The local food-lover’s guide to Durban and surrounds

2015-10-09 15:30 - Louzel Lombard
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(Lucky Shaker - Umhlanga)

When you eat destination-specific food you become one with the place. Nothing tastes like the Weskus' freshly caught snoek or crayfish for example.

Just like the West Coast has its own signature ‘taste’, so does each and every destination in SA (and the world). 

ASLO READ: The ultimate Top 10 bucket list for the South African foodie traveller

We asked Durban local and food assistant intern at TASTE Magazine, Jacqueline Burgress, to give us her take on 'a taste of KZN'. 

THIS is where you should go to get your KZN food and drinks fix: 

Afro's Chicken Shop – on Duran beach front

This super quirky mustard yellow container serves delish chicken and "tjips" or slaw and is an awesome spot for a coffee after a run or bike ride along the promenade. It’s also a rad place to watch the surf as its right in front of a shipwreck!

Mundo Vida – on the Umdloti Beachfront stretch

This place has a great Sunday afternoon atmosphere – allowing visitors to soak up the sea breeze and watch the ocean from the deck.

The Prawn Shak 

This unique, rustic restaurant cooks up a selection of delightful local’s favourites far from the madding crowd on the beautiful unspoiled beach of Amatikulu, located on the North Coast, 110km from Durban.  

“It’s a place where an afternoon feels like a weekend in the sand dunes,” says Burgress.  There are also larney tented camps and upmarket, self-catering chalets nearby if you are looking to make a weekend of it.

Ciao Bella Café

This chic spot is located in the upgrade of The Point Waterfront, surrounded by the fusion of derelict buildings and modern sky scrapers.  The Italian style café delivers fresh, mouth-watering dishes and is a combination of modern and old town Durban.  

Boiler Room 

The Boiler Room belongs to the same owners of the famous 9th Avenue Bistro and is conveniently located at the Lion Match Factory Office Park.  It’s a sweet lunch spot where the aim is to make canteen food a little more exciting.

Outside Durban:

Abingdon Wine Estate 

Located in the picturesque KZN Midlands (Lions River), this is one of the only wine farms in KZN.  It’s the perfect spot to casually sit and overlook the vineyards, while tasting delicious wine and sampling their deliciously fresh Harvest lunches. 

On the snowy Midlands days, you can cuddle up in front of the roaring fireplaces too.

The Nottingham Road Brewing company 

Nestled in the shady grounds of the elegant Rawdons Hotel, in the heart of the Midlands Meander, you’ll find a thriving independent brewery which has long been delighting locals and visitors with a range of naturally brewed ales and lagers.

Throw the diet out the door and head to Bierfassl Restaurant & Pub close by to enjoy a gigantic Eisbein and the Nottingham Road Brewing company beers served on-tap. 

Best Markets:

Morning Trade Sunday market 

Located on station drive, in the heart of commercial node in Durban, this market is Durban locals’ weekly source of farm fresh ingredients and artisanal goods.

The Litchi Orchard 

“As I live on the North Coast,” Burgress says, “this is my favourite Saturday morning adventure - especially in summer when the trees are covered in litchis”.  

The Litchi Orchard hosts Saturday markets as well as a cute resident bakery, cake store, a nursery, a health store with local/organic produce, a cafe – The Delish Sisters - as well as the Monkey Country Treehouse bar.

Best spots for sundowners:


Sandbar – a vibey cocktail bar with tasty food along the Umdloti promenade

Lucky Shaker – awesome cocktail and tapas bar in the Umhlanga village

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