Durban

Where Summer Never Sets

fashionable eats The Oyster Box. Photo courtesy of oysterboxhotel.com
Panorama Bar and Pool Deck
the boiler room
s43
freedom Café
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel, 63 Snell Parade
Lion Match Factory
The Foundry, 43 Station Dr Precinct
34 St Marys Ave, greyville

Picture 180° views of Durban’s sweeping central beachfront, an extensive all-day menu (hop onto the bunny chow) and your favourite tipple or fresh fruit juice on hand. Bliss.

 

9am - 11pm

T: 031 362 1300

Owned by the guys behind Durban institution 9th Ave Bistro, this daytime-only venue at the historic Lion match factory is ideal for a quick nibble and catch up, or for canteen food with more ‘go’ in it. Sunny with lots of elbow room.

 

Mon to Fri 7:30am – 3:30pm

Sat 8am – 2pm

T: 031 362 1300

So-called for its street address, at 43 Station Drive in the city’s new creative ‘hood, S43 houses it’s very own micro brewery. Treat yourself to a craft beer and burger at one of their German beer hall reminiscent long tables.

 

Wed & Thurs 3pm - 12am

Fri & Sat 12pm - 12am

t 031 564 2939

 

Glass walls have been added to a converted shipping container in this hip cafe and grill with garden.

 

Breakfast: Mon to Sun 7am - 4pm

Lunch: Mon to 7am - 6pm

t 031 309 4453

 

9th Ave 
Bistro Unity Bar & Brasserie Green Parrot Japanese Restaurant Union Square
Avonmore Centre, 9th Ave
Silvervause Centre, 
Silverton Rd
Mackeurtan Ave, 
Durban North
59 Adelaide Tambo, 
Durban North

Ranks among the top restaurants in SA. Head Chef Charlie Lakin serves up exquisitely-presented Bistro classics and cutting edge gastronomic creations. The menu is constantly evolving and there are regular pairings with leading wines from SA and abroad.

 

Lunch: Tues to Fri 12pm - 2.30pm

Dinner: Mon to Sat 6pm - 9.30pm

t 031 312 9134

 

A cosy and eclectic bar/restaurant with a relaxed vibe and a value-for-money menu - ingredients sourced sustainably. Pop in for craft beer or cocktails and you’ll probably stay to dine.

 

Mon to Thur 12pm - 10.30pm

Sat & Sun 12pm - 12am

t 031 201 3470

 

Affiliated to The Wok Box on the same popular culinary strip, this compact restaurant boasts impeccable service, incredible food and a great atmosphere. Treat yourself to a Tiger beer, Dragon fiery ginger beer or Nikka, the awarded Japanese whisky, at the Yakitori Bar.

 

mon to sat11.30am - 3pm; 5pm - 9pm Sun 11.30am - 5pm

t 031 564 2939

Enjoy the American-inspired ‘fast-casual’ vibe and funky DIY menu; which revolves around juicy burgers, wings, ribs and craft beer. Star of the show is the ‘smash burger’, with its US-style burger-patty ‘smashed’ on a flat-top grill. A weekend evening must.

 

11am - 10pm

t  031 563 0923

Old Town 
Italy
Greedy 
Buddha The Oyster Box
39 Meridian Dr, 
Umhlanga Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 
Umhlanga
2 Lighthouse Rd, 
Umhlanga

There’s lots to see and try up north, including this ‘authentic Italian market’. Go back to a time when life was enriched by fine food and conversation. Old Town is a unique combo of market-style stalls, food counters and a fully-fledged restaurant.

 

Mon to Sat 7am – 7pm

Sun 7am - 6pm

t 031 566 5008

 

An intriguing upmarket dining experience. The tasting menu will transport your taste buds around the world. Sample tom yum prawn bisque, citrus-cured salmon, kingklip dashi broth and, oh my, the vanilla crème brulee...

 

 Tues to Sat 12pm – 3pm; 5pm - close

Sun 11am – 4pm

t 031 566 4383

 

The iconic jewel of the coast and a residence of choice for in-town celebs. Superb dining, cocktails and spa treatments await you, on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Look for the famous cat. t 031 514 5018
market vibe The Morning Trade
I heart market the morning trade victoria street market
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Station Dr Precinct
151/155 Victoria St

One of SA's largest design markets, where you can pick up locally-designed and truly unique jewellery, art, fashion, decor and accessories.

 

the first saturday of

every month

9am - 2pm

 

Durban’s Sunday secret, where gourmands go for farm-fresh ingredients and artisan goods. It’s a buzzy, social urban space where you can forage for fresh produce, top quality meats and delectable specialities.

