Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Durban

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, delightful Durban, found in beautiful KwaZulu-Natal, is an unforgettable seaside destination for all to enjoy.

It is a city of fun, beauty and above all, great food. So, with this in mind, let’s take a lot at ten of the best family friendly restaurants in Durban for you and your loved ones to savour.

Here are the best family friendly restaurants in Durban:

#1 O & O Cafe

O & O Cafe is one of the most child-friendly places you will find anywhere. They are all for family, love and good food made with care and attention so it’s only natural that this permeates every inch of this beautiful cafe.

Not only do they allow children to roam free and play with a wonderful array of play facilities (including an indoor play room, climbing wall, safe, enclosed courtyard garden area, jumping castle and more)… but they also invite the little ones to assist with making their own little pizzas!

And, aside from the wonderful family friendly dining and excellent, fresh meals (their wood-fired pizzas are particularly well-loved), they even host lovely children’s parties. If you need assistance with planning, theme, decor, catering and entertainment, then O & O Cafe is here to help.

With indoor and outdoor seating and charming interiors, good service and even better food, this cafe is a great experience for the whole family… so don’t miss visiting it!

Contact: +27 (031) 266 1391

Website: www.oandocafe.co.za

Address: O & O Cafe, 1 Link Road, Westville, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

O & O Cafe
O & O Cafe

#2 Olive & Oil

With branches dotted across KZN, Olive and Oil is a winner for so many reasons – not least of all because it is hugely family friendly.

The Glenwood branch offers a nice play area for kiddies, with childminders on duty too. Plus, every Sunday, kids under 12 eat free… talk about Sunday funday, all right!

This family-owned and managed eatery also offers delicious Mediterranean-style cuisine, a lovely setting (especially with the terrace overlooking the street) and attentive staff. All of this combines to make it a great experience for you and the kids.

Contact: +27 (031) 201 6146, glenwood@oliveandoil.co.za

Website: oliveandoil.co.za/branches/glenwood/

Address: Olive and Oil Glenwood, Corner Helen Joseph/Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 KZNSA Arts Cafe

KZNSA Arts Cafe
KZNSA Arts Cafe

It’s not often that art and a family friendly cafe come together but with KZNSA Arts Cafe, the two blend together perfectly.

This gorgeous cafe serves up tasty cafe fare (always a winner). And we really love that it also caters to the little folk with its outdoor play area (and childminders, who are on duty on weekends).

There is indoor and outdoor seating to be enjoyed and the courtyard is one of the most popular spots in the city. As a bonus, seating overlooks the beautiful garden patio and children’s play ground, so you can relax and enjoy your meal while still keeping an eye on your little adventurer(s).

Adults are not left out though as the art gallery and shop provide an interesting, fun experience for them too!

Contact: +27 (031) 277 1702

Website: www.kznsagallery.co.za/Content/Cafe

Address: KZNSA Arts Cafe, 166 Bulwer Road, Bulwer, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4  Marula’s Coffee Shop

Marula's Coffee Shop
Marula’s Coffee Shop via Facebook

This quaint, charming coffee shop is a big hit among families – and rightly so! With its excellent outdoor play area, comfy seating and picnic tables and excellent food, it wins you over in a heartbeat.

Their sushi and other food is unbeatable and the atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and altogether lovely. As a bonus, they also host functions and kiddies’ parties.

So if you are looking for a place to relax as a family, look no further than Marula’s Coffee Shop.

Contact: +27 (031) 266 7600

Website: N/A

Address: Marula’s Coffee Shop, 112 Maryvale Road, Westville, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Prep Room

Located at Glenwood Preparatory School, this cosy cafe is a delight for parents and children alike because it’s convenient, relaxing and great for families.

It exists within a shipping container, so it offers alluring deck seating with good views of the nearby sports field. It is ideal for a good breakfast, coffee break or even a post-school treat.

Play facilities include a lovely grassy area, wooden jungle gym and a fun jumping castle, while children can also enjoy tucking into tasting treats, like burgers and brownies.

This venue is also available for hire, making it the ideal spot to host a children’s party.

But they aren’t just for people with children – they are for the people of Durban so be sure to pay them a visit!

Contact: +27 (072) 114 3531

Website: N/A

Address: Prep Room, Bath Road, Glenwood, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Prep Room
Prep Room via Facebook

#6 ATasca Durban North

For those who crave good Portuguese food and a lovely, warm restaurant atmosphere, look no further than ATasca Durban North.

This beautiful, tastefully decked out restaurant offers delicious food, great service and a wonderful family friendly spot to enjoy a memorable meal.

Note: In addition to their Durban North branch, they also operate in Malvern, Pietermaritzburg and Westville.

Contact: +27 (031) 563 2603, dbn.north@atasca.co.za

Website: www.atasca.co.za/branches/durban-north

Address: ATasca, 1 Kensington Centre, Adelaide Tambo Drive (old Kensington Drive), Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

ATasca
ATasca

#7 Circus Circus Beach Cafe

This cool, casual beach cafe is popular among everyone, including families. With gorgeous views and a prime location along Durban’s Golden Mile, Circus Circus Beach Cafe is the ideal spot to go for a casual meal with friends and loved ones.

Young and old will enjoy this cafe. It is ideal for families with younger kids, especially as they have a small outdoor play area for kiddies.

And let’s not forget that the food and location are perfectly dreamy too – even the little ones will be charmed by this lovely spot!

Contact: +27 (031) 337 7700, beachcafe@circuscircus.co.za

Website: www.circuscircus.co.za/beachcafe

Address: Circus Circus Beach Cafe, Shop 1, Snell Parade, Bay of Plenty, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Circus Circus Cafe via Facebook
Circus Circus Cafe via Facebook

#8 Cargo Hold

Dine among the sharks at this unique restaurant, situated within the popular uShaka Marine World. Begin your outing with a tour before stopping by for a nice, relaxed meal with your loved ones.

The restaurant offers some excellent cuisine, taking you on a global journey with dishes from different countries and cultures. The setting is elegant and stylish, with a touch of natural wonder, thanks to the shark tank near at hand.

When it comes to dinnertime, this restaurant is probably better suited to families with tweens or teens who are able to dine quietly but younger children are still welcome here on selected days (please see below for more information on this).

Please note: Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted for the dinner seating except for Mondays and national school holidays.

Contact: +27 (031) 328 8065/6/7

Website: ushakamarineworld.co.za

Address: Cargo Hold, uShaka Marine World, 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#9 St. Clements

This restaurant, garden cafe and plant nursery in one is a delight for all who visit it. Located in Musgrave, St. Clements charms with its scrumptious food (which includes mouthwatering Thai cuisine), rustic restaurant and soothing garden cafe.

Both the restaurant and cafe are great choices. The restaurant really has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere, with a beautiful courtyard and garden for children to explore.

This is a nice experience for everyone, kids and all.

Contact: +27 (031) 202 2511, st.clements@durbs.com

Website: N/A

Address: St. Clements, 191 Musgrave Road, Musgrave, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Chez Nous Westville

This delightful, bistro-style eatery is another great spot for families, especially with its warm atmosphere, yummy food and dedicated kiddies area.

Little folk can enjoy playing in the spacious children’s area, which is complete with an assortment of fun goodies and toys.

There is also a TV, art fun and gaming consoles, ensuring that both younger and older children are kept entertained. What’s more, the on-site childminder provides extra peace of mind, enabling parents to dine freely.

There is also a great kids’ menu, which offers some good dishes for children, pizzas, mac and cheese, burgers, spaghetti bolognaise and chicken strips with chips. Adults are also presented with a wide range of great food and drink options so everyone gets to leave with a full tummy.

Contact: +27 (031) 266 7011, taryn@chez-nous.co.za

Website: chez-nous.co.za

Address: Chez Nous, Westville Junction Shop 1, 31 Westville Road, Westville, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just a few of the excellent family friendly spots in sunny Durban!

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Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants near Ballito

Ballito, found in KwaZulu-Natal, is a beach paradise, filled with gorgeous beach spots, fun local attractions and good restaurants for visitors to enjoy.

It is the perfect place for a family holiday, particularly as the Dolphin Coast offers plenty of excellent, family friendly places to eat at and enjoy.

Here is a list of the best family friendly spots near Ballito and surrounds:

#1 La Piazza

This family-orientated continental cafe and eatery is the perfect place to go with the kids, as it even offers its own Bambini kids club!

The indoor kids’ area offers plenty to keep little minds entertained and busy little bees occupied with pure fun. Kids can climb the jungle gym, play arcade games, watch a good film on the big screen or even enjoy some creative sand art.

Best of all, there is no compromise on quality food and a memorable dining experience because La Piazza is a delight all around, providing families with delicious, fresh Italian cuisine, available for enjoyment at breakfast, lunch or dinner… There is everything from pizza to pasta and focaccia too!

And with full-time childminders present, parents can enjoy the best peace of mind and relaxed eating without stressing about their little ones. La Piazza also caters to children’s parties, with a wonderful secure outdoor area available too.

If you are looking for one of the best family restaurants in Ballito, stop the search at La Piazza.

Contact: +27 (032) 586 3565 /(032) 946 1527, info@lapiazzarestaurant.co.za

Website: www.lapiazzarestaurant.co.za

Location: La Piazza, Ballito, KZN

#2 45 on Eat Street

45 on Eat Street
45 on Eat Street

45 on Eat Street is a lovely, tastefully decorated space for families and friends to enjoy together. They offer a delightful outdoor play area, complete with a stylish wood play house, swings, outdoor games and more. Attentive childminders keep an eye on the kids while parents enjoy chatting and eating with pure peace of mind.

