year mottled shade and it’s peaceful atmosphere. The outdoor furniture and tables are modeled around 18th century French garden furniture adding to Market’s allure. The restaurant’s indoor section is more modern minimalist while still providing the feeling of dining somewhere in Europe.

Market is always available for big parties, private functions or weddings.

Phone: 031 309 8581

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  • garden
  • wine
  • dinner
  • outdoor
  • food

Old Town Italy

Umhlanga

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This is an authentic Italian restaurant situated in a vintage setting in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban. Serving authentic dishes with lots of traditional Italian flavours, paired with good Italian wine, Old Town Italy is absolutely a place worth visiting for all ‘foodies’.

Phone: 031 566 3414

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  • food
  • market
  • retail

Parc Café

Glenwood

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Saturday morning, sunshine, sidewalks and Parc Cafe.

Menu’s written in chalk on the walls, friendly and speedy service, and space to sit inside or out on the sidewalk. Their breakfast and lunch menu is filled with croissants, delicious open sandwiches, salads and soups. While their Colombo Coffee brew is sure to keep your taste buds satisfied into the afternoon.

Phone: 031 205 7285

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  • decals
  • coffee
  • chalkboards

Remos Originale

Mount edgecombe

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Remo’s Italian café and restaurant opened five years ago in Mount Edgecombe just beyond Umhlanga. It’s the brainchild of Renzo Scribante, who decided to live his dream of running a European-style café.

Two years into the business, Scribante’s father, “an old-style Italian”, voiced his complaints about the quality of bread in Durban. Scribante didn’t think twice. “I decided we had to learn to make a decent loaf of bread,” he said.

Phone: 031 539 5955

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  • italian
  • simple and fresh

Remos Villaggio

Umhlanga

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Open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch as well as on a Thursday and Friday night for dinner, the menu offers a wide variety of dishes ranging from eggs benedict at breakfast to cafe style sandwiches, pizzas and pastas at lunch as well as fillet and seafood choices for dinner.

Remo’s spectacular ostrich leather studded bar and covered deck - equipped with magic mist for those hot, humid days - is the place to be for cold Peroni’s on tap and a great variety of good wines and beers. Join them for a relaxed but vibey atmosphere with great music, friendly staff and good fun.

The bakery offers fresh artisan bread, cakes, croissants, quiches, brownies, imported meats and cheeses, olive oils, pasta and sauces to name a few.

Phone: 031 561 7143

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  • italian

Sage Cafe

Saltrock

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Sage is so much more than just a cafe, complete with garden and lifestyle decor, kiddies play area, boutique clothing store and salon, you could easily find yourself spending your whole day there. And with lots and lots of goodies to keep the kids busy, Mom can relax with a good cup of coffee and have her nails done, all without moving an inch :) Source

Phone: 032 525 8059

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  • pizza
  • kids area
  • pedicure
  • shops

Stretta

Hillcrest

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Still embodying ‘simple fresh Italian’, the Cafe uses authentic Italian flour, fresh homemade tomato sauce and a wood-fired oven, combined with a new artisanal brand of coffee, while the bar area focuses on craft beers, a small wine and craft whisky selection.

I love that the authentic, rustic fare is affordable and that Chef Greg Clelland varies the menu weekly. There’s a sunny verandah for breakfast to be enjoyed on – some favourites include balsamic tomato paninis and the muesli and greek yoghurt or mixed berry smoothies.

Their new interior is warm and spacious with the same signature minimal palette of natural materials and some clever tiling – the brainchild of interior architect Kevin Boyd, whose keen eye for simplicity and detail extends to the menu and website design.

Phone: 031 765 8861

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  • pizza
  • coffee

The Dutch

Umhlanga

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An exceptional bar offering the very best in cocktails, wine & craft beer. Combine this with old school live music & a great menu… Welcome to The Dutch!

Phone: 031 561 6969

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  • live music

Unity

Musgrave

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Unity Bar has to be hands down my favourite go-to spot in Durban, to either eat or drink my feelings. When anyone asks about an ideal venue for a first date, a relaxed lunch, for chilled pre-drinks or even to entertain friends from abroad, I will mention one place and one place only: Unity. Somehow they manage to create an atmosphere suitable for all these varying occasions.

Well the inclusion of brasserie in their name says it all. According to sources, and by sources I mean Google, a brasserie is an informal, French inspired restaurant that offers a large selection of drinks. To sum it up – they offer a lot of good food and good alcohol. That right there could pretty much explain why this venue can keep a varied range of personalities happy. Yet while the exceptionally good food and impressive beverage choices are a plus, there is a lot more to this simple statement about Unity that warrants this degree of favoritism from my side.

Phone: 031 201 3470

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  • craft beer
  • pub
  • food
  • burgers

Verve Cafe

Umhlanga

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Verve Café is an artisan tea and coffee shop in Umhlanga. New to the Durban coffee scene, Verve have already built themselves a great coffee reputation amongst the locals. Verve Café are currently serving Coffee Merchant’s delicious single origin bean from Nicaragua, but you can expect a range of different espresso blends from this artisan café. They have a light menu on offer for those feeling peckish too. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed, a perfect combination in Durban.

Phone: 031 566 2334

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  • coffee
  • artisan

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