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Where to eat in Durban’s arty suburb of Glenwood

With its tree-lined streets and colonial-style houses, the suburb of Glenwood in Durban offers a colourful array of coffee shops, pizzerias and breakfast hotspots with friendly and relaxed vibes. This is the kind of area where suburban foodies will see walls adorned in street art, or discover a quaint hidden gem that’s perfect for a quiet cup of some of Durban’s finest coffee. Here’s where to eat in the one of Durban’s oldest suburbs.

Eggs Benedict at The Glenwood Bakery. Photo by Xavier Vahed.

Eggs Benedict at The Glenwood Bakery. Photo by Xavier Vahed.

Arts Café

This eclectic gallery and café is both family- and dog-friendly. Guests can sit under the shady trees and enjoy a simple menu that’s great for fussy eaters. Look forward to easy eats like health sandwiches, croissants, salads, scones, cakes and great cappuccinos.

The Bean Green Coffee Roastery

This quirky space is owned by father-daughter team Peter Winter and award-winning barista Mel. The organic beans on offer are Ethiopian, roasted in small batches on the premises and served as single origin or in blends like Bean Green signature. Enjoy the comforting crackle of the record player and sip on a perfect coffee paired with a triple-chocolate brownie.

The Coffee Tree

This popular coffee shop serves only gluten-free and wheat-free dishes that are both tasty and good for you. Try their banting-friendly crustless quiche with spinach, butternut, caramelised onion, mature cheddar and black olives, or the gluten- and wheat-free carrot cake. They also bake up wickedly gluten-free brownies for a guilt-free treat that go well with their killer coffee.

The gluten-free brownies at Coffee Tree. Photo supplied.

The gluten-free brownies at Coffee Tree. Photo supplied.

The Glenwood Bakery

Chef-patron Adam Robinson is renowned for his incredibly delicious breads, which appear in different forms on a small but excellent quality menu. Their breakfasts are also exemplary, as are their pizza evenings on Mondays.

The Glenwood Restaurant

Tuck into luxurious pastas at this new Brand Road restaurant. It’s headed up by Adam Robinson of Glenwood Bakery, so customers can look forward to more flour wizardry here. The pasta is house made and each plate is filled with silky, perfectly cooked pasta that’s glossy with sauce. A winner is the tagliatelle with plump cherry tomatoes, basil and a blush cream sauce.

The tomato and basil pasta at The Glenwood Restaurant. Photo by Nikita Buxton.

The tomato and basil pasta at The Glenwood Restaurant. Photo by Nikita Buxton.

Mooki Noodle Bar

This fun Durban noodle bar serves up some fresh and interesting dishes that are easy on the wallet but full of flavour. Try the comforting chicken, mushroom and mai fun noodle soup, which features crispy tempura-fried chicken floating on a mushroom-and-chicken broth with oyster sauce and rice noodles.

A flavoursome dish at Mooki Noodles. Photo supplied.

A flavoursome dish at Mooki Noodles. Photo supplied.

Parc

This sociable sidewalk café offers some creative all-day breakfasts (their eggs Benedict is glorious) along with daily soups and quiches in clever flavour combinations. Keep some space for one of their decadent milkshakes.

A wholesome salad at Parc Café. Photo supplied.

A wholesome salad at Parc Café. Photo supplied.

Pizzetta Pizzeria

The pizzas at this fun and relaxed spot situated on the Davenport strip are thin-based, fired in the wood oven the traditional way, and topped with mouthwatering ingredients. Try the one with roasted peppers, marinated artichokes, green olives and sliced tomato or an interesting Thai-infused choice with coconut milk, cashew nuts and sweet potato.

Pop-up Society

Pop-up is not your conventional restaurant and bar. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, the funky spot also hosts pop-up cinemas, family nights, quiz evenings, wine tastings and cooking classes. If you’re looking for a crazy milkshake fix in the city, this is your spot. Think death by chocolate freakshake or an indulgent red velvet version.

Yossi’s

This colourful and vibey Moroccan restaurant is situated in the heart of Glenwood. A great following of regular patrons from Ballito to Hillcrest is attracted to the eclectic atmosphere and food. Try one of the platters filled with spicy chicken skewers, kefta meatballs, feta-and-brinjal wraps and spiced olives or go for crispy flat bread topped with rump steak strips and tzatziki.

Coming soon

Keep an eye out for the new container restaurant called The Prep Room, located at Glenwood Preparatory School, created by Judd Campbell (of Coffee Tree).

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