Top 10 Restaurants near Durban Beachfront

Durban Beachfront is famed for its beautiful Promenade, gorgeous beaches and balmy weather, which is great right through the year… but did you know that it’s more than just a haunt for sun lovers and surfers? For here, tucked away most unassumingly, one finds some truly memorable restaurants…

The mood might be lighter than your average SA eatery – but trust us, at these top restaurants in and around Durban Beachfront, the food and ambiance are winners every time:

#1 Havana Grill

This world-class grill, situated at the Suncoast Casino, is one fine eatery to enjoy along Durban’s Golden Mile.

It overlooks the popular Suncoast Beach, boasting 180-degree views, which extend from the Bluff to Umhlanga Rocks.

Not only do they offer an interesting menu, but they also boast an extensive wine list, featuring some top South African wines… Because, at Havana Grill, quality is assured on all fronts.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 1305

Website: www.havanagrill.co.za

Address: Havana Grill, Suncoast Casino, North Beach, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#2 Surf Riders Cafe

If you are looking for a relaxed, fun place to enjoy – and we quote – ‘just good chow’, then Surf Riders Cafe is the place to go for this… and more!

Situated on the Golden Mile, this beach-side cafe is a favourite for breakfasts by the beach, mouth-watering lunches and great drinks, which even include an award-winning wine list!

At Surf Riders Cafe, service is friendly and laid-back, helping to put you at ease and allow you to enjoy the cheerful cafe and all its offerings.

Contact: (062) 747 7037

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/SurfRidersDBN

Address: Surf Riders Cafe, 17 Erskine Terrace, South Beach, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

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Surf Riders Cafe via Facebook

#3 The Ocean Terrace

Found at the glamorous and oh-so-elegant Oyster Box Hotel, this beautiful restaurant is like something out of a dream… And while it is a little further on from the Durban Beachfront, it is certainly worth the journey!

With sweeping views across the warm Indian Ocean and truly stunning decor, The Ocean Terrace always ensures a memorable meal, whatever the occasion.

Serving up a bistro-style menu, this restaurant is perfect for special celebrations, family meals and al fresco dining. There is something for every palate to savour, from freshly baked pizzas to fish and chips or even some excellent seafood!

Other standouts include the popular Curry Buffet – which will tempt true Durbanites and new visitors alike with its sinfully good eats – and tantalising sundowners!

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000

Website: www.oysterboxhotel.com

Address: The Ocean Terrace, Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa.

#4 Beach Bums

Beach Bums might require a bit of a drive but it’s definitely worth it! And, because it’s something of a Durban favourite, it is a great place to visit.

Forever chilled (since 1997), this restaurant and events venue is found on the shores of Casaurina Beach, and offers wonderful indoor and outdoor seating options alike.

For those craving both sand and sun, Beach Bums is the perfect place – and the meals are suitable for the whole family, meaning no one leaves without a full and contented tummy!

Contact: +27 (032) 943 1132

Website: www.beachbums.co.za

Address: Beach Bums, 65 Casuarina Beach Drive, Tongaat, KZN, South Africa.

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Beach Bums via Facebook

#5 Cafe Vacca Matta

This restaurant, martini bar and nightclub is synonymous with stylish nights, delicious food and a host of cocktail delights.

Here, prestige and opulence come together perfectly, but Cafe Vacca Matta still provides guests with a casual ambiance despite this.

It offers a choice between either fine dining or al fresco menus, and this Mediterranean-style restaurant can seat up to 120 people. This makes it ideal for functions and special events, no matter whether they are of a personal or corporate nature.

Note: Restaurant and club times are 8 till late.

Contact: +27 (031) 368 6535

Website: www.vaccamatta.com

Address: Cafe Vacca Matta, 153 Florida Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#6 Cargo Hold

Situated within the fun Ushaka Marine World, Cargo Hold is an entrancing dining affair on all accounts!

Dine with the sharks in one of Durban’s most refined and spectacular settings, which lies hidden away in the stern of the Phantom Ship.

