Where to pop the question in Durban

From sparkling sea views to a tranquil dinner in the Midlands, these KZN restaurants offer the ideal setting for a perfect proposal.

9th Avenue Bistro (Morningside) ?

This contemporary yet welcoming spot is perfect for any foodie couple. Sophisticated classic food is presented exquisitely. The team has assisted with the classic-ring-in-bubbly manoeuvre many times – and has even conspired to hide the ring in the seafood course. Proposals here often receive applause from other diners as though they’re from a movie scene, and couples are often back for their wedding anniversaries to celebrate where it all started.

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Roast lamb rump from 9th Avenue Bistro. Photo supplied.

Bel Punto (Umdloti)

If you and your partner-in-crime are more of the relaxed type, head to this stylish sea-facing restaurant – what could be more romantic than glistening views of the Indian Ocean? Take a walk along the beach before heading up to the restaurant for a sunset dinner with mouthwatering Italian fare and seafood dishes. Place the ring on top of their tempting crème brûlée for an extra sweet surprise.

Creamy panna cotta from Bel Punto. Photo supplied.

The Chefs’ Table (Umhlanga Rocks)

This seriously stylish restaurant is a hotspot for date night and could be just the place to ask that oh-so-important question. Exquisitely presented food and an impressive wine selection make this a real treat for foodie couples. Book a cosy booth or even the private dining room for a surprise engagement party. Be sure to get a beautiful cocktail at the bar before kicking off the evening.

The beautiful booth seating at The Chefs Table. Photo supplied.

Hartford House (Mooi River)

A romantic getaway for two to the picturesque Midlands makes for a picturesque proposal. Head to this beautiful five-star country house for a relaxing weekend of pampering and enjoy a luxurious meal at the restaurant on the tranquil verandah.

A beautifully presented dish at Hartford House. Photo supplied.

Ile Maurice (Umhlanga Rocks)

A long walk on the Umhlanga promenade can be followed by a meal for two at this intimate Mauritian restaurant. Be transported to the islands and enjoy dishes like fresh crab simmered in a light béchamel sauce, bouillabaisse with Saldanha mussels and king prawns, and enticingly fragrant curries. Call ahead and arrange a bottle of bubbles on ice and scattered petals on the table for an extra romantic surprise after you pop the question on the beach.

The Lighthouse Bar (Umhlanga Rocks)

Enjoy romantic sundowners on the terrace overlooking the lighthouse and sweeping sea views before you pop the big question. The cosy bar is also great for cooler weather and the five-star hotel treatment should seal the deal. The Oyster Bar on the lower level also boasts a truly romantic setting for loved-up couples looking to celebrate with bubbles and fresh oysters. There’s also a Chef’s Table in the wine cellar for a more intimate experience.

The romantic setting at The Oyster Bar at The Oyster Box Hotel. Photo supplied.

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