They offer incredible, seasonally-inspired food, sumptuous restaurant interiors (designed with the greatest attention-to-detail) and good service.

For parents looking for an upmarket, yet still wholly child-friendly restaurant, 45 on Eat Street is ideal.

Contact: +27  (087) 460 0085 /(032) 586 8168, info@45oneatstreet.co.za

Website: www.45oneatstreet.co.za

Location: 45 on Eat Street, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, CNR 398/445 Main Road, Ballito, KZN

#3 Pappa G’s

Pappa G’s – formerly known as Mamma G’s – is a lovely, relaxed family friendly restaurant in Ballito.

This ristorante cafe takes pride in its cuisine, offering authentic Italian food at its best. (And if you are not in the mood for Italian, there are other menu options available too.)

The atmosphere is relaxing, the owners and staff are welcoming and locals agree the food is sublime. It is the perfect place to go for a child-friendly meal, especially as kiddies love Pappa G’s – and the food  -as much as the adults!

What’s more, food is of a high quality, service is a treat and the dining experience is peaceful from start to end.

Contact: +27 (032) 946 2214 , info@pappags.co.za

Website: N/A

Location: Pappa G’s, Shop H5, Ballito Junction Shopping Centre, Ballito, KZN

Pappa G's via Facebook
Pappa G’s via Facebook

#4 Sage Cafe and Deli

Sage Cafe and Deli – the self-professed “home of of delicious coffee & scrumptious food” – is a charming, family friendly place for all to enjoy. It is a short drive from Ballito but well worth a good visit.

Open daily, Sage Cafe and Deli offers a delectable selection of breakfast and lunch options. They have everything from homemade cakes and desserts to classic breakfasts, mezze platters, gourmet burgers, baked goods, pizzas and more.

They also have a pretty extensive kiddies’ section on the menu, encompassing everything from kiddies’ breakfasts and drinks to meals, toasted sandwiches, drinks and sweets to ensure lunchtime happiness for the little ones.

Stand-out kids’ options include mouthwatering dishes like penne with ham and cream cheese sauce, ice cream and chocolate sauce, crumpet/French toast with maple syrup and more.

Additionally, there is kids’ entertainment thanks to a great outdoor play area (even equipped with a climbing castle) and a beautiful, airy dining experience, with indoor and outdoor seating alike.

Overall, Sage Cafe and Deli is a wonderful spot for the whole family to enjoy a good meal and quality time together in a gorgeous setting.

Contact: +27 (032) 525 8059, info@sagecafe.co.za

Website: www.sagecafe.co.za

Location: Sage Cafe and Deli, Old Fort Road, Salt Rock, KZN

Sage Cafe and Deli
Sage Cafe and Deli

#5 The Shed

A short drive out of Ballito (no more than 15 km by the longest route), one finds The Shed.

This rustic outdoor eatery and bar, situated at Litchi Orchard, offers a fun experience for young and old, with excellent, unpretentious food and great service to top it off.

There is a nice play area on the lawns for kids to enjoy and a child-friendly menu, which includes options like burgers, toasties, wood-fired pizza and more. High chairs and a changing facility (in the ladies’ room) are also available.

It is perfect for lazy lunches with the family, with plenty of space for kids to roam around in the fresh air and play before or after the meal… This is a wonderful outdoor dining experience for all.

Contact: +27  (061) 359 4067, info@theshedsaltrock.co.za

Website: www.theshedsaltrock.co.za

Location: The Shed, Litchi Orchard, Salt Rock, KZN

#6 Wonderland Coffee

While it is situated a short drive (less than 7 km away if you take the quickest route) from Ballito, Wonderland Coffee is a nice spot for families.

The ultimate coffee-focused retreat, Wonderland Coffee provides guests with a great cafe experience. Food is available but coffee is definitely the focal point here.

The setting of this vintage-style cafe is idyllic, with modern touches, divine aromas and good service to enhance it even more.

It is child-friendly, with its own entrancing jungle gym, Vortex 3000… Oh and their gigantic cookies are sure to be a big hit among children and adults alike!

So if you are looking for a lovely coffee shop for the whole family to visit, Wonderland Coffee is for you.

Contact: +27 (078) 168 1792, bobby@wonderlandcoffee.co.za

Website: N/A

Location: Wonderland Coffee, Linc Campus, Salt Rock, KZN

#7 Burnedale Cafe

Burnedale Cafe via Facebook
Burnedale Cafe via Facebook

Although not in Ballito, Burnedale Cafe is a short drive (less than 7 km away by the fastest route) from Ballito so it certainly deserves a mention.

This rustic, country spot is ideal for families who wish to escape the suburbs and enjoy some peace and quiet. Located on a farm, with some cute farm animals on-site, and a wonderful play ground, Burnedale Cafe is extremely child-friendly.

As the little ones play and explore, adults can tuck into lovely, fresh food (like wood-fired pizza, a burger and beer or coffee and cake) or browse the little shops.

This is a very popular place among children and provides a pleasant experience for young and old alike.

Contact: +27 (032) 947 0133, burnedalecafe1@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Location: Burnedale Cafe, 1 Salt Rock Road, Umhlali, KZN.

#8 Thava Indian Restaurant

Thava Indian Restaurant Ballito
Thava Indian Restaurant Ballito

If you are looking for a classic Indian eatery, Thava Indian Restaurant is your one-stop in Ballito for all the best curries, biryanis, stews, rice dishes, traditional breads, Indian desserts, specialty coffees and so much more mouthwatering goodness!

Service is friendly, the views are excellent (especially from the balcony) and they even offer a kids’ menu, meaning everyone is welcome here.

The restaurant is warm and cosy, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a family lunch or dinner, especially with your tweens or teens.

Contact: +27 (078) 802 7427, info@thava.co.za

Website: http://www.thava.co.za/thava-indian-restaurant.html

Location: Thava Indian Restaurant, 33 Compensation Beach Road, Salmon Way, Ballito, KZN

#9 Old North Karibu

If you love a relaxing restaurant experience with beautiful scenery, then Old North Karibu – a short drive from Ballito – is for you.

This good restaurant and bar even offers a lovely play area for kiddies to enjoy while you dine. There is a tramopline, wooden adventure and for special occasions, like kiddies’ parties, a jumping castle too.

There is a nice kiddies’ section on the menu, with meals like chicken strips and chips, mac and cheese, kiddies’ beef/chicken burgers and pizzas too!

They are also pet-friendly (provided you keep pooches leashed and clean up after your doggies) so this is an ideal place for the family to go and enjoy a good meal overlooking a pretty dam at Karibu Farm.

They also have live music and broadcast key sporting events… So, all in all, it makes for a nice family friendly outing and fun meal for all.

Contact: +27 (032) 947 0520

Website: www.oldnorthkaribu.co.za

Location: Old North Karibu, Salt Rock Road, Umhlali, KZN

These are just a few of the best family friendly eateries near beautiful Ballito!

#10 Turn ‘n Tender

This long-standing, legendary steakhouse is a family friendly restaurant with good food, generous portions, sound service and a lovely restaurant atmosphere.

It might be better suited to older kids, like tweens and teens who are comfortable dining quietly, but it is nevertheless a nice place for the whole family to enjoy a hearty meal.

Contact: +27 (032) 586 0975, ballito@turnntender.co.za

Website: www.turnntender.co.za

Location: Turn ‘n Tender, Ballito Junction, Ballito, KZN.

These are just some of the best family friendly spots in and around beautiful Ballito!

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Best Restaurants with a Sea View in Hermanus

Hermanus is one of the most scenic Western Cape towns you will find anywhere… With pristine natural beauty, marine life and a laid-back town feel, this coastal town is a special place to visit.

Found in the scenic Overberg RegionHermanus is an unmissable destination that offers incredible outdoor experiences, beautiful nature and wonderful service establishments. 

Here are some of Hermanus’s best restaurants with a sea view:

#1 Just Pure Bistro

This lovely, little restaurant offers visitors sublime views, gorgeous interiors, complete with tasteful decor, and an all-round charming dining experience.

Everything is made using fresh, high quality ingredients, so the food is top class. Furthermore, service is prompt and polite so you’re guaranteed a good meal out all around.

Just Pure Bistro is good for breakfast, lunch, a coffee break or dinner – and its views certainly add to the cosy, pretty atmosphere.

Contact: +27 (028) 313 0060, info@justpure.co.za

Website: www.justpure.co.za/pages/the-bistro

Address: Just Pure Bistro, Ocean View, 5 Park Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Origins at The Marine

The Marine Hotel
The Marine Hotel

Situated within opulent hotel, The Marine, Origins is one of the highest quality restaurants around. It offers an vibrant setting, with excellent food options and impressive views.

Diners can choose from a small plates/tapas experience, natural wines, craft beer and of course, the full sit-down dining experience too. The food is made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients – and the result is perfect.

If you are looking for a special dining experience, head to Origins.

Contact:+27 (028) 313 1000

Website: www.themarinehotel.co.za/restaurants-bars/origins/

Address: Origins at The Marine Hotel, Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Bientang’s Cave

Bietang's Cave Restaurant and Wine Bar via Facebook
Bientang’s Cave Restaurant and Wine Bar via Facebook

If you wish to enjoy a close encounter with the sea (without getting wet!), then Bientang’s Cave is the perfect place to go for a meal… It’s a hair’s breadth away from the sea’s foaming white horses and interesting rocks, so diners have quite a unique setting.

