Durban is embracing the trendiest meal of the day with some pretty glorious brunch choices. Here’s where to get your next-level brunches in sunny Durbs and surrounds.
This quaint spot might look like just a vintage clothing shop from the street, but inside the house is a homely café that serves seasonal breakfast, brunch and lunch plates. Expect dishes like the redesigned eggs Benedict with a sweet-potato-and-corn rösti, free-range eggs, crispy lamb bacon, truffle Hollandaise and a purée of rosa tomato, carrot and chilli. On the sweet end of the spectrum, dive into the French toast with marinated figs, ginger confyt, vanilla mascarpone and a honey granola.
Brunches are quite a thing at this homely spot and they’re served until 11.30am for the late risers. Think freshly baked croissants, fruit bowls, decadent caramelised French toast with star anise and poached seasonal fruits, and poached eggs with smoked salmon and crispy kale. There’s also a comforting and cheesy Welsh rarebit to cure the after-effects of a late night.
The huge drawcard here is fresh, wholesome and ethnically sourced food presented beautifully on a plate. If you don’t opt for the wholesome-sounding muesli with honey and yoghurt to start the day, your remaining mid-morning options all feature the delicious bread made on site. The scrambled eggs are light and fluffy, and the eggs Florentine dish comes with one or two eggs flawlessly poached to your liking with a rich and tangy Hollandaise. Pair with a freshly squeezed juice or a drip filter coffee.
It’s no secret that these sisters know how to put together a wholesome and gorgeous plate of food. Order a glass of bubbles or a beautifully prepared G&T and dive in to one of the hearty brunch options available. Options might include pecan-crusted French toast with maple bacon; perfect eggs Benedict with smoked salmon or bacon; toasts with garlicky mushrooms or zesty guacamole; and creamy scrambles. If you’re looking for something different, there’s za’atar scrambled eggs with halloumi or shakshuka with a poached egg and feta.
The ideal brunch pit stop en route to the Midlands, this family-friendly spot offers gorgeous countryside views and a mean breakfast menu. From lush Benedicts to golden croissants stuffed with fluffed-up eggs, the menu has something for everyone. If you’re going for a non-boozy brunch, the beautiful fresh juices will hit the spot. Be sure to check out the cakes and pastries on your way out.
This artsy spot is ideal for lingering brunches under the trees. The Benedict menu will have you torn between options served with chakalaka or sliced pork sausage, while the Turkish brekkie with boiled eggs, cucumber, Castelvetrano olives and feta will keep things fresh and light. There’s also a whole section dedicated to ‘things on toast’ as well as healthy super-food dishes. If you’re looking for French toast, they’ve got you covered with toppings of bacon jam or pear and Nutella. Wash your brunch down with a robot-coloured juice or go for the boozy options like the Red Snapper with gin, tomato juice and horseradish.
Locals flock to this suburban gem for lazy mid-morning feasts. While the classic eggs Benedict is wildly popular here, it’s the weekly specials that get us truly excited. Options might include savoury lamb mince with poached eggs on toast; buckwheat blinis with salmon and crème fraîche or raspberries and ice cream; or sourdough toast topped with roasted tomatoes and olive tapenade. Take a bottle of bubbles along with you to seal the deal, or sip on one of the expertly made coffees.
This jazz spot on the beachfront is not serving up tasty shisanyama only. Enjoy a late start with one of the sunny breakfast options that are served all day. The Mzansi-inspired choices include eggs with mushrooms, chakalaka beans, local wors and belly bacon; pork sausage on sweet-potato toast; and a toppling Zulu flapjack stack served with rooibos syrup, whipped cream, banana, bacon, lemon and basil ricotta. If you’re into the simpler things, go for Marmite on toast, or a boozy Bloody Mary liquid breakfast with celery.
Breakfasts are served all day at this courtyard eatery. Expect dishes like cinnamon hotcakes with banana; prosciutto and asparagus with a poached egg and honey mustard; French toast croissant with banana and berries; and rancheros with soft boiled eggs, kidney beans, and a mushroom-and-chilli relish. On the drinks side of things, freshen up with a bottle of bubbles or some craft beers.
This Italian market restaurant serves up great deli-style eats and rich pastas, but the breakfasts are worth a stop too. Enjoy a late-morning bite featuring free-range eggs, freshly baked breads and cured Italian meats. The large menu ranges from classic salmon scrambled eggs or cheese-and-marmalade croissants to shakshuka with a Napoletana sauce and cannellini beans or sausage patty breakfast with poached eggs and home-made orange-and-ginger marmalade. Wash it down with imported La Dolce Vita Caffe coffee, specialty teas, or cold-crushed juices.
This easy-going favourite is known for serving brilliant brunches to locals spilling out onto the sidewalk. The Not So Benedict is always a winner, with a sprinkling of salty capers on top. Other exciting options might include croque monsieur with charcuterie, cheese and a brinjal pickle; soft polenta with smoked tomato concasse and a poached egg; or the sweet and satisfying toasted brioche with rosewater-poached stone fruit, home-made cheese curd and pistachios. Be sure to grab a spot early to enjoy the live acoustic music on the pavement.
This wildly popular spot is located on Durban’s Golden Mile and serves up great breakfast grub for late risers. Look to the Breakfast Works for something extra satisfying. This includes a sesame bun filled with two poached eggs, gouda, chorizo, boerewors, and gravy, which is baked in a pizza oven before being topped with Hollandaise sauce. If you’re after something less indulgent, there are five different Benedicts from which to choose, including one with seared yellowfin tuna and avo.
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