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Where to eat on Durban’s Florida Road

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Florida Road is back! The revival of Durban’s foodie strip has been a long time coming and things are definitely heating up again on this 2km tree-lined street. From wood-fired pizzas and chicken shops to killer coffee and ice-cream macaron sandwich parlours, here’s where to eat on Florida Road.

 

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For a morning coffee run

Barn Owl

This pretty little coffee hatch located in the new Florida Fields square serves up delicious takeaway coffee to sip and enjoy on one of the benches. They also do a to-go menu with freshly prepared, wholesome eats made at their Midlands café.

 

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Seattle Coffee Co.

Grab a spot on the sidewalk and sip on ethically sourced brews in all forms. The coffee shop also stocks some eats made on-site, including muffins, sandwiches and freshly baked pastries.

Starbucks

Fans of the American coffee brand head here for the signature roasts, easy bites and tree-shaded outdoor seating area, which is great for meetings or catching up on emails.

For takeaway meals, deli favourites and no-waste grocery shopping

House of Bravo

Head here for the takeaway vegetarian or vegan dish of the day (like sweet-potato curry) or stop in with your jars and paper bags for a zero-waste grocery shop. Items to choose from include organic fruits and veggies, fresh farm milk and free-range eggs.

For lunch on the go

Afro’s Chicken

This is Durban street food at its best – a simple, limited chicken-based menu made using good-quality ingredients. Go for the tender grilled chicken strips and tjips (hand-cut, skin-on chips) with chilli sauce for an extra kick.

 

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Bird & Co.

This chook shop from Ballito is the brainchild from the team behind Salt Rock’s BBM Café. Tuck into offerings of deboned half chickens, wings and burgers. The chickens are all free range and come in bastings of hot, mild or lemon-an-herb. You can also get your chicken atop a wood-fired pizza.

Falafel Fundi

This is the place for some of the city’s best falafels. Get yours made to order in a roti, a baguette or on a platter. You can also buy tubs of homemade hummus and baba ghanoush. It’s the perfect spot for a midweek lunch or a speedy takeaway for dinner.

 

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Flamin’ Wok

Located in the buzzing new Florida Fields hub is this Thai-inspired noodle bar. Enjoy everything from spring roll starters and tom yum soups to build-your-own noodle bowls or fluffy jasmine rice bowls. Flamin Wok is also strictly halaal.

 

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Glam Wich

This sandwich bar is also situated in Florida Fields, making it a perfect grab-and-go spot. The offering focuses on nutritiously balanced meals with options like loaded hummus slices; wholesome egg toast with Dijonnaise; poached egg and smashed avo toast; Mediterranean veg sarmies; and a variety of dressed up gourmet bagels.

 

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For cannabis-infused cuisine

Bohemian Beach Bumz

This spot dubs itself as a “420-friendly vegetarian and vegan coffee shop”. You’ll find everything from cannabis-infused chocolate and soft serve to vegan pizzas, muffins and much more.

For a slap-up steak dinner

Butcher Block

One of the newer branches on the block, this steakhouse continues to plate up satisfying meaty fare. The menu here is geared towards choice cuts of beef, wet-aged for a minimum of 21 days, as well as a wide selection of ‘land and sea’ meals.

Butcher Boys

Cater to your carnivore cravings with a variety of meaty meals from Butcher Boys. All the beef here is either wet- or dry-aged for 25 to 35 days, and is basted before being grilled to perfection on an open flame.

 

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Steak & Grill Co.

This stylish new steakhouse comes from the team behind the popular Jack Salmon. It offers classic grillhouse steaks, including steak au poivre, fillet flambé and carpetbagger. You’ll also be able to tuck into comforting favourites like fall-off-the bone lamb shank and delicate carpaccio.

For a laid-back lunch or dinner

Jack Salmon

Located downstairs from Steak & Grill Co. is the newest branch of the much-loved Jack Salmon brand. Head here for seriously good sushi, fresh seafood combos and vibrant Mediterranean-inspired dishes that are perfect for Durban’s warmer climate.

