Today is International Women’s Day and hundreds of women are here in Durban to attend the Forbes Woman Africa Leading Women’s Summit.
I was invited to send attendees a newsletter on the great things to do in our beautiful city while they are here and chose to showcase some of the great foodie destinations in two of our most popular areas – Station Drive and Florida Road.
Here’s the article – hope it will inspire you to support local and try some of these great spots in our city.
If you haven’t visited some of these Durban foodie spots – you haven’t lived ;)
If you’re visiting Durban for the Forbes Woman Africa Leading Women Summit this March, we do hope you’ll take some time to enjoy some of the city’s taste and retail experiences – especially those that you might not find in the usual tourist guide to the city.
The Station Drive Precinct is a hub of creativity and cuisine and highlights include Momenti Gelato, which cannot be missed on a visit to Durban.
Edward Papaphotis has created a cult following for his traditional Italian gelato and vegan sorbetto, which he handcrafts in small batches using only fresh, natural ingredients – the Dulce de leche is the stuff of dreams.
While you enjoy your tasty cone, take a peek inside The Vintager, a secondhand store lovingly curated by Amanda Jaffar, which holds a treasure trove of once loved items, from vintage clothing and kitchenalia, to war memorabilia and paper ephemera – it’s amazing to see what she has discovered on her travels.
Then head around the corner to S43, restaurant and home to Durban beer brewery, That Brewing Company, known for its range of locally brewed beers, including That Blonde Ale, That Black Stout and That Good
Florida Road is one of our most well-known destinations and this iconic road, once a sandy track trekked by elephants and later traversed by trams, holds a delightful array of restaurants and shops. It can be discovered on foot and warrants an afternoon dedicated to the pursuit of delicious food and drink.
Start with a coffee from City Roast, located at the bottom of Florida Road. It shares the space with a beautiful florist and is also home to Saar’s famous Falafel Fundi. Enjoy a delicious Mediterranean platter and don’t miss the Instagram-worthy wall mural painted by local artist, Resoborg.
Across the road you’ll find Dukkah, a new addition to the Durban scene, serving food and cocktails to a cosmopolitan crowd, celebrating the cultural melting pot of the city with varied colour and textures throughout the beautiful interior.
If you’ve got time to relax, head to Lupa for an antipasto platter and an Aperol Spritz, enjoyed leisurely under the trees while you watch the people go by – Florida Road is always buzzing.
Or carry on up the road to its newest precinct at 295 Florida Road. It’s teeming with local eateries like Jack Salmon Fish House, home to some of Durban’s best sushi and seafood, Bird + Co which serves mouth-watering chicken slathered in delicious peri-peri sauce and Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream, which in one short month has become the talk of the town. Serving flavours like birthday cake, chocolate & salted caramel and lover’s mess, this eatery is delighting visitors and tempting them back for more.
Wind down after all that at the bar counter at The Charlatan, while their mixologists whip up something to quench your thirst.
So there you have it – Durban in 24 hours – a foodie lover’s paradise x
All pics: by @askashe