The HL decor team recently visited sunny Durban to shoot some of the city’s most stylish homes. While exploring the South Coast, we were lucky enough to come across some of the best spots this tropical city has to offer. In light of this, we just had to share our suggested 24-hour itinerary with you. Of course, one day isn't nearly enough time to enjoy everything this creative, buzzing city has to offer, but the following schedule will help you make the most of every minute if 24 hours is all you have.
8am: Freedom Cafe
Start with a locally sourced, homemade breakfast at the Freedom Café
. Enjoy your freshly brewed cappuccino under the shade of a wild fig tree while sampling all the breakfast delights. We recommend the “ABC” breakfast – it’s heaven on toast!
10am: The Glenwood Bakery
Pop past The Glenwood Bakery
and pick up some of the best hand-formed artisanal bread around! We couldn’t get enough of their potato and rosemary loaves and according to the bakery’s schedule, 10am is around the time these loaves of love come out of the oven.
11am: Cécile & Boyd
After sampling the best breakfast treats around, head to Cécile & Boyd
’s new showroom on Florida Road in Morningside for some well-deserved retail therapy. The newly renovated showroom is a treasure trove filled with exquisite home decor pieces.
12pm: Egg Designs
While in the mood to shop, be sure to visit Egg Designs
’ striking showroom, also in Morningside. All their furniture and lighting are manufactured locally. We fell in love with these Drop Table Candlesticks.
Drop Table Candlesticks: two-arm R 960; three-arm R 1 000, both from Egg Designs
After all that shopping, take a break to enjoy some of the tastiest burritos around at Four15
, South Africa’s first burrito bar! The tortillas are handmade daily and they have a range of fresh salsas to choose from.
2:30pm: Christmas Bay
No trip to Durban is complete without dipping your toes in the warm Indian ocean. Head to Christmas Bay for some seriously beautiful beach scenery. It's considered to be one of the most gorgeous and secluded spots on the North Coast. It is a fair drive from Durban, around 45 minutes, but definitely worth the trip. The drive itself is spectacular with amazing views. This is considered a must-do activity.
7pm: The Oyster Box
Back in Umhlanga, stop for some elegant sundowners at The Oyster Box
, one of KZN’s most sophisticated hotels. Enjoy one of their delicious cocktails or sample some of their freshly harvested oysters from the hotel’s very own oyster beds while looking out over the ocean.
8:30pm: 9th Ave. Bistro
Dinner at the award-winning 9th Ave. Bistro
in Morningside, Durban, is an absolute must. This establishment offers a warm, contemporary setting and serves exceptional, creative food. The menu is curated from fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. We highly recommend the creamy shellfish orzo appetizer – it’s probably the best seafood dish we have ever tasted!
10:30pm: The Concierge Boutique Bungalows
After the perfect day in our new favourite city, be sure to get some rest at The Concierge Boutique Bungalows
. Each of The Concierge’s rooms are custom-designed and finished with a modern yet humorous and quirky approach. We love the sausage dog mascot!