 

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Times Square – Food & Wine Bar

This new food-and-wine bar’s offering includes an extensive cocktail, beer and wine selection; easy-eating grub like pizzas, pastas, burgers and small bites; and large indoor and outdoor seating areas with televisions to catch any live sporting action.

For gourmet burgers and pub grub

Dropkick Murphy’s

The Irish-themed pub serves beer on tap, cocktails and gourmet pub fare such as burgers, deep-fried mac-and-cheese balls, and bowls o’ bacon.

Republik

This popular burger joint offers free-range burgers that are all made with 100% grass-fed beef. Build your own burger with toppings like jalapeño chutney, camembert, sriracha slaw, fried capers, or go for one of the signature burgers like the Jonathan’s lamb burger with chips, cheese and mutton gravy. Breakfasts and snack boards are also on offer.

 

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Super Burger

You’ll find this burger spot operating out of a souped-up Airstream. Expect some home-style patties with all your favourite toppings, as well as chicken strips, loaded fries and sauce-laden hotdogs.

For a slice of cheesy pizza or bowl of pasta

The Firehouse

Glorious thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas is what this spot is all about. Top yours with everything from smoked mozzarella, feta and candied apples to Durban beef curry and toasted coconut shavings.

 

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Lupa Osteria 

Head to this vibey, family-friendly Italian spot and carb up with home-made pasta and wood-fired pizza using only imported Italian flour. Pizzas are thin-crust and come with a variety of toppings like the speciality pasta, which comprises gnocchi with porcini panzerotti. Or go for the vegetarian butternut-and-ricotta ravioli. Red-meat lovers shouldn’t miss the lamb shank.

 

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Mamma Luciana’s

It’s all about comforting classic Italian fare here. Mamma’s has had the homemade tagliatelle and filled pastas on the menu since inception, and with good reason. Enjoy yours with a medley of seafood tossed in olive oil, chilli, tomato and a white wine and cream sauce; with a meaty bolognese; or with homemade Italian meatballs. The pizzas are also spot on.

 

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For a stylish date night

Dukkah

A beautiful, moody interior invites locals into this new Florida Road spot. The menu – designed by Pete Goffe-Wood – is a celebration of flavours drawn from Nairobi and Zanzibar, all the way to the melting pot of Durban. Think spiced lentil soup, Berber-inspired seafood curry, steamed mussels slowly steamed in pale ale, and Chalmar steak topped with masala butter.

For bunny chows and rotis

Bunny Chows by Two and a Half Men

If you’re hangry and need a good bunny chow fix, this Florida Fields hatch is the spot. You’ll also find home-style trotters and beans, mutton biryani and goat curry on the menu.

Roti & Chai

Get your street food fix with food inspired by the chai and roti vendors of the streets of Mumbai and Delhi. Think tandoori and chicken naan wraps, gourmet parathas and spicy marinated paneer.

For something sweet

Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream

This well-loved ice-cream brand from Jozi has made its way to Florida Road. Get your favourite artisanal scoops, including flavours like birthday cake, Nutella and Oreo, rocky road, and dulce de leche. The scoop shop also serves ice-cream cakes, milkshakes and waffles.

 

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Romano Ice Cream

Gelato and creative desserts is what can be expected when stopping by at this Florida Road dessert spot. The ingredients used in their desserts is imported from Italy, so here you will certainly get what you pay for. Choose from options of artisanal gelato, frozen yoghurt, croissants with ice cream, panini buns with ice cream, gelato slices and much more.

Sugarlicious

Durban’s very own macaron ice-cream sandwich parlour serves up colourful confections in flavours like mint, espresso, Nutella, burfee, smoked mocha, Bombay crush and bubblegum. Pop in here for a sneaky midday snack or an after-school treat.

 

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Wicked Donuts

This fun gourmet doughnut store sells sweet sensations with both classic and creative flavours. Traditional options like sugar-and-cinnamon and glazed doughnuts are available, or opt for the decadent filled options. The gourmet rings, however, are the stars of the show, with options like the Cookie Monster, topped with chocolate ganache and Oreos; or the Peanut Butter Bomb with a peanut-butter glaze and chocolate ganache. Vegan doughnuts are also available.

 

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