Top ChoiceIndian in Durban

Mali's Indian Restaurant

In a city that boasts a huge Indian population, this place is about as good as Indian food gets in Durban's restaurant scene. The outside looks like it could be a doctor's office, but inside you'll find North and...

Portuguese in Durban

Neo Cafe

Portuguese food isn't a rarity in KwaZulu-Natal, but when it's done as well as it is at Neo Cafe it's worth getting excited about. The menu is simple: chicken and seafood dishes smothered in perfectly spicy...

Ethiopian in Durban

Habesha Cafe

Durbanites rave about this casual Ethiopian spot that serves up traditional platters of food with plenty of injera. Everything on the menu is incredible, so it's best to go with a friend or two so you can sample...

Cafe in Durban

Freedom Cafe

An upmarket, colourful, funky place in an imaginatively converted space with a pebble-strewn courtyard. Asian-influenced food includes Vietnamese pulled pork; there are also vegetarian options and a kids' menu....

International in Durban


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all a hit at this hip Durban restaurant. Imaginative dishes include the likes of calamari, quinoa, feta, red pesto and macadamia salad; produce is locally sourced, free range and...

Seafood in Durban

Cargo Hold

A seafood encounter of the most novel kind. On the Phantom Ship in uShaka Marine World, your dining companions are fish with very large teeth – the restaurant shares a glass wall with the aquarium's shark tank....

Cafe in Durban

Cafe Jiran

Temporarily located in the garden of the Bel-Aire Suites Hotel, this funky space is the spot for a post-dip coffee, fruit crush or breakfast, or just to mingle with Durban's hip elite. Dining options range from...

Italian in Durban

Spiga D’oro

It looks like a typical cafe along this very popular strip, but Spiga serves up hearty helpings of Italian food, including delicious pasta dishes. It also makes a great place to grab a cocktail or glass of wine....

International in Durban


Housed in the uShaka complex, Moyo is more novelty than quality cuisine, and makes for a fun (if noisy) night out. The concept is great – the decor features sculptures and decorations from recycled materials, and...

International in Durban

Cafe 1999

This classy restaurant looks unassuming inside, but assume that you will get seriously good modern Mediterranean fusion food here. Tapas including stuffed and deep-fried olives, kudu carpaccio and chilli prawns...

Burgers in Durban

Surf Riders Food Shack

Marking a resurgence of beachfront dining, Surf Riders has tables alongside the promenade where surfers, travellers and hip locals meet to chomp on gourmet burgers, wood-fired pizzas, tacos and a few seafood...

Portuguese in Durban


Set in a courtyard just off Florida Rd, Mozambik has a very pleasant dining area complete with a fountain that's a great place to put away some well-prepared Portuguese-influenced fish, prawn, poultry or steak...

Steak in Durban

Joop’s Place

In a most unlikely location at the rear of a shopping centre, unpretentious Joop's Place has Durbanites flocking in for high-quality steaks – each cooked by Joop himself. Order yours plain or smothered in a...

International in Durban

9th Avenue Bistro

This smart, modern spot serves up fabulously reliable upmarket fare. The tasting menu changes (often with venison, and the likes of smoked ostrich fillet), while the bistro standards include braised beef short...

Indian in Durban

Little Gujarat

Serving vegetarian Indian food, including bunny chow, this is a long-running spot for a tasty inner-city lunch. There's also a branch in Umhlanga, but regulars note that the food there isn't as good.

Indian in Durban

Hollywood Bets

Lunch spots don't come any more unlikely than this – a cafe tacked onto a betting shop. But the bunnies here are legendary and, indeed, award-winning.

International in Durban

African Peninsula Restaurant

Basically a huge balcony overlooking the ocean, the location of this coastal spot gets rave reviews from travellers. Offerings include typical grilled seafood and burger fare. While the food is good, it's the...

Italian in Durban

Roma Revolving Restaurant

One of the handful of central restaurants surviving in Durban, Roma offers stunning views over the city in its own leaning House of John Ross. Beautifully prepared dishes are mainly Italian, and include pasta any...

Indian in Durban

House of Curries

A more salubrious spot than many to sample bunny chow (or a range of other Indian-inspired dishes), House of Curries is a local institution. Grab a quart of lager to swig while you're waiting for your curry. It's...