The menu at this rustic eatery is certainly seafood-focused but they are not limiting in that sense, as they also offer excellent sharing platters, fresh salads, hearty potjies and curries, beef and chicken dishes and vegetarian delicacies too!

Bientang’s Cave – a longstanding Hermanus favourite – has consistently won over new and old guests alike, with its good service, food and of course, killer ocean views.

So, order a glass of wine or a cold one and enjoy this spectacularly positioned restaurant, which cheerfully overlooks the sea.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 3454, info@bientangscave.com/bookings@bientangscave.com

Website: www.bientangscave.com

Address:  Bientang’s Cave, cave below Marine Drive, between The Old Harbour and The Marine Hotel, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 La Pentola Hermanus

With its chic restaurant interiors, well-known reputation for both great service and incredible food and breathtaking views across Walker Bay, La Pentola is one of the loveliest restaurants you will find in Hermanus – or beyond.

Under Chef Shane Sauvage’s careful, talented helm, La Pentola wows with its fushion food offerings. These allow diners to enjoy everything from the freshest seafood to exotic game meals and marvellous vegetarian dishes… So there is something for everyone to tuck into at La Pentola.

This restaurant is one class act from start to finish – and let’s face it, its views are pretty hard to beat too…

Contact: +27 (028) 313 1685

Website: hermanus.lapentola.co.za

Address: La Pentola, Shop 4, Ocean View 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Burgundy Restaurant

Situated on the edge of the bay, a stone’s throw from Hermanus Old Harbour, Burgundy Restaurant is one of the most central, well located restaurants in Hermanus.

It’s also one of the most consistently popular – and with good reason! The views, service and food are all of the highest quality. It is no wonder then that so many diners frequently return to this relaxed, yet stylish eatery.

With a standard and tapas menu both, guests can choose from a wide range of tasty dishes, suitably complemented by the stunning scenery, fine wines and beautiful restaurant setting that Burgundy offers its clientele.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 2800, info@burgundyrestaurant.co.za

Website: www.burgundyrestaurant.co.za

Address: Burgundy Restaurant, 7 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

Burgundy Restaurant via Facebook
Burgundy Restaurant via Facebook

#6 The Gecko Bar and Restaurant

Where can you find good food, live music, awesome drinks, stunning views and a fun vibe in Hermanus? The Gecko Bar and Restaurant, of course!

This bar-meets-restaurant, found in New Harbour, is the ideal spot to go and enjoy some mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas, pasta, burgers sushi and other delicacies… And with a sundowner in your hand, it’s also a wonderful spot in Hermanus to soak up the sunset and sea views.

This is one casual, trendy restaurant, complete with good service and pretty scenery, especially as it overlooks the ocean.

Contact: + 27 (028) 312 4665, admin@geckohermanus.co.za

Website: geckohermanus.co.za

Address: The Gecko Bar and Restaurant, New Harbour, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Dutchies

For those seeking a cheerful, inexpensive eatery to soak up the casual atmosphere of coastal-lying Hermanus, Dutchies is ideal.

It’s unpretentious, yet fun and welcoming, with shaded seating, tasty, fresh food and great service… Oh and did we mention this beach restaurant has gorgeous ocean views and an idyllic setting too?

All in all, the eatery is ideal for a chilled, yet wholesome meal out with those you love.

Contact: +27 (028) 314 1392

Website: dutchies.co.za

Address: Dutchies,Grotto Street, Grotto Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

Dutchies
Dutchies

 

#8 Harbour Rock Restaurant

Harbour Rock Restaurant – which overlooks the lovely New Harbour from its impressive, cliff-topping location – is one of Hermanus’s restaurant gems.

This upmarket restaurant provides guests with delicious, fresh food, stylish interiors and incredible sea views.

In particular, Harbour Rock is famed for its seafood platters, sushi, curries and grill food offerings, as well as good coffee and a great local wine list.

Better still, if you visit during whale season, you can even enjoy whale watching from the restaurant’s sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows. This makes for a truly special dining experience, one which will stay with you for a long time to come.

Contact: + 27 (028) 312 2920, book@harbourrock.co.za

Website: harbourrock.co.za

Address: Harbour Rock, New Harbour, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 LB Seafood Bistro on the Bay

Offering pretty ocean views from its windows, the quaint LB Seafood Bistro is a laid-back, yet delightful Hermanus eatery.

They have a good menu, with highlights like steak, sushi, sweet treats and beautiful seafood to set you well on your way to gastronomic delight.

What’s more, service is good and the restaurant ambiance is both soothing and warm.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 3611

Website: N/A

Address: LB Seafood Bistro on the Bay, Village Square, Market Square Street & Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Belgian Waffles, Beer and Burgers

If you need a waffle, beer or burger fix – then this eatery has your name written all over it in bold letters.

The staff are friendly and welcoming, the setting is informal, yet inviting and the food and drink are great.

So, whether you tuck into the sizable Belgian, sugar-free waffles, sip on some Belgian beer or enjoy a good, strong cup of coffee, you are sure to enjoy your dining experience.

Best of all, the largely outdoor,shaded seating allows you to marvel at the sea views offered from within this little eatery.

Contact: +27 (072) 393 6704, thebelgianbakery@hotmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Belgian Waffles, Beer and Burgers, Village Square, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

 

These are just some of perfectly scenic restaurants with ocean views that you will find in Hermanus!

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Top 10 Pet-friendly Activities in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of South Africa’s most dynamic cities so it’s great to visit for a few days or to reside in. It is always good fun for the family – but did you know it is also a very pet-friendly city in terms of activities and restaurants?

Situated in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Joburg is an exciting city, perfect for travellers, locals and coffee connoisseurs to enjoy.

Here are the best pet-friendly activities to enjoy in Joburg:

#1 Take Your Pets Along to Cafe Hemingways

This electric, artisan bistro-meets-restaurant in Kyalami is an excellent place for pooches to visit with their owners.

Not only is their food incredible but service is friendly and the setting is a delight, with indoor and outdoor seating. It is also a beautiful venue to enjoy a high tea, baby/bridal shower or simply a special catch-up session with those closest to you.

But the best part of all? Fur babies are welcome in the outside area and are even greeted with water upon arrival to ensure they are kept hydrated and happy. (Note: It might still be best to keep your pet leashed though.)

Contact: +27 (011) 466 0195, reservations@cafehemingways.co.za

Website: www.cafehemingways.co.za

Address: Cafe Hemingways, Kyalami Down Shopping Center, Kyalami Blvd & Kyalami, Main Road, Midrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

www.cafehemingways.co.za
www.cafehemingways.co.za

#2 Head to Echo Dog Park

Found at River Sands Farm, Fourways, this park is ideal for families with furry pets. They are especially dog-friendly and allow puppies and adult dogs to socialise and make new ‘pawsome’ friends.

Additionally, behavioural sessions are offered here on selected dates – while early morning dog hikes are also enjoyed every Sunday.

Note: Echo Dog Park is open on weekends from 07: 00 am till late. To find out more, please call: +27 (072) 045 0033

Contact: +27 (072) 045 0033

Website: n/a

Address: Echo Dog Park, River Sands Farm, Fourways, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#3 Let Them Eat at Voodoo Lily Cafe

With a fun vibe, fascinating foods and a pet-friendly space, it isn’t hard to see why Voodoo Lily Cafe is so popular.

Your dog, provided it is leashed, can sit with you outside in the open-air space and enjoy some fresh water and delicacies of their own off the pet-friendly menu. These include the likes of organic chicken livers, organic chicken and doggy biscuits.

Voodoo Lily Cafe also believes in being organic and supporting fair trade and sustainability so they really do plenty of good for humans… and pooches!

Contact: +27 (011) 442 6965, info@voodoolilycafe.com

Website: voodoolilycafe.com

Address: Voodoo Lily Cafe, St Andrew Street and Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Voodoo Lily Cafe via Facebook
Voodoo Lily Cafe via Facebook

#4 Explore The Wilds

This beautiful, serene space is one of the city’s most wonderful finds. With artworks dotted among the park, gorgeous views and family- and pet-friendly, The Wilds lives up to its name in a good way.

One section of the park is dog-friendly so it makes for the perfect outing. And while you should keep your dog leashed to avoid scaring the birds, it is still one of the best spots in Johannesburg to take them for an interesting walk.

So pack a picnic, put on your walking shoes and take your beloved pet(s) along for a day out in The Wilds!

Note: Please keep your dogs leashed and pack in poop bags so you can easily clean up after them.

Contact: +27 (011) 643 2313

Website:

Address: The Wilds, Houghton Drive, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#5 Treat your Pooch at Paul’s Homemade Ice-cream 

Paul’s Homemade Ice-cream is a truly tempting place for both owners and pets… This sinfully good ice-cream shop offers a wide range of ice-creams, ice-cream cakes and other tasty novelties too.

For owners, flavours include everything from peppermint crisp tart to birthday cake and even roasted banana, perfect for sampling while your dog gets to enjoy a delicious, dog-friendly Phic Stick, complete with doggy designs.

It’s great know your doggy doesn’t have to beg for a lick of yours… and boy, do the dogs adore their treats!

Contact: +27 (076) 841 3701

Website: paulshomemade.com

Address: Paul’s Homemade Ice-Cream, 22 4th Avenue (Corner of 10th Street) Parkhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Paul's Homemade Ice-cream via Instagram
Paul’s Homemade Ice-cream via Instagram

#6 Take Your Dog to River Cafe Sandton

This lovely cafe, situated within Sandton Field and Study Centre, is a real gem. Not only does it provide a soothing setting (with both indoor and outdoor seating), delicious eats and a truly family-friendly place, equipped with play areas for the kids… but it is also wonderfully dog-friendly!

