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The hottest all-day breakfast spots in Durban

We’ve rounded up some of the best all-day breakfast spots in Durban and surrounds, so you can start your day any time you feel like it.

Antique Café (Morningside)

This homely café has changed ownership over the years, but remains a popular spot for locals to catch up over all-day breakfast. Options include the usual eggy suspects with lamb rashers instead of bacon, as well as a savoury croissant, vegan breakfast or citrus fruit salad. You can also create your breakfast from the itemised list of extras – the kitchen is happy to oblige your fancy. The shakshuka is really good – poached eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce, served with chewy toasted ciabatta. Sweet and savoury muffins are baked in little terracotta pots, while the mini bee sting cakes are legendary and shouldn’t be passed up under any circumstances – they make for a great sneaky takeaway.

Glenwood Bakery (Glenwood)

Glenwood Bakery is widely regarded as one of Durban’s best bakeries, and for good reason: it keeps the city well-fed, supplying both the man-on-the-street and local eateries. A succinct breakfast menu is available all day during the week, with eggs Benedict or royale making an appearance on weekends only, alongside a selection of pastries that are baked and served up in large trays – only available until the last one is claimed for the day! The sautéed oyster mushrooms on toast, topped with a poached egg, is sublimely simple, as is the curried beans, with or without a poached egg. Coffee is sourced from local roasteries and you won’t go wrong pairing one with a generously filled Belgian pain au chocolat.

 

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Market (Marriott Road)

A beautiful light-dappled courtyard sets the tone for a casual all-day breakfast under the trees. Expect some sweet dishes like cinnamon-spiced hotcakes dotted with crème fraîche and banana, drizzled with honey, or croissant French toast topped with cinnamon-grilled banana, strawberries and toasted almonds. Savoury options include smoked salmon and sweet-potato cakes topped with herby cream cheese and poached eggs; or pulled lamb benedict served on toasted ciabatta topped with poached eggs, rocket and a wickedly delicious wholegrain mustard hollandaise. Or go all out with the full house breakfast stack – toast topped with poached eggs, rocket, portabellini mushrooms, streaky bacon, cherry tomatoes and lamb sausage.

 

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Parc Café (Glenwood)

This is comfort food made with love and presented beautifully. All-day breakfast is written up on a large chalkboard wall, with local ingredients featuring prominently in some hearty breakfast offerings. Options might include a fat slab of banana bread French toast, served with salted caramel, streaky bacon, fresh banana and toasted pumpkin seeds; the ‘Not so Benedict’ of poached eggs with bacon, mushrooms or spinach, topped with lemon hollandaise and capers; or mushrooms sautéed in butter with chilli, garlic, rosemary and parsley. Lighter options include bircher muesli, which is soaked overnight with grated apple, or a vegan chia bowl filled with banana, papaya, goji berries, cranberries, toasted coconut and crushed almonds.

So simple, so saucy, so satisfying. Photo by Nikita Buxton

Surf Riders Café (Marine Parade)

With one of the best views in Durban and great food to match, you can watch the waves while you chow down on all-day breakfasts with a twist. Like your eggs benedict? Try them one of five ways, served with salmon, tuna, mackerel or bacon (or the usual with just ham and hollandaise). Nursing a sore head? Go for the breakfast works – a sesame bun filled with two poached eggs, gouda, cheese and wors gravy, baked in the pizza oven and drizzled with hollandaise. Healthier options include fruit salad, granola and muesli, served with stewed fruit and thick Greek yoghurt. Wash it all down with fresh fruit juices, whey protein or fruit smoothies.

Sprigs (Kloof)

Fiona and Clare Ras celebrate 20 years at Sprigs this year and there’s a reason they’re still around, consistently serving a fresh, seasonal menu with a daily buffet groaning with delectable delights. An a la carte breakfast menu is available all day, as well as a daily breakfast special with a fruit or cooked breakfast option. Old favourites like French toast with bacon and maple syrup sit happily alongside hot oats with cranberries, cinnamon and flaked almonds. Fresh scones are baked daily and could include savoury cheese and chive, or cranberry-chocolate. Or just enjoy a simple yet delicious chocolate brioche bun with your coffee.

Tasha’s (Umhlanga)

There are just two menu items on Tasha’s breakfast menu, but both pack a deliciously exotic punch. The Persian breakfast partners poached eggs with tomato and avo, topped with a sprinkling of za’atar spice, and The Mariachi is a toasted tortilla with scrambled eggs and avo, green chilli, coriander, tomato, parmesan and lime. A variety of smoothies and freshly squeezed juices round off the small breakfast menu, which is available all day.

Vovo Telo (Umhlanga Village)

Smell the fresh aroma of baked goods drifting through the restaurant as you watch them being made on site. Dishes to look forward to include roasted butternut fritters drizzled with honey, ginger and yoghurt; eggs benedict with pulled BBQ pork served on a freshly baked scone and drizzled with hollandaise; and spicy eggs baked in tomato chutney with ground beef, Mexican cornbread and avo. Bagels and waffles also make an appearance, with freshly squeezed juices, hot beverages and fruit frostees available to wash it all down.

 

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The Waffle House (Ramsgate)

If waffles for breakfast are your thing, this is the place to eat them – The Waffle House has been serving them up on the KZN South Coast for 62 years. Its Belgian waffles are light, crispy and available with a variety of delectable toppings, both sweet and savoury. Vegetarian toppings include scrambled egg and grilled tomato; herby sautéed mushrooms; feta and piquant peppers; and you can ask for spring onion and cheese to be baked into your waffle. Go all out and stack them with bacon, drizzled with maple syrup, or saucy savoury mince topped with scrambled egg and a sprinkle of grated cheese. Want a sweet one? Go for toppings of banana; roasted macadamia; chocolate chips; hot Dutch apple (Granny Smith apple wedges poached in cinnamon and raisins); or banoffee, made with locally grown bananas.

 

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