 

Sun 8am - 1pm

 

Barrels of Indian spices and incense infuse the air of this flea market and a visit is essential for those who want to experience Durban's relaxed Afro-Oriental atmosphere and pick up some

great bargains.

 

mon to sat 8am - 6pm

sun 10am - 4pm

t 031 306 4021

 

get your frock on Lucky Shaker Cocktail Bar. Photo courtesy of Murie Bros, luckyshaker.com
the chairman origin nightclub lucky shaker cocktail bar
146 Mahatma Gandhi Rd
9 Clark Rd, Glenwood
No.9B Mayfair On The Lake, 5 Park Lane, Parkside, Umhlanga
A suave ensemble of smooth whisky and even smoother jazz. You’re unlikely to sniff out a more luxurious hangout this side of Sandton. Thur to Sat 7pm - 2am t 078 387 1408

Once a sedate hotel, now home to Durban’s headiest entertainment venue.  Set across three levels, it’s a nocturnal wonderland with four dance floors, numerous chill-out areas and a rooftop garden for fresh air breaks.

 

Open most Fridays & Saturdays, 8.30pm - close

t 031 201 9959

 

Contender for the best cocktails in KZN. Awash with quirky, pineapple-inspired décor, the Lucky Shaker artfully serves up drinks from the familiar to the classics, as well as a host of fresh inventions. Every week there’s a new G&T and whiskey showcased, and the cocktails always use seasonal fruit.

 

Mon to Sat 3.30pm - close

t 078 450 6751

 

the dutch the rainbow 
restuarant
Cnr. Lighthouse & Chartwell, Umhlanga Rocks
23 Stanfield Lane, 
Pinetown
Trendy much? Then you’ll love this stylish bar/music venue with its copper light fittings, Chesterfield couches and beautiful wooden fittings. Grub-wise, it’s about oysters, sliders and tataki, with craft beer, cocktails or coffee on hand. t 083 455 4377
The Rainbow has been showcasing music icons such as Jimmy Dludlu, Busi Mhlongo and Darius Brubeck, and giving opportunity to emerging talents since the early 1980's when it defied conventions and used music to fight Apartheid. Mon to Sat 10am - 7pm Sun 10am - 2pm t 031 702 9161
culture vulture KZNSA upper gallery. Photo courtesy of Louis de Villiers
Durban 
Art Gallery
kznsa emmanuel cathedral
City Hall, CBD
166 Bulwer Rd
48 Cathedral Rd
A large municipal gallery with a permanent collection of Victorian and contemporary SA art. It’s home to over 3 500 items including British, French and Dutch paintings, Chinese ceramics, glass vases by Lalique, bronzes by Rodin and works from local artists and craftspeople. The Natural History Museum is also downstairs. Mon to Sat 8am - 4pm Sun 11am - 4pm t 031 3112264/9

This much-loved gallery

buzzes with regular exhibitions

by feted local artists, a gift shop and a fantastic indoors/outdoors

breakfast, lunch and coffee vibe.

Or you can just chase the pigeons.

 

Tues to Sat 9am - 5pm

Sun 9am - 4pm

t 031 277 1705

 

Built in 1902-1903, this grand building incorporates must-sees for this history buff, including the Stations of the Cross, a lavish organ imported in 1912 and the enchanting Chapel of Our Lady.

 

t 031- 3063595

 

instagram it The warm Indian Ocean. Photo courtesy of Craig Scott
SKY CAR MOYO PIER durban botanic gardens
Tala Game Reserve
moses mabhida stadium 1 bell street, uShaka marine world, point 70 St Thomas Rd
R603 Umbumbulu Rd
Hitch a ride to the top of Durban’s iconic stadium in the Sky Car. Up there you’ll get a full, panoramic view of the city, shoreline, harbour, bluff, and coastline stretching north. Mon to Sun 9am - 4.30pm t 031 582 8222

Get a shot of the moon dancing on the Indian Ocean and capture Durban’s impressive skyline from the edge of Moyo Pier. You won’t get closer to the ocean and it’s the most uninterrupted view of the city looking north.

 

t 031 332 0606

 

On the lush Berea. For those sweet family pics to e-mail to Aunt Gwyneth in Brisbane. t 031 322 4000

Just 40 minutes away from Durban on the N3, this compact, game-rich reserve is great for both overnight and day trips. It provides ample opportunities to photograph game and pretend you’re actually in the Kruger National Park.

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