So, while you enjoy a lovely meal in this private outdoor space, surrounded by beautiful indigenous trees, your dog can sit by your feet and enjoy a delightful day out too… what could be nicer than that?

Note: Birds and adorable bunnies roam the area so please try keep your dogs leashed.

Contact:  +27 (011) 783 2442, lorraine.rivercafe@gmail.com

Website: https://www.rivercafesandton.co.za/

Address: River Sandton Cafe, Sandton Field and Study Centre, Corner of Louise Avenue and 14th Street, Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#7 Visit The Usual on Grant with Your Dog

The Usual on Grant
The Usual on Grant

Known for their good service and friendly atmosphere, The Usual on Grant offers guests a lovely dining experience, complete with tasty foods, good coffees and above all, a lovely dog-friendly space.

They are particularly well-known for their breakfasts and great coffees – so if you wish to start your day the right way, with your pooch by your side, this is the place to go.

Contact: +27 (011) 483 0799, schwarks@polka.co.za

Website:  n/a

Address: The Usual on Grant, 66 Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#8 Stop by Emmarentia Dam

Located just six kilometres from the city centre, Emmarentia Dam is a wonderful place to visit for a day out in the fresh air or sunshine.

This is hailed by many as one of the best dog parks around, so of course you need to take your furry friend here to test it out for yourselves!

This 7.5 hectare-space – equipped with a large dam and fed by two smaller ones from the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens – is the ideal spot for dog walkers and their active hounds.

Contact: +27 (011) 712 6600

Website: n/a

Address: Emmarentia Dam, Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#9 Walk in James and Ethel Gray Park 

This beautiful park is one of the best ones to take your dog too, especially as dogs can be off-the-leash here.

The James and Ethel Gray Park offers a tranquil setting, blessed with plenty of natural beauty and makes for an ideal place for families, dog walkers or even just those who need an escape to nature in the midst of city life.

Contact: +27 (011) 435 4727

Website: www.gauteng.net

Address: James and Ethel Gray Park, Edgewood Avenue and Melrose Street, Melrose,  Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#10 Pop by Eat Your Heart Out

This delicious urban deli is a place of wholesome, healthy, Jewish-inspired food. They serve everything from all-day breakfasts to daily cakes and a variety of hot/cold drinks.

But perhaps the best part about them is they are dog-friendly so dog visitors will be welcomed as much warmth as their owners. And we love that they get to bond with their owners in this delightfully cosy space.

Contact: +27 (072) 586 0600

Website: www.eatyourheartout.co.za

Address: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just some of the best pet-friendly experiences you can enjoy in Johannesburg. Which are you excited to try first with your fur child?

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Best Vegan Restaurants in Johannesburg and Surrounds

Situated in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Joburg is an exciting city, perfect for travellers, locals and coffee connoisseurs to enjoy.

It is also a place of food finds, quick eats and delicious culinary experiences to suit all tastes.

And because the city is so all-inclusive in its food provision, here are some of the most vegan-friendly restaurants in Johannesburg and surrounds:

#1 The Greenside Cafe

If you are craving a delicious, well-loved and entirely vegan eatery, then The Greenside Cafe is perfect for you.

Speaking to the principles of integrity, mindfulness (particularly mindful eating) and love for humans and our fellow creatures alike, this tranquil, self-professed ‘vegan haven’ is a true gem.

Owner Dimitri Gutjahr translates his passion for the planet (and all that is in it) into food and warmly welcomes both vegans and non-vegans to enjoy this charming cafe… and all its kind, conscious food and drinks!

It offers everything from wraps, salads to breakfasts, desserts to gourmet health burgers, pizzas, pastas and more and the drinks (both hot and cold beverage options) are just as good!

So, if you want to help save the planet one meal at a time, head to The Greenside Cafe!

Contact: +27 (011) 646 3444

Website: www.thegreensidecafe.co.za

Address: The Greenside Cafe, 34 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#2 The Fussy Vegan

Since its opening in 2018, The Fussy Vegan has been raking in rave reviews… and not just among vegans either!

Highlights include their burgers (fans are wild about the Beyond Burger), toasties and subs, sides like sweet potato wedges or seitan wings, as well as burritos and bowls to satisfy all your food cravings… There is something here for every kind of eater to enjoy!

The Fussy Vegan is a small eatery space but it is perfect for a quick bite or even your on-the-go daily nourishment. And best of all, staff are friendly, the food is solid right through and it’s a way to show your respect and love for good food and animal welfare, as you try new food tastes.

Contact: +27 (060) 716 6029, info@thefussyvegan.co.za

Website: thefussyvegan.co.za

Address:  The Fussy Vegan, Caltex Waterfall, Jan Smuts Avenue, Blairgowrie, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

The Fussy Vegan via Facebook
The Fussy Vegan via Facebook

#3 Leafy Greens Cafe & Shop

Your parents were right to tell you to eat your greens – and at Leafy Greens Cafe, you can do that in style!

This cosy cafe – which aims to nourish your belly, as much as your mind and soul – is the place to go for fresh air, healthy eating and all things raw and natural.

Stroll through the beautiful gardens to reach the cafe, where you can tuck into a wide assortment of food and drink. Leafy Greens offers seasonal breakfast and lunch dishes (along with a kiddies menu too), desserts and beverages.

Everything at Leafy Greens is delicious… Opt for the breakfast buffet; gluten-free pancakes (served with berry coulis and vanilla gelato (optional)) or even the lunch winner, veggie curry… the options are endless.

Locals really love Leafy Greens – and when you visit, so will you.

Contact: +27 (010) 595 4563, +27 (082) 882 7300, mytable@leafygreens.co.za/office@leafygreens.co.za

Website: www.leafygreens.co.za

Address:  Leafy Greens Cafe, Plot 328, Rocky Ridge Road, Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa.

Leafy Greens Cafe
Leafy Greens Cafe

#4 Free Food 

What began in 2007 as a tiny cottage kitchen has grown into one of the most popular, long-standing plant-based eateries in Joburg.

Free Food offers a wide range of food, all of which is vegan, gluten/wheat-free, as well as sugar- and preservative-free too. Better still, they use only the finest, freshest ingredients to prepare their food and keep the kitchen free from microwaves, tin openers and fryers…

Join them for a plant-based meal of ‘infinite possibility’; to sip a healthy smoothie; or even just to grab a hot beverage because Free Food is a wonderful, vegan-friendly spot for all.

Contact: +27 (082) 406 4699, ariel@freefood.co.za

Website: www.freefood.co.za

Address:  Free Food, 1 Delta Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Free Food
Free Food via Facebook

#5 Fresh Earth

With a goal to provide food that is “delicious, healthy, organic, sustainable and nutritious food that is as close to nature as possible”, Fresh Earth is one of the handiest places around.

This food store-meets-restaurant is your best stop for all things vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten-free, as well as banting- and diabetic-friendly. They provide you with lovely food experiences that are as good for your body as they taste.

Pop by for a great meal or, if you’re in a hurry, snag a takeaway optio… Either way, you’re in for a health-conscious meal. Plus, locals agree – service is friendly and welcoming, helping to cement an all-round great experience.

Contact: +27 (011) 646 4404, support@freshearth.co.za

Website: https://www.freshearth.co.za/healthy-recipes-more/fresh-earth-cafe-restaurant

Address: Fresh Earth, 103 Komatie Street, Emmarentia, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Fresh Earth
Fresh Earth

#6 Lucky Bean Restaurant

If you want to savour great African food in Melville, then Lucky Bean could become your new haunt.

While Lucky Bean Restaurant is not strictly vegan, they do offer some mouthwatering vegan options. Especially ideal if you decide to visit with friends or family who aren’t practicing vegans, as that way you can all find a great meal off their menu.

With a warm, relaxing and comforting atmosphere, delicious food and a beautiful restaurant setting, Lucky Bean (named after the Erythrina Lysistemon or Coral Tree) is a nice place to enjoy a meal.

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan – they do cater nicely to both vegans and vegetarians.

Contact: +27 (10) 900 1626, info@luckybeanrestaurant.co.za

Website: www.luckybeanrestaurant.co.za

Address: Lucky Bean, 16 on 7th Street
Melville, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#7 Sprout Cafe & Salad Bar

Sprout Cafe & Salad Bar offer a nice range of food options for everyone – most especially vegans, vegetarians and healthy eaters! In fact, they have an extensive variety when it comes to vegan, vegetarian and even gluten-free meals.

There is so much to choose from here and everything is healthy and oh-so-delicious!

So visit them for an excellent salad, vegan cappuccino, mouthwatering smoothie and much, much more!

Contact: +27 (011) 452 3003

Website: N/A

Address:  Sprout Cafe & Salad Bar, Shop 11, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone Hill, Edenvale, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#8 Lexi’s Healthy Eatery

With branches in Rosebank, Modderfontein and stylish Sandton, Lexi’s is nicely spread out to offer guests an array of sustainable, conscious, moral and above all, healthy food.

Using mostly plants-based ingredients and as little processed food (including animal products) as possible, Lexi’s – though not purely vegan or vegetarian – endeavours to cater to all palates, diets and preferred tastes.

The menu offers things like breakfast (with tofu options), smoothie bowls, wraps/sarmies and nibbles too. What’s more, there is something suitable for everyone to eat and drink here.

