Where Summer Never Sets
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
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
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
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
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
mon to sat 8am - 6pm
sun 10am - 4pm
t 031 306 4021
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
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
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
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.