And, not only is it elegant but it’s fun too – perhaps best of all though, Cargo Hold offers a great selection of culinary adventures for you to dive right into! They span from countries across the globe, providing a hint of spiciness, exoticism or fruitiness!

In addition to its normal dining options, Cargo Hold is also perfect for corporate affairs or year-end functions.

Please note: Children under 12 are not permitted for dinner, except on Mondays – and the dress code is smart-casual, with preferably no open shoes for the gentleman.

Contact: +27 (031) 328 8065/6/7

Website: www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

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

#7 Wodka Restaurant & Bar

Wodka is a stylish offering and one which is complete with edgy urban decor and oh-so-palatable dishes. These factors combine to make this eatery at The aha Waterfront Hotel & Spa a worthy candidate for fine dining experiences in Durban.

This restaurant and bar overflows with vibrant urban energy, even as it provides guests with a choice between stunning indoor or outdoor spaces to choose from.

It’s perfect for year-round dining and is especially popular for after-work drinks… So be sure to give it a try!

Contact: +27 (031) 332 8190

Website: www.thewaterfronthotel.co.za

Address: Wodka, The aha Waterfront Hotel & Spa, 40 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#8 The Grill Room

Yet another Oyster Box offering, The Grill Room, has been a local institution of note for over 70 years… So, with this restaurant, you know it’s the real deal.

The menu incorporates a variety of classic favourites – thought up by Bea Tollman and brought to life by executive chef, Kevin Joseph – as well as a selection of contemporary creations and signature dishes, which are carefully inspired by global food trends.

Join them for a touch of class and food history in Durban.

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000

Website: www.oysterboxhotel.com

Address: The Grill Room, Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa.

#9 Cafe Jiran

Cafe Jiran is for the coffee lovers among us… that’s for certain! Situated across from the breezy Durban Promenade, this spacious, tasteful cafe is great for coffee connoisseurs or foodies with a discerning palate.

The menu offers a good choice of options, but choosing a few from them might just be the hardest decision of your day. Still, it will be worth it for whatever you do settle on!

They have everything from nibbles to proper meals and desserts, so whether you’re a health-conscious eater or a true gourmand, there is something here to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 4485

Website: www.cafejiran.co.za

Address: Cafe Jiran, North Beach, Durban Beach Front, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#10 Zack’s

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This independent cafe, which first opened in 2001, is a true South African-style cafe… Open seven days a week, from 8 till late, Zack’s prides itself on its  flexibility and the ability to cater to every taste out there.

Meanwhile, their colourful, but deadly, cocktail menu keeps their loyal fan base returning for more!

And music forms an integral part of life at Zack’s, particularly as they support local musicians, giving them a stage to perform on.

Contact: (031) 305 1671

Website: www.zacks.co.za

Address: Shop 23, Wilsons Wharf, 14 Boatmans Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

These are some of the best eateries in and around Durban’s beautiful Beachfront – and they are just waiting for you!

Top 10 Activities near Durban Beachfront.

Durban Beachfront is synonymous with, among other things, sunshine, good vibes and the beauty of the Indian Ocean mixed with perfect stretches of  coastline… But it’s also a hive of activity and fun, just waiting to be untapped!

Here are the top activities to enjoy in and around Durban Beachfront:

#1 Stroll along the Durban Beachfront

Now, when in Durban, make like the Durbanites and get strutting, cycling or jogging along the Durban Beachfront Promenade…

Spanning some six kilometres, and edged by constant, tempting stretches of beach, the promenade is perfect for a leisurely walk, sunset stroll or easy beach access – and happily, it is lined with ample parking spaces!

So, whether you want to take in the scenery, soak up some fresh air or see the city on foot – it’s perfect for all three!

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: www.nightjartravel.com

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

#2 Surfs up at Dairy Beach

Not only is Dairy Beach – which forms part of Durban’s enviable Golden Mile – edged by buzzing restaurants and retail shops, but it’s also a really great place to catch some surf!

In addition to this, it’s a popular spot among sunbathers and swimmers – so whether you plan to be in on the surf action or simply want to sit in the sun and enjoy the wave entertainment, Dairy Beach is the place to go.