So if you wish to embark on a journey to become more food- and planet-conscious… or slowly introduce your loved ones to a more vegan-friendly way of eating without them giving everything up at once, Lexi’s might be a good place to start.

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan – they do cater nicely to both vegans and vegetarians.

Contact: +27 (083) 300 1210, info@lexiseatery.com

Website: lexiseatery.com

Address: Lexi’s Healthy Eatery, 24 Central Centre, 6 Gwen Lane, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#9 Urbanologi

For those seeking ‘urban garde cuisine’, the unique Urbanologi Restaurant, situated in the Mad Giant Brewery, makes for an entrancing food experience.

And while are not purely vegan or vegetarian, their menu does cater for both vegan and vegetarian meal preferences.

They might be based in the oldest part of Johannesburg – but their ways and concepts are cutting edge and altogether modern. They believe in ethical culinary practices, promoting sustainability, wholesome cooking and above all, zero waste.

Ingredients are freshly sourced from selected local farms and the menu speaks to this, with its seasonal influences and constant changes.

So if you are looking for an impressive, eye-opening and award-winning restaurant, visit Urbanologi today.

Note: While they aren’t vegan – they do cater nicely to both vegans and vegetarians, with vegan- and vegetarian-friendly meals available.

Contact: +27 (011) 492 1399, reservations@urbanologi.co.za

Website: www.urbanologi.co.za

Address: Urbanologi, Mad Giant, 1 Fox Street, Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

#10 Barazza

Barazza via Facebook
Barazza via Facebook

Although they are unfortunately not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant, Barazza still offers a few great options for vegans and vegetarians.

So if you are comfortable dining in a restaurant that still serves meat and other non-vegan products, keep them in mind.

They offer everything from tapas-style food and scrumptious breakfasts to lunch and dinner or even Friday cocktails in the courtyard. Yummy vegetarian and vegan options include things like the Vegetarian Burger, Vegan Bolognese, Vegetable Korma and more.

This classy restaurant oozes charm with its simple, yet beautiful atmosphere, stunning food presentation and fun meal concepts.

They have been making waves since their opening in July 2019 and the reviews are stellar across the board… So if you are keen to try this hot, new restaurant and don’t have any dining inhibitions, find them in Hobart Grove Centre.

Note: While they are not vegan – they do still specifically cater to both vegans and vegetarians, thanks to a few select menu items.

Contact: +27 (011) 706 0991

Website: N/A

Address:  Barazza, Hobart Grove Centre, 52 Hobart Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

These are just a few of the most vegan- and vegetarian-friendly restaurants and food options in Joburg and surrounds!

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Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Hermanus

Hermanus is famous for its whales and natural beauty but it’s also a treasure trove on the culinary front and is known for its great restaurants.

Blessed with beautiful scenery, a small town feel and hospitality of note, these restaurants are a treat. Best of all, many of them are family friendly so everyone gets to enjoy them!

Hermanus, found in the scenic Overberg Region, is an unmissable destination that offers incredible outdoor experiences, beautiful nature and wonderful service establishments. 

Here are some of Hermanus’s best family friendly restaurants:

#1 Moggs Country Cookhouse

The enchanting Moggs Country Cookhouse, located near Hermanus, is one of the most child-friendly spots you’ll find anywhere. Not only does it offer wide open spaces but they also have a sand pit, trampoline, jungle gym, safe play area and high chairs available for the little ones.

Using only the freshest ingredients, this family-run restaurant is the place to go for homemade, seasonal food and great, warm service in a peaceful farm setting. What’s more, they can also host functions for a minimum of 30 guests.

So if you are craving a slice of the country – and a tranquil place to enjoy with your loved ones – look no further than Moggs Country Cookhouse.

Contact: +27 (076) 314 0671

Website: moggscookhouse.co.za

Address:  Moggs Country Cookhouse, Nuwe Pos Farm, R320 Road,
Hemel en Aarde Valley, Western Cape, South Africa.

Moggs Country Cookhouse
Moggs Country Cookhouse

#2 La Pentola

Serving up international fusion cuisine and panoramic views across Walker Bay, La Pentola is one of Hermanus’s best restaurants by all accounts.

Add to that elegant interiors (furnished with leather seating and tasteful touches), great service and a wonderful atmosphere – and La Pentola seemingly has it all.

They are also family friendly and, as an added bonus, offer their own dedicated kids’ section on the menu. This menu incorporates fun names like Ninja Turtle Chicken or Tinkerbelle’s Spaghetti Napolitana, meaning the little ones are both satisfied and entertained by their meals.

This restaurant would also be ideal for older kids and teens who have outgrown playtime during meals.

So go on… bring the whole family along for a delicious meal out!

Contact: +27 (028) 313 1685

Website: hermanus.lapentola.co.za

Address: La Pentola, Shop 4, Ocean View 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

La Pentola
La Pentola via Facebook

#3 The Classroom Restaurant 

It’s not often you find a fine dining restaurant that is child-friendly but thankfully, The Classroom Restaurant is one such venue.

This gorgeous restaurant and function venue offers a wonderful array of food, beautiful interiors and friendly service to boot.

Furthermore, they pride themselves on professional service and attention to detail so you can feel sure that the whole family will be nicely looked after.

Contact: +27 (028) 316 3582

Website: www.theclassroomrestaurant.co.za

Address:  The Classroom Restaurant, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Sandbaai, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Rossi’s Italian Restaurant

Whether you sit indoors or dine al fresco in the outdoor area (blessed with great mountain views), Rossi’s Italian is a cosy, inviting eatery, suitable for the whole family.

They have an excellent range of options – everything from pizza (tasting great since 1985) to pasta to mains and dessert – as well as a lovely kids menu, meaning that everyone is catered for.

If you can’t stay long, Rossi’s also does takeaway meals – and affordable wines for the adults too.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 2848, info@rossis.co.za

Website: rossis.co.za

Address: Rossi’s Restaurant,
10 High Street, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

rossis.co.za
rossis.co.za

#5 The Eatery

This cheerful eatery is suitable for kids and seems to be a hit with those who visit it… Their burgers are especially popular among younger guests! Overall, they thrive, serving rustic, honest food and good coffee.

The Eatery is nicely decked out, offers delicious food and is a cosy spot for families to enjoy together. What’s more, staff are friendly and warm so service is a pleasure.

Contact: +27 (028) 313 2970, eateryhermanus@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address:  The Eatery, 4 Long Steet Arcade, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 The Cuckoo Tree

This lovely family restaurant wows its guests with mouthwatering home-style food, cosy atmosphere and some of the best breakfasts (and brunches) in town!

Best of all though, they have some sinfully baked goods and cakes so be sure to treat the kids (and yourself) to something sweet!

They have both indoor and outdoor seating, with a relaxed environment throughout. The courtyard seating should appeal to families, as there is some space for kids.

They can also cater to parties, weddings, functions and birthdays – perfect for when you need to celebrate a special occasion with those you love.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 3430, powers@telkomsa.net

Website: N/A

Address: The Cuckoo Tree, Rothnick Croft Building, Corner of High Street And Dirkie Uys Street, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Bientang’s Cave

Bietang's Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar via Facebook
Bientang’s Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar via Facebook

Bientang’s Cave offers amazing views of the ocean, good food and drinks, welcoming service… and a truly unique restaurant setting to top it all off!

But wait, there’s more: they also offer a special menu just for the kids, making them perfectly family friendly too! And diners can choose to sit indoors or outdoors as desired.

So if you are looking for a special dining experience – especially one right next to the ocean – then Bientang’s Cave is perfect.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 3454, info@bientangscave.com/bookings@bientangscave.com

Website: www.bientangscave.com

Address:  Bientang’s Cave, cave below Marine Drive, between The Old Harbour and The Marine Hotel, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Groves Cafe

Groves Cafe is a charming spot, with a great view of the ocean (they have indoor or outdoor seating, so you can choose where you would be happiest).

The cafe specialises in tasty, generous food and great drinks. This makes them perfect for breakfast, teatime or even just a lovely lunch.

They are family friendly (although possibly better suited to older kids and teens) and offer a nice menu, from which everyone should find something to their liking.

Among kids, milkshakes, cake and mouthwatering burgers should be the overall winners.

Service is warm and welcoming and the atmosphere is pleasant, ensuring an all-round great experience for diners.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 4277, info@grovescafe.co.za

Website: N/A

Address:  Groves Cafe, Village Square, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

Groves Cafe via Facebook
Groves Cafe via Facebook

#9 The Milkwood Bistro Restaurant and The Beach Hut

Situated near Onrus Beach, The Milkwood is a delightful bistro and beach hut offering. Try the bistro restaurant for an intimate, snug experience -or, for a more relaxed, family friendly experience, pop by The Beach Hut.

Friends and family can enjoy each other’s company here, all while soaking up great views and tucking into delicious food and snacks. Seating is available inside and out, with a TV indoors for those who prefer to watch recorded action in lieu of the surfing outside.

What’s more, the bistro restaurant and beach hut are a stone’s throw away from the beach so you can go for a family stroll before or after your food to really enhance this family outing.

Contact: +27 (028) 316 1516, info@themilkwood.co.za

Website: themilkwood.co.za

Address:  The Milkwood Restaurant, Atlantic Drive, Onrus Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 LB Seafood Bistro on the Bay

For those (young or old) craving their seafood fix, you can’t go wrong with LB Seafood Bistro on the Bay. Not only are the views impressive but the food and service are top class too.

