Where to find Durban’s craziest milkshakes

In the mood for a great milkshake? Durban has you covered, with everything from freak shakes and adult shakes to gourmet milkshakes and the classics.

Bellevue Café (Kloof)
Served in the metal glass straight from the blender, the focus here is on flavour without the fuss, eschewing the crazy toppings and OTT presentation. Hit the sweet spot with a thick and decadently moreish Bar One and fudge caramel shake, or the wonderfully nostalgic Peppermint Crisp. Else go for the fruitfully frothy mango shake, which is deliciously fresh and smacks with tropical flavour. Other flavours include banana and chocolate brownie, Oreo cookie and strawberry, all served with a wide paper straw and a long spoon – you’ll want every last drop.


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Chubby’s (Sunningdale)
New to the scene, this eatery promises sumptuous desserts in big portions and boy, do they deliver. Beautifully presented with a dusting of icing sugar on the plate in the form of their logo, the gourmet Nutella shake is the perfect balance of flavour and thickness, piled high with decadent toppings and sprinkles. Other gourmet flavours include coffee, Bar One, peanut butter and strawberry, all topped with various iterations of chewy mini marshmallows, chocolate swirls, Astro’s, fresh fruit and cream. There’s also a selection of less garnished shakes such as the chocolate, butter toffee or salted caramel.


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Parc Café (Glenwood)
There aren’t any thickeners or artificial flavours here. Parc stays true to its ethos using only fresh ingredients in their shakes. They’re served without frills or fuss, with the focus being on flavour. You can’t go wrong with the simple vanilla bean, chocolate or fresh banana options, but venture a bit further and you’ll discover an inspired selection such as choc-orange or rooibos, both deliciously moreish. The Harmonia features a hit of coffee, perfect for a hot Durban summer day. The lemon cheesecake flavour is deliciously decadent, laced with lemon curd, or go for the vanilla bean and avocado blend laced with a double shot of rooibos red espresso. Other flavours include choc-mint, brownie and peanut butter.

Milkshakes from Parc Café

Milkshakes from Parc Café. Photo Supplied.

Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream (Florida Road)
Paul’s has only just arrived in Durban and has taken it by storm, scooping up flavours like Peppermint Crisp tart, birthday cake and roasted banana, using only carefully selected ingredients to create intricate flavour and texture – there’s even a vegan strawberry option. Order your sweet fix as a milkshake – whatever tantalises your tastebuds, they’ll froth it up with milk and serve it to you in a large glass. The salted caramel with shards of dark chocolate makes for a sinfully good treat.


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Rocomama’s (Umhlanga)
Popular for its burgers and cheesy fries, Rocomama’s also features a range of shakes. More meal than drink, the OTT freak shake concoctions are dressed to impress, slathered in a variety of sweet toppings and served in large-handled jars, along with a spoon and a wide paper straw. Slip into a chocolate coma with the Slow Death By Chocolate or satisfy your sweet tooth with flavours like the Candylicious or Peanutology. The ‘G-Shake’ menu features old favourites such as strawberry and bubblegum, with newer additions such as crème brûlée, lemon meringue and butter toffee, but the Oreo Shake steals the show, swimming in delicious crumbs and topped with cream and crunchy biscuit pieces.

A slow death by chocolate milkshake from Rocomamas

A slow death by chocolate milkshake from Rocomama’s. Photo supplied.

Surf Riders Cafe (Addington Beach)
Ice creams at the beach are almost compulsory in Durban and Surf Riders takes it one step further with its gourmet shake offering. Topped with crazy delights and served in old-school diner glasses with paper straws, you can sip away while watching the promenade crowds go past then get a long stroll in afterwards. Made from a base of traditional soft serve, flavours include salted caramel and honeycomb – topped with vanilla ice cream scoops, dotted with caramel popcorn and chewy honeycomb – as well as biscuity Oreo, chocolate ganache and marshmallow. Get your morning kick with the double espresso flavour, or go for the double chocolate laced with melted Bar One sauce.


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Scoop Handmade Ice Cream (The Market, Ballito Lifestyle Centre)
Churned out in small batches by hand using locally sourced barn eggs, milk, cream and sugar, Scoop’s ice cream is used to produce a range of exciting gourmet milkshakes. The signature flavour, named The Movie House Special, is deliciously thick and made using butter-salted popcorn ice cream blended with milk and finished off with a swirl of cream and a dusting of popcorn praline. All shakes are served in biodegradable cups with biodegradable lids and straws. Seasonal flavours could include white rocky road, champagne, banana bread, Easter eggs or charcoal black lemon meringue pie.


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Sage Cafe & Deli (Ballito)
Sage is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon while the kids burn off their sugar rush on the jungle gym. This deli features a decidedly different take on milkshakes, with a decadent range of ‘naughty milkshakes’ for adults laced with Kahlúa, whiskey, brandy, Cape Velvet or Frangelico. Kids’ options include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, lime or bubblegum.

The Waffle Shop at Vovo Telo (Umhlanga)
Tucked around the back of the Vovo Telo Restaurant and Bakery in Umhlanga, this brightly decorated waffle and milkshake bar is perfect for kids and those young at heart. Pull up a stool at the retro counter while your server froths up roasted, caramelised bananas and Madagascan vanilla bean ice cream for the Local is Lekker shake. The speciality shakes are blended using ice cream from Scoop Ice Cream, with flavours including Strawberry Seduction with strawberry compote and Madagascan Dreams with fresh pineapple and toasted coconut. All are served with wide paper straws so you can sip up every last drop.

A milkshake from Vovo Telo.

A milkshake from Vovo Telo. Photo supplied.

Wicked Donuts (Florida Road)
Known for its decadent gourmet doughnuts, Wicked Donuts has added a range of Wicked Drinks to its repertoire, including milkshakes, hot chocolate, lattes and floats. Your taste buds will be pleased by flavours like cookies and cream, cookie monster, strawberry unicorn and popcorn latte. Milkshakes come served in a paper or plastic takeaway cup and topped with an assortment of doughnuts, marshmallows, caramel popcorn, cream and sprinkles.

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