There are normally life guards on duty, so you can enjoy the waters without any unnecessary unease.

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: www.southafrica.com

Address: Dairy Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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#3 Head to Bay of Plenty Beach

Another gorgeous Golden Mile beach is Bay of Plenty… This stunner is situated at the heart of the Durban beachfront and is known for playing host to many international surfing and beach volleyball tournaments.

What’s more, it’s known for having consistent surf, making it yet another worthy spot for surfing, while rock pools and golden sands can keep both young and old entertained for hours on end!

All round, Bay of Plenty is a (beach) winner – so be sure to check it out when you’re near Durban’s beachfront.

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: www.southafrica.com

Address: Bay of Plenty Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Explore Durban Habour

Few places in Durban are as iconic or famous as Durban Harbour. Not only is it a timeless tourist attraction and a constant hive of activity for obvious reasons, but it is also home to Africa’s biggest container terminal.

And, aside from the opportunity to bear witness to a host of harbour activities, Durban Harbour offers visitors a few ferry and cruise trips, which only adds another fun element to it!

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

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

#5 Browse the I Heart Market

On the first Saturday of every month, this vibrant market takes place in the stunning Moses Mabhida Stadium. So, while it is not located right at Durban Beachfront, it is certainly worth popping by if you’re close by!

It brings together crafts, fashion, food and local design, creating a fun and safe space for families, friends and city visitors alike to enjoy together.

Note: The market runs from 9:00 am – 14:00 pm.

Contact: info@iheartmkt.com

Website: www.iheartmarket.com

Address: I Heart Market, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Visit Mini Town

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If you want to feel ten feet tall, there’s no better place to go than to Mini Town. This mini city – in a city – is a fun place for young and old to enjoy exploring.

Immerse yourself in buildings that scarcely reach knee height and enjoy feeling like a proper giant! It’s an iconic part of Durban’s beachfront, so don’t miss popping by.

Note: There is a set entry fee for adults, children, teachers and student groups, and Mini Town is open Monday to Sunday, 09:30 am – 16:30 pm.

Contact: (031) 337 7892

Website: www.kznkids.co.za/listing/mini-town

Address: Mini Town, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Be amazed at uShaka Marine World

As one of South Africa’s most beloved theme parks, uShaka Marine World is an unmissable experience for anyone visiting sunny Durban.

It’s arguably one of the hottest attractions along the Golden Mile, offering a fun, clean and safe environment for the whole family!

Enjoy day activities like Sea World and uShaka Beach, or be wowed by the nighttime festivities – either way, uShaka is hard to beat!

Contact: (031) 328 8000

Website: www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

Address: uShaka Marine World, 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point,
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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#8 Don’t miss North Beach

Durban’s North Beach is a major attraction for surfing and body boarding – and because it’s yet another Golden Mile beach, the views aren’t half bad either!

Nearby, you will also find a snazzy boardwalk, as well as plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, so make the most of things by spending a day at North Beach.

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

Address: North Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Catch a rickshaw ride

Riding a rickshaw along the beach front is an unforgettable way to experience Durban.

What originally started as a means for providing a rich sugar magnate’s wife with comfortable transportation, has, over time, become rather a staple and a pretty normal sight in Durban.

While there are a host of different rickshaw pullers to choose from, each service provider has their own flair and is sure to make you feel quite kingly!

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

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

#10 Play mermaid at South Beach

If Durban’s North Beach is for the surfers and water sports enthusiasts -then there can be no question that South Beach is one for the swimmers among us!

This beach is considered a swimmers’ paradise… So even if none of Durban’s other beaches tempt you into the water, you can bet that this one will!

As a bonus, it lies a stone’s throw from Durban’s revamped Point area, where office spaces, apartments and shops reign.

Contact: (031) 322 4164

Website: visitdurban.travel

Address: South Beach, Durban Beachfront, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the hottest and most popular activities in and around the beautiful Durban Beachfront – but be sure to check them all out!