If you’re lucky, you might even get to enjoy a good view of the whales from your table (provided it’s whale season, of course)… This highlight is sure to enchant diners of all ages!

All in all, this bistro is perfect for delicious seafood-orientated meals with those you love.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 3611

Website: N/A

Address: LB Seafood Bistro on the Bay, Village Square, Market Square Street & Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

 

These are just some of the family friendly finds you can enjoy in and around Hermanus!

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Best Restaurants with an Ocean View near Durban

Durban is arguably one of the most beautiful coastal cities in South Africa and beyond. Thanks to its relaxed, fun and balmy way of life – it offers the best in food, surfing and temperatures.

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, delightful Durban, found in beautiful KwaZulu-Natal, is an unforgettable seaside destination for all to enjoy.

Here are the best restaurants with ocean views in Durban and surrounds:

#1 California Dreaming

With gorgeous views of the beachfront and crashing waves (especially from upstairs), California Dreaming is aptly named, inspiring feelings of the best beach-side places around the world.

Inviting guests to drink, dine and dream, this elegant, yet relaxed, restaurant is one of Durban’s finest. The food and drinks are varied and interesting, service is friendly and the venue overall is a dining delight.

Sit out on the deck overlooking the Indian Ocean to enjoy the perfect sundowner, savour a beach cocktail from the bar or dine al fresco out on the terrace… and know you’re in for a treat at this Durban eatery.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 0037, info@californiadreaming.co.za

Website: www.californiadreaming.co.za

Address: California Dreaming, 150 O.R Tambo Parade, Dairy Beach, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

www.californiadreaming.co.za
www.californiadreaming.co.za

#2 Jack Salmon Fish House Glenashley

With branches spread across KZN, Jack Salmon Fish House is one of the most popular and well-known seafood institutions you will find in Durban or beyond. At Jack Salmon Fish House, great food and beautiful settings merge, ensuring a memorable food experience.

In particular, the Glenashley branch offers incredible ocean views, making it both poetically beautiful and romantic. The restaurant offers an excellent selection of seafood, priced very reasonably.

Not only can you dine here as normal – but you can also host special functions and occasions at this glorious seafood restaurant.

Contact: +27 (031) 572 3664, glenashley@jacksalmon.co.za

Website: jacksalmon.co.za

Address: Jack Salmon Fish House, Shop 15, Glenore Centre, 1 Aubrey Dr, Glenashley, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 Afro’s Chicken Shop

If you are a fan of all things chicken, this eatery is the one for you! What originally started as a food truck back in 2012, soon blossomed into a successful, popular chicken shop in South Beach.

Surfers, cyclists and walkers agree, this is a gem of a food shop, offering some of the tastiest chicken meals around.

Service is quick and friendly, the food is mouth-watering and fresh and the setting is safe and fun by the beachfront… All in all, you really can’t beat the views served up here!

Contact: customercare@afroschicken.co.za

Website: www.afroschicken.co.za

Address: Afro’s Chicken Shop, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Afro's Chicken via Facebook
Afro’s Chicken via Facebook

#4 Circus Circus Beach Cafe

With several branches dotted across KZN, Circus Circus is a popular and great food franchise. In particular, its beach cafe – situated along Durban’s beachfront promenade – is a excellent choice.

It provides diners with a family-friendly, healthy and good value-for-money restaurant – and as a bonus, stunning views of the ocean.

Whether you join them for a classic hot breakfast, specialty meal or simply something healthy and wholesome, you are in for a fresh, local and seasonal treat with Circus Circus Beach Cafe.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 7700, beachcafe@circuscircus.co.za

Website: www.circuscircus.co.za/beachcafe

Address: Circus Circus Beach Cafe, Shop 1, Snell Parade, Bay of Plenty, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Surf Riders Cafe

If you are looking for a chilled, sea-facing and altogether delightful local eatery, then look no further than the child- and pet-friendly Surf Riders Cafe, situated near Addington Beach.

The atmosphere is soothing, relaxing and above all, fun – and the views really are beautiful… But let’s not forget the great drinks and food you can tuck into while you soak up those killer views.

Contact: +27 (062) 747 7037

Website: N/A

Address: Surf Riders Cafe, 17 Erskine Terrace, Addington Beach, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Surf Riders Cafe
Surf Riders Cafe

#6 Spice

For those craving the ultimate in Indian and continental-style foods, Spice – located in Westbrook – is the restaurant of your dreams. Here, classic dishes are given a modern spin and the results are outstanding.

More than this though, Spice offers beautiful sea views – particularly from the deck from which you can even sometimes see dolphins and whales splashing in the waves.

Whether you join them for a fragrant curry, rack of lamb or simply some classic fish and chips, you will be enchanted by the scenic and flavourful Spice.

Contact: +27 (032) 943 3558

Website: www.spicerestaurant.co.za

Address: 37 North Beach Road, Bali Hai, Westbrook, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Roma Revolving Restaurant

Roma Revolving Restaurant via Facebook
Roma Revolving Restaurant via Facebook

This timeless restaurant, where class and beauty come together, is one of the most incredible eateries in South Africa.

As it is the only revolving restaurant in the Southern Hemisphere and is also blessed with prime sea and bay views, Roma is an unmissable Durban attraction.

Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and 360 views of Durban when you dine at this awesome restaurant.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 6707

Website: www.roma.co.za

Address: Roma Revolving Restaurant, 32 Floor, John Ross House, Jonsson Lane, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Mamma Luciana’s Glenashley

If you are seeking a wonderful place to eat, where homely dining, excellent food, good service and above all, great views come together, then Mamma Luciana’s in Glenashley is perfect for you.

This family restaurant is a favourite among many locals, as it offers a home-away-from-home dining experience, enhanced by its hearty Italian cuisine.

They are particularly famous for their pizzas and pastas so be sure to try those if you can.

Contact: +27 (031) 562 1405

Website: N/A

Address: Mamma Luciana’s Glenashley, 10 Harold Pl, Glen Ashley, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Bel Punto

Blessed with sweeping sea views enjoyed through its floor-to-ceiling windows, Bel Punto, found near Umdloti Beach, is a treasure worth savouring.

This modern, casual and family-friendly restaurant serves up great food, service and atmosphere in ample servings.

Diners can choose between the spacious indoor dining area or the beautiful terrace, which offers uninterrupted ocean views.

This Italian restaurant (also run by Italians) is authentic and wonderful and offers everything from seafood to poultry to game and Italian specialties too… Join them for a memorable meal overlooking the sea.

Contact: +27 (031) 568 2407, info@belpunto.co.za

Website: belpunto.co.za

Address: Bel Punto, Umdloti Centre, 1 South Beach Road, Umdloti Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Bel Punto
Bel Punto

#10 moyo Ushaka

This uniquely Durban destination is the perfect place to go to relax and mile away the hours.

Sip on cocktails from the beach bar, tuck into tasty, fresh foods or simply marvel at the magnificent views of the Indian Ocean…

Diners can opt for the main restaurant dining experience – or enjoy the more casual pier bar, moyo @ the Pier.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 0606, ushaka@moyo.com

Website: www.moyo.co.za/moyo-ushaka

Address: moyo uShaka, 1 Bell Street, uShaka Marine World,
Point,Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the best restaurants with glorious sea views that you can enjoy near Durban and surrounds!

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Top 10 Pet-friendly Activities near Durban and Surrounds

Durban is a popular destination for tourists, local travellers and families alike. Not only is this balmy city one of the most beautiful but it offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, excellent food spots and plenty of fun attractions to keep everyone entertained.

But what about fur friends? Well, Durban caters for them too with a variety of pet-friendly activities and eateries to enjoy with your  four-legged friends.

Here are the top ten pet-friendly activities near Durban and its surrounds:

#1 Treat Your Pooch at The Bike & Bean

Located on Country Club Beach, The Bike & Bean is one of the most pet-friendly spots in Durban. They welcome four-legged friendly doggies and even ensure they always have treats and water available for them.

Plus, this popular, cosy coffee shop also offers excellent coffee, meals and beach equipment rentals (think: bikes and body boards) for owners to enjoy. And did we mention that the atmosphere and scenic views are top class too?

Contact: +27 (074) 140 1117

Website: www.bikebeandurban.com

Address: The Bike & Bean, 290 Snell Parade Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The Bike & Bean via Facebook
The Bike & Bean via Facebook

#2 Explore Durban Botanical Gardens Together

Provided you keep your pooches leashed at all times, then they are welcome to join you for a wonderful day out at Durban Botanical Gardens.

It’s the perfect place to walk your dog and soak up the beauty of Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden, especially as it’s open seven days a week.

Informal picnics are allowed in the gardens so why not pack in some food for you and some water and treats for your four-legged friend and enjoy the serene beauty of this local Durban attraction?

Entrance is free to all visitors but donations are appreciated.

Note: You are also required to please clean up after your pets. And pets are regrettably not allowed at events held here.

Contact: +27  (031) 322 4021, reception@dbgt.org.za

Website: durbanbotanicgardens.org.za

Address: Durban Botanical Gardens, 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 Spoil Pets at The Oyster Box Hotel

Pets are warmly welcomed at this award-winning, five-star Umhlanga hotel. In fact, they even offer superior garden villas with a range of pet beds and menus to make your pets feel as pampered and looked after as you do! These can be arranged in advance to your stay.

And even if you don’t bring your own pet along, the hotel’s resident and somewhat iconic cat, Skabenga, will make sure you have enough pet love during your stay.

For more information on pet offerings, including food options, at The Oyster Box Hotel, please contact the hotel directly.

