Must-see restaurants in KwaZulu-Natal

  • Top Choice
    Mundo Vida

    Enjoy seafood and bistro fare in unpretentious surroundings at this excellent coastal restaurant, where traditional recipes have a modern twist. For a…

  • Top Choice
    Valley Bakery

    Baguettes, croissants and a range of sticky treats are baked on the premises (the owners even grow and grind their wheat). A quaint wrought-iron veranda…

  • Top Choice
    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…

  • 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:…

  • 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,…

  • Tandoor

    Durban enjoys most of the glory when it comes to Indian food, but Tandoor helps Pietermaritzburg give it a run for its money. Takeaway is best as the…

  • Pucketty Farm

    Beatrix Potter meets Jamie Oliver: there’s more to this extraordinarily cute place than meets the eye. There’s a huge selection of great-value gourmet…

  • Freedom Cafe

    An upmarket, colourful, funky place in an imaginatively converted space with a pebble-strewn courtyard. Asian-influenced food includes Vietnamese pulled…

  • Market

    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…

  • Trattoria La Terrazza

    Ask for a restaurant recommendation in the area and the answer is overwhelmingly this Italian option. It has a popular meaty and pasta-heavy menu,…

  • 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…

  • Tower of Pizza

    Yep, there really is a tower, where very good wood-fired pizza is prepared. Grab a table on the outside decking and enjoy the clean air and mountain views…

  • 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…

  • Cafe Bloom

    One of the nicest cafes in the area. Located in a small complex with a garden, this homely, funky place is decked out in a melange of retro decor. You’ll…

  • Rosehurst

    This delightful oasis, in a lovely Victorian house behind a rather chintzy gift shop, is a quintessential English garden in the middle of ‘Maritzburg –…

  • 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…

  • Moyo

    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…

  • Dragon’s Rest Pub & Restaurant

    Sit outside at this delightful place and drink in the dam-side and mountain views while enjoying some fine Berg cooking and a cold drink. Inside is a log…

  • Ile Maurice

    For a special seaside splurge with a Gallic touch, try this chic eatery serving a variety of French and Mauritian dishes, including a range of fish and…

  • Cafe 1999

    This classy restaurant looks unassuming inside, but assume that you will get seriously good modern Mediterranean fusion food here. Tapas including stuffed…