The Oyster Box Hotel
The Oyster Box Hotel

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000, restaurants@oysterbox.co.za, info@oysterbox.co.za

Website: www.oysterboxhotel.com

Address: The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Head to Jameson Park

At Jameson Park, dogs can run free and have a lovely time. It’s the ideal place to take your pooch for a good walk and you’re likely to encounter many fellow dog walkers here.

There is an abundance of greenery and flowers and this park certainly caters well to doggies – that much everyone seems to agree on!

The park is pretty and offers an enjoyable experience for owner and pet to enjoy.

Note: Please pick up after your dog and if your pet is a bit tricky around other dogs, consider keeping it leashed.

Contact: +27 (031) 322 4096

Website: N/A

Address: Jameson Park, Morningside, Berea, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Grab Lunch at Surf Riders Cafe

This popular hangout is also wonderfully pet-friendly. It offers lovely, generously portioned food for all – and there is even a doggie menu!

Food highlights for your furry friend include Deluxe Snack Biscuit, Poochino or the Vegan Bag of Bones.

As the food spot is right on the beach, you also get to enjoy great views and beach-side vibes while you eat… Overall, the experience is fresh and fun for all!

Surf Riders Cafe
Surf Riders Cafe

Contact: +27 (062) 747 7037

Website: N/A

Address: Surf Riders Cafe, 17 Erskine Terrace, Addington Beach, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Roadtrip to Shongweni Farmers Market

Founded by a family of keen dog lovers, it’s safe to say that Shongweni Farmers Market is one of the best (and few) dog-friendly markets anywhere near Durban. So it’s definitely worth the drive out if you’re based in Durban.

The only condition is that you bring your own bag and leash to ensure your dog is cleaned up after and secure, if needed!

This delightful market, which started in 1998 from humble beginnings, is also child- and wheelchair-friendly so the whole family can have a great time out.

What’s more, the market offers everything from fresh- and deli-produce to clothing and gifts.

Contact: info@shongwenimarket.co.za

Website: www.shongwenimarket.co.za

Address: Shongweni Farmers MarketLot 457, MR551, Shongweni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Shongweni Farmers Market
Shongweni Farmers Market

#7 Explore Giba Gorge Nature Reserve

Giba Gorge is a great place for the whole family – fur friends included – to go. It offers excellent walking, cycling, horse riding and dog walking opportunities and the chance to get in touch with nature at its finest.

Dogs are most welcome but they must be kept leashed at all times. Please also remember to clean up after your pets.

There is no entry fee to the nature reserve but donations are welcome.

Contact: +27 (060) 458 6726, info@ggep.org

Website: ggep.org

Address: Giba Gorge, Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Stroll along Durban’s Promenade

Durban’s Promenade has long been a favourite among locals and visitors to the city. It’s perfect for walking, jogging or cycling.

It offers beautiful views of the beachfront and provides good exercise for you and your furry friend. Please just remember that pets must be leashed at all times.

The six-kilometre beachfront promenade is also lined by restaurants so you can grab a bite to eat if you feel peckish. And there are also a handful of beaches and other attractions edging or close to the promenade.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Durban Promenade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Brunch at Old Town Italy

Old Town Italy via Facebook
Old Town Italy via Facebook

Situated in Umhlanga Rocks, Old Town Italy is one of the most frequently cited pet-friendly eateries near Durban and its surrounds.

This gem is a local favourite, which offers a warm and welcoming taste of Europe right here in South Africa and, better still, it allows dogs to sit outside with their owners.

The restaurant oozes charm and quality so while you enjoy a tasty brunch out in the fresh air, your pooch can keep you company.

Contact: +27 (031) 566 5008

Website: N/A

Address: Old Town Italy, 39 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Head to Umhlanga Rocks Promenade

This lovely promenade is a popular place for joggers, couples, families and yes, fur friends too! However, pets must be leashed at all times.

You can do the full 5km stretch or walk as far as you fancy and there are some coffee shops along the way in case you need some java. Plus, the views from the promenade are beautiful so you can soak up the scenery as you stroll, ride or jog.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Umhlanga Rocks Promenade, 70 Marine Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the excellent pet-friendly activities and places in Durban and beyond!

Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Knysna

Knysna is one of the most child- and family-friendly towns around thanks to its gorgeous outdoor experiences, fun adventures, animal sanctuaries and local attractions.

But often the hardest thing for parents travelling with kids is finding a suitably child-friendly or family restaurant to enjoy eating at.

Fortunately, Knysna is not short of these… Offering everything from safe and secure play areas for little ones to smarter dining experiences for quiet, older kids and teens.

Found along South Africa’s favourite coastal stretch, the Garden Route – Knysna is a popular city for holidaying, adventures and seaside escapes. 

Here’s a selection of the best family friendly restaurants in Knysna:

#1 Tottie’s Farm Kitchen

Tottie’s Farm Kitchen is one of the most welcoming, family friendly restaurants you will find anywhere. With indoor and outdoor seating in the garden, guests can enjoy a relaxed, soothing meal out with their loved ones.

Offering a selection of hearty, generously portioned farm food – prepared using country fresh ingredients – there is something for everyone to enjoy tucking into at Tottie’s.

There is even a special ‘Sapling’ section on the menu for Little Tots, with yummy options like chicken strips with chips, mini burger and chips and an array of sweet delights sure to thrill the whole family. There is also a small playground for kids to make use of.

Contact: +27 (044) 389 0092, tottiesfarmkitchen@gmail.com

Website: www.tottiesfarmkitchen.co.za

Address: Tottie’s Farm Kitchen, Main Road, Rheenendal, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Tottie's Farm Kitchen via Facebook
Tottie’s Farm Kitchen via Facebook

#2 The Farm

Situated 4 km outside Knysna, The Farm is a great place for young and old to enjoy… With its wide open spaces, delicious, hearty meals and excellent play facilities for children – it offers one of the most family friendly experiences around.

There is a dedicated ‘Kiddies Breakfast’, toasted sandwiches and pizza, all of which are sure to appeal to even the pickiest little eater. (And let’s not forget the sweet treats!)

Benches and tables are sprawled across the beautiful garden, overlooking a green vista of natural beauty, and parents and grandparents can enjoy a meal while easily watching over the children.

For the kids, there is a large, safe space to play, as well as a jungle gym, swings, shaded sand pit, wendy house and even a mini-mud kitchen so the young ones really can play till sundown out in the country air.

There is also some cycling fun to be had, with a number of tracks, including a mini bump track for young riders.

Contact: +27 (060) 528 9232, sheilapasio@gmail.com

Website: thefarmknysna.co.za

Address: The Farm, Old Cape Road, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 East Head Cafe

East Head Cafe is one of the most popular eateries in Knysna – and rightly so. It offers incredible views, overlooking the famous Knysna Heads, good, honest food, excellent service and a small, dedicated play area for children, handily equipped with toys.

The interiors are clean and chic without being pretentious, while the outside seating (mostly comfy picnic benches) offer lagoon views to die for.

There is no special kids’ menu advertised on the website but this will definitely suit older children who are accustomed to eating ‘adult food’.

Still, with some classics like fish and chips (highly rated!), burgers, cakes of the day and ice cream and chocolate sauce, there is surely something for younger children to enjoy too.

Contact: +27  044 384 0933, info@easthead.co.za

Website: www.eastheadcafe.co.za

Address: East Head Café, 25 George Rex Dr, The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

East Head Cafe
East Head Cafe

#4 Chatters Bistro

This small but cosy, owner-run eatery is a gem in Knysna. They are famous for their made-to-order, thin and crispy wood-fired pizzas (also available on a gluten- and wheat-free base) – but they also offer an excellent selection of burgers, homemade pastas, potato bakes, salads, filled paninis and of course, plenty of dessert options too.

There isn’t a dedicated kiddies’ menu but the Create-Your-Own Pizza option is sure to appeal to everyone, as even the fussiest eater can build their own pizza.

This is certainly a fun, family restaurant, with a really great atmosphere. Locals agree: Chatters Bistro is a winner every time.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 0203, info@chattersbistro.co.za

Website: www.chattersbistro.co.za

Address: Chatters Bistro, 9a Gray Street, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Bodega Cafe

This lovely restaurant has put a modern spin to the traditional coffee shop  – and the result is wonderful. This child- and dog-friendly spot is also a real treat in terms of the food, which is fresh, delicious and fun.

There is indoor fireside seating (ideal for wintertime) or verandah seating, perfect for when the bright South African sun is shining.

It’s a favourite, tranquil spot for diners to go and bond over a meal and the views and atmosphere just make the experience all the more delightful… It’s definitely a great pick for families.

Contact: +27 (076) 496 1600, thebodegacafe@gmail.com

Website: www.thebodegacafe.com

Address: Bodega Cafe, 5 Kings Way, Leisure Island, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Bodega Cafe via Facebook
Bodega Cafe via Facebook

#6 Blend Country Restaurant & Pub

Nestled amid the trees, this child-friendly country restaurant and pub has a wonderful, peaceful ambiance about it.

There is cosy indoor and outdoor seating, depending on your preference, a variety of good food, live music (on selected days) and friendly service to boot.

This is arguably one of the most popular family spots in Knysna and many agree it is one of the best places to go eat out with kids, especially as there is a secure play area.

It can get very busy due to its popularity, so on some occasions, advance booking is advised.

Contact: +27 (044) 384 0493 ,blendknysna@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Blend Country Restaurant & Pub, 18 George Rex Drive, Hunters Home, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Persello Pizzeria

Who doesn’t love a good pizzeria? And with Persello Pizzeria, you can enjoy a wonderful Italian family-run pizza and pasta restaurant in the heart of Knysna. It comes complete with large food portions, a lovely vibe and a classic Italian-style restaurant experience…

Restaurant specials are naturally the delicious pastas, wood-fired pizzas and chicken involotini.

Best of all, this intimate, cosy restaurant is child-friendly and offers a choice of equally lovely indoor or outdoor seating.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 2665, marcopersello3@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Persello Pizzeria, Memorial Square, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Persello Pizzeria via Facebook
Persello Pizzeria via Facebook

#8 île de païn

This enchanting cafe-style restaurant, situated on Knysna’s Thesen Island, is known for its delicious breakfasts, lunches and artisanal breads.

Each dish at île de païn is lovingly prepared using the freshest, seasonal ingredients and the results are simply mouthwatering. Options include the likes of salads, sandwiches, pastries and more.

The bakery and shop make for a lovely addition – allowing you to shop for some takeaway treats and baked goods – while the self-catering apartments mean you to linger longer.

Although île de païn is not especially geared for tots and kiddies, it is the ideal spot to go with quieter, older children who perhaps no longer enjoy play areas or running about outside as much. Still, either way, it is suitable for the whole family.

Contact: +27 (044) 302 5705, artisans@iledepain.co.za

Website: iledepain.co.za

Address:  île de païn, 8-10 The Boatshed, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 34 South

This waterfront restaurant, found in Knysna Quays, offers an extensive menu, specialising in seafood, baked bread and deli and sushi bar offerings.

There isn’t a dedicated kids menu – and it might not be ideal for very young children, as it can get busy and lively – but the restaurant is certainly suitable for families with older kids or teens.

The menu is fresh and fun, with everything from juices and smoothies to breakfasts to seafood and desserts, pastries and cakes too.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 7331, 082 419 3434, keith@34south.biz

Website: www.34south.biz

Address: 34 Degrees South, Shop 19, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna Central, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Tapas and Oysters

Tapas and Oysters
Tapas and Oysters

This family friendly, waterside restaurant offers lovely views of the Knysna Lagoon, great food and friendly service, complete with a good restaurant atmosphere.

The food focus is on Spanish, Mediterranean and South African tapas but they also offer a nice selection of sushi dishes and platters from their sushi bar and an excellent pizza menu too.

There is a lovely play park for kids and the overall restaurant offering is definitely geared towards a family meal.

Contact: +27 (044) 382 7196, info@tapasknysna.co.za

Website: www.tapasknysna.co.za

Address: Tapas and Oysters, TH 29, Thesen Island, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the welcoming family friendly eateries you can enjoy in Knysna… Have you visited any with your loved ones yet?

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Top 10 Vegan Restaurants Near Durban

Durban is a city of culinary delights in so many respects… and while Cape Town probably still dominates the vegan movement at this time, Durban is becoming more food conscious.

This means more vegan- and vegetarian-friendly eateries are popping up, both in the city and just outside it.

So, without further ado, here are the best vegan (and/or vegetarian) restaurants and eateries to enjoy near delightful Durban:

Located within South Africa’s vibrant province of Kwa-Zulu NatalDurban is a popular city for holidaying, delicious cuisine and seaside escapes. 

#1 Oh My Soul Cafe

This fully vegan eatery is one of the finest around – and we love that every single item here is purely vegan. (So no checking your menu or reading every label to make sure you’re eating with kindness.)

Service and food are both top class too, so diners can enjoy a high quality dining experience and happy, cruelty-free eating.

The menu is diverse and interesting – offering everything from waffles to gourmet vegan sausages, sushi and fish and chips to healthy smoothies – so everyone, vegan or not, will find something they love.

Contact: +27 (063) 172 2531, tallulah@ohmysoulcafe.com

Website: N/A

Address: Oh My Soul Cafe, 68 Adelaide Tambo Drive, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Oh My Soul Cafe via Facebook
Oh My Soul Cafe via Facebook

#2 Valeo

Situated within the popular Health on Broadway, Valeo Whole Foods is the place to go for delicious vegan eats.

It may be small in terms of size – but it makes a big impression upon its diners. In fact, to some, this eatery offers the best vegan food in Durban… so be sure to try them and judge for yourself!

The menu is healthy, satisfying and vibrant, allowing you to sample plant-based deliciousness.

Meal tip: Try the creamy fritter stack, which is loaded with avocado, pesto, baby spinach and more healthy fun… It’s one of the most popular meals on the menu!

Contact: +27 (031) 563 8104, healthonbroadway@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Valeo, Health on Broadway, 10A Broadway, Broadway, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Health on Broadway via Facebook
Valeo via Health on Broadway Facebook

#3 Conscious Cafe

Found at The Castle on Main, Conscious Cafe is one of the best vegan eateries around.

This vegan- and vegetarian-cafe serves a delicious array of squeezed juices, fair-trade coffees and teas, sandwiches, wraps, bread, salads and much more… This is healthy, cruelty-free eating at its finest.

Their dedication is to bringing their customers healthy and wholesome, homemade meals – and they are definitely achieving this noble goal, while also being kind to animals in the process!

Contact: +27 (076) 160 6431 andre@consciouscafe.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Conscious Cafe, 24B Old Main Road, Gillitts, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Vrushiks Vegetarian Foods

Vrushiks Vegetarian Foods is one of the most notable, strictly vegetarian and vegan places to eat in Durban.

Food is well-priced and generously portioned and the service is friendly and welcoming.

Best of all, you will leave with well-prepared vegetarian meals and/or quality products.

Meal tip: Try the vegetable briyani or cabbage curry (if these options are available on the day).

Contact:  +27 (082) 456 3665, vrushiks@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Vrushiks Vegetarian Foods, 63 Acutt Avenue, Unit 11, Briardene, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Vrushiks Vegetarian Goods via Facebook
Vrushiks Vegetarian Goods via Facebook

#5 Earthmother Glenwood

This lovely, health-conscious cafe excels in excellent gluten-free and vegan-friendly foods. Their food is authentic and service is friendly and devoted.

This cafe will appeal, not only to vegans, but to those with special dietary requirements or food intolerances too.

Some of their vegan delicacies include comforting carrot and cumin soup; gluten-free, vegan bunny chows; tofu scrambled ‘egg’ and much more.

Contact: +27 (031) 202 1527, earthmotherglenwood@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Earthmother Glenwood, 155 Helen Joseph Road, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room

Famous for their mouthwatering veggie bunny chows, Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room has something of a legendary status among Durban’s vegetarian eaters.

If you are looking for excellent, vegetable-based meals and consistently good service, then it’s hard to ever go wrong with a meal from Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room.

This is simple, vegetarian eating that is both wholesome and refreshing.

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan – everything served here is vegetarian-friendly.

Contact: +27 (031) 306 1774

Website: N/A

Address: Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room, 202 Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street, Durban Central, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Patel's Vegetarian Refreshment Room via Facebook
Patel’s Vegetarian Refreshment Room via Facebook

#7 Govinda’s Durban

Govinda’s is rated by some as one of the best vegetarian restaurants/takeaway joints around.

Situated under the Hare Krishna Temple, it offers a peaceful, unfussy place to go enjoy great food and good service.

If you are looking for excellent vegetarian food, Govinda’s should be your first pick.

Contact: +27 (031) 403 4600

Website: N/A

Address: Govinda’s, 50 Bhaktivedanta Swami Circle, Chatsworth, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Little Gujarat

Offering the best in curries, bunny chows, samoosas, roti breads and other delicious Indian cuisine, Little Gujarat is proudly and authentically vegetarian.

Their pure, mouthwatering food options include everything from soups to curries to desserts and much more.

There is so much to choose from – so everyone should find a winner on this menu!

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan – everything served here is vegetarian-friendly.

Contact: +27 (031) 3062272

Website: littlegujarat.co.za

Address: Little Gujarat, 107 Dr Goonam Street, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Falafel Fundi

Falafel Fundi via Facebook
Falafel Fundi via Facebook

Falafel Fundi provides visitors with a wide selection of beyond good falafels.

Best of all? Their fresh, homemade Middle Eastern cuisine includes many vegan and vegetarian options so, while not strictly vegan or vegetarian, this is a place for all kinds of eaters to enjoy (if you’re comfortable with that).

Vegan and vegetarians eaters agree it is something of a veg paradise and the food is all reasonably priced, fresh and oh-so-tasty.

Note: While they aren’t necessarily vegan, there are plenty of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options.

Contact: +27 (083) 783 6172, falaffelfundi@yahoo.com

Website: N/A

Address: Falafel Fundi, 52 Florida Road, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Leaf Cafe

Situated in Umhlanga Rocks, Leaf Cafe is worth any drive you have to make to get to it. Why, you ask? Because they are one of the most passionate plant-based eateries around.

Their goal is to provide diners with satisfying, mouthwatering meals without any animal products being involved.

Highlights from the menu include seasame shroom wrap, the Mexican black bean and walnut burger, tofu breakfast wrap and chili loaded wedges.

They might be plant-based – but these are meals that anyone can enjoy eating with pleasure rather than guilt.

Contact: +27 (064) 892 2377, bridget@leafcafe.co.za

Website: leafcafe.co.za

Address: Leaf Cafe, Shop 17 Protea Mall, (inside the entrance to the Protea Hotel), 1 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal.

These are just some of the vegan- and vegetarian-friendly eateries you can enjoy near Durban… Which appeals to you the most?

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